Massage and Global Citizenship Students Team Up To Help The ARC West Central

Posted by on December 6, 2011

Massage Therapy Students with Instructor Katie Karn and ARC West Central Program Coordinator Donna Atherton

Many people in society don’t get to experience the healing power of massage therapy due to lack of funds, knowledge, and support. But thanks to the Minnesota School of Business-Moorhead campus, one nonprofit group received the opportunity.

Students in the Massage Special Populations class spent three hours at The Arc West Central, providing chair massages for all clients and volunteers as an applied-learning project. The Arc West Central is a nonprofit organization that helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities live normal lives through networking, advocacy, public awareness, and social activities. Often citizens, who rely on these services, don’t have enough resources to receive massage therapy.

“We’re so blessed to have community partners like this that are willing to step up and help our organization,” says Donna Atherton, Program Coordinator for The Arc West Central.

A few days later, 10 Global Citizenship students assisted in The Arc West Central Christmas Potluck & Annual Meeting as a service-learning project. The students helped with decorations, serving, and entertainment. Over 160 people were in attendance at the event. For many, this is the only social activity they’ll experience during the holiday season.

“Students did a marvelous job supporting the activities for this event,” says Service-Learning Coordinator Kristi Leverson. “They really did realize the importance of their participation.”

The Arc of West Central continues to be a valued partner of Minnesota School of Business-Moorhead and both organizations hope to plan more activities in the future.

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