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Written by Jaime Bradley

People Who Care

People Who Care is a campus club, focused on volunteerism, founded on Berea's campus in 1969.


People Who Care evolved from a mental health group which organized on the Berea campus through the Campus Ministry in September of 1969. There were about 15 students involved that year and the following year. By 1975, People Who Care enjoyed a steady increase in membership, and became affiliated with TEENS WHO CARE, a state association of mental health groups in high schools. In November of 1972, the organization received the “Outstanding Volunteer Group Award" by the Kentucky Department of Mental Health.

Through the 1980s and 1990s, People Who Care held volunteer events at the Berea Health Care Center; Eastern State Hospital in Lexington; MARC (Madison Association of Retarded Citizens) in Richmond and Berea; Oakwood Training Center in Somerset, KY; and organized an annual Cystic Fibrosis Fundraiser. They also developed a relationship with the Shriner’s Hospital in Lexington. Most activities and visitations have traditionally been held on Sunday afternoons. They also appear to have participated in lots of other regional events related to the mentally handicapped, and periodically organized “Hike and Bike” or "Ride, Walk, or Wheel" events for fundraisers.

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