Two groups of students from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown depart Saturday, March 8 for Florida where they will spend their spring break working on homes with Habitat for Humanity.
Bryan Valentine, UPJ director of student engagement and union operations, will chaperone a nine member group headed to Walton County, which is located in the state’s “panhandle” region.
A second group of 18 students will be heading further south to help members of the Collier County (Fla.) Habitat for Humanity to build houses in that community. This trip is being led by Brandon Quinn, president of the UPJ chapter of Habitat for Humanity.
“We are incredibly proud of our students who have opted to spend their spring break making a difference in the lives of others. Through hard work their commitment to the Habitat for Humanity project is truly inspiring, and we wish them every success,” said Robert Knipple, director of alumni and community relations.
These trips are part of the Habitat for Humanity International’s “Collegiate Challenge” program, which allows students from across the country to spent their spring break doing something rewarding and helpful in a community oftentimes far away from home.
Founded in 1927, UPJ is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. A vital knowledge center and a foremost contributor to the area’s educational, social, cultural, and economic development, UPJ offers a first-class educational experience that is purposefully designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century.