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Weekly News From Around the
Columbia Union Conference

July 3, 2014
WAU Students Conduct Drive for Low-Income Families
Cindy Ascencio and Jenny Matias (pictured), sophomore social work majors at Washington Adventist University (WAU) in Takoma Park, Md., are striving to help families in Takoma Park and nearby Silver Spring who struggle economically. The students are doing internships at Adventist Community Services of Greater Washington (ACSGW), where they initiated a campaign in early May called Bestowing a Basket of Love. For the project, they placed boxes around the WAU campus for a few weeks to collect clothing, small kitchen appliances and barely used school supplies. 
 “The project was a great success!” Ascencio said, after making a final pickup of items. “We received a lot of donations thanks to the students and the deans for allowing us to do this fundraiser. We received more than we were expecting.”—Story and photo by Alicia Tucker
WAH apoya festival hispano de Telemundo
De nuevo este año, Washington Adventist Hospital (WAH) en Takoma Park, Md., fue un patrocinador del sexto evento anual de Telemundo en Washington, llamado “Fiesta de las Madres”, ofreciendo exámenes de salud y educación sobre la salud. El evento se celebra cada año en el centro de Silver Spring.
La exposición al aire libre celebra a las madres y mujeres hispanas mientras ayuda a conectar a sus familias con recursos comunitarios muy necesarios. Casi 1,000 asistentes se relacionaron con el personal en el puesto de WAH, donde se les proveyó información gratuita sobre salud y expertos en las áreas de salud materna e infantil, cáncer de mama y salud del seno, estuvieron listos para contestar preguntas. Al final del día, WAH y otros voluntarios de Adventist HealthCare ofrecieron un total de 150 exámenes de salud gratuitos a los participantes, incluyendo composición corporal, índice cintura/cadera, y pruebas de fuerza de agarre.—Historia escrita por el personal de Adventist HealthCare
Runners Raise $9,000 for Good Neighbor House at Kettering College Run
Kettering College recently donated $9,000 to the Good Neighbor House community center from funds raised during their annual Spring Into Health 5k race. More than 500 participants turned out this year to run for the good cause.
Students in the Physicians Assistant (PA) Department (pictured with school administrators and Good Neighbor House staff) have been some of the primary organizers of the event since its start in 2009. Story by Jessica Beans
Festival Honors The Adventists 2 Film 
The Adventists 2 documentary film won the prestigious Silver Screen Award at the 2014 U.S. International Film & Video Festival. The festival, which annually attracts some 1,000 entries from around the world for the various categories, was founded in 1967 and is headquartered in Los Angeles. —Story by John Dillon  

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