The Capstone Project is designed to help students showcase their education, activities, and skills as they graduate from Union Area High School. Each year in high school, students will participate in various activities and learning experiences in order to help them develop their plan after graduation.

To view the requirements for each grade level, select the appropriate graduating year. Students who attend Union Area for all four years of high school will be required to complete all four years of the Capstone Project. If a student transfers to Union Area during high school, they will be expected to complete the Capstone Project for the grade level in which they enroll.

We believe that giving back is an important activity for students. As such, students will be asked to complete community service hours each year. Below is a list of organizations that have been approved for community service. If a student completes his/her community service at one of these locations, prior approval is not needed. If a student completes his/her community service at a location that is not on this list, he/she must seek approval from his/her English teacher prior to completing the hours.

Community Service Approved Sites

Please note: All community service must be approved by the student’s English teacher prior to completing the hours if the agency isn’t listed below.

School related community service is permitted as long as it occurs outside of the school day (School day hours are: 7:50 am- 2:52 pm)

Additional opportunities will be announced and posted via the School Counselor Office and English classes throughout the school year.

Union Area High School Main Office-Mrs. Jones/Mrs. Borowski (stop by the office)

New Castle Public Library-complete an application (Mrs. Blatchford has) and contact Ms. Donna Maggie,, 724-658-6659 x 102.

Union Township Fire Department (724) 654-7115

Union Area Athletic Association (724) 658-4501 Coach Robinson

Habitat for Humanity Stop by the high school office for contact information

Boy Scouts /Girl Scouts

PA Game Commission

Tutoring-Union Area SD (724) 658-4501 Mr. Rob Nogay, High School Principal

United Way-(724) 658-8828

American Cancer Society (724) 658-6964

Rescue Mission(724) 652-4321

Blood Drive (UASD) (724) 658-4501 Ms. Fulena, Middle School Math Teacher

Humane Society (724) 654-8520

Food Pantry People in Need (724) 657-3903

Summer Kid’s Camp Mrs. O’Neill (724) 658-4501

Crisis Shelter (724) 652-9206 Mrs. Sheila Fruit

Big Brothers/Big Sisters (724) 657-3680

Golden Hill Nursing Home (724) 654-7791 Lori Coyne

Union Area Academic Advocates-(724) 658-4501

New Castle Playhouse (724) 654-3437 or

Church related activities

Shop with a Cop-Mrs. Cataloni (This takes place in December)

Madalyn’s Mile- Wendy Gorgacz 724.652.6683, ext 1120

Lawrence County Youth Conservation School, takes place each summer. Hours are available throughout the year for various prep tasks. Mr. Ryan Miles (724) 658-4501

St Vitus Food Program (in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Food Bank & Produce to People)

910 S Mercer Steet

New Castle, PA 16101

Contact: Church office @ 724-652-3422

St. Joseph the Worker Food Bank

1111 S. Cascade St

New Castle, PA 16101

Contact: Church office @ 724-652-2322

Gussie Walker Community Outreach

1207 Moravia Street

New Castle, PA 16101

Contact: Carol Barber 724-730-1131

Eastbrook Mission Barns (they build handicap accessible ramps & ramp floors for people who have difficulty in accessing their home safely)

226 Church Lane

New Castle, PA 16105

Contact: Katie Peterson @ 724-856-8241

Union Township Lions Club (Student volunteers are needed for our Pancake Breakfasts but that’s normally in July with Balloon Quest)

Contact: Ms. Fulena

Historical Society (724) 658-4022