All Charity Stories



'Bigs' needed for 'Littles'

November 02, 2017 | By Natalie Reid Miller, Observer-Reporter | Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh

Although "Big" Pam Slomiany and her "Little" enjoy activities like paddleboarding and bowling, it's the little things that make a big impact.

"It's more based on a relationship rather than monetary gifts and giving," said Slomiany, a "Big" with Big Brothers Big Sisters Pittsburgh. "Just to know someone else besides a parent is caring about them and encouraging them … it makes a big difference."

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It’s All Good

October 16, 2017 | By Steven Shrenkel | American Cancer Society

Norm Randa had never felt anything was wrong. He had been working for the past eight years driving a school bus. When he wasn't working, he spent time with his family and friends, and he took care of his wife who was diagnosed with lung cancer and neuropathy in 2011. She needed help with her daily life, but he still managed to find time for everything.

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A Positive Impact

October 13, 2017 | By Bradley Britvich | Independence Conservancy

Ever since he was a young man, Michael Harcher has cared about the environment around his home in Beaver County, particularly Raccoon Creek. When Harcher went to Penn State University, he earned a degree in Environmental Studies. When he returned home from college, he realized something needed to be done about the world right outside his back door.

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A Chance For Rescue

October 11, 2017 | By Dorothy Tecklenburg with contributions from Joshua Proud | South Hills Pet Rescue and Rehabilitation Resort

The large black dog with the droopy ears cowered in the van. His life had been hard. All he had known was fear, uncertainty and abuse. How could he trust these large humans who brought nothing but pain and misery?

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A Relay for Hope

October 09, 2017 | By Steven Shrenkel | American Cancer Society

Growing up in Chartiers-Houston, Pennsylvania, Lynette Kunkle has been through a lot in her lifetime. Throughout these experiences, though, there was one thing that never changed: the importance of family.

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Making a Difference

September 29, 2017 | By Bradley Britvich | Independence Conservancy

For over 20 years, Vicky Michaels has worked to clean up the Raccoon Creek Watershed that flows throughout Beaver, Washington and Allegheny Counties. Its forested hills and valleys have meant a lot to Michaels for her entire life.

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