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Apr. 19, 2012
A Certified Volunteer
Trinity University staff member is awarded prestigious professional credential
SAN ANTONIO - Edwin Blanton, coordinator for community service & engagement in Trinity University's Office of Campus & Community Involvement, has been awarded the credential "Certified in Volunteer Administration," a prestigious designation that is recognized internationally among professionals who oversee volunteer operations.
The credential was awarded in March after a rigorous process that included an extensive self-evaluation and preparation of a performance-based portfolio judged by professional volunteer administrators. Blanton also sat for a two-hour exam that tested his knowledge, application, and analysis of skills related to volunteer resources management.
His portfolio focused on the annual United Way Days of Caring activity which he coordinates and oversees on behalf of Trinity staff, faculty, and student participants. He also included a philosophical statement about ethical dilemmas that volunteer coordinators might face.
Blanton arrived at Trinity in 2008 as the first coordinator for community service and engagement. His role is to develop, implement, and assess programs that connect Trinity students to the local and global community through service. He has headed up the Alternative Spring Break program that offers students an opportunity to travel to other cities or countries to continue learning while performing community service in often-challenging environments.
Blanton holds a master's degree in public administration and two bachelor's degrees - one in business administration and one in food service and hospitality management. All degrees are from Southeast Missouri State University.
He is now authorized to place the initials "CVA" following his name. To learn more about the certification process, click here to visit the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration.