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Foundation Announces Creation Of The Basic Hygiene Project

Posted February 21, 2024 at 1:23 pm

The Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Foundation has developed The Basic Hygiene Project, an initiative that will supply Pennsylvania Highlands Community College students with full-size hygiene products, including toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, and other items.

Former students Renu Williams and Laura McNutt conceptualized the idea. They delivered a compelling presentation to administrators, advocating for the importance of hygiene products and highlighting their potential impact on students at the institution.

“The Basic Hygiene Project’s mission and goal was to help students at all locations lessen their need for essential hygiene items,” Williams stated. “Being a student myself, I know how expensive college can be. The cost of transportation, books, food, and everyday items can add up. This is just one way we can make a student’s life easier.”

The Basic Hygiene Project will be housed in the KEYS Office, alongside the Black Bear Food Share Program, and in the Student Activities Office at the College’s Richland Campus. All locations will also have a cart with hygiene items for students to take as needed.

“This falls under a similar mission as the Black Bear Food Share Program,” stated Carole VanMeter, Director of the Foundation. “We’re giving students all of the essential items they need to take care of themselves.”

The College Foundation has already begun acquiring supplies. Inquiries have also been sent to local dentists and doctors to make donations to the program.

Creation of The Basic Hygiene Project was made possible through funding received via the PA Hunger-Free Grant.