West Virginia University political science students will be collecting supplies to support Project MUSHROOM (Multidisciplinary Unsheltered Homeless Relief Outreach of Morgantown), a WVU student-run homeless health care and outreach program.
The supply drive will be from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday (April 9-13) in the Mountainlair.
The political science students are in a citizenship capstone course taught by Susan Hunter, associate professor in WVU s Department of Political Science in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences.
People are asked to bring donations of sunblock, insect repellant, hydrocortisone cream and athletes foot cream. Monetary donations will also be accepted.
Students from WVU s School of Medicine began MUSHROOM in June 2005 under the supervision of Dr. David Deci, assistant professor of family medicine.
MUSHROOM volunteers make street rounds, where they visit the homeless and assess medical problems, treat acute conditions, coordinate medical and social referrals and tend to hunger, thirst, loneliness and abandonment. As many as 25 clients may be treated in one night.
In addition to the supply drive, students are also writing a grant proposal to obtain funds for Deci and three students to attend a conference in Houston on street health.