USF Nursing Students Volunteer in USF Health Service Corps Project to Help Miracles Outreach Fresh Start
University of South Florida College of Nursing students participated in the USF Health Service Corps project Springtime “Spruce Up” Project! A new painting/gardening/decorating project for Miracles Outreach Fresh Start Residential Home in Tampa on May 12, 2012. The residential home is part of the Miracles Outreach Community Development Center, Inc., which provides a safe shelter and a nurturing environment to teenage girls.
Students from USF College of Nursing including Erin O’Connell, Christina Pandes, and Diego Cerquera participated in the USF Health Corps project painting, gardening, and decorating inside and outside the home. O’Connell, who helped paint the home’s kitchen, dining room, and bedrooms, thought the project helped give back to a great organization, which mentors and gives support to so many young girls.
USF Nursing student, Erin O’Connell (far right), with Sharon Baby and Kerolos Fahmi helping paint inside the residential home.
“I feel so rewarded by painting and gardening at the Miracles Outreach Residential Home because, at the end of the day, both the girls and the volunteers were so proud to see the beautiful results of our hard work,” O’Connell said. “The investment in time for volunteering is so small compared to the reward of making a difference in the lives of these girls.”
The project was part of the USF Health Service Corp that allows interdisciplinary USF Health students to participate in various meaningful, rewarding, and fun-health related community service activities around the Tampa Bay area. Ellen Kent, MPH, CPH, Coordinator for COPH Student Research Grants and Sunshine ERC & USF Health Service Corps, planned and managed the “Spruce Up” project.
“I am very excited that through our new partnership between the USF Health Service Corps and the Miracles Outreach Community Development Center,” said Ms. Kent. “Through this partnership we are able to make a positive difference in the lives of these teens.”
Kent and the students who volunteered in the project also donated clothing, jewelry, decorative items, stuffed animals, games, books, and DVDs for the teen girls.
“As a future nurse, we have a responsibility to serve as role models in our community,” said Ms. Connell. “I am grateful to the USF Health Service Corps for making these opportunities available to students.”
Miracles Outreach Community Development Center, Inc. Executive Director, Michelle Walker thanked everyone who volunteered and organized the event for their hard work and generosity. “USF students served as a model to the girls, because they came out and volunteered their free time on a Saturday,” said Executive Director Walker. “We try to teach the girls the same value of getting back to the community.”
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