Campuses Serve Community During Holidays

Posted by Paula Paine on January 1, 2014 in Community, "Current Students", Faculty/Staff, Indiana, "Kansyas City", "Your OU"

Ottawa University’s heart for helping others was evident over the holidays when five OU-Kansas City employees conducted a workshop at a local women’s shelter that helped the ladies with their resumes and interview skills. The team, led by Campus Manager Chad Taldo, included Brea Turner, Jessie Salsbury, Kara CoopToys for Tots 2013[2]er and Kimberly Bauer.

Following their service, the group received an email from Arnetta, the women’s shelter volunteer coordinator.

“Thank you all for coming last week—I feel the workshop was very successful and helpful. The women were so excited and the suggestions and comments made by your team really increased their self-esteem. Some of their comments were: ‘They made me feel so good about myself;’ ‘I never thought I had those kinds of skills; I was just focusing on the work I was doing;’ and ‘I’m so glad I came to the workshop,’”

Ottawa University-Kansas City also helped Harvesters at Thanksgiving by filling a collection barrel to overflowing with 266 pounds of food that provided 205 meals to families in need. Over Christmas, employees adopted a family through the Salvation Army Adopt-a-Family.

OU-Indiana spread some Christmas cheer of their own. The campus was a drop-off site for Toys for Tots again this year, with faculty, staff and students collecting toys, gloves, mittens, and scarves for local children in need.