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PSU's Big Event draws over 800 students to help 100+ homes

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"No job is too small", that was the mindset of Pitt State students who spent their Saturday performing community service around the area.

The Big Event, held yearly at PSU allows students to assist those who may not be able to do home repairs or upkeep, but also bring the community closer together. The 800 students began by getting repair assignments at homes around town. The rewards come easily, but not in the form of money.

"Pittsburg is unique because this community really supports the university in a variety of ways. Financially and with the school spirit. So this is a great way that students can give back to a community that gives us so much." says PSU Student, and Organizer of The Big Day, Jake Letner.

The big event is a yearly tradition for students..in which students perform community service projects for residents, at no cost.

"We're able to do it...so we came out here to help some people out." says student volunteer, David Cardinal.

For residents with bigger repairs, hearts and hammers collaborated with PSU Construction students to get the jobs done.

"The applications that we receive generally are from homeowners who have owned their homes for 20, 30, 40, 50 or even 60 years. And we're excited to help those owners who have been in their homes for so long. We want to be able to help them keep that property and maintain it." says Hearts & Hammers Executive Director, Jenny McCool-O'Dell.

"It's mutually beneficial. The students get a lot out of it, for getting out in the community and meeting people, and a lot of the people that sign up are elderly and may not be able to do the yard work." says Letner.

Residents we spoke with from the homes say they appreciated the students help, and students say it wasn't so bad giving a little extra time to do some good.

"We had to clean out some gutters, and we raked up some leaves...not too much hard work but we definitely got our work done." Cardinal says.

Students raised $2000 to supply the tools and equipment needed for the service, which helped serve more than 130 homeowners.


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