Penn State Schuylkill students begin a week of community service

Students at Penn State Schuylkill will engage in a week of community service beginning Monday, Oct. 21, at CareNet from 2 to 4:30 p.m. They will return to CareNet on Tuesday from 3 to 5 p.m. On Wednesday and Thursday they will work with Schuylkill Women in Crisis (SWIC). On Thursday evening they will join forces with faculty and staff at the Penn State Schuylkill campus for the Safe Trick or Treat beginning at 5 p.m. On Friday, Oct. 25, THON will host a spaghetti dinner to raise funds for the fight against pediatric cancer. THON will be volunteering again at the THON 5K on Saturday, Oct. 26, beginning at 8 a.m. on the Island in Schuylkill Haven. The proceeds from the 5K will also be donated for the fight against pediatric cancer.

The emphasis on community service is a major focus of the Penn State Schuylkill student affairs department. As part of the new student orientation weekend during the fall, students went into the community and completed a variety of tasks at several locations. Places they volunteered at included Seton Manor, Hawk Mountain Boy Scout Camp, The Bartrum Trail, The Auburn Trail, The Hillside SPCA and Rest Haven. Approximately 55 staff and students volunteered their time that day.

Penn State Schuylkill’s THON raised $48,000 last year and plans to raise $60,000 this year for the fight against pediatric cancer. They raised more than $17,000 in one weekend. Their efforts continue this weekend with the spaghetti dinner and 5K.

Devotion to community service is a large part of the student experience at Penn State Schuylkill. The campus was recognized for excellence with the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This designation is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.

“Penn State Schuylkill has a long history of service-learning and believes strongly in preparing our graduates to be active leaders and participants in an ever changing world,” said Kelly M. Austin, chancellor of Penn State Schuylkill. 

For additional information, contact Tina Rose at 570-385-6253 or


Last Updated October 21, 2013