William Colvin, vice president and treasurer of Coker Council for the Arts and Activities, looks through an old yearbook that will go into the organization's planned museum. (Herald-Standard photo).

Coker Council for Arts and Activities plans theater, event center | Helping the Helpers

BY: - December 9, 2022

'We’re seeing a need for energetic, nonprofit work in this year,' vice president and treasurer William Colvin said.

Blueprints has encouraged the placement of Little Free Libraries in the region, which allows people to borrow or take books contained in them, or to donate some. This photo from 2021 shows the unveiling of a Little Free Library in Greene County with, from left, Richard Burgess, a Blueprints board member; Jeff Fondelier, Blueprints' vice president of operations; Ellen Rossi, president of the EQT Foundation; and Blair Zimmerman, a Greene County commissioner.

Blueprints helps Washington, Greene county residents with a variety of needs | Helping the Helpers

BY: - December 8, 2022

'We're an anti-poverty organization,' Jeff Fondelier, Blueprints' vice president of operations, said.

Beverly’s Babies divisions staff (facing camera) Paige Jones and Megs Yunn (far right).

Beverly’s Birthdays celebrates children on their special day | Helping the Helpers

BY: - December 7, 2022

'The one thing we all have in common is that we all have a birthday,' founder Megs Yunn said.

Washington Christian Outreach has been spreading the gospel by helping to fulfill the material and spiritual needs of the less fortunate for more than four decades (Herald-Standard photo).

Washington Christian Outreach serves the needy | Helping the Helpers

BY: - December 6, 2022

'Anybody can come in and get a hot meal,' assistant director Debbie Boardley said.

Vision Services of Washington-Greene hosted a life skills luncheon earlier this month, where clients could test out assistive technology (Herald-Standard photo).

Vision Services of Washington-Greene provides help at low to no cost | Helping the Helpers

BY: - December 5, 2022

Vision Services offers a monthly support group for clients and their families on the last Wednesday of each month.

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.

Chestnut Ridge Counseling Services CEO Mike Quinn (Herald-Standard photo).

Chestnut Ridge using new state, federal programs to expand services | Helping the Helpers

BY: - December 2, 2022

'We’ve always been the 24-hour mental health and crisis service for Fayette County,' CEO Mike Quinn said. 'That has been going on for 25 or more years.'

Volunteers with Habitat for Humanity of Washington stand in front of a new house. 

Habitat for Humanity in SWPA recovering after pandemic’s one-two punch | Helping the Helpers

BY: - December 1, 2022

'The pandemic had – and to some degree still has – a profound effect on our operations,' Mark Twyford, of Habitat for Humanity of Washington, 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.

Jessica Seger Hilker, a lifelong Washington resident, and her brother, David Seger, founded Elana's Blessings in 2015, as tribute to their mother after losing her to breast cancer in 2015. The nonprofit provides area women battling cancer of any form with beauty sessions to feel as normal as possible during their cancer journey (Herald-Standard photo).

Elana’s Blessings: Offering beauty sessions to women battling cancer | Helping the Helpers

BY: - November 28, 2022

By Katherine Mansfield WASHINGTON, Pa. — Born of the grieving process was Elana’s Blessings, a Washington-based nonprofit co-founded in 2015 by Jessica Seger Hilker and her brother David Seger, to honor their late mother, Elana, who died in 2014 following a 16-year battle with breast cancer. During that battle, Elana Seger continued dressing up, doing […]

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.