Who We Are

We are a diverse group of students committed to serving our community, building relationships, and preparing for our future.

We represent many interests and majors. Some of us are interested in careers in the health professions. Some of us are not.

We believe that community service is an integral part of learning.  Many of our officers and members first began volunteering at Erwin Gardens as part of a service-learning requirement in sociology classes on death and dying and aging and health taught by our faculty sponsor Dr. Deborah Gold, the director of the Human Development Program and Associate Professor of Medical Sociology.  The Adopt-A-Grandparent program was originally founded in 2000 by Julie Linton, who is now finishing medical school at Penn.

 

What We Do

We put on programs on Saturdays and other select days throughout the academic school year for residents of Erwin Gardens, a Medicaid/Medicare facility within 10 minutes walking distance from Duke University’s West Campus.

Our programs are extensive. They include weekly bingo Saturday afternoons and monthly special events. In the past, we have held special events for Thanksgiving, Halloween, winter holidays, Valentine’s Day, Mardi Gras, and Senior Prom.

As part of our effort to build a sense of community and camaraderie amongst club members, we have weekly informal lunches prior to afternoon bingo. We gather at the Loop on West Campus for lunch and discussion. We are invested in each other’s lives as friends and partners in serving our community.

 

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