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Faith & Service

85 Waynesburg students to serve during Spring Break

Teghan Simonton Mar 1, 2019

During Spring Break, 85 Waynesburg University students will participate in service projects, domestically and abroad. Students will travel to Antietam, Maryland; Detroit, Michigan; Wilmington and Concord, North Carolina; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and the Dominican Republic.

Pittsburgh Immersion – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Led by Adrienne Tharp, coordinator of the Bonner Scholar Program, 17 Waynesburg University students will serve at various organizations in Pittsburgh during Spring Break. The trip will begin Sunday, March 3, and end Friday, March 8.

Students will serve at World Vision, the Pittsburgh Food Bank, the Connect Center, First Presbyterian Church and the Northside Homeless Alliance.

Antietam National Battlefield Park – Antietam, Maryland

Nine students will travel to Antietam, Maryland to serve during Spring Break. Led by Courtney Dennis, associate director of the Paul R. Stewart museum, and Rea Redd, director of the Eberly Library, the group will depart Sunday, March 3, and return Friday, March 8.

Students will photograph and tag objects in Friends of Tolson’s Chapel, as well as perform maintenance to the chapel cemetery. They will also help with archaeological excavations with Little Antietam Creek, Inc., and volunteer at Harpers Ferry, the Antietam Historical Association and Historic Shepardstown.

Detroit Immersion – Detroit, Michigan

Led by Resident Directors Lauren Bailey and Liz Diviney, eight students will travel to Detroit, Michigan, for a service immersion trip during Spring Break. The students will depart Sunday, March 3, and return Saturday, March 9.

Students will serve at sites including an urban farm, a soup kitchen and a rehabilitation center.

Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry – Wilmington, North Carolina

The Waynesburg University track and field team will send 28 student athletes to Wilmington, North Carolina, to serve with the Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry (WARM). The student athletes will perform home repair services for low-income homeowners.

While in North Carolina, they will also participate in the Seahawk Invitational at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. There, Waynesburg athletes will compete with more than 30 track teams from Divisions I, II and III levels.

The trip will begin Sunday, March 3, and end Sunday, March 10.

Habitat for Humanity – Concord, North Carolina

Led by Chad Sherman, associate professor of communication, 15 students will travel to Concord, North Carolina, to work with Habitat for Humanity. Students will work during Habitat for Humanity’s “Collegiate Challenge” to build a house from a bare foundation.

The group will depart Sunday, March 3, and return Saturday, March 9.

Wine to Water – Dominican Republic

Seven Waynesburg University students will travel to the Dominican Republic to work with the organization, Wine to Water, which provides safe drinking water to communities. Led by Genna Steele, academic projects and grant coordinator, and Stacey Brodak, vice president for Institutional Advancement and University Relations, the group will leave Saturday, March 2, and return Saturday, March 9.

Students will build ceramic water filters from scratch, distribute them house to house and conduct follow-ups with families that have already received filters.

Faith, Learning and Service Immersion Trips

To learn more about current and future service trips, click on the link below or reach to Kelley Hardie, assistant dean of students, at