VSU stu­dents step up to the plate

Stu­dents in­vited to Hope Cen­ter to help serve food to area res­i­dents

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PETERS­BURG — The Down­town Churches United and the Hope Cen­ter have in­vited mem­bers of the Vir­ginia State Univer­sity Pub­lic Relations Stu­dent So­ci­ety of Amer­ica (PRSSA) to serve food to area res­i­dents in cel­e­bra­tion of Thanks­giv­ing. The stu­dents will be serv­ing the do­nated food with the ladies of the Peters­burg chap­ter of the East­ern Star, to­day from 11 a.m. un­til 1 p.m.

The stu­dents will also be learn­ing the ba­sic prin­ci­ples of strate­gic plan­ning, co­or­di­nat­ing and mar­ket­ing of an event while sup­port­ing Peters­burg res­i­dents who are look­ing for a bal­anced meal. The VSU pub­lic relations stu­dents have a burn­ing de­sire to learn the prac­ti­cal ex­e­cu­tion of pub­lic relations projects to sat­isfy their aca­demic re­quire­ments while pro­vid­ing a valu­able ser­vice to the com­mu­nity.

Down­town Churches United is a union of faith based com­mu­ni­ties and other hu­man ser­vice or­ga­ni­za­tions re­spond­ing to the needs of Peters­burg’s most marginal­ized cit­i­zens.

“This will be a hum­bling ex­pe­ri­ence to watch the VSU stu­dents give back to our com­mu­nity,” said Scott Fisher, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of DCU and the HopeCen­ter. “More than 3,300 peo­ple vol­un­teer for us each year mak­ing a dif­fer­ence. Last year over 20,000 peo­ple were served.”

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