The Social Work Club held a clothing drive on the Taylorsville Redwood and South City campuses on Monday, Feb. 13.
On the South City Campus, the drive was located at the back east entrance. At the Taylorsville Redwood Campus it was held on 2200 West, directly behind the Science and Industry Building.
“I believe that the more people get involved in helping the people in their communities, individually helping them or in a group effort, the better off our community becomes,” said Brian Tease, club president.
In what has become an annual event, the clothing drive was a big success at both campuses, with the Social Work Club collecting 40 Hefty garbage bags full. The coats are going to go to the House of Hope, which is a shelter for women suffering from substance abuse. Any extras will be given to homeless shelters and other organizations which help underprivileged individuals. The clothing drive was mainly meant for collecting coats but they did accept all types of clothing.
Most of the students in the Social Work Club are going to Salt Lake Community College for an Associates of Social Work degree and are planning on transferring to four year schools. The students need to have 300 hours of internship in order to graduate.
“Doing this (the internships) gives students a chance to experience what they want to do. It gives them a life experience that they may not be able to gain in the social work field,” Tease said.
The Social Work Club will also be having a blood drive on April 2 at the Taylorsville Redwood Campus. They will also be having a food drive sometime in Mid-April. The club will be collaborating with the University of Utah Social Work Club and clubs from other schools. There will be a contest to see which school collects the most food. The food will be donated to the Utah Food Bank.