Waynesburg University faculty and staff will lead 72 students to serve others both domestically and abroad during the week of spring break. The University will offer four service mission trips covering a variety of academic and professional interests that give students the opportunity to serve outside Greene County.
The projects include partnerships with The Pittsburgh Project in Pittsburgh, Pa.; Summit Adventure in Quito, Ecuador; Habitat for Humanity in Concord, N.C.; and Meeting God in Missions in Hato Mayor, Dominican Republic.
The Pittsburgh Project – Pittsburgh, Pa.
A team of 28 students will serve with the Pittsburgh Project Saturday, March 9, through Friday, March 15. Students will be led by Kent James, lecturer of history at Waynesburg University and Christopher Kellner, University resident director.
Dedicated to creating servant leaders, the Pittsburgh Project is a nonprofit community development organization located on the North Side of Pittsburgh, Pa. Waynesburg University students will partner with the Pittsburgh Project to serve some of the city’s most vulnerable residents by providing free home repairs and by building strong, faith-centered relationships.
Summit Adventure – Quito, Ecuador
From Saturday, March 9, to Saturday, March 16, a team of nine students will travel to Quito, Ecuador to partner with Summit Adventure, a Christ-centered outdoor adventure, service and experiential education ministry. Janet Paladino, assistant professor of biology at Waynesburg University, and Chad Sethman, assistant professor of biology at the University, will lead the students.
The trip is intended to help students understand the importance of caring for God’s creation. They will work with Summit Adventure to “build an ethos of ‘creation care’ to address the environmental issues of both the natural and urban habitats of Ecuador” as well as human and environmental health issues.
Habitat for Humanity – Concord, N.C.
A team of 20 Waynesburg University students will travel to Concord, N.C., during their spring break to assist the Cabarrus County, N.C., Habitat for Humanity affiliate. Waynesburg University students will depart Sunday, March 10, and will return Friday, March 15. The trip will be led by Pat Bristor, associate dean of students and director of Student Services and Dr. Chad Sherman, instructor of communication at Waynesburg University.
The students will assist with building homes to address substandard housing issues in North Carolina.
Meeting God in Missions – Hato Mayor, Dominican Republic
A team of 15 students will travel to Hato Mayor, Dominican Republic, Saturday, March 9, through Saturday, March 16. Dave Calvario, dean of students and the director of the Center for Service Leadership at Waynesburg University, will lead the students.
Students will serve with “Meeting God in Missions,” and will visit Haitian villages where many Dominicans of Haitian descent face challenges. Service will consist of construction and home repairs, leading bible studies, prayer walks, playing sports in the villages and spending time with children in the villages. This is the first time the University is partnering with Meeting God in Missions.
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