On Oct. 15, 13 members of the Aiken-Augusta chapter took time out of their busy schedules to help an elderly couple in the community make much needed improvements to their home as part of the United Way’s 10th annual “Project Vision.”
Nader Sadri mixing concrete for a wheel chair ramp
The group, led by John Kosko ’62, chapter secretary, logged more than 60 hours of volunteer time toward the project.
Physicists, chemists, engineers, and artists became masons, handypersons, and landscapers as they concentrated on four main areas of the home—the bathroom, the kitchen, the front entranceway, and the outside grounds.
Among the improvements made to the interior of the house, the group built new shelves, installed new plumbing fixtures, and repaired cabinets. Members also performed maintenance on certain safety features, such as smoke detectors. Major renovations were also performed on the home’s back entrance.
Chapter members are proud to give back to the community in this way. They feel that they owe this opportunity, in part, to their educational experience at Penn State.
There are more than 300 Penn State alumni who live in the Aiken-Augusta area. The chapter’s objective is “to promote and enhance the stature of The Pennsylvania State University and higher education by any means open to [it].” The chapter supports the students of the University through its endowed scholarship and is involved in charitable and social activities throughout the year. The group hosts an annual golf tournament to support the scholarship fund as well as an annual ice cream social, a student sendoff picnic, and football parties.
You can visit the Aiken-Augusta Chapter’s Web site at http://psualum.com/chapter/aikenaugusta. Information about any of the affiliate groups of the Alumni Association can be found at http://alumni.psu.edu/groups.