Habitat for Humanity Builds During Break

Pitt-Johnstown

posted March 16, 2018


Pitt-Johnstown's team of 23 students and three advisors spent Spring Recess week 2018 as part of a Habitat for Humanity project in Oklahoma City, OK.

Habitat project

By the end of the seven-day effort from March 4-11, the Pitt-Johnstown contingency had worked on five homes and witnessed the dedication of a family’s Habitat-built home.

The Habitat for Humanity club was joined by the campus Protestant Campus Ministry, which embarked on its annual mission trip. Students who took part were: J.M. Knepp, Kelsey Robins, Holly Chappie, Quynh Lan Trinh, Brittney Cesari, Chris Carder, Minnie Jones, Mary Scaude, Alyssa Kreeger, Emily Potter, Ethan Schafer, Hunter Galley, Mollie Whare, Kiersten Crowley, Raychel Wertz, Maxwell Vehec, Kassandra Matthews, Talib Davis, Ryan Thomas, Yoichiro Furukawa, Nicholas Marconi, Taylor Somerville, Troy Mack, and Ethan Schafer.

Staff advisors were Kelly Devett and Pam Penatzer of the Admissions team and PCM Minister Brad Dayton.

“Being a part of Habitat for Humanity interests me for many reasons,” said team member Minnie Jones, a civil engineering student and the Habitat club's campus webmaster. “The first, because I enjoy building things and using power tools. Another is because I am a civil engineer – going into the structures route  so this was right up my alley. In addition, it is a Christian organization which helps those in need, which is the most important reason I am a part of this club.”

The Pitt-Johnstown team was housed at the First Church in OKC.

“What interested me about going on the spring break trip was the fact that I was able to do all of that while traveling to a new state,” said Jones. “Many college students spend their Spring Breaks doing unproductive things, and I personally was glad I got to spend mine doing something meaningful.”

Fundraisers and an allocation from the Student Government Association helped to pay for the trip. Members also paid a small fee. Pitt-Johnstown Habitat for Humanity accepts donations. If interested, please contact the organization or one of the advisors. Those contributing more than $200 will be recognized by being named on the backs of the club’s T-shirts.


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