WWU Celebrates National Social Work Month

Project to benefit local YWCA's domestic violence program

By: Becky St. Clair

March 2009 is National Social Work Month.  To celebrate, Walla Walla University’s School of Social Work and Sociology has taken on a local project with the Walla Walla YWCA’s domestic violence prevention and recovery program.   The project has been coordinated through the winter quarter class on family violence.

The theme for this year’s National Social Work Month, as chosen by the National Association of Social Workers, is “Social Work: Purpose and Possibility.”  It is intended to celebrate social workers as purpose-driven, compassionate individuals who work across a range of areas to help those most vulnerable in our society.

“Professional social work is focused on problem solving and change,” says Pam Cress, Dean of the WWU School of Social Work and Sociology.  “Our job is to help people develop their full potential and to enrich their lives in ways that are meaningful to them.”

For the project, the WWU School of Social Work and Sociology will collect new and gently used women’s clothing, as well as toiletry items such as soap, toothpaste, brushes, and other usable personal items.  They will also accept stuffed toys for children, kitchen items, sheets (twin size), pillows, blankets, and towels, as well as handy-wipes, tissues, and toilet paper.

Donated items will be given to the YWCA to help local women and children who are victims of domestic violence.  All donations are tax deductible if they are itemized and an estimated value is included.  

To donate, bring items to the School of Social Work and Sociology, located at 6 North College Avenue in College Place.  Items will be collected through March 16.  If a financial donation is preferred, make checks payable to YWCA Domestic Violence Program.

Also as a part of National Social Work Month, the school will hold an information meeting for anyone interested in learning more about earning a Masters of Social Work degree.

This free meeting will be held on Sunday, March 8, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Alumni Board Room, located on the second floor of the Havstad Alumni Center, 24 SW Fourth Street in College Place.  Refreshments are provided.

Attendees will receive in-depth information, including two-day-a-week class schedules, part-time options, practicum requirements, field placements, financial aid opportunities, available scholarships, and post graduate job prospects.

To learn more about the project, earning a master’s degree in social work, or the information meeting, email kerry.ferris@wallawalla.edu, or call 509-527-2763.  For more information on WWU’s social work program, visit socialwork.wallawalla.edu.

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