Venango College Veterans Club members delivered gifts to fifteen veterans residing at the Oil City Presbyterian Home as their final fall semester project before going home for the holiday break last week. The community-focused project started four years ago as the club’s first project. Due to the popularity of this event, the club has now partnered with Venango Allies, Rehabilitative Services, and Criminal Justice Clubs to adopt three more Venango County nursing homes in order to support some 60 veterans receiving holiday visits and gifts from Venango College student-led organizations.
Pictured is Venango College Veterans Club member Sheri Symosko greeting Presbyterian Home resident Fay Durham, U.S.M.C. and Vietnam War Veteran. Symosko is a dual major in Criminology and Rehabilitative Sciences who also is an R.O.T.C. cadet at Clarion University. She is very active in the multiple projects that the club supports. In the past, the club has also co-sponsored the campus’ Thanksgiving Dinner, BBQ with the Dean for students, spearheaded the Flags in Classrooms project, remembered veterans in nursing homes during Veterans Day and Easter, and serves as a team sponsor of the Tough Mudder, an event that benefits the Wounded Warrior project. The Venango College Veterans club sponsors larger programs with the support of other Venango College clubs, staff and faculty. Veterans club advisors are Mark Conrad, Venango College Coordinator of Career Services and Daly Fuller, Coordinator of Intramurals and Recreation.
Symosko commented, “I wanted to belong to a student group that helped other people, especially veterans, and the Venango College Veterans Club was the organization that impressed me the most. I’m the only female in the club and Ms. Dunham is the only female veteran at the Presbyterian Home so we had something in common when we first met. She is a true hero and I try to emulate people like her as my career will definitely be in the military and young soldiers need reminders of how much our older generation made sacrifices for us.”
Allies, Rehabilitative Services and Criminal Justice Clubs also visited and offered gifts at the Caring Place, Sugarcreek Station and Golden Living this past week.