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Outreach Unlimited’s Amanda Powers explains Stuff-A-Shuttle

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IvyLee RosarioNews Editor

“We are beyond excited for this event to take place,” said Amanda Powers, co-president of Outreach Unlimited, “this is the first time we are doing it and so far we are having a great turn out.”

Outreach Unlimited is a student-run club that promotes disability awareness on campus. According to Outreach’s community web page, their goal is to increase awareness of disability, educational and access issues. “We would also like to provide members of the SCSU community the opportunity for diverse social interactions.”

The two Co-Presidents, Amanda Powers and Amy Berish have been members of Outreach since their freshman year in Fall 2010. They were first approached about Outreach through Deborah Fairchild, the Assistant Director of the Disability Resource Center.

Photo Courtesy | southernct.collegiatelink.ne
Photo Courtesy | southernct.collegiatelink.ne

“Deb first told me about it and I thought it was a great opportunity to meet other people on campus that had different disabilities,” said Berish, “because sometimes you can feel like you are the only one.”

Powers, 20, is a Communications Disorders major here at Southern and said she chose that major so she can help others with a similar disability to her own, which is hearing impaired.

“I think it’s important to use my disability in a positive way,” said Powers. “Sure there are ups and downs but I’ve learned to live with it and now I want to use my experience to help others.”

Outreach Unlimited came up with the Stuff-A-Shuttle idea from first thinking about the Stuff-A-Bus idea that many schools take part in.

“We’ve had so many donations and there are so many people who are willing to help with this,” said Berish.

Powers, who is originally from Southbury, said that throughout her school years she has learned more each passing year that her disability has made her grow as a person and has taught her a lot.

“I think people need to learn from the obstacles that come in life,” said Powers. “Without them we would have no way to learn and better ourselves.”

The Stuff-A-Shuttle event is set to take place on March 1.

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“We are beyond excited for this event to take place,” said Amanda Powers, co-president of Outreach Unlimited, “this is the first time we are doing it and so far we are having a great turn out.”

Outreach Unlimited is a student-run club that promotes disability awareness on campus. According to Outreach’s community web page, their goal is to increase awareness of disability, educational and access issues. “We would also like to provide members of the SCSU community the opportunity for diverse social interactions.”

The two Co-Presidents, Amanda Poewers and Amy Berish have been members of Outreach since their freshman year in Fall 2010. They were first approached about Outreach through Deborah Fairchild, the Assistant Director of the Disability Resource Center.

“Deb first told me about it and I thought it was a great opportunity to meet other people on campus that had different disabilities,” said Berish, “because sometimes you can feel like you are the only one.”

Powers, 20, is a Communications Disorders major here at Southern and said she chose that major so she can help others with a similar disability to her own, which is hearing impaired.

“I think it’s important to use my disability in a positive way,” said Powers. “Sure there are ups and downs but I’ve learned to live with it and now I want to use my experience to help others.”

Outreach Unlimited came up with the Stuff-A-Shuttle idea from first thinking about the Stuff-A-Bus idea that many schools take part in.

“We’ve had so many donations and there are so many people who are willing to help with this,” said Berish.

Powers, who is originally from Southbury, said that throughout her school years she has learned more each passing year that her disability has made her grow as a person and has taught her a lot.

“I think people need to learn from the obstacles that come in life,” said Powers. “Without them we would have no way to learn and better ourselves.”

The Stuff-A-Shuttle event is set to take place on March 1.

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