University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown

Students Clean Playgrounds in Community Service Projects Around Johnstown

Every year, more than 300 Pitt-Johnstown freshmen participate in a community service project around the Johnstown region. In partnership with the City of Johnstown, students clean rubbish on playgrounds, cut overgrown bushes, or rake leaves. Pitt-Johnstown President Jem Spectar always lends a hand, too. This year, students worked at two play areas in the Moxham neighborhood and one in Hornerstown. More than 300 UPJ Students to perform community service work tomorrow, cleaning up local playgrounds from 1:30 – 3 p.m.
Sherri Rae, Director of Career Services, has been organizing community service projects with students since 2012. “These projects help connect the students with the Greater Johnstown community – they are often working side-by-side with city representatives and volunteers and get to see what their new home-away-from-home means to those folks,” Rae said. “It also gives them a chance to work beside their fellow first-year students, seeing them in a different light than how they may have interacted during orientation workshops or social events. And finally, it is a great accomplishment to arrive on a site and two hours later see an actual, appreciable difference – that’s a great feeling to build on as you go into the first day of classes and prepare for that next set of personal accomplishments.”