As Penn State DuBois wraps up its first full week of classes this fall, we want to say thank you to the many freshman students who volunteered in our community before college even started!

A total of 146 new freshmen, plus their faculty and staff group leaders, reached out to communities throughout the region last Friday for Penn State DuBois Outreach Day. Each year, as part of New Student Orientation, new students volunteer at various charitable and community oriented organizations in the area, giving students a look at the importance of service, while lending a hand to local charities.  In all, 17 organizations were served this year, including Habitat for Humanity, The Soul Platter Café, Jefferson County Area Agency on Aging, Tri-County Church, Brockway Depot, Bilger’s Rocks, The Salvation Army, Boy Scouts of America, DuBois Historical Society, DuBois Continuum of Care, Gateway Humane Society, The Red Mission House, Rumbarger Cemetery, Special Olympics, The American Red Cross, Children’s Aid Society, and CAST.

They cleaned up the buildings, did landscaping, picked up litter, filed paperwork and just made life a little easier for the people at those organizations.

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