The Voice: Summer 2003
Social work majors raise awareness of their vocation
By: Sally Jongsma
Most people dont know much about social work, says Beth Hankinson, a senior
social work major at Dordt. Some people seem to think that social workers
are just the people who take kids away, she says. Theres so much
more to it than that.
This March, Hankinson and several of her classmates tried to show people what
social work is actually about when they got out of the classroom and
into the community for the 20th annual Social Work Month. Sponsored by the
National Association of Social Workers, Social Work Month offers an opportunity for Dordts
social work department to get the word out about their program. In Social
Work Practice, a class led by Professor Carl Dragt, students were asked to
plan events for this years Social Work Month.
To begin planning for the month, the students formed a committee and appointed
Hankinson as the chairperson. After they held a bake sale to raise funds,
the students held a food drive, with proceeds going to the Family Crisis
Center and Amistad Cristiana, a Hispanic worship fellowship in Sioux Center.
As social workers we are called to be active in the community, says
Hankinson. The food drive was a really good way to do that.
Later in the month, the students held a number of events to inform
the Dordt College community about the ins and outs of social work. One
night, they served hot chocolate at the Campus Center, and another time they
handed out cotton candy and fifty cent coupons for the Humble Bean coffee
Those two events were a lot of fun, says Hankinson. Plus, a lot
of people would ask us, what is this all about? That gave us
an opportunity to tell them about social workwhat its all about.