United Way

United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania will host a special Day of Caring to safely engage volunteers during this time of unprecedented need.

The organization is encouraging the public to participate in activities to help those struggling during the COVID-19 crisis. Volunteers can choose from four projects and submit them to United Way at one of its three offices in Allegheny, Butler and Westmoreland counties. Projects will be accepted between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. June 20 and United Way will distribute donated items to its partners.

“Volunteerism is essential to United Way’s mission of supporting vulnerable populations across our region,” said Wendy Koch, director of volunteer engagement at United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania.

Volunteers can choose one or more of these projects:

  • “I care” cards for senior citizens. Write a short note of encouragement for seniors who may feel isolated and lonely.
  • Personal protection pack. Donate face masks, disinfectant wipes, disposable gloves and hand sanitizer to help families and seniors in need stay safe. Collect all items in a sealed gallon-size bag.
  • Baby supplies pack. Donate a pack of size 2-6 diapers, a package of wipes and a bottle of hand sanitizer for struggling families with an infant or toddler.
  • Summer activity kits. Make activity kits for kids that include coloring books, bubbles, crayons, markers and pens. Put all items in a sealed gallon-size bag.

On June 20, projects will be collected at contactless drop-off points at United Way’s offices in Allegheny, Butler and Westmoreland counties:

  • Allegheny – 1300 Liberty Aven., Pittsburgh
  • Butler – 407 W. Jefferson St., Butler
  • Westmoreland – 1101 Old Salem Road #101, Greensburg

Volunteers can sign up for the event at uwswpa.org/a-special-day-of-caring-2020 and share how they’re participating on social media by using #UnitedWayCares.

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