In 2009, the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown embarked on the most extensive community service initiative in its history. Since then, “Pitt-Johnstown @ Your Service” has evolved into a year-round initiative that connects students, faculty, and staff with community organizations and events throughout the area. Through this distinctive program, members of the Pitt-Johnstown community have performed thousands of hours of service on projects that address areas of vital importance to Pitt-Johnstown and the community, including health promotion, veteran outreach, K-12 education, and workforce development. Additionally, the students have expanded the @ Your Service footprint by working with national organizations, such as Habitat for Humanity.
@ Your Service projects are being developed for the Moxham neighborhood of Johnstown. Moxham is where Pitt-Johnstown began to establish its roots in Johnstown before moving to its current location in suburban Richland Township.
Recently, Pitt-Johnstown announced a seven-year commitment to strengthen the Moxham neighborhood through partnerships with a number of community organizations including the Moxham Renaissance, Moxham Neighborhood Watch, and the Russell House. Additionally, a new initiative has been announced to address the serious issue of blight in the Moxham neighborhood.
One of the first projects undertaken as part of the Moxham partnership was restoration of the Village Street Playground. Pitt-Johnstown students invested more than 1,500 hours in restoring the playground. Below are some before and after pictures showing the results of our students' hard work.
Please check back regularly for more additional volunteer opportunities as part of Pitt-Johnstown @ Your Service.