The Spirit of Kindness

Big or small, our Penn State family has a rich tradition of giving back.

The Penn State spirit shines brightly through your kindness, generosity, and good works. 

A student decorates a shoebox with the phrase "Life is beautiful. Smile."

New Kensington Shoebox Project

Penn State New Kensington collaborated with the United Way of Westmoreland County to host a "shoebox project." Students collected toiletry items and shoeboxes and then spent an afternoon on campus decorating and filling the boxes, which were donated to Family Services of Western PA.

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From everyday acts of giving...

A group of students make donations.

Penn State Beaver MLK Day of Service

Penn State Beaver was the regional base for more than 100 students from seven University locations who volunteered for a Day On, Not a Day Off in celebration of the Martin Luther King holiday.

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To accomplishments that change the world.

Students run and jump down the street while participating in the THON 5 K


The annual THON 5K raises funds for the Four Diamonds at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital for the fight against pediatric cancer.

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Wishing the Penn State family the happiest of holidays!