EvCC nurses to volunteer in Dominican Republic

Donate funds, supplies at car wash Aug. 10
Aug 07, 2013
Courtesy of: Chelsea Bearer Chelsea Bearer of Snohomish, who graduated from Everett Community College in 2013, works with a Dominican Republic family in a makeshift clinic during EvCC nursing students' 2012 trip to the country to provide care for impoverished families.

Everett Community College nursing students are raising money and collecting donations of supplies for a December trip to the Dominican Republic to provide care for impoverished families.

Students are seeking donations of over-the-counter medications and hygiene supplies and money to purchase prescription medications such as antibiotics. They will be collecting monetary donations at a car wash from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Aug. 10 at Les Schwab, 4805 Evergreen Way in Everett.

The group of 20 students and three instructors will volunteer in December in the Dominican Republic’s capital, Santo Domingo.

They will work alongside local doctors to provide medical care and healthcare education in makeshift clinics in areas where many cannot afford medications, vitamins or basic hygiene supplies like toothpaste and shampoo.

Infection and malnourishment from unclean drinking water are common, and volunteers are expecting to treat many parasitic infections.

“We’ll be working in some of the poorest neighborhoods where many families don’t have access to basic healthcare or clean drinking water,” EvCC nursing instructor Candace Whedon said. “The care we provide can be life-changing for the families, and it also provides a global perspective of healthcare for students that just can’t be taught in the classroom.”

This is the fourth year EvCC nursing students have volunteered in the Dominican Republic through the Foundation for Peace. Students and instructors each pay $1,500 for the trip. Learn more at www.foundationforpeace.org.

Each EvCC group member will bring a suitcase of medical supplies and hygiene kits. The group is asking for donations by Oct. 15.

To make a tax-deductible, financial donation, bring cash or check made out to Everett Community College to the car wash, or contact Candace Whedon at cwhedon@everettcc.edu or 425-388-9462.

Supplies can also be dropped off at Everett Community College, 2000 Tower St., outside Liberty Hall 361 or the Student Activities Office in the Parks Student Union room 209.

Needed items include:

• Adult multi-vitamins

• Children’s multi-vitamins (no gummy or chewable vitamins)

• Prenatal vitamins

• Acetaminophen (Tylenol or other brand), including adult, children’s chewable and infant drops

• Bars of soap, liquid body soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste and shampoo

• Keri or Lubriderm lotion

• Antibiotic ointment

• Hydrocortisone cream or ointment (1%)

• Antifungal cream for athlete’s foot

• Calcium carbonate tablets (chewable Pepto-Bismol and Tums tablets)

• Diphenhydramine (Benadryl or other brand)

• Loratadine (Claritin)

• Famotidine (Pepcid) or Ranitidine (Zantac)

-Edited by Beacon staff

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