In Pittsburgh, we donate. We mentor. We volunteer. People in this region tend to take care of each other as a matter of habit, and don't expect to be lauded for our efforts.
Yesterday, though, we were praised for our solid commitment to making a difference.
At their Community Campaign Celebration, the United Way of Allegheny County
revealed that their annual campaign in our region raised an impressive $30,486,335. Despite the recession, Pittsburghers went beyond national trends in charitable giving.
"Of the donors who renewed their pledges this year, 87 percent maintained or increased their pledges from the previous year," said Bob Nelkin, the United Way of Allegheny County's president. "The fact that Pittsburghers outshine the country in generosity by continuing to support the United Way of Allegheny County demonstrates their passion and commitment to improving their communities."
This year, 725 Pittsburgh companies ran fund-raising campaigns, with 27 companies
running campaigns for the first time. Funds raised through these campaigns are used to address "critical human
needs in the community by helping children and youth succeed;
strengthening and supporting families; providing access to information
and referral sources; and helping seniors stay healthy and safe in
their homes" the United Way said in announcing the totals.
Continued support from more than 50,000 donors in the Pittsburgh area enabled the United Way to fund programs that make a solid impact in the community. Among the programs cited as success stories during yesterday's event was the "Be a 6th Grade Mentor
" program, launched last year.
A record number of volunteers partnered with sixth graders in the Pittsburgh Public Schools system, serving as positive adult role models.
As the initial year winds down, nearly 80 percent of those volunteers have pledged to continue their commitment.
to receive Pop City every week.
Writer: Melissa Rayworth
Source: Libby Krah for the United Way
Image courtesy of United Way of Allegheny County