Sewickley Valley nonprofits participate in Day of Giving

Bobby Cherry
| Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, 7:00 p.m.

Next Thursday marks the annual The Pittsburgh Foundation Day of Giving.

Sixteen Sewickley-area organizations are participating in this year's Day of Giving — a Web-only fundraising event geared to helping Western Pennsylvania nonprofits collect donations.

Marking its third year in the campaign is the Sewickley Public Library, which last year earned more than $9,000 through Day of Giving and a corporate match, Director Carolyn Toth said.

“It helps us with so many of our expenses, including the facility and the collection,” she said.

“Undergoing a strategic plan, we're considering a lot of factors and some of those factors are opening the circulation space and moving the teen space. It will give us some room to do some extras we're looking at.”

Twelve members of the Sewickley Area Non-Profit Consortium are working to increase donations.

“What we are asking is for area residents to give at home first — support those organizations supporting the Sewickley Valley community,” Sewickley Valley YMCA CEO Trish Hooper said.

Nonprofits participating in a collective marketing effort include the Y, Allegheny Land Trust, Family Guidance, Child Health Association of Sewickley, Fern Hollow Nature Center, Mary & Alexander Laughlin Children's Center, Pittsburgh Fellows, the library, Sweetwater Center for the Arts, Union Aid Society, Watson Institute and Village Green Partners.

“All of us are seeing an increasing need for our services in the community,” Laughlin Children's Center Executive Director Doug Florey said. “Collectively, we're encouraging the Sewickley area Day-of-Giving donors to step up and help us.”

Bobby Cherry is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. Reach him at rcherry@tribweb.com.

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