Have You Volunteered Lately?
There are student groups that - although their mission is not solely focused on a commitment to volunteerism - do help in the community quite regularly.
Whether you are involved in a student group that is committed to community service or not, there is always an opportunity for you to give some of your time and resources.
Pitt-Greensburg Volunteer Groups
Circle K International (CKI)
Circle K is the premier group for college students looking to serve their communities and gain leadership experience at the same time. Nearly 13,000 college students around the world participate in CKI. The Pitt-Greensburg CKI is supported and sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Greensburg. For more info, visit CKI online.
Habitat for Humanity
The Pitt-Greensburg Habitat for Humanity campus chapter has been at Pitt-Greensburg since 2006. This student group supports the mission of Habitat for Humanity International by advocating for simple, decent, affordable housing; fundraising for Habitat home builds; and participating in build projects here in the Greensburg community and beyond. For more info., visit the Habitat website. Contact: Kendra Custer, president
Outdoor Adventure & Community Service (OACS)
OACS is a residential living community located in Westmoreland Hall. OACS provides its members with experiential learning activities in a nontraditional setting. The outdoor adventure component is designed to develop interpersonal and leadership skills; the community service component is designed to instill responsibility and engage students in the community around them. The intended outcome is a more well-rounded, holistic student. Visit OACS. Contact: Caroline Staiger, president
Scholars in Service to PA (AmeriCorps)
Pitt-Greensburg students have participated in the AmeriCorps Scholars in Service to Pennsylvania (SISPA) program for several years. It is an Education Award Only program that requires students to enroll as AmeriCorps members on a part-time basis and receive a partial Education Award at the end of their term. Students complete 300 or 450 hours in a calendar year in exchange for a nominal education award. Visit SISPA online. Contact: Beth Tiedemann, Career Services
More Volunteer Opportunities
The Westmoreland Association of Volunteer Administrators (WAVA) maintains a comprehensive list of more than 100 non-profit agencies in Westmoreland County. Pitt-Greensburg students volunteer at many of these agencies. For the complete listing, visit WAVA's online guide.
Into the Streets
Each semester the Office of Student Services also hosts a multiple-day service event call Into the Streets that allows members of the Pitt-Greensburg Community to give back to the greater Westmoreland area. Past events have included making blankets for Children's Hospital, volunteering at local food banks, delivering dog treats to local shelters, volunteering at the Delmont Public Library, hanging flyers for Big Brothers, Big Sisters, and many others. Be on the lookout each semester for more opportunities to give back.