World Relief High Point Organization Representative to Speak at Gardner-Webb on March 4

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Church Engagement and Volunteer Coordinator Joe McCann to Share at Dimensions

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. – The Dimensions program at Gardner-Webb University is pleased to announce Joe McCann, church engagement and volunteer coordinator at World Relief High Point (WRHP), as a distinguished speaker. McCann will discuss Human Trafficking Awareness Week with students and community members on Tuesday, March 4 at 9:25 a.m. in the Paul Porter Arena, located inside the Lutz-Yelton Convocation Center (LYCC).

Established in 1992, World Relief High Point (WRHP) is a non-profit organization based in High Point, N.C. that partners with the local church and community to assist refugee families by providing support as they adjust to their new lives in America. In addition to welcoming thousands of refugees into their community over the past two decades, WRHP has also introduced their Anti-Human Trafficking program to raise awareness and provide care to trafficking survivors. The mission and prayer of WRHP is that the church and members of the surrounding community will be empowered to stand for the vulnerable.

“As a part of Human Trafficking Awareness Week at GWU, Joe McCann will be sharing how human trafficking is not just a international issue, but a local one,” said Stephanie Capps, director of Student Leadership Development and Community Engagement. “He will share the reality of trafficking in our own state and what we can do to make a difference.

Originally founded in 1944, World Relief has been addressing the humanitarian needs of the world since WWII.  Since then it has developed initiatives in education, health, child development, agriculture, food security, anti-trafficking, immigrant services, micro-enterprise, disaster response and refugee resettlement. World Relief works through their domestic and international offices to reach out to local churches encouraging them to stand for the sick, the widowed, the orphaned, the alienated, the displaced, the devastated, the marginalized, and the disenfranchised.

Gardner-Webb University’s Dimensions programs are free and open to the public. The goal of Dimensions is to enhance the spiritual, intellectual and cultural life at the University and also to promote a sense of community. Dimensions programs are held each Tuesday at 9:25 a.m. at GWU. More information is available by calling 704-406-4277.

Located in Boiling Springs, N.C., Gardner-Webb University offers a comprehensive academic experience that introduces students to the diverse world of ideas and to the people who think them, preparing them for professional success and for productive citizenship.