From the president

Shermica Dunbar, a junior in the Human Services program at the University of South Carolina Beaufort, currently has a 4.0 GPA and possesses outstanding civic engagement experience. She is currently participating in an internship this Spring semester at Kindred Hearts of South Carolina, where her primary role is performing assessments on families who may be in need of community resources. The mission of Kindred Hearts is to serve persons who are taking care of their family members. They do so by building a community of collaborative organizations that are dedicated to providing services to meet the needs of caregivers and the persons who are being provided care. She also volunteers with a community youth group called the Mary B. Thomas Girls where she has been a mentor for five years. This organization prepares young women for a positive and rewarding future by stimulating their interest in higher education and encouraging them to become civic minded in their community.

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Personal Statement

Growing up I always had a strong devotion to help others. My passion started with taking care of my siblings while my mother worked two jobs to provide for us. We never went without but that was not the same for my neighbors which set on a path making changes in my community. While in high school I volunteered with the guidance counselor, learning to do what I could do to make a difference. She told me to keep trying by bringing light into some of the darkest places of my community. On this quest, I: • Orchestrated a backpack drive for teens in foster care at Wade Hampton High School. • Conducted a local coat drive for Order of the Eastern Star 2022. • Hosted an annual Easter Egg hunt for my community for the past five years. • Volunteered at Hampton Recreational Center with the local dance team. • Helped provide toiletries and food to the battered women shelter. My personal vision statement is: Become the best Human Service Worker, providing family counseling to help improve the lives of children. Make a difference in a child’s life and be the voice a child needs.

Shermica Dunbar

Human Services

University of South Carolina Beaufort