A group of Penn State Beaver students and Student Affairs staff members celebrated the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on Monday, Jan. 17, by working in a variety of local and regional community outreach projects. About 80 students from Beaver and five other regional Penn State campuses gathered at Penn State Fayette to participate in numerous community service efforts. In addition, Beaver campus participants assisted the Center for Hope in moving into a new, larger location in Ambridge.
The Center for Hope was founded in 1994 by Fellowship United Methodist of Ambridge and Western Pennsylvania United Methodist Conference Center in Cranberry. The center, an inter-faith, not-for-profit organization that receives support from many churches, offers a food pantry, clothing closet, emergency food services, a Daily Bread Ministry, after-school programs, and youth champion cheerleading. In addition, literacy and life skills classes are offered by the Beaver campus Adult Literacy Action program. The Women, Infants and Children's program, which provides nutritionally sound food supplements to pregnant women and their children under age 5, is also available as well as the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation and a Lunch and Learn program for participants over 50.
Project participants were highlighted in two feature newspaper articles in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Herald Standard.
For information about Beaver campus’ annual celebration of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, contact Robin Schreck, coordinator of student activities and residence life, firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-773-3947.