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Pitt students work on service projects for Make a Difference Day

Patrick Varine
| Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, 1:00 p.m.

On Saturday morning, the view was rather dismal both inside and outside of a Long Street home in Hempfield.

Outside, there was light rain and an overcast sky. Inside, there was musty carpeting, old blinds and moldy furniture.

But student volunteers from the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg were working to change that as part of the universitywide Pitt Make a Difference Day.

A group of about 17 students was working with Habitat for Humanity to clean out the inside of the home in the 2000 block of Long Street. Several students at the site are also part of the university’s Habitat Club.

“We do a build every month,” said junior Taylor Mayhue, 21, of Altoona. “We have two other homes we’re working on, on Jefferson Avenue in Greensburg.”

In addition to the South Greensburg project, Make a Difference Day volunteers were also doing Adopt-a-Highway work along Mt. Pleasant and Brinkertown roads, helping Goodwill of Southwestern PA officials at their Hempfield store and learning about volunteer opportunities at the Wildlife Works animal rehabilitation facility in Youngwood.

Mayhue said the big challenge with the Hempfield home rehab project was a lack of space.

“There’s a lot of us, but we’re making it work,” she said.

Central Westmoreland Habitat board member Tim McTigue said the extra help was wonderful.

“We just found out the foundation has some problems after clearing things away,” he said. “So we’ll have to do some work there. But compared to the home on Jefferson Avenue, this house is in pretty good shape.”

Having members of the Habitat Club along was also helpful.

“They come out on a regular basis,” McTigue said. “It’s great to get repeat volunteers because they know how we operate and can help things run a little more smoothly.”

For more on Pitt Make a Difference Day, see Studentaffairs.pitt.edu .

Patrick Varine is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Patrick at 724-850-2862, pvarine@tribweb.com or via Twitter @MurrysvilleStar.

Central Westmoreland Habitat for Humanity project manager Dan DeAugustine (middle) helps remove an old oven in the kitchen of a abandoned house on Long Street in Hempfield with University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg students during the University of Pittsburgh’s Make a Difference Day at a build site for Central Westmoreland Habitat for Humanity on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. The day of volunteering saw campus students help with local non-profit organizations around the Westmoreland County region, including Habitat for Humanity.
Shane Dunlap | Tribune-Review
Central Westmoreland Habitat for Humanity project manager Dan DeAugustine (middle) helps remove an old oven in the kitchen of a abandoned house on Long Street in Hempfield with University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg students during the University of Pittsburgh’s Make a Difference Day at a build site for Central Westmoreland Habitat for Humanity on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. The day of volunteering saw campus students help with local non-profit organizations around the Westmoreland County region, including Habitat for Humanity.
University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg senior Quoc Vo (left) is reflected in the mirror of a vanity set while students move the piece of furniture during the University of Pittsburgh’s Make a Difference Day at a build site for Central Westmoreland Habitat for Humanity on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. About 15 students helped clear out a house on Long Street in Hempfield to make way for Central Westmoreland Habitat for Humanity to begin renovations.
Shane Dunlap | Tribune-Review
University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg senior Quoc Vo (left) is reflected in the mirror of a vanity set while students move the piece of furniture during the University of Pittsburgh’s Make a Difference Day at a build site for Central Westmoreland Habitat for Humanity on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. About 15 students helped clear out a house on Long Street in Hempfield to make way for Central Westmoreland Habitat for Humanity to begin renovations.
University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg junior Jirapach Moongdee rips up old carpet at a house on Long Street in Hempfield during the University of Pittsburgh’s Make a Difference Day at a build site for Central Westmoreland Habitat for Humanity on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. The day of volunteering saw campus students help with local non-profit organizations around the Westmoreland County region.
Shane Dunlap | Tribune-Review
University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg junior Jirapach Moongdee rips up old carpet at a house on Long Street in Hempfield during the University of Pittsburgh’s Make a Difference Day at a build site for Central Westmoreland Habitat for Humanity on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. The day of volunteering saw campus students help with local non-profit organizations around the Westmoreland County region.
University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg junior Kaylee Campbell sweeps out a garage of a house on Long Street in Hempfield during the University of Pittsburgh’s Make a Difference Day at a build site for Central Westmoreland Habitat for Humanity on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018.
Shane Dunlap | Tribune-Review
University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg junior Kaylee Campbell sweeps out a garage of a house on Long Street in Hempfield during the University of Pittsburgh’s Make a Difference Day at a build site for Central Westmoreland Habitat for Humanity on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018.
University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg junior Cheyeanne Perez tosses boards into heaps of debris volunteers cleaned from a home on Long Street in Hempfield during the University of Pittsburgh’s Make a Difference Day at a build site for Central Westmoreland Habitat for Humanity on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. About 15 students helped to clean up a house to make way for Central Westmoreland Habitat for Humanity to begin renovations.
Shane Dunlap | Tribune-Review
University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg junior Cheyeanne Perez tosses boards into heaps of debris volunteers cleaned from a home on Long Street in Hempfield during the University of Pittsburgh’s Make a Difference Day at a build site for Central Westmoreland Habitat for Humanity on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. About 15 students helped to clean up a house to make way for Central Westmoreland Habitat for Humanity to begin renovations.
University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg senior Quoc Vo helps lift a couch during the University of Pittsburgh’s Make a Difference Day at a build site for Central Westmoreland Habitat for Humanity on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. About 15 students helped clear out a house on Long Street in Hempfield to make way for Central Westmoreland Habitat for Humanity to begin renovations.
Shane Dunlap | Tribune-Review
University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg senior Quoc Vo helps lift a couch during the University of Pittsburgh’s Make a Difference Day at a build site for Central Westmoreland Habitat for Humanity on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. About 15 students helped clear out a house on Long Street in Hempfield to make way for Central Westmoreland Habitat for Humanity to begin renovations.
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