Wilkes University


Incoming First-Year Students at Wilkes University Help Community During July 2 Summer Orientation

Members of Wilkes University’s incoming first-year class will pitch in to help the Wyoming Valley community as part of their two-day summer orientation on July 1 and 2. The community service projects take place on Monday, July 2. About 309 students – about half of Wilkes first-year class -- will volunteer at locations in the community or will be completing projects on campus supporting community organizations. Students will be performing service between 10 and 11:30 a.m. on Monday. A second orientation session, including a day of service, will be held on July 15 and 16.

Off-campus projects include clean up, organizing, office support and event set up.T he projects on campus include making home-made dog biscuits for animal rescue organizations, baking cookies for first responders and making “blessing bags” filled with toiletries and other essentials for homeless shelters. Details about where students will be working on activities are below.

Commitment to the community is part of the University’s mission and values. Incorporating the activities into the orientation introduces the commitment to first-year students.

St. Nicholas Church, 226 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre: Students will be unloading supplies from trailers for the church's bazaar.

American Red Cross, 256 N. Sherman St., Wilkes-Barre: Organizing the garage, cleaning disaster vehicles, doing data entry, sorting donations, writing thank-you cards to blood donors

The Lands at Hillside Farms, Shavertown: Gardening, painting, weeding, and general cleaning

On-campus projects include: 

  • Separate groups will bemaking home-made dog treats for animal shelters and baking cookies for first responders. They will be working in the lounge kitchens on each floor, Evans Hall, corner of S. River and Northampton streets, Wilkes-Barre
  • Making “blessing bags” with toiletries and other essentials for homeless shelters. The group will work in the concession area, Arnaud C, Marts Center, 274 S. Franklin St.
  • Making cards for hospitalized children. The group will be working on the  2nd Floor, Breiseth Hall, S. Franklin Street,  between W. South and Northampton streets

For more information, please contact Gabrielle D’Amico, director of communications, at (570) 408-4510.