Curling up in the dark on an inner city church pew and trying to fall asleep is when Tori Cash saw the light in her future. The first-year student at Plymouth State University was taking part in a Hunger, Housing, and Homelessness Weekend event in Boston, and her interaction with people needing understanding and hope crystallized her career goal of becoming a social worker.
|PSU Social Work Department chair Cynthia Moniz,left,with PSU student Tori Cash displaying her 2010 NH NASW-NH Student of the Year Award.|
“As long as you can help one person, that’s an achievement, seeing how social workers helped them, I wanted to be that for someone,” said Cash. “Being able to provide any kind of positive impact on a person’s life so they can realize achievement in their lives; that’s what I wanted.”
Cash is well on her way to achieving her dream, after New Hampshire’s Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NH-NASW) named her New Hampshire’s Student Social Worker of the Year in a March 19 ceremony. Department of Social Work chair Cynthia Moniz nominated Cash for the award, saying Cash is a special student who exemplifies PSU’s motto, Ut Prosim, (That I may serve.)
“This award from NH-NASW is based on Tori’s leadership and commitment to the profession of social work,” Moniz said. “She has been a strong student leader and active member of the Social Work Student Club. In this capacity, she has taken part in many activities, including planning the club’s annual Plymouth Regional Senior Center Dance for older adults, helping raise money for the Whole Village Family Resource Center in Plymouth and participating in the annual breast cancer walks. She is strong student who reflects the best of our program at PSU.”
Cash, a 2006 graduate of Deering High School in Portland, Maine, will be awarded her bachelor’s in social work from PSU in May after a sterling, four-year career of academic and volunteer achievements. Cash has been on the Dean’s List and President’s List twice, and has volunteered for a wide variety of causes in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region. Cash is now working at a practicum at Speare Memorial Hospital in Plymouth, gaining valuable experience in social work in a health care setting. Cash said her motivation is simple: seeing someone else enjoy a better life through her social work efforts.
“It’s the most selfless profession, I believe, that anyone could have,” Cash said. “You’re really working for others, not trying to get a better position in a corporate job; your main goal is to create better life for another individual.”
Cash also credits PSU and the social work faculty with helping her achieve her goals.
“The University is really interested in what you’re doing, what your goals are and they’re very interested in seeing you succeed,” said Cash.
Cash will attend the University of Southern Maine’s graduate program in social work this fall, with the eventual goal of helping cancer patients.
She is the daughter of Laura Angelone and Warren Cash of Portland, Maine.
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