University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown

Service Organizations

Pitt-Johnstown's service organizations involve a wide variety of service, programming and need- fulfillment activities. Each organization is unique in its goals, events, and membership requirements.

Alpha Phi Omega Co-Ed National Service Fraternity (APO)

Alpha Phi Omega is a national, co-ed service fraternity that has set the standard for college campus-based volunteerism since 1925.

There are active chapters on more than 350 campuses, and we strive to help each individual member develop leadership skills, experience friendship on many levels and provide service to others.

Best Buddies

Best Buddies International is the world’s largest organization dedicated to ending the social, physical, and economic isolations of the 200 million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

The Best Buddies Chapter at Pitt-Johnstown creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships and leadership opportunities for people with IDD and college students. Our mission at UPJ is to establish meaningful friendships with peers with IDD and share interests, experiences, and activities.

Circle K

Circle K is associated with Kiwanis International and is dedicated to serving both the University and the community. The objectives of Circle K are:

  • to provide an outlet for students to express concerns to help others,
  • and to provide students with a means to help others and do community service.
Kickstart Kid's Hearts

The club raised money on campus and throughout the community to raise awareness for congenital heart defects as these ailments cause more child deaths than cancer.

Each month, the club “adopts” a child in our area and buy the child gifts to help them forget about their disease, at least for a moment. The parents were given a gift card for gasoline since these diseases are treated out of our region.

The club also entered a competition through the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation and won $2,000 to donate to the Children’s Heart Foundation PA chapter. These students held a 5K on campus in April that drew about 300 participants. Prior to the start of the 5K, the families assisted by the club had an opportunity to thank those who have supported them through this cause. The club raised $5,015 in its first year. 

Habitat For Humanity Campus Chapter

Pitt-Johnstown’s Habitat for Humanity chapter is a non-profit, service-driven campus organization specializing in building houses in areas surrounding Johnstown.

During the annual Spring Break trip, the group travels to help build an ongoing project somewhere in the United States. Assisting with the building of affordable, modern housing for those in need is the main goal for the chapter, along with the self-described "Christian housing ministry," and addressing the issues of poverty housing all over the world.

The group also dedicates time and effort to educate UPJ students on its mission to help local poverty through local volunteer opportunities. Since its inception in 2003, the campus chapter has had over 750 members, logged more than 13,000 hours of volunteer work, and has taken part in 11 Spring Break trips.

Hope for St. Jude

Red Cross Campus Chapter

Prepare members in how to respond to emergencies and involve students and faculty in community service projects.

Rotaract Club

A service-based club dedicated to creating events and fundraisers to help the community. Anticipated programs include:

  • a basket raffle that will benefit needy children and
  • a school supply drive for the Greater Johnstown School District.