Wilkes University


Wilkes University Freshmen Help Community During Summer Orientation

Members of Wilkes University’s incoming freshman class will pitch in to help the Wyoming Valley community as part of their summer orientation on Monday, June 29 and Monday, July 13. About 300 students at each orientation session will volunteer at locations that include senior centers, youth centers, parks, the CEO’s Weinberg Food Bank, and many other organizations. Students will be working between 10 and 11:30 a.m. at the work sites.

Wilkes faculty are joining their students this year – several to share their interest in working with particular community organizations.

More than 20 work sites will be staffed by students. Some of the projects and locations include:

  • Work on Back Mountain Trail. Students are being accompanied by Sid Halsor, professor of environmental engineering and earth science, and John Koch, professor of math and computer science, who serve on the trail’s board. The group is meeting at 10 a.m. at the Knights of Columbus, 59 Parry St., Luzerne, to access the trail.
  • Sorting and packing food at CEO’s Weinberg Food Bank. Students will be accompanied by Ernie Trujillo, associate professor of chemistry at the food bank, which is at 185 Research Drive, Jenkins Township, in the Mericle/Centerpointe Industrial Park.
  • Clean up at the Luzerne County Fairgrounds following weekend events.
  • Clean up and grounds work will be done at Huber Breaker under the supervision of Edward Bednarz, assistant professor of mechanical engineering (a Wilkes alumnus who will be recalling his own student days). The break is at 101 Main St., Ashley.
  •  Large groups of students also will be working at the River Common and Kirby Park. 
  • Clean up and grounds work at Camp Kresge.