Social work students partner with Harmony House to host cleaning product drive

Marshall University’s Master of Social Work students have joined forces with Harmony House to host a cleaning product drive. The drive will benefit residents of Vanity Fair who are at risk for hygiene-related evictions.

This is the second community awareness event the students have organized while taking the Social Work 634: Advanced Practice with Groups, Communities and Organizations graduate course, according to Dr. Debra Young, assistant professor of social work.

"Last spring, students held events on the Huntington campus to promote ‘It’s on Us’ sexual assault prevention in conjunction with the university’s Women’s Center and CONTACT," Young said. "We developed and disseminated compassion fatigue and mindfulness information for first responders, held a town hall informational session about human trafficking, and donated sharps containers to the City of Dunbar Police Department. Although the project focus changes, the overarching concepts of community organizing for vulnerable populations and community needs will continue to be addressed every spring and summer through our program."

Donations for the cleaning product drive can be dropped off June 16 through June 29 at the following locations:

  • Prichard Hall, Room 317 on Marshall’s Huntington campus
  • Gullickson Hall’s Behavioral Health Clinic (Basement G01) on Marshall’s Huntington campus
  • Kroger
  • Drug Emporium
  • Christ Temple Church
  • Cabell County Department of Health and Human Resources
  • Pullman Square Summer Concert Series (only from 6-9 p.m., Thursday, June 28)

Supplies needed for a successful drive include Pine-Sol® or equivalent; dish soap; bleach; disinfectant cleaner; paper towels; mops and brooms; sponges and cleaning cloths; buckets; disinfectant wipes; Mr. Clean Magic Erasers® or equivalent; distilled white vinegar to kill mold; and cleaning gloves.

Students will be conducting a basket raffle and accepting donations at the June 28 Pullman Square Summer Concert Series event. Tickets for the raffle are $1 per ticket or $5 for six tickets. To learn more about Harmony House and how you can get involved, contact Bill Rosenberger, Director of Development for Harmony House, at 304-523-2764, extension 102. For more information on the Marshall University Department of Social Work, contact Young at