For the past ten years, students in the Social Work Club have organized a dinner dance at the Plymouth Regional Senior Center; this intergenerational service learning project has been coordinated through the SW3520 Theory and Practice Social Work Intervention III course. The experience introduces students to working with older adults and gives them an opportunity to consider pursuing a career in gerontological social work.
In addition to this project, students in the club have organized a Habitat for Humanity trip during Spring Break for the past four years. In 2008, the students travelled to Corpus Christi, Texas where they helped build a home for the Garcia family. A story about the project aired on the local television news station and included interviews with our PSU students.
In 2007, students in the SW3340 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I course participated in a Campus Ministry Homeless Shelter trip to Boston to help feed homeless families. And locally, students in the club participate annually in various fundraising and advocacy events such as the Cancer Walk, Candlelight Vigil, and other events.
By choosing social work as a profession, students in the Social Work major make a commitment to “making a difference” in the lives of others. Individually, they demonstrate their commitment through their volunteer efforts in the community.