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Woodford Times - Peoria, IL
  • Students provide beds, cribs for Heart House

  • Four students in assistant professor of communication Amanda Frioli’s capstone course for communication majors at Eureka College selected a community service project that is especially close to one of the student’s hearts.
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  • Four students in assistant professor of communication Amanda Frioli’s capstone course for communication majors at Eureka College selected a community service project that is especially close to one of the student’s hearts.  
    “As the aunt of a baby who died of sudden infant death syndrome, and a board member of Sudden Infant Death Services of Illinois, Inc., I look for opportunities to spread awareness about safe sleep practices and unexpected infant death,” said senior Amy Lane of West Peoria. “Three other seniors and I selected our particular service project of providing beds and cribs at Heart House homeless shelter in Eureka because we felt it was important to give the residents a safe and comfortable living environment during their time in the shelter. And, I am thrilled to connect the Heart House organization with the SIDS organization that I volunteer for,” Lane said.  
    Other students working on the project are Jennifer Lewis of Pontiac, Rian Nailor of Eureka and Amanda Schreck of Monmouth.
    The group raised money for and sought donations of mattresses, box springs and metal bed frames for children and women and new portable cribs for infants.
    The group held a three-day fundraiser on campus selling raffle tickets for prizes. The proceeds of more than $150 purchased two portable cribs. In addition, SIDS of Illinois, Inc. donated a portable crib.
    Bed frames, mattresses and box springs were donated by Wright’s Furniture of Pontiac, a Eureka College staff member and a relative of one of the students.
    The group also volunteered for approximately 30 hours at Heart House as a part of the Eureka Rotary Club’s renovation project there. They spent about 30 hours painting walls and furniture with Rotary Club members.
    The communication capstone course is designed to facilitate students’ synthesis of the communication major curriculum, Frioli said. The students’ final assignment is an applied project that involves partnering with a nonprofit organization to study a communication problem or process.
    “We are fortunate to have great community partners who welcome our students and their communication services. This significant opportunity helps prepare our students for their future leadership roles within the communication field,” Frioli said.
    Other students in the class performed their community service requirements with the Girl Scouts of Central Illinois, Maple Lawn Homes retirement community and an area art exhibit.

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