William Woods Seeks to Change Views on Poverty

Julie Roark, Callaway Action Network director for SERVE, will be at William Woods University Monday for a discussion on changing the stigma of poverty. She is scheduled to speak at 1 p.m. in Dulany Auditorium.

SERVE, Inc. is a nonprofit social service agency in Callaway County that aids people with food, shelter, utilities and transportation—all critical needs of life. SERVE’s programs include a food pantry, transportation system, Back to School, Adopt A Family, volunteer placement program, homeless prevention services and a thrift store.

Roark will share information on the stigma of poverty among college students. She will also explain how students at William Woods can help the way people see poverty.

The event is sponsored by social work students and Dr. Elizabeth Wilson, associate professor and director of WWU’s social work program.

Students for Social Work is an organization dedicated to helping the campus and surrounding community. Members develop and implement projects for nonprofit organizations like SERVE, the Coalition Against Rape and Domestic Violence (CARDV), Foster Parent’s Association and more.

The club uses events such as “Changing the Stigma of Poverty” to raise awareness and educate the William Woods community. They also conjoin with many national awareness campaigns.

This event is just the beginning of a “Clean Out Your Closet Week” for SERVE. Students can donate clothes, backpacks, purses, shoes and any other usable items. SERVE will pick up the donations after graduation.