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Armstrong Day of Giving planned

| Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
SUBMITTED Armstrong County Community Foundation officials Mindy Knappenberger, left,) Jessica Coil and Tracy Faletti  donned capes in front of a recently demolished building along Market Street in Kittanning to promote this year’s  superhero-themed annual Day of Giving.

It's almost time for folks to unleash their inner superheroes for the good of their communities.

That's what Mindy Knappenberger is hoping people will do throughout the county on May 9 — which is the third annual Day of Giving, organized by Armstrong County Community Foundation to benefit participating nonprofits.

Knappenberger, who is the executive director of ACCF, came up with this year's superhero theme for the Day of Giving.

“Nonprofits are superheroes for the work they do and donors are superheroes for making it possible,” said Knappenberger.

Members of ACCF and participating nonprofits have been promoting the charitable Day of Giving by posting superhero-themed photos on their organizations' websites and social media pages.

“We have had so much fun with it,” said Knappenberger. “How many opportunities do you get to wear a cape?”

What makes the Day of Giving so special is that monetary donations to participating nonprofits will pack more of a punch.

That's because each donation between $20 and $5,000 will be matched by ACCF's Match Fund.

The first year, Knappenberger said, ACCF set a Match Fund goal of $50,000.

“We raised it by lunchtime,” she said. “We were blown away by people's generosity. It gave me so much faith in the community.”

“This year we're hoping to raise $250,000,” Knappenberger said.

Timi Kost, director of Worthington Public Library, said the Day of Giving helps with the library's general budget.

That's important, she said, because the library has seen a 30 percent decrease in funding from the state in the last few years.

“Just meeting general expenses is hard,” Kost said.

She said the library received $5,710 last year from the Day of Giving.

Orphans of the Storm animal shelter in Rayburn participates in the annual Day of Giving.

“Without people giving, we couldn't exist,” said Bethann Galbraith, assistant manager.

Matched donations are desperately needed to beef up the shelter's depleted Hope Fund, which helps pay for animals' medical treatments.

“We're relying more on the public than we have in the past,” said Galbraith.

She said the shelter will host an open house on May 8 and 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to make it easier for those who wish to give to the shelter on the Day of Giving.

ACCF is an independent nonprofit community foundation for the establishment of funds and scholarships aimed at supporting charitable programs and activities in the area.

The ACCF is not eligible to participate or receive matching funds.

For a complete list of approved participating nonprofits and supporters of the Day of Giving, visit www.ArmstrongGives.org.

Brigid Beatty is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-543-1303 or bbeatty@tribweb.com.

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