The smell of dusty dirt crawled its way up my nose; the sound of kids talking and laughing rang in my ears; and their smiles shone bright in the dusky evening light. To me it was just another day, but to them, this day was precious. Today was their day, a day to escape the judgment and command of the world. Today, they would ride horses at In-Stride.
Washington resident Tracy Weishner has been coming to Citizens Library every day for ten years. She says she doesn't know where she would be without the supportive staff and the library resources, especially the Gale Online Courses for learning computer debugging and operating systems.
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."
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.