UGI Celebrates National Volunteer Week

Volunteers of America is pleased to announce a huge donation of clothing for its local Thrift Store in downtown Wilkes-Barre, as a result of the generosity of employees from UGI Natural Gas, Inc.

“Every year, UGI Utilities commemorates National Volunteer Week with special activities conducted across our 45-county Pennsylvania service area to help residents of our communities”, said Robert F. Beard, President and CEO. This year, Volunteers of America Thrift Store was among the four nonprofit organizations selected as recipients of the clothing drive, and the only organization in Luzerne County.

“The amount of items, many brand new with tags still on, that our Thrift Store received from the wonderful employees of UGI, filled a 1/3 of our truck. Bag after bag was brought to the UGI headquarters in an effort to supply the Thrift Store with the kind of clothes it is known for –gently used name brand and designer clothing that anyone would be pleased to wear, at a fraction of the original retail cost,” said Liz Vincent, Director of Development for Volunteers of America. “This donation will supply much needed clothing to many of our residents while helping to support the work of our other programs in Luzerne County. We are most grateful UGI chose Volunteers of America as a recipient of their generosity.”

The Thrift Store is located at 400 S. Main Street Wilkes –Barre. Donations can be dropped off at the store or call for a free pickup at 1-800-350-4VOA.

About Volunteers of America

Presently operate 28 separate programs throughout the state having served over 28,000 people last year. These include persons coping with disabilities; at-risk children and youth; individuals and families in emergency situations; those in need of employment; elderly individuals and couples on fixed incomes; individuals coping with severe and chronic mental illness; families with limited incomes; infants, children, and adolescents that have been abused, neglected, and/or exploited; children dealing with behavioral challenges and educational deficits; as well as pregnant teens and teenage mothers.

Programs are categorized as Children, Youth and Family Programs; Community Enhancement Services; Elderly and Disability Programs; Affordable Housing; Homeless Services and Mental Health Services.

To learn more about how you can make a difference, please contact us at (570) 825-5261 and ask for Liz Vincent.