April 26, 2012
For Immediate Release
Chelsea Humble from Wayne County, left, and Nekesha Durham, from Russell County, joined fellow SWITCH Club members in the first Cardboard Nation event held in Somerset to raise awareness of homelessness. They are students of the Campbellsville University Carver School of Social Work and Counseling at the Somerset Center. (Campbellsville University Photo by Linda Waggener)
By Linda Waggener, marketing and media relations coordinator
SOMERSET, Ky.— Campbellsville University’s Carver School of Social Work baccalaureate students enrolled at CU’s Somerset location hosted a Cardboard Nation fundraiser for the homeless on April 21. This was the first
Cardboard Nation at CU’s Somerset center, taking place on the lawn of the Pulaski County Justice Center, downtown Somerset, Ky. Each participant was asked to spend the night in a cardboard box with only their clothes and one luxury item, a blanket.
| Pulaski Co. Judge Executive “Barty” Bullock
was among the guest speakers to kick off the
first Carver School Somerset Cardboard
Nation event bringing awareness to
homelessness. (Campbellsville University
Photo by Linda Waggener)
The Somerset project raised $3,000 to help the homeless for Potentials, Inc., a West Somerset 501 C3 nonprofit organization whose mission to assist families in crisis with basic needs such as emergency shelter, food, clothes, etc.
The “SWITCH” Club (an acronym for Social Workers in Touch Can Help) is an organization developed by social work students for people who “want to help.” As a member of the SWITCH Club, students are able to prepare for service by meeting social work professionals, discover and raise awareness of community needs and enjoy fun and fellowship. Requirements include maintaining a GPA of 2.50 as a CU student, attendance at monthly meetings after paying annual $5 dues, and participating in two fundraising and two service projects each year.
Campbellsville University is a widely acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with more than 3,500 students offering 63 undergraduate options, 17 master’s degrees, five postgraduate areas and eight pre-professional programs. The website for complete information is campbellsville.edu.
The Somerset SWITCH Club from Campbellsville University’s Carver School of Social Work and Counseling at its Somerset location raised $3,000 to help the homeless in a first Cardboard Nation fundraiser April 21. From left are: Bridgette Honaker, SWITCH Club President; Ginger Gibson, senior SWITCH Club Member who will graduate in May; Mary Lou Stephens, CU/SCC Instructor; Dr. Helen Mudd, CU Bachelor of Social Work Director; and Dr. Darlene Eastridge, dean of the CU Carver School of Social work and Counseling. (Photo submitted)