Help Inspire Pittsburgh’s Kids
USW Local 3657 has been a long-time supporter of the United Way and its “Be a Middle School Mentor” program, with many of our members acting as mentors for sixth-graders in the Pittsburgh Public School system. In recent years, they’ve learned that 40 to 60 percent of students who drop out of school in high school decide that they are going to do that when they are in middle school.
To help counteract this trend, they are not only working with students to strive to do better in middle school, but also to get students excited about their options for higher education – whether it is going to college, community college, a trade school or getting an associate’s degree.
We aren’t all middle school mentors, but we can still encourage students in our city to explore their options after high school and pursue a future that that allows them to provide for themselves and their families and help our communities continue to grow.
Donate a new or gently used sweatshirt from your favorite college, university, trade school, etc., to be given to sixth grade students who participate in the United Way’s “Be a Middle School Mentor” program. Don’t have a hoodie handy? Make a donation of $25 and the United Way will purchase one for you.
You can drop your sweatshirt or donation off in Mollie Relihan’s office on the 7th floor in the New Media department by next Thursday, November 20th. If you have questions, email mrelihan or call 412-562-4345.
The sweatshirts will be wrapped and delivered by United Way volunteers to the students in time for the winter/holiday season so they can rock their new duds while staying warm. If you’d like to volunteer to wrap or deliver, click here.
Thanks to all of you for continuing to make our local union one that constantly gives back and supports our communities!