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Students unite to volunteer for Martin Luther King day of service

1/23/2014 —

In honor of the Martin Luther King holiday on Jan. 20 and despite the fact that there were no classes held, 90 students from Penn State campuses --  Beaver, DuBois, Fayette, Greater Allegheny, New Kensington, and Shenango -- spent the day “on, not off” by working as volunteers at a variety of regional community sites.

This year marked the sixth time that these six regional campuses united to volunteer at various locations throughout their areas. This year’s host site was Shenango campus, where the majority of students spent the day at six different locations.

Shenango work sites included AWARE, a victim services agency dedicated to eliminating domestic and sexual violence in Mercer County; the Shenango Valley YMCA/Chaver’s Community Center, where children spend after-school hours gaining skills in education, social interaction, and recreation; the Children's Center of Mercer County, an organization serving the educational and physical needs of developmentally challenged children; the Salvation Army, which offers clothing and food bank services, disaster relief, and shelter for the homeless; Riverview Manor, an assisted living facility in Sharon that offers senior housing services for aging adults; and the Buhl Recreational Center, a non-profit organization offering recreational, social, fitness, and educational programs for the community. In addition, students partnered with the Pittsburgh branch of Gay for Good, a group designed to mobilize the LGBT community to volunteer time to social welfare and environmental service projects, to work at the Pittsburgh Food Bank in Duquesne.

Beaver students also assembled care packages to be sent to troops abroad through Operation Gratitude. For information about student activities at Penn State Beaver, contact Jen Toof at jlt46@psu.edu or 724-773-3947.

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