Pitt-Johnstown Habitat for Humanity Team Contributes 700 Hours to Project


posted March 13, 2017

Pitt-Johnstown senior Kelly Mills selects building materials during the Habitat for Humanity project in Amarillo, TX. (Lauren Koski/Amarillo Globe-News photo)

Pitt-Johnstown's team of 21 students and an advisor spent Spring Recess week as part of a Habitat for Humanity project in Amarillo, TX.

By the end of the seven-day effort from March 4-11, the Pitt-Johnstown contingency had worked more than 700 hours as part of a 2,000-hour project among 68 college students over a four-week span. The results are two new homes for Amarillo families.

Kelly Devett, Pitt-Johnstown Admissions counselor and the campus Habitat for Humanity chapter advisor, said the venture was a success.

“We put up all of the walls and closed in exterior walls," said Devett. "We did some interior work with spackling and exterior paint with the trim. One day, we touched up the Amarillo Habitat facility's sign and painted its parking lot. The headquarters is a short distance from the home project.

"Overall, it was a great group to work with."

The student group included club members James Geyer, Emily Sasso, Natalie Mumich, Holli Wilt, Amber Boozer, Kyler Smith, Beth Bolden, Kelly Mills, Holly Chappie, Mary Schaude, Micheala Smith, John Michael Knepp, Alexandria Skelly, Kelsey Robbins, Peter Ridella, Ellen Brady, and Katie Bucchin, and volunteers Mikah Hobson, Samantha McGaha, Kasandra Matthews, and Hannah Klesius.

“Our trip is a great opportunity for students to use their spring break to benefit a great cause and great people as well as an opportunity for students to explore and experience a new area that many of them have never seen," said Geyer, the club president.

"It is also a time for the students to make new friends and have a lot of fun on their break.”

Other universities participating in this project were Connecticut, Elmherst, and Wisconsin-Madison.

project progress

Pitt-Johnstown's  Habitat for Humanity club Amarillo project's progress
is shown in this sequence of photos by Kelly Devett

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