The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown’s faculty, staff, and students will be volunteering in the community next week as part of the college’s fourth “Pitt-Johnstown @ Your Service” week. The project will begin Sunday, October 16 and end Saturday, October 22.
In March 2009, Pitt-Johnstown took on the most extensive community service project in the college’s history, Pitt-Johnstown “@ Your Service” week. This year faculty, staff, and student volunteers will complete 20 projects. Projects are designed to address areas of importance to both Pitt-Johnstown and the community.
“Pitt-Johnstown @ Your Service” events include:
HUMAN YELLOW RIBBON
Community members are invited to join faculty, staff, and students to help create a human yellow ribbon on the Pitt-Johnstown soccer field at 5 p.m. Sunday, October 16, to honor military service personnel. The community is also asked to bring an item (s) as a donation to “Operation Gratitude” and “Send a DVD to Sea.” Items needed are DVDs, AA/AAA batteries, hand/foot warmer packets, socks (black, brown or green), five hour energy drink in packets or cases, single serve powdered beverage mixes in boxes or cases, lip balm, toothpaste, toothbrushes, roll-on deodorant, razors, moist towelettes, travel size foot powder, and flushable wipes.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
Students from Pitt-Johnstown’s Habitat for Humanity Chapter will be building a “Shack-A-Thon” card board city. Student teams select an impoverished country affected by the global substandard housing crisis, build a card board shack to represent the type of poverty housing in that area, paint facts about poverty in the country they have selected to represent, and sleep in the shack to empathize with people who are affected.
• Learning Lamp Renovation Project
Volunteers will perform some light maintenance at the future home of the Learning Lamp.
• YWCA Rise and Shine Mentoring Program
Volunteers will assist Johnstown area teen and pre-teen women in the YWCA Rise Shine and Girls’ Mentoring program by teaching some Latin dance.
• Special Olympics Kick Off Rally
Students and organizations who are interested in volunteering for the 2012 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: Senior Life
Volunteers will be visiting with guests of the SeniorLIFE center where they will take part in activities ranging from sing-a-longs to playing games.
• 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 18 and Thursday, October 20.
• International Success Stories
Pitt-Johnstown students from Belgium, China and Kyrgyzstan will share stories of their native countries with children at Forest Hills Elementary school.
• Goodwill Visit: Conemaugh Hospital
The Pitt-Johnstown Mountain Cat and volunteers will be delivering balloons and good cheer to patients in the pediatric department and other areas of Conemaugh hospital.
• Goodwill Visit: Memorial Medical Center’s Transitional Care Unit
The Pitt-Johnstown Mountain Cat and volunteers will pay a visit to the patients in Memorial Medical Center’s Transitional Care Unit, and lead them in a number of games and entertaining activities.
• Breast Cancer Health Fair Conemaugh Hospital-Lee Campus
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Pitt-Johnstown volunteers will help promote awareness at the Conemaugh Hospital-Lee Campus event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, October 19.
• United Cerebral Palsy Bowling Outing
Volunteers from Pitt-Johnstown will be helping clients from United Cerebral Palsy in a bowling activity at Richland Lanes.
• Story Time- “The Mountain Cat Who Mattered”
Volunteers, along with PJ the mascot, will be traveling to Johnstown Christian School, Windber Elementary, 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.
• Goodwill Visit: Arbutus Manor
Volunteers will assistant Arbutus Manor residents sort Halloween candy for their annual Trick or Treat.
• Study Abroad Success Stories
Pitt-Johnstown students will share their study abroad experiences in Alicante and Seville, Spain with Conemaugh Township High School Spanish classes.
• Veterans Day Thank-You Packages
Pitt-Johnstown volunteers will help friends at the John P. Murtha Neuroscience and Pain Institute prepare “thank you” gifts for military personnel from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, October 21.
• Humane Society Clean-Up
Volunteers will help to clean up the animal shelter at the Humane Society of Cambria County.
The Greater Johnstown Community is invited to attend several free events throughout Pitt-Johnstown’s fourth annual “@ Your Service” week:
• Human Yellow Ribbon
Community members are invited to join faculty, staff, and students to help create a human yellow ribbon on the Pitt-Johnstown soccer field at 5 p.m. Sunday, October 16. The community is also asked to bring an item (s) as a donation to “Operation Gratitude” and “Send a DVD to Sea.” Items needed are DVDs, AA/AAA batteries, hand/foot warmer packets, socks (black, brown or green), five hour energy drink in packets or cases, single serve powdered beverage mixes in boxes or cases, lip balm, toothpaste, toothbrushes, roll-on deodorant, razors, moist towelettes, travel size foot powder, and flushable wipes.
• Hospital Comfort Carts Collections
Monday, October 17 through Friday, October 21
Pitt-Johnstown Interfraternity Council students will be collecting items for comfort carts for patients at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center. These items will provide entertainment and provide a bit of sunshine to their day. Items being collected include journals, coloring/activity books, crayons, baby dolls, beanie babies, eye masks, lip balm, lotions, tissues, combs/curlers, emery boards, puzzle books, playing cards, Thank-you cards, stress balls, books/magazines, Bibles, hand crocheted prayer shawls, other religious items and relaxation DVDs.
• Care Packages for Soldiers
Pitt-Johnstown volunteers will be placing collection boxes around campus starting Monday, October 17 through Friday, October 21. They will be collecting items to be made into care packages for United States soldiers serving overseas. Items needed are DVDs, AA/AAA batteries, hand/foot warmer packets, socks (black, brown or green), five hour energy drink in packets or cases, single serve powdered beverage mixes in boxes or cases, lip balm, toothpaste, toothbrushes, roll-on deodorant, razors, moist towelettes, travel size foot powder, and flushable wipes.
• Ronald McDonald House Soda Can Tabs Collection
Volunteers are collecting soda can tabs to benefit Ronald McDonald House in collection bins placed around campus starting Monday, October 17 through Friday, October 21.
• Community Flu Shot Clinic
Community members are invited to attend a FREE flu shot clinic from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 18 in the Pitt-Johnstown Living-Learning Center University Room. This event is being coordinated with Office of Health and Wellness Services, Cambria County Emergency Medical Services, PA Department of Health and Medical Reserve Corporation and Pitt-Johnstown student nurses.
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 the Princeton Review as a “Best Northeastern College,” and by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School.” Additionally, Pitt-Johnstown has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
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