Students Participate in Humanitarian Relief Project
By Anthony Vela
On Saturday, June 3, 2017 twenty-one local churches within the New York/New Jersey area partnered with Convoy of Hope, one of the largest humanitarian relief organizations in the U.S. Over the past 15 years. Convoy of Hope has been active in 46 states and over 109 countries providing disaster response, conducting community events, and in directing nutritional programs and sustainability projects throughout the world.
According to Dr. Andrea Morgan-Eason, Assistant Professor of Nursing, most of the students that participated were nursing students.
"Most stated that they had a rewarding experience working with those in need in the community, showing God's Kindness and love, and being exposed to knowing that the work of a nurse extend beyond the walls of a hospital setting," says Dr. Andrea Morgan-Eason.
These local churches provide a Day of Hope for those who are in need or currently going through challenges with everyday living in a hope of transforming their lives. In Nassau County, Roosevelt, NY was one of the sites and I was the site coordinator. The event gave free groceries, haircuts, family portraits, shoes, prayers and offered community services and free blood pressure screening and mammograms to over four hundred people.
"I absolutely loved my experience at the 2017 Hope Day and am so grateful I was able to learn about this opportunity. It was very rewarding for me to be able to distribute meals to the community, especially to those who you could tell were probably struggling financially and with malnutrition. Aside from giving out hot meals at my table, I saw that there were tables set up with volunteers distributing groceries and other tables with representatives giving out information about health insurance. There was even an area for breast health screenings for early recognition of Breast Cancer. It was amazing for me to see Community Nursing physically incorporated into a nearby community after learning about it these past few years. I love helping people, especially those who need it the most, so this was an experience that truly touched my heart, and one that I plan to participate in again in the future," says Nursing student Jaclyn Malone ('17) .
"The students had a wonderful time of giving back to those in need," added Dr. Andrea Morgan-Eason.