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Social Work Students Serve With Salvation Army

Mary Palmieri interviews an applicant.

As a special service to the community, Keuka social work majors assisted the Salvation Army of Rochester during the annual Christmas Assistance Registration, where needy families and individuals sign up for food and toys for Christmas.

Fifteen students, in addition to members of the social work faculty, traveled to Rochester to help the Salvation Army conduct intakes for nearly 300 people who applied for assistance this year. The students conducted interviews, asking a series of questions about income and household expenses, then entered an applicant’s information into a computerized database so he or she could be scheduled for an appointment later in the season when gifts and food are distributed.

Christopher Nash conducts an intake.

The yearly day of service was coordinated by Vikki O’ Connor, assistant professor of social work in the Accelerated Studies for Adults Program (ASAP). Other supporting faculty included Ruthanne Hackman, Julie Burns, Jason McKinney, and Betty Morris-Mitchell.

The annual project has been part of Keuka’s social work program for more than 20 years, and enables the Salvation Army to continue its mission to serve the community. Effectively, Keuka provides additional personnel to the Salvation Army at a time when Red Kettle drives and other efforts under way for the busy holiday season can put a strain on Salvation Army staff.

(All photos courtesy Ruthanne Hackman. For more photos from the day of service, see images below.)

Christopher Nash

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Chris transfers intake information into the computers at the Salvation Army.

ASAP Student Earns Honor for Social Work Study

Cyndy Bundy

It was just a doctor’s visit, but seeing how to access her medical chart online gave Keuka College social work student Cyndy Bundy an idea: why couldn’t social workers consult online, too?

Now, the Eastwood resident is soaring to new heights, thanks to her proposal for social workers to use social media as a way to combat issues like sexting, cyber-bullying, and suicidal tendencies.

Bundy was invited to share her poster presentation at the national Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors Conference (BPD), a competitive academic event, which will be held in March in Myrtle Beach, SC. She is the first Keuka social work student and first ASAP student to receive an invitation to present at a national conference. Bundy is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in social work through  Keuka’s Accelerated Studies for Adults Program (ASAP). She attends classes at the Onondaga Community College site.

According to Assistant Professor of Social Work Vikki O’Conner, Bundy’s poster presentation demonstrates how social workers need to keep informed and up-to-date on social networking as a form of communication and relationship building in a technological age.  (more…)