Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs Inc., which is based in Williston, Fla., is hoping to break ground in March on its new campus that will be located on this 102-acre property along Beagle Club Road in Robinson Township (Herald-Standard photo).

Nonprofit building campus to train service dogs for veterans | Helping the Helpers

BY: - December 23, 2022

By Mike Jones A nonprofit organization based in Florida that specializes in training service dogs to help military veterans is preparing to build a new $20 million campus in Washington County. Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs Inc. is hoping to break ground in March on its new campus that will be located on a 102-acre […]

A portrait of Suzanne Pascal in The Dunbar Historical Society. Pascal was a world-renowned glass sculptor who sourced her most famous piece, “Seated Torso,” from an abandoned factory in Dunbar, PA Wire and Glass (Herald-Standard photo).

Dunbar Historical Society houses glass sculptor’s most famous piece | Helping the Helpers

BY: - December 22, 2022

'There is no other place where you can see her work like this,' Donna Myer, of the Dunbar Historical Society, said.

Area veterans spend the day together, touring the monuments in Washington, D.C., during a trip sponsored by Honor Flight Pittsburgh. The 100% volunteer nonprofit, founded in Pittsburgh in 2016, is part of a national organization that began in 2005 (Herald-Standard photo).

Honor Flight Pittsburgh: Serving veterans in a meaningful way | Helping the Helpers

BY: - December 21, 2022

Twice a year, the nonprofit takes veterans to Washington D.C. to visit monuments and share their experiences.

Shakira and Jeffrey Johnson created the Johnson-Shaw Foundation to help people reintegrate into society after leaving jail (Herald-Standard photo).

Johnson-Shaw Foundation looks to help people re-enter society after prison | Helping the Helpers

BY: - December 20, 2022

'I would like people to understand the perspective that people re-entering (society) really do need guidance and assistance,' Shakira Johnson said.

Dress for Success Pittsburgh’s mobile boutiques provide women with professional clothing, including scrubs and other specialty items, to help them on their journey toward economic independence

Dress for Success helps women achieve economic independence | Helping the Helpers

BY: - December 19, 2022

By Karen Mansfield WASHINGTON, Pa. — The mission for Dress for Success Pittsburgh, including its Washington County branch, goes far beyond providing clothing for women: the nonprofit empowers women who are entering and returning to the workforce. In addition to providing attire, Dress for Success provides a continuum of services and long-term solutions to help […]

Verticals Community Learning Center giving local students more opportunities | Helping the Helpers

BY: - December 18, 2022

William James, a Brownsville native and former NFL player, returned to his hometown and opened the center in May 2021. He heads both Verticals and its sibling nonprofit, Team Humanity, to provide educational opportunities for local students they might not receive at school.

Miracle League of Pa.’s Laurel Highlands empowers players and families | Helping the Helpers

BY: - December 16, 2022

The season typically starts in mid-May, and players are divided into two teams with games on Sundays. Younger athletes play in the first game of the day, followed by the older players. The Miracle League typically has five or six game days per season.

Donora Smog Museum and Historical Society preserves borough’s rich history | Helping the Helpers

BY: - December 15, 2022

By Paul Paterra The Donora Historical Society is the oldest in Washington County, dating back to 1946, and since that time has done its best to preserve the borough’s history. “Some of the original guys were the founding fathers of Donora,” said Mark Pawelec, a volunteer with the historical society since 2008. One of the […]

LuLu’s Free Store: Offering a chic shopping experience free of charge | Helping the Helpers

BY: - December 14, 2022

To continue helping, the fledgling nonprofit needs donations. LuLu's Free Store accepts donations of new and lightly used clothing, jewelry and home goods, and new health and beauty products.

Watchful Shepherd provides tools to those in abusive situations | Helping the Helpers

BY: - December 13, 2022

In October, Watchful Shepherd hosted its "Dancing for a Cause" fundraiser at Valley Brook Country Club. The event, similar to the popular television program, "Dancing With the Stars," teams up notable people in the community with Arthur Murray Dance Studio instructors.

Mon Valley Performing Arts Academy offers cost-effective arts education | Helping the Helpers

BY: - December 12, 2022

The academy offers two branches of study: the Summer Experience, with a program for those ages 4 to 7 and another for ages 8 to 17. There's also an after-school program during the academic year, and Pagen said participants range from age 3 to adults. 

Honey’s Helping Hand seeing continual increase of community need | Helping the Helpers

BY: - December 11, 2022

Local businesses and restaurants donate food for their boxes, including Jackson Farms in New Salem, Olive Garden, Panera Bread, Bimbo Bakeries and Mill Street Merchants. The organization also partners with 412 Food Rescue in Pittsburgh and Fayette County Community Action.