All Charity Stories



With Vision Impairment, Comes a "Vision" of Talents

June 19, 2017 | By Beverly Weimer | Washington-Greene County Blind Association

For many years, Keith Aylsworth was a self-sufficient Information Technology professional working in both Computer Operations and Helpdesk environments. But after his vision deteriorated and he was left legally blind, he found himself turning to others for support.

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Getting Ahead While Getting Out

June 16, 2017 | By Kristin Emery | Community Action Southwest

Lisa was at a low point in her life. She was in recovery for alcoholism, had lost her job in the food industry and ended up in jail because of a domestic dispute. That's when she saw a flyer for a program that could help her turn her life around. "I learned about the program when I was in jail," remembers Lisa. "I decided I was ready for a change when I got released. I wanted to make a plan for my future."

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Building Strength and Gaining Friendships

June 15, 2017 | By Melissa Petruzzi | Mon Valley YMCA

Sis Bethem is not a typical 88 year old woman. She has endured six fractures and seven hospital visits since 2012, including time in intensive care with her initial fracture.

What sets Bethem apart from the norm is how she decided to handle her recovery. Bethem began utilizing the Mon Valley YMCA to work out after completing physical therapy with each fracture.

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A New Day

June 13, 2017 | By Susan Gartland, edited by Delfine Bredniak | Washington City Mission

As a child, Pete started to consume alcohol when he was just six years old. He was a curious child and spent a lot of time at his grandparents home while his parents worked. His curiosity led him into trouble when he started sneaking beer from his grandfather and father. He liked the way beer tasted and especially how it made him feel.

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Saving Danny

June 12, 2017 | By Dorothy Tecklenburg | Pennsylvania State Animal Response Team "Washington County Animal Response Team"

Danny didn't have much time. The water was rising on the sinkhole he had fallen into and if he did not get out, he would drown. As the water rushed in, he struggled to climb out, but the crumbling walls would not allow him to escape. If someone could not get Danny out, he could die.

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Volker's Story

May 31, 2017 | By Dorothy Tecklenburg | Washington Area Humane Society

A huge dog with a major injury. Those are the two strikes Volker, the Great Dane mix, had against him when he arrived at the Washington County Humane Society with a broken leg. His injury was so severe, the staff had to act fast or he would die.

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