Pitt-Greensburg students volunteer during Spring Break

Fifteen students and four staff members from the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg are spending spring break volunteering with the Rocky Mount, NC, chapter of Habitat for Humanity (HFH) as part of the Collegiate Challenge. The Collegiate Challenge is a program that encourages students from across the country to volunteer their spring breaks to work on a project.

This is the sixth year that a group from Pitt-Greensburg has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity during spring break. In the past, Pitt-Greensburg has volunteered with the Walton County (FL) Habitat for Humanity to build a house during spring break.

While in Rocky Mount, the group will:

  • put a roof on a house;
  • build a house over a foundation;
  • build a shed
  • insulate the outside of a house;
  • perform rehab work on a structure;
  • complete several projects for the Habitat for Humanity ReStore/Warehouse.

Participating will be:

  • Brian Aston, freshman pre-pharmacy major from Woodbine, MD;
  • Sierrah Avant, freshman psychology major from Riverdale, IL;
  • Scott Bakerink, sophomore political science major from Latrobe, PA;
  • Autumn Beal, junior psychology major from Dravosburg, PA;
  • Allison Brichacek, senior biological sciences major from Cranberry Township, PA;
  • Matthew Burns, senior management/accounting major from Duncansville, PA;
  • Kendra Custer, junior biological sciences major, from Somerset, PA;
  • Alyssa Davis, freshman psychology major from Connellsville, PA;
  • Jeffrey Grantz, freshman criminal justice major from New Castle, PA;
  • JP Hilzendeger, senior management major from McMurray, PA;
  • Sarah Kadri, junior chemistry major, from Pittsburgh, PA;
  • Halle Macerelli, freshman management major from North Huntingdon, PA;
  • Tiffany Piper, sophomore management major from Loyalhanna, PA;
  • Scott Szypulski, senior management/accounting major from Irwin, PA;
  • Huong Vo, sophomore natural sciences major from Pittsburgh, PA;
  • Brain Root, assistant director of Housing and Residence Life, from Greensburg, PA;
  • Dorothy Zilic, assistant director of Career Services, from Latrobe, PA;
  • Mike Krzanowski, admissions counselor, from Greensburg, PA;
  • Leanne Stirpe, graduate assistant in the Counseling Center.

The Pitt-Greensburg group will be joining volunteers from Boston College and the University of Virginia for a total for 60 volunteers.

The group left the Pitt-Greensburg campus on Saturday, March 3, and traveled by van to Rocky Mount, NC. They will volunteer throughout the week and return to campus Sunday, March 11.

The Pitt-Greensburg Chapter of Habitat for Humanity was chartered in fall 2006 and also collaborates with the Central Westmoreland Chapter of Habitat for Humanity. Throughout the year, Pitt-Greensburg's HFH holds several events on campus to enhance students' and the community's understanding of the organization's mission.

 

 

Publication Date

Monday, March 5, 2012 - 9:30am

Summary

Fifteen students and four members of the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg staff will spend Spring Break volunteering with the Rocky Mount, NC, chapter of Habitat for Humanity as part of the Collegiate Challenge. This is the sixth year that a group from Pitt-Greensburg has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity during Spring Break. Check back for photos of the group at work (and fun) as the week continues.