March 2023 Nursing Cohort Community Service Project
As part of their graduation requirements, each nursing cohort at West Virginia Junior College must complete a minimum of two community service projects throughout their program with 100% participation from the class. These projects allow our nursing students to support community programs through outreach. “Nursing is a giving profession. You have to think outside of the four walls of a hospital”, said Cathy DeWitt, Nursing Faculty.
The March 2023 nursing cohort just completed the first three community service projects planned for this year. For this project, cohort members and instructors collected canned food and non-perishable items to donate to Christian Help in Morgantown, WV. Christian Help houses one of the largest food pantries in the area, and they rely on food drives and individual donations to stock their shelves. The students and their instructors collected so much food during their drive that the donations will be split between two separate contributions in September and November.
“Nursing is about compassion and empathy, but it is also about giving outreach to those in need,” said Jessica Lough, Student Government Association President for the March 2023 nursing cohort. She explained that the cohort has two additional community service projects planned for this year. In February, they will be doing a Toy Drive for Toys for Tots before Christmas and a coat drive for a mental health clinic in Washington, PA.