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What is Penn State Beaver Reach Out?

Reach Out provides Penn State Beaver students with opportunities to learn and develop as citizens through thoughtfully organized service designed to meet the needs of the community.

Students volunteer 20-25 hours per semester in not-for-profit agencies while completing a variety of volunteer assignments, including problem solving, marketing, office work, child care, and construction. Annually, students contribute approximately $45,000 in economic value to the Beaver community.

Public scholarship is a priority for Penn State, and the Beaver campus is among the leaders in offering opportunities for students. We hope to build and expand this program. In the last decade, many local agencies in southwestern Pennsylvania have benefited from our Reach Out program. Each semester, Reach Out places an average of 150 students in volunteer positions within the community. 

The experiences that local agencies provide for students help to provide real-world education for these students as they learn to apply their skills and knowledge in a variety of situations. Students also come to understand their responsibilities as citizens in building communities and a strong democratic society.

Click on the links to the left to learn about the various agencies in the Reach Out organization.

If you're interested in working with and/or recruiting student volunteers for a not-for-profit group or agency, please contact Dr. JoAnn Chirico, senior instructor in sociology, 724-773-3846.


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Dr. JoAnn Chirico
Senior Instructor in Sociology

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