ENMU Social Workers Host Pumpkin Carving at Children’s Home

The Student Association of Social Workers at Eastern New Mexico University hosted a pumpkin carving event for the children at Hope Children’s Home in Clovis on Saturday, Oct. 24.

Sara Scowden, a junior at ENMU and a SASW officer, coordinated the event.

“I took the lead for this volunteer opportunity because I immediately knew of a local children’s home we could reach out to. My dog and I visit the children at Hope Children’s Home with a group of therapy dogs and I knew they’d love the opportunity to carve pumpkins,” said Scowden.

In the past, the association has done events at various children’s homes, but this was the first event they had hosted at Hope Children’s Home in Clovis.

The association provided pumpkins and tools for carving and designing as well as paints and brushes for the kids. Many in the home had never carved pumpkins before, shared Scowden, so the excitement and creative energy was real.

“It was more than I hoped for,” said Scowden, being sure to include her heartfelt thanks and appreciation for those who helped make the event possible and successful by donating pumpkins, candy and funds.

The mission of ENMU’s SASW is to bring fellow social workers together to serve the community through projects. The association calls these service projects “FAVEs” which is an acronym that stands for fundraising, advocacy/action, volunteering/civic engagement, and educating/outreach.

“We believe unity is strength and we can succeed through empowerment,” said Scowden.

Scowden, who will begin her senior year in the Bachelor of Social Work program at ENMU this coming spring, shared what keeps her motivated.

“I know what it feels like to be in need so that has inspired me to pay it forward by helping others. I chose social work because it is a helping profession that provides many potential paths and opportunities. I am leaning more toward the therapy side of things, and luckily a social work degree gives me that option,” she said.

Scowden hopes that this successful event can happen again in the coming years.

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