Students in New River Community and Technical College’s Browning Social Services Club raised $5,500 for The Un-Prescription Foundation for Autism through the Volleyball 4 Autism fundraiser for the second year in a row.
“We want to thank our teams and all of those who came out to support the event on Saturday, to Memorial Baptist Church for the use of their gym, to all of the businesses who sponsored the event and donated items for the silent auction, and to the volunteers who helped to bring everything together,” said New River CTC Assistant Professor of Social Services Dr. Kelli White.
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.
Along with raising funds to support The Un-Prescription Foundation for Autism at the event, New River CTC offered the chance for a new student to win a $500 scholarship to the college by applying at the event. Rochelle Schlusser received the scholarship at the event. She plans to study social services at New River CTC.
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 2022.
Autism Health and the non-profit, The Un-Prescription Foundation for Autism, has 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. Autism Health is located in Beckley, and funds raised through Volleyball 4 Autism help West Virginia families.