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Volunteers needed to help nonprofits during Day of Caring

Jeff Himler
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A West Penn Power employee serves food to a Westmoreland Manor resident during the 2016 Day of Caring service event organized by the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania.

Nonprofits are in need of helping hands with 18 projects planned during a day of service in Westmoreland, Fayette and southern Armstrong counties.

According to the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania, 100 volunteers still are needed to donate their time and labor to projects during the 16th annual Day of Caring on Sept. 14. Needs range from painting and landscaping to administrative assistance or other support.

“This year we received requests for close to 800 volunteers from our project hosts, making this year one of the largest in terms of volunteer needs,” United Way community engagement manager Jackie Johns said. “Day of Caring is about bringing people together to help others and to promote the power of volunteerism and community collaboration. It’s the perfect opportunity for corporate teams, service organizations or just groups of family and friends to get together, give back and have fun.”

Volunteer teams of two to 20 people are needed to help with projects between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Sept. 14. Volunteers can visit unitedway4u.org/dayofcaring by Aug. 24 to see a list of projects and to register.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Laurel Region needs volunteers to spend time with children and assist in the classroom at Baggaley Elementary School. Others are needed to help clean and organize at Peoples Library in New Kensington or to paint at Northmoreland Park, the Avonmore Center for Active Adults, the TryLife Center in Lower Burrell or Valley Points Family YMCA locations in New Kensington and Leechburg.

Last year’s Day of Caring benefited an estimated 169,000 people in the area through mentoring, senior companionship and beautification efforts.

Frank McLaughlin, an employee of West Penn Power in Greensburg, has volunteered as part of a Day of Caring corporate team for several years. In 2016, his team assisted the Scottdale Historical Society.

“We painted, repaired broken windows, cut down dead trees, mowed the lawn, weeded and more,” he recalled. “It was more than they dreamed was possible.”

Day of Caring is sponsored by Kennametal and ABB Inc. It has received additional support from FirstEnergy Foundation, First Commonwealth Bank, Hillview Motors, Smail Auto Group, Carpenter Technology, Elliott Group and Hempfield Township Parks and Recreation.

Jeff Himler is a
Tribune-Review staff writer.
You can contact Jeff at 724-836-6622, [email protected] or via Twitter @jhimler_news.

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