Faculty members in the Division of Social Work at Thomas University include Bill Milford (back), Dr. Debra Gresham (left) and Dr. Susan Fowler (right).
Thomas University Social Work students give back to the community
March is National Social Work Month, and Thomas University’s Division of Social Work is busy educating Social Work students while also serving in the area communities with support, consultation and student interns.
TU’s Division of Social Work includes two locations, one on the Main Campus in Thomasville and another on the campus of Tallahassee Community College. Right now 26 seniors in the programs are working at non-profit and social service agencies throughout the Thomasville and Tallahassee areas. Each student is required to provide more than 400 hours of internship service enabling them to work alongside seasoned professional social workers and to provide support to area agencies that desperately need additional person power to assist their clients.
The Social Work Seniors also service the community by selecting a community project based on needs assessments and local contacts. Students in Thomasville are working with staff at Bishop Hall to provide a Senior Prom. TU students organizing the event are contacting local businesses for donations to help make the event a memorable and safe evening for Bishop Hall students.
Students in Tallahassee are assisting the non-profit organization Kids Inc. by coordinating a diaper drive because Kids Inc. desperately needs diapers. TU students are also assisting Kids Inc. with its many pre-kindergarten programs to help young students get a head start in their academic success.
In addition to the efforts of students, the Social Work faculty members are also busy. The Division of Social Work has contracted with the City of Thomasville’s Police Department to help conduct a survey in which residents can voice their opinions about the Police Department. Social Work faculty members assisted in the design and implementation of the survey, which is available at www.tinyurl.com/2014thomasvillepolicesurvey.
“Social work seeks to help people in all areas of life and in many different ways,” said Bill Milford, Chair of the Division of Social Work. “Gathering research data for the police will help them to continue to do their good work while our students are providing valuable support to local agencies as they also learn to develop their skills.”
For more information about the Division of Social Work at Thomas University, contact Milford at (229) 226-1621 Ext. 1123 or firstname.lastname@example.org.