Students in the nursing class of Spring 2014 at PHCC helped Citizens Against Family Violence as part of their recent service project.
Students pictured on the first row include (from left to right) Stacey Saum, Jessica Manson, Linda Smith, Ariel Bowles, Danielle Utt, Cynthia Hodges, Robin Corriher, Lakeisha Watkins, Mandy Hatcher and Jacque Leduc; second row: Megan Adkins, Jennifer Lavinder, Emily Jackson, Whitney Bowers, Deanna Medders, Veronica Hamlin, Amy Edwards and Jackie Handly; third row: James Barnard and Jennifer Haynes.
The organization requested a variety of items including toiletries, large trash cans, and money for flooring repairs. Students started this fundraising effort over the fall semester with blood pressure screenings at two locations, a Martinsville High School football game and at the Smith River Sports Complex.
Nursing student Danielle Utt, president of the RN class of Spring 2014, worked with Vice President Jacqueline Leduc to organize the campaign. PHCC Nursing Faculty Joe Gravely worked as an advisor for the group.
Utt said, “The partnership with Citizens Against Family Violence has truly been a heartwarming experience for me. I feel blessed to have been given this opportunity to help such a deserving organization in various ways. I witnessed the ongoing needs of the organization and their commitment to helping women and children of domestic violence, sexual assault, or homelessness.”
Leduc added that this project was an incredible experience that has instilled a desire within her to continue to support the community.
“The expression of gratitude from those we supported will forever be in my mind and the willingness of those in the community to donate will forever be in my heart,” she said. “I am delighted with the positive impact made, and I am so grateful for the opportunity to help a deserving cause like CAFV. I would like to personally thank everyone in the PHCC RN Spring of 2014 class for all their hard work and dedication.”
Students arranged supply drive at three local businesses, Kmart, Big Lots and Roses, to collect donated items from the CAFV “wish list.” Jars for monetary donations brought in more than $400 at these locations.
Some of the household items nursing students in Patrick Henry Community’s class of spring 2014 collected for Citizens Against Family Violence throughout the fall semester.
Utt said with the money raised, students will give CAFV a check for $150 to go toward floor repairs, and the remaining money was used to purchase Christmas gifts for the children living in the house on Christmas day.
A continuing mission for nursing students is to provide the CAFV home with a windowed door for their advocacy room.
Students who participated include Utt, Leduc, Stacey Saum, Jessica Manson, Linda Smith, Ariel Bowles, Cynthia Hodges, Robin Corriher, Lakeisha Watkins, Mandy Hatcher, Megan Adkins, Jennifer Lavinder, Emily Jackson, Whitney Bowers, Deanna Medders, Veronica Hamlin, Amy Edwards, Jackie Handly James Barnard and Jennifer Haynes.
Utt said students received many thanks and appreciation for all the support they gave.
“This experience definitely crossed my path for a reason,” she said. “I plan to continue to give my time and contributions to CAFV in the future.”