2006 Day of Caring

Day of Caring

September 9, 2006

6th Annual Day of Caring

Thanks to All the Volunteers!

252 Volunteers
Over half were High School Students
20 Organizations Helped on 24 Projects
Total 1400 Hours = $25,000

4th Annual 9/11 Memorial Blood Drive

115 People

93 usable pints

37 First Time Donors!


American Red Cross Presents Certificate of Appreciation for 9-11 Memorial Blood Drive Success

Group Photo of Representatives from Many of the Blood Drive Supporters.

Pictured from left: Sitting: Commissioner Rich Caridi; Stacey Beecher Chelak, Pike United Way; Shawn James, American Red Cross; Dawn Ciorcari, American Red Cross; Commissioner Harry Forbes.

Middle Row: Pike United Way: Peter Ioppolo, TerriAnne Caraluzzo, Sue Robbins, Celeste O’Neil, Frank Redington, Lee Oakes; Amy Gruzesky, Pike County Chamber; Susan Jeffers, Pike County Public Library: Dr. Candis Finan, Delaware Valley School District; Mike Donlon, Pike United Way. 

Back Row: Pike United Way: Eric Hamill, Scott Myer, Mark Kirsten, Mike Peifer, Bob Veneziale, Lew Gubrud and Tom Regenski.

At the most recent meeting of the United Way of Pike County Board of Directors, American Red Cross Assistant Director Shawn James and Field Representative Dawn Ciorciari presented Certificates of Appreciation to the representatives of local organizations who made the 4th Annual 9 -11 Blood Drive a very successful community event. As she presented the certificates, Dawn Ciorciari said, “The 4th Annual Blood Drive was the largest blood drive in Pike County this year, we collected 93 usable pints of blood, there were 37 first-time donors, and a total of 115 donors in attendance. The people of Pike County should be very proud and excited to be able to help so many people."

The success of this year’s drive can be attributed to the continued collaboration of local organizations and their publicity efforts: United Way of Pike County, Pike County Commissioners: Harry Forbes, Richard Caridi and Karl Wagner, Delaware Valley School District, Pike County Chamber of Commerce, and the Pike County Public Library. Ciorciari also recognized the participation and support of the Westfall McDonald’s who supplied coffee and accompaniments for the blood donors, the Day of Caring Volunteers including Delaware Valley Health Occupations Student Association members, the Delaware Valley Vo-tech Food Services students who baked 33 dozen cookies for the refreshment canteen, Price Chopper in Matamoras who supplied canteen supplies and the Milford Diner who helped advertise the event. Accepting the American Red Cross Certificates of Appreciation, at the meeting, were Blood Drive Co-Chairs Stacey Beecher Chelak, United Way Board Member and Pike County Commissioners, Harry Forbes and Richard Caridi along with Dr. Candis Finan, Superintendent of Delaware Valley School District, Susan Jeffers, Director of the Pike County Public Library and Amy Gruzesky, Executive Director of Pike County Chamber of Commerce.

For information about the American Red Cross Blood Services call 1-800-GIVE LIFE. For information about Pike County United Way call toll free 1-888-306-6963 or 570-296-9980, fax 570-296--5571, email uwpc@ptd.net or visit our website www.unitedwaypike.org. Further information about any of the agencies providing services in Pike County can be found at www.PikePaHelp.org. Your generous donations to Pike United Way funds local human services right here in Pike County. “What Matters”, “Offering Hope – Building Futures” - It’s the United Way!


The Sixth Annual Pike county Day of Caring, held on Saturday, September 9, was another inspiring success according to Pike United Way Co-Chairs Mike Donlon and Sue Robbins. Robbins explained that this event links community volunteers with non-profit agencies for a single day to do projects and tasks that enable the non-profits to focus more of their efforts on their primary mission of helping others.

Donlon reported that volunteers helped 20 agencies complete 24 projects. Projects included painting and repairing facilities, mulching and marking trails, planting trees, preparing mailers, detailing transport vans, cleaning and landscaping playgrounds and facilities, assisting Pike United Way to expand the data base for its human services website www.PikePaHelp.org, assisting at the 4th Annual 9/11 Memorial Blood Drive, creating reading packets and stocking pantry shelves.

Each volunteer received the traditional Day of Caring t-shirt donated by Citizens Bank and their workday began at the Delaware Valley High School with a hearty buffet breakfast sponsored by Woodloch Resort and prepared by the Warrior Cafe staff and vo-tech student volunteers. The volunteers then moved into action as they traveled about Pike County to perform their tasks.

Over half of the volunteers were high school students from throughout Pike County. In addition, participants included senior citizens, families, solo individuals and co-workers. In just a single day these amazing adult and high school volunteers provided over 1,400 hours of unpaid labor, at an equivalent dollar value of over $25,000. They received heartfelt thanks from Pike United Way and the recipients of their hard work and community spirit.

Donlon and Robbins announced that the Seventh Annual Day of Caring would be Saturday, September 8, 2007 as Pike United Way continues "Offering Hope, Building Futures". If you would like to volunteer now please visit www.PikePaHelp.org for a listing of volunteer opportunities or call Pike United Way at 570-296-9980 or toll free: 888-306-6963.