The room slowly started to fill up with guests that were all looking for something unique.
Some participants were looking for love, Alexander: “I’m trying to find the love of my life!
While initially designed to allow members of nonprofit Community Access Unlimited (CAU) to meet with representatives from various faith-based organizations to help them determine which they might want to join, the event has been opened to all county residents this year. The council promotes inclusion of all people within the community, without regard to race, religion or disability, and creates a clearing house of faith-based, nonprofit and government community services available to the public, according to Sid Blanchard, CAU executive director.
Last year 92 CAU members met with 43 representatives of 19 houses of worship. "It gave people with different abilities the opportunity to see what's out there to help them succeed and make a better future." Rosa has been attending Saturday mass at The Parish Community of St. CAU is a statewide nonprofit providing support programs and services to adults with disabilities as well as youth served under the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to enable them to live independently in the community, providing supports in areas including housing, vocational skills and life-skills training, education, advocacy and recreation.
Every year, the event provides a unique opportunity for students to practice the underappreciated skill of striking up a conversation with a complete stranger with whom they may only have a single, but important, connection: a passion for pharmacy.
Students were expected to sit down, introduce themselves, and then immediately engage in conversation about the professionals’ personal career paths as well as their advice on how the students can best use their time in school to make themselves competitive in today’s job market.
Pharmacy students and recent graduates don’t always know who they are going to run into, how much time they will have to build a professional relationship with that person, or even whether a relationship is worth pursuing.
“Students who attend the event for the first time sometimes freak out when they are told what they have to do,” said Jessica Yujin Jung, Pharm D student and president of Rutgers’ AMCP student chapter. This was my third time attending this event, however, and I found myself much more comfortable with listening to the insight the professionals had to offer and articulating all the questions I had for them.” Pharmacy is often said to be a small world, and the Northeast has a dense population of pharmacists occupying various positions in which they can market their clinical and business knowledge.So Friday night, the Warren RHA decided on a quick and easy solution to all our love-struck hearts’ needs – speed dating.Hoards of candy were laid out for the sweet-toothed lovers on a long row of tables that seated participants.The event now is being modeled by other colleges and universities and has become a much-anticipated activity for students about to enter the job market.Speed Date Philadelphia™ introduces single professionals to each other at fun and exciting speed dating events and singles parties in Philadelphia.