University students travel, serve close to home during break

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Waynesburg University faculty and staff will lead 35 students to serve others both domestically and abroad during the week of Thanksgiving break. The University will offer three service mission trips covering a variety of academic and professional interests that give students the opportunity to serve outside Greene County.

The projects include partnerships with Centro Nutricional y Hogar de Ninos in Patzun, Guatemala, Habitat for Humanity in Greene County, Pa., and the Pittsburgh Project in Pittsburgh.

Centro Nutricional y Hogar de Ninos – Patzun, Guatemala.
Hiedi Szuminksy, director of donor and alumni relations at Waynesburg University, and her husband, Brandon Szuminsky, lecturer of communication at Waynesburg University, will lead 18 University students and will depart for Patzun, Guatemala, Saturday, Nov. 17, and will return Saturday, Nov. 24.

This trip marks the 11th year that students have assisted the Franciscan nuns at the children's home. While there, activities will be provided for the children, including a carnival, sports, music and crafts.

Habitat for Humanity Work Camp – Greene County, Pa.
Sarah Brandstetter, Bonner Scholar coordinator at Waynesburg University, will lead a group of eight University students to build Greene County homes during the students' Thanksgiving Break. The Work Camp will run Friday, Nov. 16, through Tuesday, Nov. 20.
While serving, the students will assist with building homes in the Greene Country area to address substandard housing issues. They will also coordinate and implement a fundraising project to support Greene County Habitat for Humanity.

The Pittsburgh Project – Pittsburgh, Pa.
A team of nine students will serve with the Pittsburgh Project Friday, Nov. 2 through Sunday, Nov. 4. Students will be led by Dave Calvario, dean of students and the director of the Center for Service Leadership at Waynesburg University.

Partnering with The Pittsburgh Project, students will provide free home repairs for those who may not be able to complete the tasks without assistance. In many cases, the improvements save the owner from possible citation or eviction. Projects include hanging drywall, constructing wheelchair ramps and replacing doors, floors and windows.

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