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
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
or CCC nursing faculty and club adviser Nicole Reilly at firstname.lastname@example.org .