Hu­mane so­ci­ety gives CSM sup­plies new life

CSM health­care pro­gram makes do­na­tion to Charles hu­mane so­ci­ety

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One Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land em­ployee found the per­fect pet for her fam­ily at the Hu­mane So­ci­ety of Charles County. In the process, Alise Jor­gensen also found the per­fect place to re­cy­cle items that could no longer be used in her class­room, ac­cord­ing to a re­lease.

Jor­gensen, CSM health­care course man­ager on the La Plata Cam­pus, no­ticed that at the end of the year the tow­els, linens and blan­kets used in the cer­ti­fied nurs­ing as­sis­tant and geri­atric nurs­ing as­sis­tant classes had run their course. They were frayed, ripped, stained and no longer us­able. Not want­ing to have them end up in the land­fill, she knew through her deal­ings with the hu­mane so­ci­ety that the group could make use of the linens.

“This is our first time do­nat­ing these items,” Jor­gensen said on a re­cent morn­ing at the HSCC’s of­fice on In­dus­trial Park Drive in Wal­dorf. “Dur­ing the year, these tow­els and linens are used in labs where the stu­dents learn the fun­da­men­tals of be­ing a nurs­ing as­sis­tant and they prac­tice feed­ing, bathing, dress­ing and groom­ing pa­tients and chang­ing linens. Some­times they use yel­low food col­or­ing and the items get stained or the bleach will stain them. Ei­ther way, the items have lost their use­ful­ness in the class­room. We’ll give them a sec­ond life here.”

Jor­gensen and Allyson Still­well, lab­o­ra­tory pro­gram as­sis­tant, stopped by the hu­mane so­ci­ety to make the do­na­tion, ac­cepted by the so­ci­ety’s Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Starla Rai­born.

“We are ver y ap­pre­cia­tive of the do­na­tion,” Rai­born said. “We can’t op­er­ate with­out the sup­port of the com­mu­nity, and with some­thing as sim­ple as tow­els, blan­kets and sheets, it goes a long way in help­ing us keep things clean and san­i­tary.”

She said the hu­mane so­ci­ety ac­cepts many house­hold items and other do­na­tions from the public.

“If it’s a sup­ply and we can use it, we need it as a do­na­tion. What we don’t get do­nated to us, we have to pur­chase. Any do­na­tion helps us stretch our re­sources,” she said.

Items on the wish list in­clude dry dog and cat food, puppy and kit­ten food, KMR kit­ten for­mula, moist cat food, plas­tic trash bags, scrub­bing sponges, non-clump­ing kitty lit­ter, rub­ber gloves, four-foot flu­o­res­cent bulbs, bleach, white and col­ored copy pa­per, dish­wash­ing liq­uid, hand san­i­tizer, per­ma­nent mark­ers, an­i­mal car­ri­ers, elec­tric heat­ing pads, dig­i­tal camera, Fris­bees and dog toys, cat climb­ing trees and toys, bath tow­els, wash cloths, news­pa­pers, card­board flats and blan­kets.

Jor­gensen be­came ac­quainted with the non­profit when she adopted a dog in Fe­bru­ary. She said the 45-pound Shiba Inu-mix is the “per­fect pet for my fam­ily.” Since then, she came up with the idea to do­nate the left­over class­room sup­plies that had been ac­cu­mu­lat­ing in the depart­ment and couldn’t be used any­more and got the nec­es­sary ap­provals to make the do­na­tion.

Still­well, who is in charge of the linens and tow­els used in the classes, said the items were pil­ing up.

“They had been sit­ting in my of­fice for a long time,” she said. “So they needed to go. We’re very happy to find some­one who could ac­tu­ally use them, rather than hav­ing to throw them away.”

Jor­gensen said she would like to make the do­na­tion a re­cur­ring one. “We are go­ing to try to. Hope­fully, this will be a once-a-year do­na­tion,” she said.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Hu­mane So­ci­ety of Charles County and how to do­nate to the or­ga­ni­za­tion, go to http://hu­mane­so­ci­etycc.org/.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Alise Jor­gensen, health­care course man­ager in the CSM Con­tin­u­ing Ed­u­ca­tion and Work­force De­vel­op­ment Depart­ment, left, and Alyssa Still­well, lab­o­ra­tory pro­gram as­sis­tant, right, do­nate used linens to the Hu­mane So­ci­ety of Charles County. Ac­cept­ing the do­na­tion is the so­ci­ety’s Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Starla Rai­born, cen­ter.

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