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Murrsyville-area nonprofits to take part in Day of Giving

| Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Murrysville Meals on Wheels isn't exactly flush with cash. But by relying on the labor — and mileage — of volunteers, the nonprofit group has learned to stretch every dollar in its $25,000 annual budget.

Savvy charitable donors can stretch their dollars, as well. And the folks at the Meals on Wheels and seven other Murrysville-area groups hope donors keep them in mind during The Pittsburgh Foundation's Day of Giving next week.

The annual fundraising event helps Western Pennsylvania nonprofit groups collect donations through Web-based contributions. It also enables donors to leverage their contributions for extra money from The Pittsburgh Foundation.

The Pittsburgh Foundation will match online donations that are made through www.pittsburghgives.org between 6 a.m. and midnight on May 6.

The website will process donations of $25 and higher, and the first $1,000 that are pledged to an organization will receive matching funds from the foundation. Donors can give to as many organizations as they like.

This will be the second year the Westmoreland Conservancy is participating. Shelly Tichy, president emeritus, said previous program participation was “a great experience for us.”

She said the all-volunteer organization operates on money raised through its general membership, and every dollar goes to land conservation and operations.

“If somebody gives us $100 and there's a $10 match, or if there's a $5 match, every cent matters to us,” she said. “It takes a little bit of the burden off those of us who are active members.”

Lynn Staab, Meals on Wheels program coordinator, said the nonprofit group gets its money from donations and client contributions, so, the opportunity to maximize those contributions is appreciated.

“We do not get any state or county aid,” Staab said.

Larissa Dudkiewicz is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

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