Over 700 volunteers united in the caring spirit on Friday, September 14 for United Way's 16th annual Day of Caring.
Volunteers worked at 75 different projects across the area, helping to complete painting, landscaping, maintenance, administrative and other projects for local nonprofit organizations.
In total, efforts will impact an estimated 108,000 people in Westmoreland and Fayette Counties and surrounding communities.
Several larger projects required the collaboration of multiple volunteer teams. At the Laurelville retreat center in Mt. Pleasant, over 50 volunteers completed projects around the camp in anticipation of the organization’s 75th anniversary celebration this fall. Volunteers included employees from S&T Bank and clients and staff from ACHIEVA’s local vocational programs for people with special needs.
The two groups first partnered during last year’s Day of Caring, when they volunteered together a local Boy Scout camp.
“Day of Caring inspired me to blend my personal commitment to volunteer work in the community with my colleagues and in no time, our S&T volunteer team was formed,” said S&T Bank’s executive vice president and chief audit executive LaDawn Yesho. “Our day was made even more special by partnering with ACHIEVA and experiencing their sense of pride and accomplishment as we painted together and worked side-by-side. I truly believe that when we join together, the impact on the community is amazing.”
Each year, Day of Caring projects and volunteers are invited to participate through an open call process. Projects are hosted by both United Way partner organizations and non-partner organizations. Volunteer teams are organized by local employers, colleges, schools and other nonprofits.
Day of Caring is sponsored by Kennametal and ABB Inc., and received additional support from FirstEnergy Foundation, Hillview Motors, Carpenter Technology, First Commonwealth Bank, Smail Auto Group, UPS, Elliott Group and Hempfield Parks and Recreation.