Last fall, Salt Lake Community College students developed a web site titled “Veterans Community” for a service learning project in Business Communications 2200.
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The project was proposed by Curtis Long, who is a chemical engineering student and a Marine Corps veteran.
“The reason I proposed the project is because I’m familiar with (veterans) issues,” Long says.
The web site is dedicated to informing students and the public who want to volunteer, or are thinking about volunteering their services to help veterans.
The Home Page is titled “Serve Those Who have Served Us” Support our Utah Veterans.
“The web site shows all the different opportunities, some of them don’t have to do with the college,” says Darlene Head, Manager of the SLCC Veterans Center. “Some of the volunteer activities are simple, like playing bingo. Others are more complicated, like helping with tax returns.”
Student Holly Langton presented the web site to Head at the SLCC Veterans Center.
Langton, as well as Long, Breanna Scott, Krista Koch and Kelton Cronquist worked together to develop the web site.
“The web site also highlights the plight of the veterans and why we should be working to help these heroes,” says Langton.
Veterans suffer from; homelessness, physical, and mental disability, substance abuse, and adjusting to society.
“The goal of the project is to ultimately educate the student body and society on the issues facing disabled American veterans, and veterans in general,” says Long. “and to give them an avenue of support.”
The Veterans Center at the college is involved with this website, because of what it has to offer for veterans. The center uses volunteers for various assignments.
“The VA Center is getting involved with volunteering through Americorps, and there is a page on the web site about Americorps,” Head said.
Volunteers at the Veterans Center are now working on their Valentines 4 Vets program. They collect valentines written by everyone and anyone for veterans and active duty soldiers.