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The social work students at The Ohio State University at Lima will attend a United Way Impact Tour from 8:15 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 13, 2024, at a variety of agencies in Allen County. Approximately 50 students are expected to participate in a hands-on introduction to the activities, programs and agencies supported by United Way. 

“As social workers, we work from a person-in-environment perspective. When we work with individuals, we need to understand the context in which they live, including family and community,” said Carmen Cupples, lecturer in social work. “Understanding how the United Way supports the community, we get to learn about how improving life from a community perspective can help make life better for the individual.”

Tour stops will be at the Bradfield Community Center, 9:00-10:30 a.m., 550 S. Collett Street; West Ohio Food Bank, 10:50-11:40 a.m., 1380 E. Kibby St.; and Soldiers of Honor, noon-1:30 p.m., 117 S. Union St. Each host stop will include several agencies, including Bradfield Community Center, Senior Citizens Services, Crime Victims Services, West Ohio Food Bank, United Way, Soldiers of Honor, the ARC of Allen County, and Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Each agency will give the students a taste of services they offer their program participants, including cardio drumming, boxing, and packing food boxes.