GARY | Students in the Problems in Public Relations, an experiential learning class at Purdue University Calumet, are making community service a part of their class identity.
Four members of the Hammond class volunteered on a recent Saturday for dog walking duties at the Humane Society of Northwest Indiana, located in the Miller neighborhood of Gary.
The activity marked the start of a series of community service events the class plans to undertake. The class made a second trip to the Humane Society and is working on the details for other volunteer opportunities.
Class member Jim Komarowski suggested volunteering at the Humane Society of Northwest Indiana, where he regularly helps out. Komarowski was joined by three classmates, Richard Chambers, Brianna Sheppard and Aaron Dormio.
Sheppard said the trip to the Humane Society was a great experience.
“I not only had fun doing the physical walking, petting, and playing with the dogs, but just knowing that I was contributing to the well-being of the dogs was great,” she said. “I am so happy that I was able to help out with the happiness and well-being of the dogs, and if I could do it again, I definitely would not hesitate.”
The class has chosen to work with local organizations in order to prepare itself for working and maintaining communications with a client organization. The class, working as a consulting firm named Integrated Communications, will provide a client organization with a communication audit.
Dormio has always appreciated the work of animal shelters like the Humane Society of Northwest Indiana. “We have three dogs of our own, all of which we have rescued from Ann Arbor, Chicago, and Hinsdale humane societies,” Dormio said.
The Humane Society of Northwest Indiana welcomes volunteers and also provides adoption opportunities. To learn more, call (219) 938-3339 or visit www.millercritters.net.