Summary of Event:
From March 8th through March 11th, 2011, a group of seven Western Carolina University students traveled to Washington, D.C. to participate in the annual conference of the international humanitarian organization CARE, the "Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere." Also joining the group as a mentor for the students was WCU staff member Bethany Ketting (BA '10), a WCU philosophy graduate who had participated in the 2010 conference. Dr. John Whitmire, Jr., associate professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion joined the group as well as a faculty representative.
The activity was generously funded by grants from the Department of Philosophy and Religion, the Center for Service Learning, the Honors College, and QEP funds from the Department of Undergraduate Studies.
About CARE:CARE is a non-sectarian, BBB-accredited charity, has received a rating of "A+" from the American Institute of Philanthropy, and is a 20-year honoree of the Chronicle of Philanthropy, with 91% of donated resources going to program funding and only 9% used for administration and fundraising. While best known for creating the original CARE packages sent to Europe after World War II to find and prevent survivors from starving, the organization now focuses much of its humanitarian work on easing the suffering of women and children in the entire developing world. For more information about CARE, please visit them at their website.
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