Nursing Students to Volunteer in Dominican Republic

Press Release
 

Release Date:  Aug. 21, 2014

Contact: Candace Whedon, EvCC Nursing Instructor, 425-388-9462, cwhedon@everettcc.edu

Nursing Students to Volunteer in Dominican Republic

Donate Money or Supplies at Sept. 6 Fundraiser

Photo: Everett Community College nursing students and instructors work with Foundation for Peace team members in the Dominican Republic in December 2013.

EVERETT, Wash. – Everett Community College nursing students are raising money and collecting donations of supplies for the college’s fifth annual trip to the Dominican Republic to provide care for impoverished families.

Students are seeking donations by Oct. 15 of over-the-counter medications and hygiene supplies and money to purchase medications such as antibiotics. They will raise funds to buy antibiotics at a garage sale 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 6 at 7303 57th St. NE in Marysville.

The group of 20 students and three instructors will volunteer Dec. 9-15 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 fifth 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. Each EvCC group member will bring a suitcase of medical supplies and hygiene kits. Learn more at www.foundationforpeace.org.

To make a tax-deductible, financial donation, bring cash or check made out to Everett Community College to the garage sale, or contact Whedon at cwhedon@everettcc.edu or 425-388-9462.

Supplies can be dropped off at Everett Community College, 2000 Tower St., outside Liberty Hall 361 or Parks Student Union room 209.

Needed items include:

  • Adult multi-vitamins
  • Children’s multi-vitamins (no gummy or chewable vitamins)
  • Prenatal 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)
  • Loratadine (Claritin)
  • Famotidine (Pepcid) or Ranitidine (Zantac)

Participating students and instructors include:

Ashley Adams, Marysville
Sierra (Jordan) Apley-Shelp, Seattle
Lisa Ballweber, Sultan
Allison Cherne, Mukilteo
Kimball Conlon, Everett
Ashley DePriest, Marysville
Kandace Evans, Arlington
Elisabeth Farrell, Bothell
Caitlin Fysh, Marysville
Tiffany Gillespie, Lake Stevens
Gail Guitierrez, Lynnwood
Michelle Heath, Snohomish
Reanna Jamieson, Snohomish
Amber Nelson, Marysville
Shelby Overholser, Snohomish
Micaela Parker, Tulalip
Rebecca Ripperger, Marysville
Vanessa Smith, Camano Island
Laura Squires, Lake Stevens
Jessica Wallace, Everett
Darby Zweifel, Everett
Karen Brasfield, Marysville, EvCC nursing instructor
Candace Whedon, Everett, EvCC nursing instructor
Susan Wilson, Everett, EvCC nursing instructor

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