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Studying, Exploring and Engaging Discipleship (S.E.E.D.), a student organization at Venango College of Clarion University, hit the ground running this year with a full slate of campus activities and service projects. 

S.E.E.D. members learned of the PPC Violence Free Network and Shelter – a program of Family Service & Children’s Aid Society of Venango County – and its services after studying domestic violence issues for World Day of Prayer last spring.

The PPC building flooded this year and the damage resulted in the loss of half of their pantry of canned goods.  S.E.E.D. club members are helping to clear damaged goods and reorganize items in the basement. 

“The club members were very touched by people they met at the PPC building and decided to change plans for the use of their budget to purchase fleece to make up to 20 blankets for the shelter,” said Ms. Casey McVay, club advisor.

 “Although the PPC has the heat turned as high as they can afford, it’s still cold in the shelter. They do not have any warm winter blankets or comforters for the residents,” said club president, Deborah Hale.

S.E.E.D. is also collecting items for a care package. Items requested are: warm comforters, coats, winter clothes, canned goods and paper products.

S.E.E.D. has become a very active group on campus and has doubled in size to 20 club members consisting of faculty, staff and students.  S.E.E.D. encourages the community to get involved and give suggestions. For information on how you can help or contribute please contact S.E.E.D. Advisor, Casey McVay at or Deborah Hale, Club President at

12/17/2013 8:00 AM

Venango College S.E.E.D. Club Provides Fleece Blankets for PPC Shelter