Greensburg students make a difference

October 30, 2018 by  

Volunteer students from the Greensburg campus of the University of Pittsburgh worked together on Pitt Make a Difference Day recently, a university-wide effort, and did indeed make a difference, according to an article on Trib Live.

On a recent overcast, rainy Saturday, about 17 students who work with Habitat for Humanity met to clean out a home on Long Street in Hempfield. Inside, they found moldy furniture, old blinds, and musty carpets. Several of the students involved in this project also belong to the Habitat Club at the university.

Taylor Mayhue, a junior from Altoona, said the group does “a build every month,” and is currently working on two other homes in Greensburg. Organizations like this might consider using flyer printing to recruit new members.

In addition to cleaning up the home on Long Street, volunteers were part of the Adopt-a-Highway effort near Brinkertown and Mt. Pleasant roads. They also helped officials of the Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania at their store in Hempfield, and learned about opportunities to volunteer in Youngwood, at the animal rehabilitation facility, Wildlife Works.

Mayhue said the problem with working on the house in Hempfield was its size—it was small, and there were a lot of people involved. However, he added, they made it work.

Tim McTigue, a board member of the Central Westmoreland Habitat, said it was great to have the students’ help.