Nursing Student Club Project Benefits Girls in Haiti and Beyond

 A new club formed by Clackamas Community College nursing students offers opportunities to expand their skills beyond the classroom. CCC Nursing Students Without Borders focuses on helping with local and international health issues.

Second-year nursing student Jeremy Hutson started the CCC chapter of the international organization in 2012. Huston says he was inspired by the club’s mission to “promote health empowerment through education, build networks to access health care resources, and distribute material donations to populations in need.

“Nursing Students Without Borders is a club that builds on skills learned in the classroom to help populations in need regardless of physical, geographical, or socio-economic barriers,” says Hutson.

One of the club’s first service projects, in partnership with the nonprofit foundation Project Helping Hands, is Giving for Girls, and involves making reusable feminine hygiene products that will be sent to school-age women in developing nations.

More than 20 nursing students and volunteers gathered at the CCC Harmony Community Campus on Dec. 7, a few days after completing fall term final exams, to work on the Giving for Girls project. Using donated cloth and sewing machines, the group made 190 hand-made, reusable hygiene products that will be distributed to women in Haiti through the Project Helping Hands medical teams. In addition, the club raised funds for the Giving for Girls project that will provide enough medications and supplies to help nearly 3,000 people.

The CCC Nursing Students Without Borders club is also involved with volunteer projects in Clackamas County, including immunizations, school health screenings and health fairs.

For information, please contact Jeremy Hutson at jwhut329@student.clackamas.edu or CCC nursing faculty and club adviser Nicole Reilly at nicoler@clackamas.edu

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