Students of the Virginia Intermont College Social Work Club raised a large donation of soap and toiletry items from across campus for Abuse Alternatives, an agency supported by the United Way of Bristol. Several boxes filled with donations were provided to Abuse Alternatives for use at its emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence.

“We wanted to do something for an agency that really had a need and club members voted that this would be really useful,” said member Kelli Porter. Fellow student Amanda Few, who is a social work major working on a field internship with Abuse Alternatives, represented the agency to receive the donations. She said the emergency shelter is currently full and donations are very much needed and appreciated.

The Social Work Club’s drive involved the collection of contributions of soap, shampoo, laundry detergent and similar supplies. Club members set up bins across campus for donations. Students, faculty and staff participated as donors. Pizza raffles also raised contributions.

“We were excited to take the challenge and show that that it’s important to give to the community and also that we are a leading organization on campus,” said Social Work Club President Natascha Carlucci.

The student-led drive coincided with Viriginia Intermont’s successful employee campaign for the United Way of Bristol.

*VI students from left are Justin Lytle, Natascha Carlucci, Kelli Porter and Amanda Few at the successful conclusion of their drive for a United Way agency.

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