How Two Med Students Accepted What They Couldn't Change--and Changed What They Couldn't Accept
New Orleans Women's Shelter Outreach Program, NOWSoutreach.org
I'm inspired by the two LSU Med students who ran for various class officer positions---and lost. They ran for various positions with organizations that limited the number of their volunteers--and lost. They soon accepted the fact that volunteer positions were filled--by others. They couldn't accept not being able to volunteer in some way, so they founded a new organization in 2014 and named it the New Orleans Women's Shelter (NOWS) Outreach Program. In the spirit of inclusiveness, anyone who wants to volunteer with NOWS Outreach can do so. The two med students, along with over a hundred volunteers from the dental school, School of Public Health, Xavier Pharmacy School, LSU Nursing School and other schools provide health education and health care for the women and children residing at the shelter. Programs range from providing flu shots to teaching little kids how to brush their teeth. Every penny of every donation goes to providing health care and education. Med school in and of itself is incredibly time consuming, and I am in awe of the two med students who saw a need in the community and took action to establish the NOWS Outreach Program. Along with their army of volunteers, they provide vital health services to the women and children residing at the shelter. There is nothing more meaningful to me than supporting an organization that relies 100% on volunteer efforts and spends every cent of every donation on health care (e.g. PAP smears, medications, mammograms, health exams, etc.). I get goosebumps when I see the photos of the children at the shelter smiling and when I hear that they're now immunized and protected from getting the flu---something that would not have been possible if not for NOWS Outreach. It is an organization that I whole-heartedly support.
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