TOLEDO—Students in the community nursing course of Mercy College of Ohio’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing awarded five $1,000 grants to local nonprofit organizations Dec. 7.
Grants were awarded to Adelante Inc., Beach House Family Shelter, Food for Thought, Frederick Douglass Community Association and Friendly Center Inc.
In addition giving students a service learning experience from immersion in a community organization focused on hunger, homelessness or health and wellness, the course enables students to learn about philanthropy and to award grants to community nonprofit organizations serving the poor.
“Through this program, we have the opportunity to allocate $5,000 to nonprofit organizations,” says Candace Tavormina, associate professor of nursing. This is the fourth year students in the community nursing course have linked the philanthropy component with their required service learning hours. During the fall quarter, a total of 1,295 hours were committed to 25 agencies by students.
The 72 students of the senior level community nursing course were divided into groups of four, and each group selected a nonprofit organization from a list of community organizations with 501(c)(3) designations that work in the area of hunger, homelessness, health and wellness. The groups completed service learning work with their selected organizations, writing reflection papers throughout the semester. Finally, they gave a presentation to their class about their experiences and each class voted to select their grant recipients.
Comments from students indicate that the experience will help them live the Mercy core values of service, excellence and compassion.
The Student Philanthropy Project, with funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (Learn and Serve America Higher Education), Ohio Campus Compact and Mercy College of Ohio, enables the students to add this philanthropy component to their service learning activities.