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Pitt-Johnstown Giving Back to the Community

Pitt-Johnstown Giving Back to the Community

Article Body University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown’s faculty, staff, and students will be volunteering in the community next week as part of the college’s “Pitt-Johnstown @ Your Service” week. The project will begin Sunday, October 17 and end Saturday, October 23.

     The project is Pitt-Johnstown’s third “@ Your Service” week, part of an initiative that began in March 2009 when Pitt-Johnstown took on the most extensive community service project in its history.  During a typical “@ Your Service” week, volunteers perform between 200 and 300 hours of service while completing an average of 25 projects. Projects are designed to address areas of vital importance to both Pitt-Johnstown and the community, and include health promotion, veteran outreach, and workforce development. This year, a number of events have been planned to coincide with Breast Cancer Awareness month.

“Pitt-Johnstown @ Your Service” events include:

Community members are invited to join faculty, staff, and students are invited to help create a human pink ribbon on the Pitt-Johnstown soccer field at 4:30 p.m., Sunday, October 17. This project is being planned in conjunction with the Windber Research Institute to help promote awareness of breast cancer.

Student volunteers from Pitt-Johnstown’s Habitat for Humanity Chapter will be building a house as a way to give back to the community that they have called home during their college careers. They will be building a one-story, two-bedroom house that will be donated to the Cambria County Habitat for Humanity. The building project will begin Monday, October 18 behind the Sports Center.  The project will take approximately one-to-two months to complete. Volunteers will frame out the house; wrap and insulate exterior walls; install the siding, doors, and windows; and construct the interior walls. Once the project has been completed, the home will be moved to its new location Gallitzin, Pa. where students will complete the final steps.

•  Goodwill Visit: Conemaugh Hospital
The Pitt-Johnstown Mountain Cat and volunteers will be delivering balloons and good cheer to patients in the pediatric department of the hospital, as well as handing out flowers to patients in the palliative care unit.

•  Blanket/Food/Eye Glasses Drive
Monday, October 18 through Friday, October 22
Pitt-Johnstown students will be collecting gently used blankets and non-perishable food items to be donated to the Salvation Army. They will also be collecting gently used eye glasses to be donated to the Lions Club.  Items will be collected in the Student Union and Blackington Hall lobby from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

•  Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign
Monday, October 18 through Friday, October 22
Pitt-Johnstown students will be raising money for the Windber Research Institute by selling breast cancer awareness wristbands, pins, and t-shirts. They will be selling these items in the Student Union from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and again from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m throughout the week.

•  Care Packages for Soldiers
Pitt-Johnstown volunteers will be placing collection boxes around campus starting Monday, October 18 through Friday, October 22. They will be collecting items to be made into care packages for United States soldiers serving in the Middle East. Items needed are laundry detergent, hot sauce, beef jerky, toilet paper, body wash, baby wipes, books/magazines, DVDs, toothbrushes, boot socks, calling cards, Gold Bond powder, and athlete’s foot spray.

•  Goodwill Visit: SeniorLIFE
Volunteers will be visiting with the guests of the SeniorLIFE center where they will take part in activities ranging from baking to playing games.

•  Humane Society Clean-Up
Volunteers will help to clean up the animal shelter at the Humane Society of Cambria County.

•  International Success Stories
Pitt-Johnstown International students from Nigeria, Rwanda, and China will share stories of their native countries with children at St. Andrews Catholic School and Cathedral Catholic School.

•  Salvation Army Soup Kitchen
Pitt-Johnstown volunteers will put away the school books for two nights and help to prepare and serve dinner at the Salvation Army Tuesday, October 19 and Thursday, October 21.

•  Story Time- “The Mountain Cat Who Mattered”
Volunteers, along with PJ the mascot, will be traveling to Cambria County Headstart, Johnstown Christian School, and Westmont Elementary to share the story of how the Pitt-Johnstown Mountain Cat became the official college mascot. They will also be distributing pencils and copies of the story to children.

•  United Cerebral Palsy – Bowling Outing
Volunteers from Pitt-Johnstown will be helping clients from United Cerebral Palsy in a bowling activity at Richland Lanes.

•  Defense Veterans Brain Injury Center Picnic
Volunteers will be serving a picnic dinner to residents of the Defense Veterans Brain Injury Center in Westmont, while Pitt-Johnstown student and Bishop McCort Senior Meredith Barkman will be singing patriotic selections.

•  Women’s Help Center Grounds Clean Up
Student volunteers will perform general autumn maintenance to the grounds of the Women’s Help Center by pulling weeds and clearing flower beds.

•  Special Olympics Kick Off Rally
Students and organizations who are interested in volunteering for the 2011 Winter Olympics in February are invited to attend the Kick Off Rally where they will be informed about the opportunities and benefits of taking part in this event. 

•  Goodwill Visit: Harmony House
Volunteers will be visiting residents of the Harmony House where they will distribute flowers and lead them in songs.

•  St. Vincent DePaul Society Project
Volunteers will help in the St. Vincent DePaul Society moving process by packing boxes, loading them into trucks, and going through items that are no longer needed. 

The Greater Johnstown Community is invited to attend several free events throughout Pitt-Johnstown’s third annual “@ Your Service” week:
•  Human Pink Ribbon
Community members are invited to join faculty, staff, and students are invited to help create a human pink ribbon on the Pitt-Johnstown soccer field at 4:30 p.m., Sunday, October 17. This project is being planned in conjunction with the Windber Research Institute to help promote awareness of breast cancer. Sign up for this event by calling Lacey Slavich at 814-361-6971 or by emailing her at

Workplace Readiness Series
In this current economic downfall, employment opportunities or advancement may be hard to come by. Pitt-Johnstown’s RealWorld Career Service Director Angela Boyd and Career Counselor Victoria Biter are ready to serve you with two free workshops on Monday, October 18 to help further employment opportunities:

•  Building a Winning Resume
Monday, October 18
(10-11:30 a.m.; Cambria County Library)
Your resume is the number one requirement, as well as the first impression that an employer gets, so learn the ins and outs of creating a powerful resume. The workshop will discuss proper formatting, content, word choice, and how to target your resume to a specific employer. 

•  Interviewing Skills
Monday, October 18
(1-2:30 p.m.; Cambria County Library)
Learn how to properly prepare for an interview, attend an interview with confidence, and professionally end an interview. The workshop will discuss the importance of proper preparation and evaluate body language, verbal skills, and attitude.

     Founded in 1927, Pitt-Johnstown is located in the Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh.  The University offers a high-quality educational experience in a supportive living-learning environment designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century.  Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by U.S.News & World Report as a “Best Baccalaureate College”, by the Princeton Review as a “Best Northeastern College”, and by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School.”

Pitt-Johnstown…at the forefront of leading baccalaureate colleges…

Posted by Shook, Kimberly on 10/12/2010 1:45:00 PM