OMT Students Partner to Assist Local Homebound Residents

Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Office Management seniors recently worked on a project with Janssen Biotech, Inc. (JBI) in Horsham. The Office Management students assisted JBI in a holiday charity drive. This year’s initiative was to benefit Aid for Friends, an organization that aids isolated homebound residents. On December 16, the Office Management students spent the day at JBI packaging the bags and meeting the JBI representatives that made this possible.


The EASTERN Office Management seniors worked with JBI to research, plan, and develop a purchase order for items for toiletry donation bags for Aid for Friends. JBI then procured the items. The donation bags included soap, moisturizing lotion, combination shampoo/conditioner, gloves, gum, tissues, toothbrush,toothpaste and a comb.

“This project provided a real-world example to the Office Management students on the importance of time management, budgeting and professional communications,” said Erin Derby, EASTERN’s Office Management Instructor.

“Planning and budgeting for an event such as this isJBI2 certainly a lot of work. As a team, I think our class did a great job,” said Leslie Ramirez, EASTERN Office Management / Springfield High School senior. “Our research paid off and the donation bags turned out exactly the way that we had planned. This was a great experience for me and my classmates.”

Aid For Friends is one of the largest and most established home delivered meals program in Pennsylvania, serving 400,000 free dinner meals, 58,000 soups and 42,000 breakfast bags to an aggregate 2,200 homebound persons each year. They also provide nearly 100,000 hours of friendly visiting annually. They have served more than 15,500,000 meals to 14,500 individual homebound persons over the past 40 years. For more information, please visit

JBI3EASTERN’s Office Management program is designed for high school juniors and seniors who plan to pursue a career in an office environment. Students study the current Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other communications technologies. Students will leave the program well versed on creating spreadsheets; composing correspondence; managing databases; creating presentations;  document management; and on the use of office machines. Important aspects of this program include office professionalism, communication skills, independent thinking, problem solving, proof reading, as well as phone and email etiquette.


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