Giving back—locally, nationally, globally
As an online institution of higher learning, American Public University System serves a community that reaches around the globe. Our students live, work, and study in all 50 states and more than 100 countries. Roughly half of APUS’ students are in the military, many on active duty in remote international locations. As a result, our community service and giving programs have a local, national, and global reach—and impact.
APUS makes significant financial contributions to local, national, and global charities; to a wide range of community service organizations; and to organizations that support the military. Overall, since 2007, APUS has donated more than $500,000 to charitable organizations, including significant contributions in these key areas:
In 2011, we donated $30,000 to the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education to award a prize to an individual showing great innovation and use of technology in higher education. Since 2006, we have donated $120,000 to the Education Alliance, an organization dedicated to improving educational accessibility and quality for West Virginia students. We also provide funding and technology support to local schools, and fund scholarships for Charles Town area students.
Since 2007, APUS has donated $165,000 to support the Charles Town, West Virginia community, where we are headquartered. We support a variety of local community health initiatives, including the Eastern Panhandle Free Clinic, Eastern Area Health Education Center, Hospice of the Panhandle, and Jefferson Health Care Foundation. We also provide significant support to local organizations that are dedicated to preserving the region’s history, as well as local emergency and fire organizations and community organizations that support at-risk children including the Boys & Girls Clubs, CASA of the Eastern Panhandle, Christmas in April, and the United Way. The Charles Town public library is free to residents thanks to annual donations from APUS. And, in the education arena, our ongoing contribution to the Education Alliance supports its efforts to improve accessibility and quality for West Virginia students. In addition, we provide funding for local schools and scholarships, and lend our support to a variety of education-related programs.
We are dedicated to preserving the character of historic Charles Town. Since locating here in 2002, APUS has grown from a staff of eight in a single building to more than 200 employees in 19 facilities. As we’ve grown and expanded, APUS has renovated numerous buildings, including the former County Office Building, the former Jefferson County Hospital and Knott Nursing Home, and the former home of Mayor Thomas Claiborne Green. Our new Academic Center was built to meet LEED Gold certification standards on an abandoned downtown property in a targeted revitalization corridor and our Information Technology Center has been renovated according to LEED standards. With every building and renovation project, we work to maintain the area’s charm and history, and to incorporate sustainable practices that benefit the community and the environment.
Because of our military heritage, the university system has consistently supported various organizations that support soldiers, military families, and veterans. Fisher House, Patriot’s Path Foundation, and Wounded Warrior Foundation are only a few of the military-affiliated organizations that APUS has supported.
The university system has contributed to the Alzheimer’s Association, American Cancer Society, Arthritis Foundation, Girl Scouts, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Nourish the Children, and Susan G. Komen for the Cure, among other major cause related organizations.
In the face of several recent natural disasters, APUS has responded with support for the American Red Cross. In 2011, APUS employees raised funds for victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. With the matching gift from APUS, the organization was able to contribute thousands to the American Red Cross to assist in relief efforts to benefit the victims of that disaster. APUS and its employees also donated to the American Red Cross to assist that group’s response for victims of the severe spring storms that swept the central and southern United States earlier this year.
APUS is a service-oriented community. Many of our students work in service professions—in the military, rapid response, disaster relief, and public health arenas. They share our commitment to volunteerism and participate in numerous APUS-sponsored community service events.
Our employees play a vital role in the Charles Town, West Virginia and Manassas, Virginia communities. They give their time as mentors to at-risk children, participate in area fundraisers, conduct school supply drives, coach local little league teams, and participate in other community activities and organizations.
APUS spearheads a variety of community events and community outreach projects. In 2010, for example, our Sustainability Committee worked with the City of Charles Town to hold a Community Clean-Up Day and, on Earth Day, they helped special needs students at a local middle school plant a community garden. APUS employees have volunteered as judges for history and science fairs at local schools. Employees and students also routinely volunteer to help during the annual Marine Corps Marathon and participate in special events around the country during Make a Difference Day.