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Students Raise $3,000 for World’s Working Poor

Applied human services students enrolled in the Community and Organizational Change course at Pennsylvania College of Technology planned and staffed a Ten Thousand Villages sale that raised %243,000 for the world%E2%80%99s poor. From left are%3A Andrea M. Newton, assistant professor Larue R. Reese, Sarah E. Hauck, Jessica L. Stahl, Ellen M. Bardo, Chastity Rachel Stahl, Laura A. Frey, Laura A. Richards, Nicole D. Riley, Erin M. LaCerra and Nicole N. English.A group of Pennsylvania College of Technology students helped to raise $3,000 for the world’s poor through a recent fair-trade craft sale.

Students pursuing bachelor’s degrees in applied human services organized and staffed an on-campus sale of handmade goods from around the world through an organization known as Ten Thousand Villages.

One of the world’s oldest fair-trade organizations, Ten Thousand Villages works with more than 100 artisan groups in more than 30 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Fair trade enables the artisans to earn a fair wage and provides the opportunity for a higher quality of life.

The students also volunteered for a day at a Ten Thousand Villages warehouse in Lancaster County. The organization relies mainly on volunteer staff in order to return more profit to the crafters.

Participating students were enrolled in the course Community and Organizational Change, taught by LaRue R. Reese, assistant professor of human services/sociology. The class helps students develop the skills to recognize existing and emergent human needs and to plan successful community and organizational responses to those needs.

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