Social work club seeks volunteers for Special Olympics, plans holiday drives

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Club will announce final details of its activities at meeting Nov. 12.

By Hannah Norman

sac-ranger@alamo.edu

A new club for social work majors and other students who want to empower the community is planning several events this semester to do just that.

Founded in August, the Social Work Student Association at this college was created for social work majors, but it is open to students from all fields of study.

The club is dedicated to making a difference in campus and community lives, according to the club’s mission statement. The students are committed to building their community around the qualities of personal wellbeing, equality, social justice advocacy and diversity.

They are working with the Psychology Club and are accepting volunteers until tomorrow for the Special Olympics of San Antonio volleyball tournament Nov. 14. To sign up, email President Ryan Mixon at rmixon4@student.alamo.edu.

They also will conduct a Thanksgiving food drive and Christmas toy drive.

The association will have two donation boxes starting Nov. 16 outside Loftin Student Center and Moody Learning Center. They will accept nonperishable food items like canned green beans, corn, cranberry sauce and gravy packets. Members will hand out a complete turkey dinner using the food donations Nov. 23, 24 and 25 before the Thanksgiving break.

The holiday toy drive will collect new, unwrapped toys like action figures, dolls, puzzles and board games for students who cannot afford presents for their children. Association members will set out boxes Nov. 16 on campus to receive the donations. The club will distribute fliers within the next week to let students, faculty and staff know about the drive.

The association has also launched focus groups for club members to learn about interviewing social-work clients and working in groups. The next student focus group will be 10 a.m.-noon Nov. 18.

The association volunteered with the Special Olympics of San Antonio to help special needs children bowl Nov. 7 at the Goliad Bowling Alley.

The next club meeting is 1-2 p.m. tomorrow in the faculty lounge of Loftin Student Center.

For more information, contact adviser Beatrix Perez at 210-486-1327.

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