Updated: Aug. 12, 2013
Contact: Candace Whedon, EvCC Nursing Instructor, 425-388-9462, email@example.com
EvCC Nurses to Volunteer in the Dominican Republic
Donate Money, Supplies by Oct. 15
Photo: Chelsea Bearer of Snohomish, who graduated from Everett Community College in 2013, works with a Dominican Republic family in a makeshift clinic during EvCC nursing students' 2012 trip to the country to provide care for impoverished families. Photo courtesy of Chelsea Bearer.
EVERETT, Wash. – Everett Community College nursing students are raising money and collecting donations of supplies for a December trip to the Dominican Republic to provide care for impoverished families.
Students are seeking donations of over-the-counter medications and hygiene supplies and money to purchase prescription medications such as antibiotics.
The group of 20 students and three instructors will volunteer in December in the Dominican Republic’s capital, Santo Domingo.
They will work alongside local doctors to provide medical care and healthcare education in makeshift clinics in areas where many cannot afford medications, vitamins or basic hygiene supplies like toothpaste and shampoo. Infection and malnourishment from unclean drinking water are common, and volunteers are expecting to treat many parasitic infections.
“We’ll be working in some of the poorest neighborhoods where many families don’t have access to basic healthcare or clean drinking water,” EvCC nursing instructor Candace Whedon said. “The care we provide can be life-changing for the families, and it also provides a global perspective of healthcare for students that just can’t be taught in the classroom.”
This is the fourth year EvCC nursing students have volunteered in the Dominican Republic through the Foundation for Peace. Students and instructors each pay $1,500 for the trip. Learn more at www.foundationforpeace.org.
Each EvCC group member will bring a suitcase of medical supplies and hygiene kits. The group is asking for donations by Oct. 15.
To make a tax-deductible, financial donation, bring cash or check made out to Everett Community College to a car wash, or contact Whedon at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-388-9462.
Supplies can be dropped off at Everett Community College, 2000 Tower St., outside Liberty Hall 361 or the Student Activities Office in the Parks Student Union room 209.
Needed items include:
Children’s multi-vitamins (no gummy or chewable vitamins)
Acetaminophen (Tylenol or other brand), including adult, children’s chewable and infant drops
Bars of soap, liquid body soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste and shampoo
Keri or Lubriderm lotion
Hydrocortisone cream or ointment (1%)
Antifungal cream for athlete’s foot
Calcium carbonate tablets (chewable Pepto-Bismol and Tums tablets)
Diphenhydramine (Benadryl or other brand)
Famotidine (Pepcid) or Ranitidine (Zantac)
Participating students and faculty include:
Cindy Brown, Bothell
Sara Cahail, Lake Stevens
Mike Colton-Gores, Renton
Kyle Cramer, Everett
Ashlie Crossfield, Everett
Shana Fleming, Marysville
Samantha Gustafson, Monroe
Fedel Harness, Everett
Ashley Hersey, Sultan
Linnae Jarnagin, Mill Creek
Kristin Kelley, Mill Creek
Teresa Knoedler, Marysville
Angela Larsh, Everett
Melissa Mitchell, Granite Falls
Marnie Monet, Monroe
Saida Nevarez, Lynwood
Jose Reyes, Everett
Kristi Seiders-Werner, Kirkland
Joe Silva, Marysville
Sarah Wilms, Stanwood
Candace Whedon, Everett, EvCC nursing instructor
Karen Brasfield, Marysville, EvCC nursing instructor
Susan Wilson, Everett, EvCC nursing instructor