Disaster Management Students Team Up with Pickaway County Agriculture Society

What began as a typical college course has turned into a real world experience for a team of students from Ohio Christian University. 

One of the course requirements for the students in the Disaster Management and Relief program at OCU is the Grant Writing and Development course.   Many of the graduates will work with nonprofit organizations and these grant writing and development skills make OCU graduates more marketable to employers.  The grant writing course at OCU was designed to provide the essential components of organizing, structuring, and presenting a project for successful grant funding from either public or private sources.   

According to Thad Hicks, the Disaster Management director, “The original plan for the class was to write imaginary grants and submit them to imaginary funders, but this changed dramatically when I received a call from Ronda Romine of the Pickaway County Agriculture Society.”  Romine had heard from other societies around the state that they had received grant writing assistance from colleges and universities in other areas around the state.  Romine stated that she thought it was, “worth the call” to check and see if this was something that OCU would help with.  What Romine did not realize was that the Disaster Management program at OCU had just begun a grant writing class the week before, and that they were looking for some way to give back to the community. 

A team of selected students from the grant writing class volunteered to work on this venture with the Pickaway County Agriculture Society.   The OCU team is made up of Jay Allen, Joshua Delph, Kendra Dixon, and Garrett vonBerge.  During the group’s initial meeting with Romine, a question was asked concerning the society’s Mission Statement.  The class had just finished a section on this important piece of any organization.  Romine reminded the team that the society started almost 70 years ago so “things back then were very different.”  Hicks added, “We’re using this experience as part of our grant writing class, but I think it’s also going to be a Pickaway County history lesson. “