Learning by doing

March 28, 2016 | 9:36 AM

Students in the Social Work Program donated blankets they made to a Jacksonville warming center (pictured) and also dropped off donated canned goods at the local food pantry last week to mark National Social Work Month in March.

“The project is a great way for the students to connect to area needs and give back to the community,” said Jodi Pupillo, clinical assistant professor of social work. “All the while, they are learning how to organize and lead groups for future, professional practice in the field of social work."

The students made the blankets for New Directions, a warming center in Jacksonville. For the food donations, they collaborated with MacMurray Athletics to collect canned food items at home basketball games, as well as at various drop locations on campus.

The efforts “help the community, because it shows those in need that they're not alone, " says Chancey Sturgeon, a junior Social Work student. 

Each year, the Social Work Program raises awareness for social justice issues in the local community through a course project in SCWK 314: Practice with Groups. Students learn how to facilitate a task group and implement a project pegged to Social Work Month.

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