ACU students support 836 homeless children

Posted March 08, 2011

In observation of National Social Work Month, students at Abilene Christian University are working together to support the 836 homeless children in the Abilene area. ACU's Student Social Work Association is spearheading the project, known as "836," which encourages college students to donate items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste and deodorant to be distributed to local homeless children. SSWA has placed collection bins in the Campus Center, residence halls and social work office. Items will be collected until March 10.

"Our students feel that so many times we want to help those in need, but don't know how," says Stephen Baldridge, assistant professor of social work at ACU.

SSWA is also creating care packages for underprivileged children through partnership with Communities in Schools, an organization that operates within six schools in the Abilene Independent School District. Care packages cost $3 each, or $5 for two packages.

"Since March is Social Work Month, our students wanted to do something significant, beyond just hanging banners and making people aware of what social work is," Baldridge says. "They wanted to celebrate Social Work Month by doing what social workers do best – helping people."

Krystal Underwood, senior social work major from Bakersfield, Calif., has gained a new perspective through this project.

"We already focus a lot on international giving," Underwood says. "I want us to look at what's in our own backyard."

To learn more about SSWA and ACU’s School of Social Work, click here.