What is Penn State Beaver Reach Out?
Reach Out provides Penn State Beaver students with opportunities to learn and develop as citizens through thoughtfully organized service projects designed to meet the needs of the community.
Students volunteer 20-25 hours per semester in not-for-profit agencies while completing a variety of volunteer assignments, including marketing, office work, child care, and construction. Annually, students contribute approximately $45,000 in economic value to the Beaver County community.
If you’re a student interested in exploring career opportunities, service learning offers a unique opportunity to learn about jobs from the inside of many different organizations. Service-learning experiences help many students make career choices and many students find jobs with the organizations where they were volunteers. Other students report that their service-learning work is one of the first things from their resumes that potential employers note.
Public scholarship is a priority for Penn State, and Beaver campus is among the leaders in offering opportunities for students. We hope to build and expand this program. In the last decade, many local agencies in southwestern Pennsylvania have benefited from our Reach Out program. Each semester, Reach Out places an average of 75 students in volunteer positions within the community.
Students might also be interested in the minor in Civic and Community Engagement. It fits easily into any major, adds value to your resume, and has demonstrably helped students to get jobs and find careers.