SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)  As the candidates get ready to campaign here in northeastern Pennsylvania.  On Monday, there was a political rally of a different sort. Eyewitness News Reporter Eric Deabill Explains…

Ad the Nuns arrived on their colorful bus they got a rock-star welcome.people cheered and held signs as the nuns tried to inspire people to vote this fall.

Sister Simone Campbell, Nuns on the Bus organizer, made their mission clear “Let it be abundantly clear — we’re not endorsing a candidate. what we’re doing is we’re asking candidates to endorse our “mend the gap” strategy”

The nuns are trying to raise awareness about where candidates like Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump’s stand on issues like raising the minimum wage and creating family-friendly workplaces.

For Hema Pokhrel — immigration is very important.she grew up in Bhutan and became a legal U.S. citizen two years ago.

“I love USA this is my mother and I pray for her success every time and I will fight for this country for any cost”

The nuns challenged the large crowd — to make sure politicians focus on social policies that focus on the common good

Julie Schumacher-Cohen, director of community and government relations at the University of Scranton Told Eyewitness News “”We need to be active as advocates. we need to call and talk to our elected officials about we believe in” .

Along their 13-state journey  the nuns encourage people to sign their bus — which really is a moving billboard for their an election cycle filled with anger and fear — the nuns want to provide hope.

(sister simone campbell, nuns on the bus organizer)”If we want our democracy to work, we’ve got to come together”  said Sister Simone.

The nuns will share what they learn with political leaders at the conventions and later in Washington.