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VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT

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Volunteering is a Family Affair

The Aizenstein and Baumann Family

“There’s value in having company. There’s a lot we can give to people by making a visit.” – Barbara Baumann

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Encouragement is Key

Sandra Kozera

“It is my goal to learn about and understand Aliyah so that I can provide support in whatever she is going through.”

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It’s all about the students

Dwayne Barker and the King Parent Community Volunteer Network

“As mentors, we let kids know that every decision has consequences. They are preparing for tomorrow and the next day and their future.”

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This volunteer driver is on a roll

Dick Donaldson

“I feel good about helping people out and it’s rewarding to give back. It’s not hard and it gives you a better outlook on what seniors go through.”

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Helping children see clearly

Cindy Patton

“United Way cares about young learners. I’m proud to help make sure kids get the best start in their education.”

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Giving back in a meaningful way

Rick Shaw

“I have come to really appreciate how low-income people in our area live, how they manage to make it work. It is pretty humbling to see that.”

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Weekly Volunteer Joy

Melissa Burns

“I don’t love grocery shopping. But I love spending time with Mary Anne and grocery shopping is something simple I can do to help.”

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Volunteers Getting Dirty

Brittany Goncar

“In three hours we transformed an overgrown garden into a beautiful neighborhood focal point.”

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Don't Just Sit There

Barb Veasy

“I’ve retired twice and I didn’t like it,” says Barb Veasy, a vibrant, attractive businesswoman who, at 82, has seven paying part-time jobs and seven steady volunteer commitments. It’s not unusual…

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Volunteering: "It's Just a Part of Life"

Brent Weinart

Brent helps people all day long in his job as a Community Relations Coordinator with the City of Pittsburgh Council District 7 team, but when he heard about the Snow Angels program he liked the idea of…

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Making an Impact

Jason D'Amico

“I’m a guide for my mentee, not a parent, teacher or enforcer. It’s a unique relationship that many of these students don’t have anywhere else. And neither do I.”

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A Mother's Care

Carol Tabas

“21 and Able helps the community understand that we all benefit if young people with disabilities have the chance to make the most of their lives.”

Beth Lynch

Volunteering is the "Smart Investment"

Beth Lynch

When Beth Lynch heard about Smart Investments, a program sponsored by United for Women in partnership with South Hills Interfaith Ministries, she knew she could help.

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Surrounded by Dynamic Women

Beth Bershok

“After learning about the Women’s Leadership Council, all I could think was ‘Why haven’t I joined yet?’”
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A gift that just makes sense

Maris Bondi

“I have always been passionate about being involved in the community, and United Way is the perfect outlet for me to do that.”
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Giving Back Together

Todd & Margaret Izzo

“Nowhere else can we help so many members of the community.” –Margaret Izzo

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Volunteering is a Family Affair

The Aizenstein and Baumann Family

“There’s value in having company. There’s a lot we can give to people by making a visit.” – Barbara Baumann

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Do whatever little you can

Ketaki Desai

“There are so many people who inspire us to help others. I feel fortunate that I am able to give back so early in my life.”
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Encouragement is Key

Sandra Kozera

“It is my goal to learn about and understand Aliyah so that I can provide support in whatever she is going through.”

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It’s all about the students

Dwayne Barker and the King Parent Community Volunteer Network

“As mentors, we let kids know that every decision has consequences. They are preparing for tomorrow and the next day and their future.”

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Making an impact together

Faye Rosatti

“United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council offers many ways for women to get involved based on what they’re passionate about.”
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Making an undeniable impact with WLC

Pam Fletcher

“This is a strong, vibrant and impactful group of professionals, who just so happen to be women, involved in United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council.”
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This volunteer driver is on a roll

Dick Donaldson

“I feel good about helping people out and it’s rewarding to give back. It’s not hard and it gives you a better outlook on what seniors go through.”

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Helping children see clearly

Cindy Patton

“United Way cares about young learners. I’m proud to help make sure kids get the best start in their education.”

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Making the Most of Every Moment

Molly Crooks

"I get so much out of the Tocqueville Society. Volunteer events, interaction with people, and knowing that my money is being directed to the right place.”

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TOGETHER Leading: Becoming a leader

Kari Kirkpatrick

“WLC’s TOGETHER Leading is an opportunity to make personal and professional connections with other women to make our community and workplaces stronger.”
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Giving back in a meaningful way

Rick Shaw

“I have come to really appreciate how low-income people in our area live, how they manage to make it work. It is pretty humbling to see that.”

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Weekly Volunteer Joy

Melissa Burns

“I don’t love grocery shopping. But I love spending time with Mary Anne and grocery shopping is something simple I can do to help.”

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Finding a place to belong

Delilah Picart

“I was so fortunate to find the Women’s Leadership Council. A group of intelligent, forward-thinking people – who happen to be women – to connect with and make an impact.”
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Finding balance in life and work

Theresa Bone

“I joined the Women’s Leadership Council because I liked the idea of women working with other women to make an impact in our community.”
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Volunteers Getting Dirty

Brittany Goncar

“In three hours we transformed an overgrown garden into a beautiful neighborhood focal point.”

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You Can't Help but Get Engaged

Fran and Lenette Solano

“One of the best ways to have a positive impact in the community is to give to United Way. It doesn’t take a lot to make a difference. And it stays in our community. That’s the biggest thing.”

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Don't Just Sit There

Barb Veasy

“I’ve retired twice and I didn’t like it,” says Barb Veasy, a vibrant, attractive businesswoman who, at 82, has seven paying part-time jobs and seven steady volunteer commitments. It’s not unusual…

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If You're Not Participating, You're Missing Out

Glenn and Stephanie Todd

“For many years, I didn’t understand the concept behind the Tocqueville Society. If I had known earlier, I’d have gotten involved sooner.” You never know when a good suggestion will change…

Brent

Volunteering: "It's Just a Part of Life"

Brent Weinart

Brent helps people all day long in his job as a Community Relations Coordinator with the City of Pittsburgh Council District 7 team, but when he heard about the Snow Angels program he liked the idea of…

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Making an Impact

Jason D'Amico

“I’m a guide for my mentee, not a parent, teacher or enforcer. It’s a unique relationship that many of these students don’t have anywhere else. And neither do I.”

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A Mother's Care

Carol Tabas

“21 and Able helps the community understand that we all benefit if young people with disabilities have the chance to make the most of their lives.”

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Bigger Gifts = Bigger Impact

Daniel Edelstone, M.D.

“I give to the Impact Fund because I want my dollars to go wherever they’re needed most in the community.” During the many years that Dr. Daniel Edelstone led the Physicians Campaign at the University…

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Women Have to Decide What's Important

Ellen Freeman

Ellen Freeman was a young single mother when she emigrated from the former Soviet Union in 1993 and settled in Pittsburgh with help from local resettlement services. “I come from a culture that supports…
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The Bottom Line: Giving is Fun

Brian and Karen Erdahl

Brian and Karen Erdahl have shared views on community involvement, shaped by shared experiences. Both grew up in small communities in rural Minnesota, where Brian’s family farmed and Karen’s father…

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It's About Women Working for Other Women

Diana Garfold-Barr

Diana Garfold-Barr has a high-energy position as Manager of Store Resets at Giant Eagle, but when she joined the company in 1996 she was a young single mom at the bottom of the corporate ladder. She remembers…
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Challenges are Okay

Dotti Bechtol

As Fiduciary Asset Business Development Officer at Fragasso Financial Advisors, Dotti Bechtol helps nonprofits preserve their assets and generate income. She’s well suited to the task, after formerly…
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How to Make a Difference Worth Remembering

Geoff Kasse

Geoff Kasse, a Principal and Wealth Management Advisor at JKS Financial, was always good with numbers; and has had a steady career trajectory in the financial services industry since 1998, when he interned…

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Stepping Up: Opening the Door to Philanthropy

Brendan Surma

Brendan Surma was a “freshly-minted marketing professional” with PPG when he made his first donation to United Way during the 2009 workplace campaign. Now managing a variety of commercial and technical…

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Change Starts with Those Who Can Give Back

Mike and Steffanie Jasper

Mike and Steffanie Jasper met as undergraduate students at Georgetown University, where they were both on the track team. She was from Erie, PA. He was from the Garfield neighborhood of Pittsburgh. It…

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Giving Back: A Good Habit That Should Start Early

Jayme Butcher

Jayme Butcher, a partner at Blank Rome, LLP since January 2015, concentrates her practice in the area of complex commercial litigation. Her work has taken her all over the country and has been nationally…

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As your World Opens Up, Open up the World for Others

Bob and Jane Krizner

Bob and Jane Krizner met in middle school and married young, after Bob’s freshman year at Juniata College. He was making local headlines as an athlete while double majoring in accounting and computer…

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Women can Inspire a Revolution

Chelsey Sylvester

In her current position at PNC Chelsey Sylvester identifies ways to enhance the shared experiences of PNC’s employees and customers. This role seems like a natural fit for Chelsey, whose knack for engagement…
Beth Lynch

Volunteering is the "Smart Investment"

Beth Lynch

When Beth Lynch heard about Smart Investments, a program sponsored by United for Women in partnership with South Hills Interfaith Ministries, she knew she could help.

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Give More, Get More

Todd Rosenfeld

Todd Rosenfeld, a financial planner with Northwestern Mutual seems to have always been a strong supporter of the United Way, finding his passion through the ways that United Way embraces family values.

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Giving Back in Pittsburgh

Sharon Hicks

Growing up in New York City, it is no mystery why Sharon Hicks was able to call another large city home.

Kathy and Ray Buehler

A Passion for Giving

Ray Buehler

Growing up in the South Hills of Pittsburgh, Ray Buehler has lived a busy yet fulfilling life, recently becoming the 2014 United Way Campaign Chair.

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Focusing on Community

Pete Mendes

Originally from Chicago, Pete Mendes moved to Pittsburgh with his wife, Cathy, and their three children in 2006.

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Energized by Impact

Kim Fleming

Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Kim Fleming took a small jump to Illinois to attend Northwestern University for physical therapy.

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Superwoman of Pittsburgh

Kathy Testoni

After meeting her army husband in Washington DC and spending her young adult life moving around the United States and raising two children, Kathy Testoni is no stranger to hard work or dedication.

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Not your Father's United Way

John George

He has seen major changes in his industry since he embarked on a career in hospital administration in the early ‘70s.

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Taking Care of Her Own

Dodi Walker Gross

Working as a lawyer and a partner at Reed Smith, Pittsburgh native Dodi Walker Gross is no stranger to helping the community.

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Pay it Forward

Dan Onorato

One Man’s Experiences Lead Him to Encourage Community to Give Back

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A Philanthropic Love Story

Ed and Amy Haller

Newlyweds Ed and Amy Haller have rapidly earned a reputation for their commitment to the United Way since arriving in Pittsburgh.

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

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Free Tax Preparation

Provides services to help low-income working families complete and file tax returns so they can receive critical income that helps them maintain basic needs for themselves and their families.

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Volunteering enhances a company’s public image, builds employee morale, and strengthens loyalty among customers and employees, all while creating positive change in our community. Let us connect your company to organizations in need of volunteers.

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