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This summer season, don't distance yourself from learning. Join us for one of our many free virtual sessions.
Due to COVID-19, all on-ground and residential programming has been cancelled for the 2020 summer season. The health and safety of our community is important to us. Read more.

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer an online version of this anticipated program. The experience will be offered again in the summer of 2021 and registration will be available within the coming months.

In the meantime, be sure to join us for one of our many FREE virtual sessions in cinema, dance, music, communications and more. Register here.

Wednesday, June 24 - Thursday, June 25, 2020

9:00am - 4:00pm

This summer, devote two days to engaging with the local Pittsburgh community by partnering with nonprofit organizations! Students will participate in volunteer projects both on- and off- campus each morning and spend each afternoon developing their own ideas to help the community. Students will also create a poster and a video to promote their concepts for making the world a better place.

To participate in our exciting program, students must be entering grades 6 - 10 as of Fall 2020. No prior experience is necessary to participate.

This program is open to the first 16 students who complete the registration and pay in full.

*Please note: Below is the 2019 program schedule.
The official 2020 schedule is coming soon.


Time Wednesday, June 26 Thursday, June 27
9:00am - 9:30am Introductions and Travel Introductions and Travel
9:30am - 11:30am Volunteer at Food Pantry Volunteer at Cat Rescue
11:30am - 11:45am Travel back to Campus Travel back to Campus
11:45am - 12:00pm Service Learning Discussion Service Learning Discussion
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch and Tour Lunch
1:00pm - 3:00pm Service Projects on Campus PSA Video Production
3:00pm - 4:00pm Social Impact Activity Showcase and Discussion

*Please note: Below are the organizations we partnered with in 2019.
2020 partners will be announced soon.


We will be collaborating with the following organizations during our service-learning camp.

Off-Campus Nonprofits:

Helping community members pack and carry groceries.

Students will clean, feed, pet and play with feline friends.
*Allergy notice: Please be aware that we will be handling live animals.


On-Campus Projects:

Make PB&J sandwiches for Operation Safety Net to feed the homeless.

Creating birthday treat bags for kids.


This camp will be led by Heather Starr-Fiedler (right) and Kelly Wilding (left).

Heather Starr-Fiedler serves as the Chair of Community Engagement for Point Park University and is a professor in Community Engagement and Communications.  Kelly Wilding is pursuing her Ph.D. in Community Engagement and serves as a graduate assistant in the Community Engagement department. Both Heather and Kelly are passionate about nonprofit work. Together they run the Wood Street Communications nonprofit outreach initiative at Point Park. 

Additionally, Heather founded Play it Forward Pittsburgh, a 501c3 nonprofit organization that collects and distributes toys to children each holiday season. Kelly spent 13 years in Development at the American Heart Association prior to returning to her graduate studies.

Both are passionate runners. Heather just finished the Honolulu Marathon and Kelly is training to hike Mt. Kilimanjaro!

This program will be held on campus at Point Park University and off-campus at various volunteering locations.



Students should be dropped off each day in our designated "Drop-Off Zone". This zone is located at 330 Boulevard of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Parents are gaurdians will pull into the lot, drop off their student, and exit down First Avenue. Additional details will be sent to registered participatns. To view a campus map of our University, click here.

While on-campus, students will spend time in our Community Engagement Lab and our Center for Media Innovation.

Students will travel to our volunteering sites by the University’s shuttle fleet equipped with a certified driver. Students will ride in a passenger van with seat belts.

Shuttle Image 1Shuttle Photo 2

All payments are due by May 24, 2020.

The cost of the program is $150.00 per student for both days. Includes two full days of activities, a one-hour lunch buffet on-campus in the Lawrence Hall Dining Room, a free t-shirt, and a free water bottle.

In order to secure your spot, full payment is due at the same time as registration.





Contact Information:
Phone: 412-392-3457
(Include “Service-Learning” in the subject line of emails)