More than 30 Kent State University at East Liverpool students and staff volunteered at the third annual Goodness Invasion late this summer. The event is sponsored by the New Life Church in Poland, and is currently the largest food drive in all of Ohio. More than 1,500 families in the Mahoning Valley benefited from the event this year.
Students from both the physical therapist assistant (PTA) and occupational therapy assistant (OTA) programs participated, along with faculty, staff and program directors. President of the PTA club, Brooke Jackson helped coordinate the efforts of Kent State participants at the event.
â€œKent State had an awesome turn out of volunteers this year,â€ Jackson said. â€œEven some of the students brought friends and family to help out. Three PTA students brought their children to help and to show their children that not everyone is as fortunate as they are.â€ â€œI love seeing how many people you can help in one day,â€ she said. â€œThe people are so appreciative and they receive a large amount of food that day. I know that this takes a huge stress off of these people even if only for a little while.â€
â€œHunger is a problem everywhere in the world, the fact that there are people in our region going with little or without food is a very real problem,â€ Jackson said. According to a study in 2010, 17.2 million households were food insecure, in the United States, the highest number ever recorded.
Kent State University is committed to support the volunteer efforts of both students and staff. Higher education and volunteering go hand in hand, as they are both intended to improve quality of life. For more information on volunteering for the 2013 Goodness Invasion please contact Brooke Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bethany Gadd-Zirillo, email@example.com, 330-382-7430