Students volunteer time to honor Martin Luther King
Penn State Beaver students, along with those from other campuses, celebrated “A Day On, Not a Day Off” by volunteering their day away from the classroom to work in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, Monday, Jan. 21. Fifty students from Beaver, Penn State DuBois, Penn State Greater Allegheny, Penn State New Kensington, and Penn State Shenango worked for organizations in DuBois while other students worked locally in Beaver County. The campuses annually join forces to work in communities in observance of the holiday.
In DuBois, students volunteered Goodwill Industries; Passages, a support and prevention center for sexual assault victims; the Tri County Church; Agape Community Services, a source for emergency supplies and various counseling services for families in need; the Paint and Play School; the Dubois Historical Society, and the Humane Society.
Locally, students worked with the Sisters of St. Joseph in Baden where they assisted cleaning the chapel, bagging honey candy made from the nuns’ on-site apiary, cleaned bee hive trays for the upcoming season, and played Bingo with the sisters in residence.
In addition, students worked at the Center for Hope in Ambridge. The Center offers a variety of community services, including a food pantry, clothing, vocational counseling, a library, and supplies for the homeless. Student helped to clean, prepare, and stock the food pantry and assisted in cleaning and general maintenance.
Robin Schreck, student activities and residence life coordinator at Beaver, assisted the students in DuBois while Amy Gartley, associate director of student activities, oversaw activities in Baden, and Chris Rizzo, director of student affairs, aided students in Ambridge.
For information about the annual Martin Luther King volunteer project, contact Schreck at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-773-3947.