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Constructive Support

October 25, 2020 | By Washington Area Humane Society | Washington Area Humane Society

In early 2018 the Washington Area Humane Society was in the beginning stages of planning for construction of their new facility as well as starting a capital campaign. Kelly Proudfit, Executive Director of the society was tasked with building a group of volunteers to serve on the construction committee.

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Washington Hospital


Unwrapping the Gift of Healthcare

October 25, 2020 | By Meg Steele | Washington Hospital Foundation, Inc.

It was approaching Christmas in 2014. The windows and doors of the WHS Washington Hospital Gift Shop were covered with paper like a present waiting to be unwrapped. It had been 35 years since the Gift Shop had last been remodeled, and now a crowd had gathered outside the entrance – visitors, patients, employees, administration, auxiliary board members and volunteers – eager to see the changes. Each of us took a deep breath as Myrtle Fischer, the Gift Shop Manager and a volunteer since 1960, turned the handle to open the doors to the newly remodeled gift shop for the first time.

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Wso Resized


Music Has No Limits

October 25, 2020 | By Washington Symphonic Orchestra | Washington Symphonic Orchestra

Paul played trumpet with the Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra for half a century before he came to the WSO. He first picked a trumpet at the age of 10 after watching his hometown hero, Benny Benack from Clairton, excel at the instrument.

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Friends Of Canonsburg Park Doug Mc Kenery


In a Pickle!

October 25, 2020 | By David Douglas McKenery | Friends of Canonsburg Town Park

When I hear the word "pickle," I don’t think sweet or dill. I think of pickleball. You might say I’m a pickleball fanatic. Despite being a physical education teacher for 37 years, I had never heard of pickleball until five years ago when a friend asked me to play for the first time. I fell in love with the sport. Little did I know it would change my life.

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Literacy Council


A New Start and a New Language

October 25, 2020 | By Literacy Council of Southwestern PA | Literacy Council of Southwestern PA

Nancy left Tianjin, China, a port city southeast of Beijing, in 2005, ultimately finding her way to Washington. But her journey has been a test of persistence and determination. When Nancy came to America, she didn’t know a single person and she didn’t speak English.

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A Camping Experience with a Lasting Influence on Generations of Youth

October 25, 2020 | By Keana Bertocci | Mon Valley Youth and Teen Association, Inc.

As counselors, we see and hear everything from a child being sent with two outfits in a suitcase to last the entirety of the week, to a child openly stating “Please don’t make me go home. I love camp. There’s food here. We don’t have any at home.” If your heart ached reading that last sentence, just imagine stepping into our shoes and hearing it first-hand.

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