WOW! That's all I can say about how AWESOME we did during this years Thanksgiving Food/Can Drives! We made FIVE baskets!!!!! We were only expecting to make three, and we made five so that's crazy amazing! Good job guys! Also, we donated 167 cans (210lbs) to the State College Food Bank! We also sorted 2000lbs of food at the Food Bank in 3 hours! The food bank is a really cool place to volunteer, and it's always a lot of fun! We really appreciate all of the hard work, and generosity you guys have shown throughout these drives! AMAZING JOB GUYS!
A group of eleven volunteers traveled out to the heart of Pittsburgh on October 1st to work with the Greater Pittsburgh Habitat for Humanity. They had a day filled with work, spackling and sanding in a home that had water damage. It was a great experience being able to talk to the homeowner, and to interact with many of Greater Pittsburgh's regular volunteers, who held a wealth of knowledge to share with those that were new to working with drywall.
After the day of hard work, our members explored the City of Steel, traveling up the incline on Mt. Washington to check out the view!
On Wednesday, April 13th, a few members of Penn State Habitat headed to Faith UCC for the evening to work with the State College Out of the Cold program (OOTC). The program was an initiative started back in 2011 after a homeless State College man was reported to have passed away from hypothermia while sleeping in his tent outside. Local churches and agencies had heard of this incident and collaborated to start Out of the Cold and ensure that our homeless community is being taken care of.
The location of OOTC is rotated between churches in State College from October to April, where homeless people are provided with a cot, blanket, and a meal for the night as well as breakfast the next morning. Volunteers can cook and serve meals or stay as an overnight volunteer. Habitat members cooked two casseroles to bring along and serve for the night. Penn State Habitat for Humanity hopes to return and continue serving at Out of the Cold in the fall. If you're interested in this unique service opportunity, it's a great way to become engaged with our community and make an impact on a very real problem in our own backyards.
On Friday, April 8th a group of 9 Habitat for Humanity members set out on a journey to Harrisburg, PA to work with Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Harrisburg Area. Upon arrival to the site, they were greeted by Bill and John, the two construction site supervisors for the day, where members got the scoop on what they would be doing for the day.
The first half of the day was spend helping to clean out an old building that used to house a publishing company from the early 1900's, currently being used as Harrisburg Habitat's warehouse. The building was being prepped for sale, the affiliate having a potential buyer of the 1/5 acre property.
Later in the morning the group traveled to a second location, a house that suffered some minor fire damage. The enthusiastic group was excited to tear down walls, ceilings, and plaster in preparation for the house to be remodeled. Despite the surprise snow storm in the middle of April, everyone enjoyed the hard work and fun that the day of volunteering had brought.
Founded in 1986, Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Harrisburg Area has become a much needed hand up to families that struggle with housing. Partnering with several local businesses, and being driven by volunteers such as us, Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Harrisburg Area challenges those from all walks of life to join the fight to eliminate substandard housing and develop sustainable communities.
We held our second annual 5K on Sunday, and had a great turnout despite the cold and wind! Our runners enjoyed their trip around the Golf Course and back to the HUB, where we had rolls, bagels, and drinks to refresh them. The money raised from the race is going towards supporting Penn State Habitat for Humanity and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Centre County to support their mission of ensuring a decent, livable home for everyone.
Penn State Habitat would like congratulate our top male and female finishers this year, Mike Rebar and Ciara Sonoga! They each received a $20.00 gift card to Anthym. A third gift card will be raffled off to a participant this Wednesday at our meeting.
This is the video will be discussing at our meeting this Wednesday, October 28. I have also attached the article that goes along with it if you'd like to also give that a look!
If you missed the meeting tonight, take a look at the article above! Here are a few of the questions we discussed. We would love to hear your thoughts!!