LEMONT FURNACE, Pa. — Sarabeth Miner is a fourth-year nursing student and co-president of Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus Student Nurses’ Association of Penn State (SNAPS). In partnership with Connellsville Community Ministries and Connellsville Walmart, she coordinated an effort to help vulnerable people living within Fayette County.
The effort saw widespread participation from Penn State Fayette’s nursing students, who competed against each other to see which class could raise the most money. The campaign successfully raised over $1,000, which was spent on toys, stocking stuffers, candy, personal hygiene products, toiletries, and winter clothing for children.
“I’m so happy with the outcome and impact,” Miner said. “I know that it will be very appreciated by local families with children.”
Melissa Miner, director for Undergraduate Nursing Education at Penn State Fayette, commended the students for demonstrating the University’s values.
“I’m not surprised with this outcome," said Miner. "Our nursing students are very passionate and manifest the core values of Penn State, which include integrity, respect, responsibility, discovery, excellence and community in all their activities and actions.”
Beyond the fundraiser, fourth-year nursing students participated in community health experiences at Connellsville Community Ministries as part of NURS 415: Community and Family Health. They contributed to the distribution of food, clothing and personal items, gaining insight into the needs of vulnerable populations.