BVU’s social work department maintains partnerships with area agencies to expand learning opportunities for students and to provide service to those in need. Each year, social work students administer an annual satisfaction survey to the residents of the Methodist Manor Retirement Community in Storm Lake. As part of the project, students interview over 100 residents, do statistical analyses of the results and put together a report that they present to the Methodist Manor administration and staff.
Seniors in the social work program also conduct a yearly community-level project. Past projects have included assisting a local organization with the development of a food coop and organizing a CROP Hunger Walk to raise funds and educate the community about hunger. Students can also partake in victim services training to work with sexual assault and domestic violence survivors, and participate in a Native American pow wow hosted by the Mdewakanton Dakota tribe each fall in Mankato, Minn.
I enjoy getting to help students figure out the knowledge, skills, and social work values that they need to go with their desire to help others.