Arianna Adkins
Arianna Adkins

VAN WERT – Van Wert student Arianna Adkins has always had a place for those with special needs. Now, in her senior year of high school, Adkins has the opportunity to live out her dream, possibly as a preparation step for some type of career in social work.

“I have always had a passion to help out with those in need,” said Adkins recently. “This has always been my heart. I’ve loved helping those in school who needed help.”

Now, on the verge of graduation, Adkins is looking to attend the University of Toledo or University of Cincinnati and major in social work.

Currently, Adkins is involved in Van Wert this year with the school’s CEO (Career Education Opportunity) program. She has connected with the YWCA social work program and will be carrying out various responsibilities each day doing such things as “well check” on the residents and other areas related to social work.

Currently, Adkins has been assigned a major program that will enable her to be involved in a community-wide program under the YWCA sponsorship.

The program, known as “Scarf Bombing: Cold Days Warm Hearts” seeks to address the needs of the homeless and those with special needs for warm clothing as winter wears on.

Julie Schaufelberger, Outreach Coordinator for the YWCA, said that during Nov. 9-11, hats, scarves and gloves will be tied to trees in Fountain Park.

“Those with need are invited to help themselves, no questions asked,” said Schaufelberger. “We have put Arianna in charge of the program in order to give her good exposure to genuine community social work connection.”

“We can use new hats, gloves and scarves,” said Adkins. “We are also accepting crocheted and knitted sets (unworn). Donations may be dropped off at the front desk of the YWCA by Nov. 8.”

“We are putting her in charge of situations connected to social work as much as we can,” said Schaufelberger. “We want to do all we can to give her a feel for what she aspires to do.”

“I really love what I am doing,” said Adkins. “In fact, I am falling in love with it more all of the time. I care about the people here and I really enjoy the staff. They really make me feel like I am somebody here.

“I’m glad that I can be here for the entire school year. Everyone is so helpful and encouraging. I really have a heart for the women here that need empowered,” added Adkins.