Greene County’s chapter of Habitat for Humanity will have the help of six Waynesburg University students from Sunday, Oct. 16 through Thursday, Oct. 20. As the students serve during their fall break this semester, they will work on one or more of Habitat’s larger home building projects.
The students will be led by Adrienne Tharp, coordinator of the Bonner Scholar Program; Chaley Knight, university counselor; Jessica Sumpter, assistant dean of Student Services; Jody Rawlings, instructor of nursing; Marie Coffman, director of Career Services and Placement; and Matthew Pioch, resident director.
Tharp said that because students work on just one part of a home, they often don’t see the finished product. However, they usually have the chance to meet and work with the home’s future owner, which Tharp hopes illustrates to students the impact their work has another’s life.
“Often, we do not see the end of a project – it can be discouraging for students,” said Tharp. “Our hope is students will be able to see the fruits of their labor and know that the work they do is important.”
Another goal of the trip, according to Tharp, is to expose students to the Greene County community and the mission of Habitat for Humanity.
“I hope [the trip] provides students with a new insight to Greene County and also encourages them to serve, whether with Habitat or other organizations,” said Tharp.
Students participating in the trip include:
- Moesha Godwin, junior psychology major from Bronx, N.Y. (Harry S. Truman High School)
- Rebecca Iannotta, junior athletic training major from Stanhope, N.J. (Veritas Christian Academy)
- Andrew McClellan, junior marketing major from Eighty Four (Trinity Area School District)
- Morgan McNab, freshman forensic science major from Damascus, Md. (Damascus High School)
- Joseph Pavlic, junior criminal justice administration major from Belle Vernon (Belle Vernon Area High School)
- Patience Yobp, sophomore criminal justice administration major from Valencia (Mars Area High School)
Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.
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Ashley Wise, Associate Director of University Relations
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