community-service

In this June photo, Ramona Reeves of Uniontown walks down Evans Street while holding an image of her son, Semori K. Wilson, who was killed in 2018. Reeves founded the SKW Foundation, which co-sponsors the Wear Orange Day (Herald-Standard photo).

SKW Foundation seeks to help those impacted by gun violence | Helping the Helpers

BY: - December 4, 2022

'We need people to speak up and let people know what they have seen to get it under control,' Ramona Reeves said.

Pet Search recently held a low-cost rabies clinic at Canonsburg Fire Department. They hold four each year: April and August in Washington, and February and October in Canonsburg, Pa. (Herald-Standard photo).

Pet Search: Seeking foster families, volunteers in SWPA | Helping the Helpers

BY: - November 30, 2022

By Jon Andreassi WASHINGTON, Pa. — Since 1986, Pet Search has been building a network of foster families for dogs and cats in need of homes. Sherry Knight, co-founder of the Washington-based nonprofit, said the organization is an all-volunteer, no-kill animal rescue. They currently have 45 foster families in Washington, Greene, Westmoreland, Allegheny, Beaver, and […]

Washington guitarist Dan Baker is the vice president of the Washington Jazz Society.

Washington Jazz Society: Fostering love of music in area youngsters | Helping the Helpers

BY: - November 29, 2022

'By building a foundation on music, that just gives them so many other opportunities,' DeDe MacTaggart said.

Keeping the Faith Animal Shelter Board President Sara Gmutza-Balling stands outside the future site of Keeping the Faith Animal Shelter on Connellsville Road in Lemont Furnace.

Keeping the Faith Animal Shelter planned as community resource | Helping the Helpers

BY: - November 27, 2022

'My sister, Erin, and I have always wanted to do this. I mean, (for) decades,' Sara Gmutza-Balling said.

volunteers with the Uniontown Fire Department and Toys For Tots pose with the toys collected by area fire departments that totaled in the thousands for children in the area who would otherwise not receive toys this Christmas. The department will again serve as a drop-off place for the program (Herald-Standard photo).

Toys for Tots marks its 75th year in Pa., nationwide | Helping the Helpers

BY: - November 25, 2022

By Karen Mansfield UNIONTOWN, Pa. — This holiday season marks the 75th anniversary of the well-loved Toys for Tots program. The national initiative was launched in 1947 to collect and distribute toys for children whose families may not have the financial means to buy them gifts for Christmas. Toys for Tots was started when Diane […]

The World of Good Foundation honors the legacy of Steve Kassimer. The 35-year-old Smock man died in an accident in 2020. His family and friends said he lived a life kindness to others, a cornerstone of the foundation. Kassimer is pictured with his sons, Wyatt Kassimer (left) and Cohen Kassimer.

World of Good Foundation carries out SWPA man’s ‘legacy of kindness’ | Helping the Helpers

BY: - November 24, 2022

'Especially for me, it’s really important and a way for him to continue to live on through our boys and for them to see, through others, how kind and caring their dad was,' Kristi Kassimer Harper said.

A pile of teddy bears

State agencies team up to donate 100s of stuffed toys to Pa. kids | Wednesday Morning Coffee

BY: - November 23, 2022

It's 'special opportunity to spark a little joy,' a Wolf administration official said.

The Literacy Council of Southwestern Pa. is transforming lives | Helping the Helpers

BY: - December 24, 2021

The Literacy Council of Southwestern PA is a nonprofit gem that, for more than 3 1/2 decades has given hope to – and transformed the lives of – people in Fayette County by improving their reading skills.

Corner Cupboard Food Bank committed to ending hunger | Helping the Helpers

BY: - December 19, 2021

Corner Cupboard works to meet the food needs of the families, seniors, veterans, and children throughout Greene County who are experiencing hunger.

Ryan’s Tribute: Supporting families who have lost children | Helping the Helpers

BY: - December 17, 2021

'“Losing a child can effect anybody at any age, and it’s still that same pain,' Beth Hanzes said. 'That’s not supposed to happen, you’re not supposed to lose a child.'

COMMENTARY

Lebanon, Pa. needs a unified community identity. Here’s how to get there | Opinion

BY: - December 17, 2021

Only through a unified identity can we have disagreements while still recognizing that we are all the same people.

Needs for the hungry remain high in Fayette County. How one group is helping | Helping the Helpers

BY: - December 16, 2021

'They’re nose-to-the grindstone, real, true farmers and mountain people who appreciate what we do for them,' an official said.