Murrysville, Delmont groups, others hope for support on Day of Giving

| Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

For 24 hours, there's a bit more bang to the buck for donations to local nonprofits.

Starting at midnight tonight, Thursday, and running all day Friday, the Community Foundation of Westmoreland County will match all donations of at least $25 made through its website as part of the annual Day of Giving.

“I love the Day of Giving,” said Jamie Falo, director at Murrysville Community Library. “It gives donors — myself included — an opportunity to show we value our nonprofits. It's such an easy way to raise funds for your organization because it is so convenient and easy to use.”

All donations to Westmoreland County-based nonprofit groups will be matched in part by a pro-rated portion of a $95,000 pool of money. To receive a match, donations must be made through using a MasterCard or Visa credit card.

There is a pool of $750,000 for Allegheny County groups through the Pittsburgh Foundation.

The event is an important one for many nonprofit groups, said Denni Grassel, director at the Delmont Public Library. Next year, the library will celebrate its 80th anniversary, and Day of Giving donations could help keep the library thriving for many more years, Grassel said.

“We want to be here long enough for this year's summer reading kids to return with their grandkids and tell them a ‘When I was your age' story about the library,” Grassel said.

At the Westmoreland County Food Bank in Delmont, every dollar donated turns into $5 worth of donated food, said Jennifer Miller, director of development at the food bank.

“Support from the community is of utmost importance,” Miller said. “With the ever-rising cost of food, funding being decreased, and now, with the anticipation of seeing more people as SNAP benefits begin to be cut, we need the help more now than ever.”

Donations can't be earmarked for individual programs, but many of the organizations have specific projects officials are planning to fund. At the Murrysville Community Library, previous donations have helped officials update and replace technology, expand the children's room and buy new materials, Falo said.

Daveen Rae Kurutz is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8627.

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