WLU Psychology Club collects supplies

WEST LIBERTY — Members of the West Liberty University’s Psychology Club had domestic violence victims on their minds recently as they collected needed supplies for the YWCA of Wheeling.

“Our club collected these items for the past month or so and relied on the entire campus to contribute as they wished. These donations will benefit the domestic violence emergency safe shelter in Wheeling, an organization that is there every day for all of us,” said Michelle Yadrick, club president.

About 20 students are active in the club, according to Yadrick. The faculty adviser is Tifani Fletcher.

“I love the fact that WLU is partnering with the YWCA in this way. College campuses have a tendency to block out the rest of the world and focus on their own campus life. It seems sometimes that colleges also want to handle their own problems that might pop up internally,” said Lori Jones, executive director of the YWCA. “But this outreach shows awareness of the problem of domestic violence. It says a lot about the leadership of the college and its willingness to get involved.”

“We are grateful that students and staff helped us fill the bins and stock the shelter for the winter months,” said club Vice President Randy Dlesk said.

Items collected include women’s and children’s clothes, coats, hats, gloves, laundry detergent, diapers, feminine hygiene products, toothpaste, toilet paper and children’s toys and crafts for the holidays.

Jones said, “We serve 1,500 clients with issues of family violence every year. Several hundred of these utilize the emergency shelter, so this assistance is very meaningful. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, a person can either call or walk in to the YWCA to receive help, though at night unexpected guests have to ring a doorbell to receive assistance. But there is an 800 number to call 24-7 that is answered by a real person.”

The number is (800) 698-1247.