More than 300 incoming pharmacy, occupational therapy and physical therapy students participated in the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions’ annual service trip to Heartland Hope Mission (HHM) during Welcome Week in August, providing service at HHM’s South Omaha and Millard locations.
Heartland Hope Mission provides food, clothing, educational opportunities and job counseling to those in need. The Creighton students assisted in a variety of ways, from distributing food to picking up trash, cleaning the facility, folding and sorting clothes, organizing toys for the annual Christmas drive and receiving donations at local Hy-Vee grocery stores.
“It’s always great to show the community what Creighton is all about, but it’s also good to show the incoming students the values Creighton hopes to instill in them throughout their journey. I always enjoy supporting the new students in their transition. Even after so many years of volunteering here, I still look forward to it every year,” reflected third-year pharmacy student Sydney Czarnyszka.
HHM staff members emphasized the importance of the work being done and the great impact it will have on the community.
“I always enjoy giving back, and it’s nice to know Creighton cares and wants its students to care. They teach us more than just academics,” said first-year physical therapy student Olivia Raspotnik.