Students in New River Community and Technical College’s Browning Social Services Club raised $5,500 for The Un-Prescription through the Volleyball 4 Autism fundraiser on Saturday, April 10.
“Our goal for the 2021 event was to raise $4,000, and we are ecstatic that we were able to surpass that goal, even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said New River CTC Assistant Professor of Social Services Dr. Kelli White. “We want to thank Memorial Baptist Church for the use of their gym, all of the businesses who sponsored the event and donated items for the silent auction, the volunteers who helped to bring everything together, the teams who played and all of those who came out on Saturday to support the event.”
White started Volleyball 4 Autism over a decade ago to help provide more families with access to diagnostic services through Autism Health. Now, college students studying social services at New River CTC run the fundraiser.
New River CTC’s associate degree in social services prepares graduates for direct services positions and to continue their education. The program is one of more than 40 New River CTC programs that qualify for free tuition through the WV Invests Grant. Applications for the program are now being accepted for fall 2021.
Autism Health and the non-profit, The Un-Prescription, have helped hundreds of families by providing natural approaches to treat underlying medical problems that can cause difficult behaviors and aggression, sleep problems, constipation, delayed language and poor social skills. The center, based in Beckley, currently serves patients from 16 states, but funds raised through Volleyball 4 Autism help West Virginia families.