As we make our lists of friends and loved ones we want to give gifts to this season, let us not forget the members in our community who truly need our help. People of all ages and abilities rely on Pittsburgh’s generous nonprofits to provide the compassionate care and life-saving services they need to thrive. Without the support of monetary donations and volunteer work, these nonprofits wouldn’t be able to contribute so much to Western Pennsylvania. Use our guide to brush up on more than 20 nonprofits that are making a difference in the lives of others, and learn how you can do your part, too.

By Rachel Jones

90.5 WESA


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The Mission: To work for the public to inform and engage our community and our listeners in dialogue about our common life.

What It’s Doing: The nonprofit has planned a series of Community Listening Sessions, which starts November 17 in Cranberry. Sessions in Homewood and Hazelwood are planned for January and February, respectively.

Who It’s Helping: Each session will discuss the challenges, strengths, and quality of life in the hosting community as a way to help residents unite to make the town a better place to live and work.

How to Help: By participating in the Community Listening Sessions and engaging in dialogue about the community, attendees can increase the vibrancy and vitality of the area.

Plus: Each session is free but has limited space available. Sign up today at to participate.

90.5 WESA, 67 Bedford St., South Side. 412.381.9131.

91.3 WYEP


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The Mission: To enrich the community through musical discovery, expression, and education.

What It’s Doing: The Annual Holiday Hootenanny takes place December 10 at Stage AE. Local musicians like Early Mays and the Hootenanny Band, led by Nathan Zoob, will perform at the holiday-themed concert.

Who It’s Helping: The festive event contributes to WYEP’s programs and the Veteran’s Leadership Project of Western PA, which supports local veterans.

How to Help: All attendees are encouraged to bring a contribution for a local veteran in need, such as winter hats, scarves, gloves, bath towels, and gift cards for gas or groceries.

Plus: WYEP’s annual event not only ensures our veterans are safe and comforted this holiday season, but it also provides a chance to shine the light on local musicians and the work the nonprofit does for the community.

91.3 WYEP, 67 Bedford Square, South Side. 412.381.9900.



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The Mission: To support and empower individuals with disabilities and their families.

What It’s Doing: ACHIEVA is hosting a series of events to support programs and services for those with intellectual disabilities and/or developmental delays, and their families. Save the dates for ACHIEVA’s Pittsburgh Promenade Auction, March 19 at the Westin Convention Center Hotel; Walk for a Healthy Community, presented by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, this May at Stage AE; and ACHIEVA’s 18th Million Dollar Golf Outing, August 15 at Valley Brook Country Club.

Who It’s Helping: The individuals with disabilities and their families who are supported by ACHIEVA benefit from the fundraiser, which supports innovative programming in education, housing, healthcare, employment, and other community-based services.

How to Help: For more details on upcoming events and how to purchase tickets, contact Jamie Rhoades at 412.995.5000 x526 or

Plus: Monetary donations can be made to ACHIEVA through the United Way Workplace Giving Campaign. Designate your workplace’s donation through the United Way, Combined Federal Campaign, or Pennsylvania’s State Employee Combined Appeal.

ACHIEVA, 711 Bingham St., South Side. 412.995.5000.

Adagio Health


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The Mission: To promote the reproductive health and overall well-being of women of all ages, their families, and their communities by providing healthcare services and educational programs that are responsive and creative.

What It’s Doing: The nonprofit’s signature fundraiser, Hot Pink — Dessert First, will be held November 13 at the Heinz Field Champions Club. The 15th annual event has raised more than $1 million to provide breast and cervical cancer screenings for uninsured women, educate teens on healthy lifestyles, and bring nutrition programs to school children.

Who It’s Helping: Every year, 150,000 women, teens, and children in Western Pennsylvania benefit from Adagio Health’s programs.

How to Help: Attend Hot Pink — Dessert First, or make a monetary donation to Adagio Health.

Plus: The event provides dessert-inspired dinner stations; a silent auction; and the chance to sample and vote for your favorite desserts from Bella Christie and Lil’ Z’s Sweet Boutique, The Duquesne Club, Fairmont Pittsburgh, Rania’s Catering, and The Stone House Restaurant and Inn. And, the winner of the Red Hot Raffle wins a Sonoma Wine Country Retreat!

Adagio Health, 960 Penn Ave., Suite 600, Downtown. 412.288.2130.

Brother’s Brother Foundation


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The Mission: To promote international health and education through the efficient and effective distribution and provision of donated medical, educational, agricultural, and other resources.

What It’s Doing: Brother’s Brother Foundation (BBF) is continuing its response to the 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Nepal with Himalayan HealthCare (HCC). The natural disaster destroyed more than 500 health posts, 26 hospitals, and 5,000 schools.

Who It’s Helping: The more than 8,000,000 people who were affected by the April 25 earthquake benefit from this work. Some individuals can seek care in the Dhading District Hospitals, which BBF has helped to stock with generators, medical supplies, and logistical support. HCC is also funding shelter needs for these people.

How to Help: Make a monetary donation to assist those affected by the earthquake.

Plus: In the first nine months of 2015, BBF shipped requested supplies to 56 countries across the world and supported more than 255 medical mission trips, which served 46 countries.

Brother’s Brother Foundation, 1200 Galveston Ave., North Side. 412.321.3160.

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh


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The Mission: To engage our community in literacy and learning.

What It’s Doing: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh provides innovative, after-school learning experiences for youth; cutting-edge technology and collaborative spaces for job creators and seekers; and programs and services that foster civic engagement, cultural awareness, and a community of readers.

Who It’s Helping: The Library welcomes more than 2.9 million visitors every year. Every person in our community has access to ideas and information that support individual achievement and strengthen the power of the community.

How to Help: Make a monetary donation online, by phone, in person, or through your workplace, or share your time as a volunteer.

Plus: Headquartered in Oakland, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh boasts 19 library locations throughout the city.

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland. 412.622.3114.

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pittsburgh


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The Mission: To serve all, regardless of religious affiliation, at their time of great need.

What It’s Doing: As the primary social service agency of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, Catholic Charities assists neighbors who need help with housing, health care, hunger, training and employment, and economic security and stability. Through its programs, the nonprofit strives to provide direct assistance, as well as opportunities for greater stability.

Who It’s Helping: Neighbors and families across six counties of Southwestern Pennsylvania benefit from its good works.

How to Help: Make a monetary donation, volunteer to increase the impact of the nonprofit’s mission, or attend an event.

Plus: Don’t miss the St. Nick Soiree at Kimpton’s Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh on December 3. The holiday bash features dancing to Radio Tokyo, a raffle, and seasonal refreshments. For tickets, which are $75, contact Kelli Mainos at

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, 212 Ninth St., Downtown Pittsburgh. 412.456.6950.

The Children’s Institute


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The Mission: To improve the quality of life for children, young people, and their families by providing a specialized continuum of services that enable them to reach their potential.

What It’s Doing: The Children’s Institute developed Vision 2016 initiatives that focus on improving the quality of life for children and youth with special needs. Make an Amazing Difference is a campaign to raise $12 million. Organizations and individuals that invest in the endeavor support innovative, cost-effective initiatives that respond to real community needs and open the door to a future filled with possibility.

Who It’s Helping:  Every year, The Children’s Institute provides care and hope for more than 6,400 children who are battling major health issues.

How to Help: Make a monetary donation to the Make an Amazing Difference to provide care coordination services, create an extensive telepresence, expand behavioral health services, enhance transition services, make capital improvements, and support research.

Plus: Volunteers are always needed to participate in or plan fundraising activities for events. For more information, call 412.420.2203.

The Children’s Institute, 1405 Shady Ave., Shadyside. 412.420.2400.

The Epilepsy Foundation of Western/Central Pennsylvania


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The Mission: To lead the fight to stop seizures, find a cure, and overcome the challenges created by epilepsy.

What It’s Doing: November is Epilepsy Awareness Month, so the Epilepsy Foundation of Western/Central Pennsylvania (EFWCP) is hosting a variety of events throughout the month to increase awareness. The 22nd Annual Mardi Gras Gala will be February 9 at the Westin Convention Center. Morgan O’Brien, president and CEO of Peoples Natural Gas Company, will serve as the event’s king. Contact the EFWCP for more details.

Who It’s Helping: The gala raises funds to provide 2,500 individuals and families with care services, summer camp programs, emergency medication assistance, training for school nurses and teachers, and other community programs. An estimated one in 10 adults will have seizures in their lifetime, and one in 26 Americans will develop epilepsy.

How to Help: Attend or volunteer your time at any upcoming EFWCP event. Monetary donations can also be made by texting “1in26” to 41444.

Plus: The EFWCP serves 49 counties in Pennsylvania, and all donations stay in the area to provide programs for our families and neighbors. These programs include: Project School Alert, which offers free training for students, teachers, and faculty members; Camp Frog, a fully integrated camp for children with epilepsy; and The Oscar Project, which helps families and individuals get seizure response dogs, thanks to an endowment from the Zupancic Family.

The Epilepsy Foundation of Western/Central Pennsylvania, 1501 Reedsdale St., North Side. 412.322.5880.

Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank


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The Mission: To feed people in need and mobilize our community to eliminate hunger.

What It’s Doing: Through November 25, Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank is teaming up with Giant Eagle and Citizens Bank for Fall FoodShare. It’s the nonprofit’s biggest food and funds drive of the year! The Food Bank is also operating Santa’s House at the Peoples Natural Gas Holiday Market in Market Square, from November 20-December 23. Everyone who makes a donation to the Food Bank can get their photo taken with Santa.

Who It’s Helping: Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank’s network gives 29 million meals a year to 360,000 people in 11 counties of Southwestern Pennsylvania. Of that group of people, 76,000 are children and 92,000 are ages 60 or older.

How to Help: Support Fall FoodShare by making a food or monetary donation at your local Giant Eagle location and encouraging other shoppers to donate, too. Volunteers are also needed to assist at Santa’s House.

PLUS: For every $1 donated, the nonprofit can provide the community with five meals. Help join the fight against hunger by visiting and exploring additional volunteer and donation opportunities.

Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, 1 N. Linden St., Duquesne. 412.460.3663.

The Historical Society of Upper St. Clair


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The Mission: To operate, restore, and preserve The Gilfillan Farm — a mid-late 1800s working farm, designated as a National Historical Place by the United States Department of the Interior.

What It’s Doing: The nonprofit is working on implementing a strategic master plan for the farm so it can be preserved and used for educational, historical, and cultural purposes for years to come.

Who It’s Helping: The general public, particularly school children and families, will benefit from the increased education and community bond created by supporting The Gilfillan Farm.

How to Help: Volunteers are needed to participate in the preservation and maintenance of the property. Monetary donations are also needed to bring those plans to fruition.

Plus: With 12 original structures from the 1800s, The Gilfillan Farm is the only property of its kind in Western Pennsylvania!

The Historical Society of Upper St. Clair, 1950 Washington Road, Upper St. Clair. 412.835.2050.

Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Pittsburgh


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The Mission: To support people through life’s changes and challenges in the Greater Pittsburgh community.

What It’s Doing: Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Pittsburgh (JF&CS) has helped more than 10,000 people in the past year by providing comprehensive psychological, employment, and social services through AgeWell Pittsburgh, the Squirrel Hill Community Food Pantry (SHCFP), Career Development Center, Family Hope Connection, Squirrel Hill Psychological Services, and its refugee resettlement program. The fall is an especially important time of year for the SHCFP, as it provides food assistance for all families without discrimination, and special holiday foods around the Jewish High Holidays and Thanksgiving.

Who It’s Helping: Nearly 3,000 individuals struggling with food insecurity and hunger, and those in need of kosher or emergency food, benefited from the SHCFP’s assistance in the past year. The support contributes to the nonprofit’s goal of helping everyone achieve and maintain self-sufficiency.

How to Help: Volunteer to sort donations, stock shelves, unload delivery trucks, pack and deliver groceries to homebound clients, assist clients with shopping, and more at the food pantry. Donations of monetary value or food items, such as canned goods or packaged foods like cereals and peanut butter, are also greatly appreciated.

Plus: “Community support is vital to our ability to support people through life’s changes and challenges,” says Aryeh Sherman, president and CEO of JF&CS. Learn how to volunteer for other JF&CS programs at

Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Pittsburgh, 5743 Bartlett St., Squirrel Hill. 412.422.7200.

Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh


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Photograph from Shelly Lipton

The Mission: To build a thriving, vibrant, and engaged Jewish community by raising and allocating funds to build community locally, in Israel, and around the world.

What It’s Doing: All of the nonprofit’s programs and services are made possible by its development work. This includes the Annual Campaign, which raised a record $13.63 million in 2015; planned giving through the Jewish Community Foundation; corporate sponsorships; and other fundraising initiatives.

Who It’s Helping: Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh supports nine local partner agencies and two primary overseas partners, along with dozens of other organizations that are dedicated to providing better lives for individuals and families.

How to Help: Make a monetary donation towards the development work, or volunteer at the Jewish Federation’s Volunteer Center, which connects volunteers of all backgrounds and interests to the organizations that need them the most.

Plus: Mark your calendars for the nonprofit’s upcoming events: Men’s Night Out, featuring Henry Winkler, on November 11; Vodka/Latke, the annual Chanukah party for young adults, on December 5; Mitzvah Day, a major event for local volunteers, on December 24-25; and Young Adult Division’s Main Event on February 6.

Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, 234 McKee Place, Oakland. 412.681.8000.

Laughlin Children’s Center


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The Mission: To help children build a bridge to successful learning.

What It’s Doing: The nonprofit provides individual tutoring in language arts, math, Orton-Gillingham instruction (for dyslexic students), and study skills; small group programs; NAEYC-accredited Village Preschool; speech-language and occupational therapies; and child and family counseling.

Who It’s Helping: More than 1,500 children, from preschool through high school, at 34 different school districts across 42 local municipalities benefit from Laughlin
Children’s Center.

How to Help: With recent changes to health care coverage for many families, demand on the center’s financial aid program has increased dramatically. Financial aid in excess of $65,000 is provided to families each year, with $45,000 provided by the governing board. Help the center fill in the gaps by making a monetary donation today.

Plus: Look for staff and board members at community events like Sewickley’s Light Up Night for more information on supporting the center’s fundraising campaign.

Laughlin Children’s Center, 424 Frederick Ave., Sewickley. 412.741.4087.

Lending Hearts


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The Mission: To provide emotional and social support to children and young adults with cancer through unique activities and community outreach.

What It’s Doing: The annual Lending Hearts Gala, held February 25 at Fairmont Pittsburgh, is the nonprofit’s biggest event. This year’s gala will honor Pittsburgh City Councilman Corey O’Connor.

Who It’s Helping: Approximately 200 children and young adults in Pittsburgh alone are diagnosed with cancer every year. Lending Hearts supports these newly diagnosed friends and those who continue to be in treatment and remission from cancer.

How to Help: Sponsor or attend the 2016 Lending Hearts Gala, as well as upcoming fundraising, community awareness, and education events. Monetary donations are always welcome, too, to help continue Lending Hearts’ programs.

Plus: Lending Hearts supports patients and their families by providing consistent and free experiences that offer opportunities to learn, have fun, and make friends outside of the hospital.

Lending Hearts, 412.849.0088.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society®


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The Mission: To cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, and myeloma, and improve the quality of life for patients and their families.

What It’s Doing: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society® (LLS) funds life-saving blood cancer research around the world; provides free information and support services; and acts as the voice for all blood cancer patients who are seeking quality and affordable care. Support its works by joining the Race to Anyplace, held February 27 at Heinz Field.

Who It’s Helping: Proceeds from the six-hour stationary bike race go to LLS’ Patient Services programs, which include co-pay assistance and blood cancer research.

How to Help: Create a team of up to 12 bikers to join the Race to Anyplace. Each team must raise at least $500 to participate, contributing to the event’s goal of $140,000.

Plus: With more than 1.2 million people in the U.S. living with or in remission from blood cancer, the need to support LLS is greater than ever.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society®, 333 E. Carson St., Station Square. 412.395.2873.

Light of Life Rescue Mission


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The Mission: To provide life-changing programs, food, and shelter for Pittsburgh’s poor and homeless.

What It’s Doing: The nonprofit works to provide food, shelter, and hope through Christ-centered case management and programs for all, including recovery from substance addiction, support for mental health issues, and educational courses to lead to solid careers. This season, coats, hats, gloves, scarves, and blankets are being collected for distribution to those in need.

Who It’s Helping: Men, women, and children who visit the Mission during the Great Thanksgiving Banquet and Christmas Banquet will receive the donated winter clothing so they can stay warm in the colder months. Meals, long-term programs, and more are also available year-round.

How to Help: Make a monetary or winter clothing donation, register to become a business sponsor, or volunteer your time to help the nonprofit continue making a difference in the lives of our neighbors.

Plus: To donate winter clothing, make arrangements with Emily Rabatin at or 412.258.6128.

Light of Life Rescue Mission, 10 E. North Ave., North Side. 412.258.6100.

Pittsburgh Musical Theater


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The Mission: To provide affordable, quality musical theater to the Pittsburgh region, advance the arts education of youth, and develop and employ local talent.

What It’s Doing: Kicking off its 2015-2016 Conservatory Year and Magnificent Movie Musicals Season, Pittsburgh Musical Theater (PMT) has seven shows lined up for families to enjoy. The nonprofit also provides affordable performing arts education for students and jobs for local artists, actors, and designers.

Who It’s Helping: Students, ages 4-18, in 47 school districts across seven counties participate in The Creative Learning Center, Super Saturday Programs, Pre-College Programs, and The Mentoring Program.

How to Help: Monetary donations keep these programs affordable and help provide scholarships for students. You can also subscribe to Mainstage and Conservatory seasons, purchase ads in performance playbills, or sponsor a show.

Plus: PMT now owns its “forever home” in the West End!

Pittsburgh Musical Theater, 327 S. Main St., West End. 412.539.0900.

The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Pittsburgh


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The Mission: To provide a home away from home for families with seriously ill children who are receiving medical treatments.

What It’s Doing: To support its commitment to helping children and their families lead happier, healthier, and more productive lives, the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Pittsburgh is hosting the Red Shoe Ball Speakeasy at the Westin Convention Center Hotel on November 14. The 1920s-themed event will feature prohibition-style drinks, dinner stations, casino games, and a silent auction.

Who It’s Helping: All proceeds from the event will help the more than 900 families who stay at the Ronald McDonald House stay close to their children as they recover from life-threatening diseases.

How to Help: Show your support by attending the event, becoming a sponsor, or donating an item to the silent auction.

Plus: For more information on contributing to the Red Shoe Ball Speakeasy, call Erin Roth at 412.246.1109.

The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Pittsburgh, 451 44th St., Lawrenceville. 412.362.3400.

St. Clair Hospital Foundation — Breast care fund


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The Mission: To secure philanthropic support for St. Clair Hospital’s critical work of providing advanced, high-quality healthcare to residents of Southwestern Pennsylvania.

What It’s Doing: St. Clair Hospital’s Breast Care Center offers education, early cancer detection, the most advanced diagnostic imaging technology, and treatment services.

Who It’s Helping: All local women can benefit from the Breast Care Center’s services, including those who are uninsured but need mammograms.

How to Help: Make a monetary donation to support the continuation of programs and research at the center by visiting or calling 412.942.2465.

Plus: Because early detection of breast cancer is so important, free mammograms are given twice a year at a Women’s Wellness Fair at the Breast Care Center.

St. Clair Hospital Foundation, 1000 Bower Hill Road, Upper St. Clair. 412.942.4000.

Urban Impact


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The Mission: To invest holistically in the lives of at-risk children, youth, and their families in order to develop productive and responsible members of the community.

What It’s Doing: The nonprofit hosts its annual Christmas production, “Light the Night,” featuring children in its performing arts and literacy support programs. The performance is a chance for participants to show the skills they developed at Urban Impact, while also sharing the joy of Jesus’ birth and the hope He brought to the world.

Who It’s Helping: More than 1,560 children and youth, predominately from Pittsburgh’s North Side, participated in Urban Impact’s programs last year.

How to Help: Attend the production or make a monetary donation to support the nonprofit’s programs.

Plus: Urban Impact is a platinum level charity at the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon. Sign up today at to run for the nonprofit and help raise funds for the children it benefits.

Urban Impact, 801 Union Ave., North Side. 412.321.3811.

Variety the Children’s Charity


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The Mission: To enable children with disabilities to live life to the fullest with a focus on mobility, communication, and social interaction/inclusion.

What It’s Doing: The nonprofit’s programs allow children with disabilities to discover the possibilities for their own lives and truly be kids first. The “My Bike” Program provides adaptive, individually customized bikes for eligible children with disabilities so they can experience the joy, freedom, and sense of belonging created by riding a bike.

Who It’s Helping: Since the program began in November 2012, more than 900 bikes have been distributed to children in 39 counties throughout Western and Central Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.

How to Help: Make a monetary donation or volunteer at a fundraiser to support Variety and its programs.

Plus: Variety also runs the “My Voice” Program, which provides devices like iPads equipped with a prescribed communication app to eligible children with communication disorders, and the “My Stroller” Program, which provides adaptive strollers to eligible children with disabilities.

Variety the Children’s Charity, 11279 Perry Hwy., #512, Wexford. 724.933.0460.

The Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation


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The Mission: To enrich the lives of those with bleeding disorders in Western Pennsylvania and respond to the needs of the community in a dynamic environment.

What It’s Doing: The Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation’s two upcoming fundraisers are Take A Bough and Iced Tees Winter Golf Classic. The first is a Christmas tree and holiday décor auction, held online and at Station Square, from November 20-23. The event wraps with a final reception and VIP event at the Hard Rock Café, featuring dinner and entertainment by Nina Sainato. The second event invites you to join 96.1 KISS’ Mikey and Big Bob at Diamond Run Golf Club for a 9-Hole Scramble or Driving Range Contest on February 20. The goal is to raise $60,000 at each event.

Who It’s Helping: People living with Hemophilia, von Willebrand Disease, and other bleeding disorders in 26 counties in Western Pennsylvania benefit from the patient assistant and education programs the fundraisers support.

How to Help: Register to attend or volunteer at Take A Bough and/or Iced Tees Winter Golf Classic by contacting Kara Dornish at 724.741.6160 or

Plus: The average annual cost of clotting factor products for a person with severe Hemophilia is close to $300,000, so every dollar helps!

The Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation, 20411 Route 19, Unit 14, Cranberry Township. 724.741.6160.

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy


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The Mission: To protect and restore exceptional places, providing our region with clean waters and healthy forests, wildlife and natural areas for the benefit of present and future generations, to create green spaces and gardens, and preserve Fallingwater, a symbol of people living in harmony with nature.

What It’s Doing: The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) runs 130 community gardens, adding flourishing plant life to towns across 20 counties. Its conserved land and water projects keep the ecological, beautiful, and recreational aspects of the area intact.

Who It’s Helping: Everyone in every community benefits from WPC’s work through community gardens and other greening projects, conserved land and water, and an international tourist destination — Fallingwater.

How to Help: You can make a monetary donation to its Our Shared Legacy campaign, which wraps December 31, or become a member of WPC. Volunteers are also needed to work the community gardens, plant trees in our communities, assist land stewardship staff with maintaining natural areas, and more.

Plus: WPC owns more than 14,000 acres of land, which the public is encouraged to utilize for outdoor activities like hiking and paddling.

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, 800 Waterfront Drive, East Side. 412.288.2777.

Young Women’s Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation


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The Mission: To create awareness that women under 40 can get breast cancer and offer support.

What It’s Doing: The Young Women’s Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation (YWBCAF) is sponsoring the Holiday Mingle Jingle at Robinson Mall on November 22. The festive, fun-filled event grants the opportunity to get great deals and tackle your holiday shopping. There’s even a special meet and greet with the Minions.

Who It’s Helping: By raising funds for the YWBCAF, the event supports young women in the Pittsburgh area, the Cancer Caring Center, and other programs run by YWBCAF.

How to Help: Community members can attend the event, or make a direct monetary donation.

PLUS: YWBCAF is an exclusively Pittsburgh organization. All funds raised stay in the community to help women in Pittsburgh under 40 who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Young Women’s Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation,


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  1. October 26, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    With all of the disability organizations on this list, it should probably be noted that the Parent Education Advocacy Leadership (PEAL) Center should be included. The PEAL Center assists families whose children need or may need special education services. Special education, being the maze of laws and regs that it is, is difficult for families to understand. See

    • October 27, 2015 at 3:43 pm

      Hi Cindy, Thank you for this recommendation! We will be reaching out to Parent Education Advocacy Leadership (PEAL) for inclusion in upcoming guides. Thanks Again!