UGI employees from across Pennsylvania recently supported the United Way Day of Caring, conducted in various cities and towns throughout the Commonwealth.
During both the United Way of Berks County Day of Caring and the United Way of Lancaster County Day of Caring, UGI employees worked in Habitat for Humanity retail stores. Volunteers cleaned incoming donations, moved items into the storeroom where they could be put on sale, stocked and rearranged parts of the retail space, and put together light fixtures for display.
Habitat for Humanity works in nearly 1,400 communities across the United States and in approximately 70 countries and has helped nearly 10 million people achieve stability and independence through safe, decent and affordable housing.
Also in Berks County, UGI employees participated in the Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center “Prep the Park Day.” Volunteers cleaned the picnic area, restored bird nest boxes, cleared a storm drain, placed rocks around a garden bed, trimmed overhanging trees along the trail, and cleared vines, plants and debris.
The Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center is dedicated to helping people develop a sound environmental ethic. The center provides a wide variety of activity-oriented programs for students, teachers, adult groups, and individuals.
During the United Way of the Capital Region’s Day of Caring, UGI employees participated in the American Red Cross’ Sound the Alarm installation event. UGI employees were among the 180 volunteers that installed over 1,000 smoke alarms throughout homes in the Harrisburg area.
Sound the Alarm is a nationwide program designed to reduce injuries and deaths caused by home fires. During installation events, volunteers work with fire departments and other partners to canvass at-risk neighborhoods, install free smoke alarms, replace batteries in existing alarms, and provide fire prevention and safety education. UGI serves as a sponsor of the Sound the Alarm program throughout eastern and central Pennsylvania.
During the United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties’ Day of Caring, UGI employees painted parts of the client dining room and community area for the Lackawanna Blind Association in Scranton.
The Lackawanna Blind Association supports and promotes the interests of the blind and visually impaired, and the prevention of avoidable blindness. The association provides services to equip blind or visually impaired adults with the skills and confidence they need to meet the challenges of everyday life.
UGI employees also volunteered their time during the United Way of Mifflin-Juniata Day of Caring at the Mifflin-Juniata Special Needs Center in Lewistown. Employees stained outside patio and picnic areas, and built raised garden beds to accommodate clients confined to wheelchairs.
The Mifflin-Juniata Special Needs Center advocates for people with disabilities, supports them and their families with essential services, and empowers them to develop their abilities and potential.
A number of other United Way Days of Caring are scheduled throughout UGI’s service area. UGI employees will continue to work to enhance the communities in which they live and work.
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UGI Archbald employee Greg Hunt works on a painting project at the Lackawanna Blind Association during the United Way Day of Caring.
UGI Lewistown employees Ryan Kauffman, Brian Bliss, and Mike Fultz build raised garden beds for the Mifflin-Juniata Special Needs Center.