As part of an ongoing effort to mentor new leaders, engage student nurses in scholarship and philanthropy, and improve the health of the local community the Sigma Theta Tau International Theta Lambda chapter has sponsored this third year of a collaborative community leadership project.
Three local colleges continue to be involved, Cox College of Nursing, Missouri State University, and St. John’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Southwest Baptist University. College student nursing organization leaders and members meet with theta lambda board members to adopt a local organization and then undertake different activities throughout the year to help support that organization. Past community organizations that have benefited from this have included NAMI and the Down’s Syndrome Group of the Ozarks.
This year the student nurses adopted Harmony House, a community agency that provides shelter, advocacy and education to survivors of domestic violence. The schools raised $700.00 which was doubled through a matching grant that will provide toys for children of parents seeking shelter in the “Welcome Toys” program. In addition, the three schools filled a 15-foot U-Haul truck with clothing and furniture for parents setting up new house holds after leaving Harmony House.
Congratulations to the hard work of the Ozarks area student nurses! Their contributions and effort will make a difference in the lives of many important children.