Creed Reilly is making a difference in his community

02/08/2017

“People who have never been to THON may never understand how magnificent it is,” says Creed Reilly, a senior in aerospace engineering. He is currently the president of Boulevard, a Penn State community service organization dedicated to providing a pathway for members to positively impact communities while making lasting friendships.

Creed joined Boulevard when he was a freshman. A couple of his friends invited him to one of Boulevard’s weekly meetings. Drawn by the friendship and closeness among the members, Creed considers Boulevard his second family.

There are currently 150 active members in Boulevard. “We do community service work every month,” says Creed. After seven years, Boulevard has really established a name for itself within the community. Members have been partnering with local nonprofit organizations such as LifeLink, Shaver’s Creek, the MorningStar Solar Home, etc. More and more people are coming to them to seek their help.

“Last year we built walls for MorningStar’s outdoor teaching area. It was a lot of fun,” Creed continues. “We are always actively looking for things that we can do to help the community.”

This year Boulevard sent a total of 90 members to go canning. They went to eight different locations including Virginia, New Jersey, and the Allentown area. Besides canning, they also sent out multiple canvassing trips in Philadelphia area.

“We went door-to-door and told the people about THON. It was a pretty good alternative for fundraising,” says Creed.

“THON helps a lot of people,” Creed continues. “One of our group’s THON children, Rachel, has been cancer-free for five years. She was officially classified as a cancer survivor earlier this year. Hearing that news was one of the best moments of my life.”

Aside from being a part of Boulevard, Creed is also heavily involved with Lunar Lion, a student team that focuses on developing a rocket system for lunar exploration to expand humanity’s knowledge of the moon.

“I always knew I was going to be an engineer, whether consciously or not. My dad was an engineer,” says Creed.

During his childhood, he always loved to take radios and alarm clocks apart to see how these little machines work. He can’t imagine himself doing anything else other than engineering.

“I love Superman. That’s probably the biggest reason why I chose aerospace engineering,” Creed laughs, when asked about why he is so into rocket science. “When people ask me what kind of super power I want, the answer is always ‘flying.’”

Creed will not be a dancer at THON 2017, but he is still proud to support all the Boulevard dancers.

 

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