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Tuesday, July 19 - Thursday, July 21, 2022 | Commuters

9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Daily

This summer, devote three 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.

All students are required to be fully vaccinated (meaning a person has received their primary series of COVID-19 vaccines) to participate in our program. 

This program is open only to commuter students. 

To participate in our exciting program, students must be entering grades 6 - 10 as of Fall. No prior experience is necessary to participate. This program is open to the first 16 students who complete the registration and pay the deposit. 

Class Outlook:

Program Start:
Tuesday, July 19
Program End: Thursday, July 21

The below schedule is from the 2021 season. 2022 details will be released soon!

Schedule of Times
Time Wednesday Schedule Thursday Schedule
8:30am - 9:00am Student Drop Off Student Drop Off
9:00am - 9:30am Introductions and Travel Introductions and Travel
9:30am - 11:30am Volunteer at Grow Pittsburgh 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
4:00pm - 4:30pm Student Pick Up Student Pick Up
We collaborated with the following organizations during our service-learning camp in 2021.
Details regarding 2022 partnerships will be released when finalized.

Off-Campus Nonprofits

Grow Pittsburgh – Braddock Farms
Learning about Pittsburgh’s urban gardens and helping to plant and cultivate the garden at Braddock Farms.

Kitty Queen Cat Rescue 
Students will clean, feed, pet and play with feline friends.
*Allergy noticePlease be aware that we will be handling live animals.


On-Campus Projects:

Beaver County Humane Society
Make organic dog treats and toys for the animals.


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 recently hiked Mt. Kilimanjaro!

Payment Information:

All payments are due June 30, 2022. 

Registration and payments will be handled through our easy, user-friendly online registration platform, CampDocVisa, Mastercard, Discover and Electronic Checks are accepted. Payment plans are available. Students also receive a t-shirt and seasonal swag with their registration.  A daily buffet lunch is included in the cost. 

Non-Refundable Deposit: 
A non-refundable deposit of $30.00 is required to reserve your space in the program. Please review our FAQs for the most up-to-date information on cancelations and refunds. 

Deposit $30
Program $165
Total Cost $195.00


Available Discounts:

  • Family members of Point Park University employees and alumni receive 30% off of the total cost. Family is defined as immediate family members including yourself, spouse/partner and children.
  • Returning students receive $30.00 off of the program cost. Coupon codes will be provided before registration. Thank you for your continued interest in our program!

Welcome to our campus!

This program will be held on campus at Point Park University and off-campus at various volunteering locations. While on-campus, students will spend time in our Community Engagement Lab and our Center for Media Innovation.

Point Park University
Lawrence Hall
212 Wood Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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

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


Community and Summer Education Contact Information
Email SummerCamps@PointPark.Edu
Call 412-392-3457
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