Valley College participated in the first annual Convoy of Hope Saturday, August 17 at the Beckley Paul Cline YMCA Soccer Complex. The soccer field was turned into a sea of colorful tents and exhibits. The Convoy of Hope was a day of helping the community by providing social services to area residents all free of charge. A medical tent was sponsored by Summers County ARH Hospital and Valley College was invited to participate as a partner with the hospital. At the medical tent participants were offered free medical screenings including blood pressure checks; diabetes screening; vision checkups; dental checkups; blood work; and even medical consultations with a doctor. Special rooms sectioned off with curtains provided privacy for examinations. Valley College MCA Instructor Juanita Acheampong and several of her MCA students provided blood pressure checks. Valley College was one of two schools participating in the medical tent. Hundreds of people attended the event and visited the medical tent to take advantage of the free medical care. There was also music, inflatables for the kids, free groceries and other social services available for the day. Final estimates were that 750 people were served in the medical tent. It was rewarding to see all the families that were served and the hundreds of volunteers that provided their time and professional expertise.