Andrew McCutchen plans massive volunteer initiative in Western Pennsylvania
Andrew McCutchen now wears a Philadelphia Phillies jersey for a living, but in the offseason, he plans to make an impact on the community he called home for the better part of nine years.
Along with his wife, Maria, a DuBois native, McCutchen has founded Project Pittsburgh, a foundation designed to encourage volunteerism in Western Pennsylvania.
The project’s flagship event is Cutch Charity Week, which will be held Nov. 16-23. Each day during the week, a different nonprofit organization that works with the underprivileged or disadvantaged will be highlighted.
Groups include an organization that prepares high school seniors for job hunting, UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Habitat for Humanity and 412 Food Rescue.
“Pittsburgh means a lot to me,” McCutchen said in a video posted to his Twitter account. “It’s where I met my wife. It’s where I got married. It’s where I had kids. It’s where we’re going to raise our family. It’s where we’re raising our family. Being here in Pittsburgh and helping is something we’re both passionate about and is something we want to do together. We can’t wait.”
McCutchen, 32, played the first nine seasons of his career with the Pittsburgh Pirates, winning the National League MVP award in 2013. Traded by the Pirates to the San Francisco Giants on Jan. 15, 2018, he signed a three-year deal with the Phillies last December. He missed most of last season with a knee injury.