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Commitment to Community Service

Service Increases a Sense of Belonging

Throughout the year, George Junior Republic youth have the opportunity to connect with the community by participating in service projects. Studies show that service learning teaches youth that community service is a lifelong expectation of community living.

Grove City Memorial Gardens

The Rotary Club of Grove City, working with the Borough of Grove City, presented the Memorial Garden to the community in 1996. Located at the Grove City Community Park, the Memorial Garden was a gift to the residents of Grove City in commemoration of the Club’s 75th anniversary. George Junior Republic youth, representing the Balanced and Restorative Justice (BARJ) program participate in the care and maintainance of the gardens in partnership with the Rotary Club.

Strawberry Days Festival

The Grove City Strawberry Days Festival is held each year and consists of vendors, live music, children’s activities, and a chance for community members to enjoy fresh, local strawberries. BARJ program participants work with festival organizers to set up tents and food booths for the annual event

Wesley Grange Pancake Dinners

The Wesley Grange has been hosting Sausage and Pancake Dinners for over seventy  years.  This long standing tradition involves many community members.  BARJ youth support the event by cooking and serving pancakes to community members.

Grove City Community Food Pantry

It is through the help of The Grove City United Way, local businesses, churches, and individuals that the Grove City Community Food Pantry is able to continue to serve the less fortunate of our community.   In 2005 the pantry had about 95 families enrolled.  There are now over 750 families enrolled, which is approximately 1,600 individuals.  It is our pleasure to have student and staff volunteers from George Junior Republic assist in the sorting and distribution of food supplies.

Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix

The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix brings visitors to Pittsburgh for its annual weekend of race events each July.  BARJ youth assist with race course set-up and are responsible for the removal of trash and recycling during the weekend of racing.


Reality Tour

The Reality Tour is an award-winning, evidence-based drug prevention program held in Westmoreland County.  The program uses dramatic scenes, instruction, and testimonials to educate both parents and their children with its drug free message.  Candle, Inc., the non-profit for the Reality Tour, received a Letter of Commendation from Governor Tom Corbett in March of 2014 citing its impact on prevention in Westmoreland County. Reality Tour is proud to be a model for prevention in Pennsylvania!  Youth from our Drug and Alcohol program are the featured speakers and have the opportunity to share their journey.  For more information, please check out the Reality Tour website: