Batter Up! Pittsburgh Pirates Charities and Community Outreach


PNC ParkToday the sun is shining, I watched robins hopping around outside, my phone even told me today is a great day for a run; spring has sprung. Though March 20 was the official first day of spring, for many people spring doesn’t officially begun until the beginning of the baseball season. Last Friday, April 7, was the Pittsburgh Pirates home opener. Though the weather made it feel more like a Steelers home game (I was the girl in about 5 layers, wrapped in a blanket), this game ushers in a new season, and new opportunities, especially for the Pittsburgh Pirates Charities.
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Spotlight: Greater Washington County Food Bank


Fund The TruckIf you’re looking for a great way to give back while networking this month, the Tapolci Foundation has an opportunity that you can’t miss! Last month we introduced our readers to #FundTheTruck and this week we’re inviting you to join us at Mad Mex in Robinson Township on April 6th from 4:30 PM-6:30 PM for a networking event to raise money to help make the truck a reality. We will be having a 50/50 raffle, Chinese Auctions, and even better conversation to help the Greater Washington County Food Bank raise funds to buy a new box truck.
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Lights, Camera, Action: How to Market Your Nonprofit with Video


Non profit videoWhen it comes to marketing your organization, sometimes you need to get creative, especially when it comes to how you budget your resources. You may feel that a lot of “fancier” options, like video, are out of your reach. Well, think again! Video is not only an important tool that should become part of your marketing plan, it is also budget friendly. Let’s look at how this can be incorporated and some platforms that are great for broadcasting this medium.
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#FundTheTruck – Helping the Greater Washington County Food Bank Feed The Hungry


Take a minute to imagine how your life would be if food wasn’t easily attainable by simply walking to your pantry, opening it up, and grabbing a bite to eat in the attempt to silent the insatiable growling of your stomach.

Now imagine the inability to purchase items at your local grocery store to feed your family. What if you had to chosen to feed your three children by sacrificing a meal each night of the week for yourself? You may feel that these scenarios are unimaginable. How could you ever have to struggle to obtain something as simple as food?

In a country that wastes billions of pounds of food each year, it’s almost shocking that anyone in America goes hungry. Yet every day, there are millions of children and adults who do not get the meals they need to thrive. With recent government funding cuts to food access/SNAP programs, it is becoming increasingly difficult for families living in poverty to afford food. In fact, the lack of governmental funding to access, or other “food-stamp” programs is literally costing families one meal a week. Imagine that feeling. Hunger- one night a week, every week.

Fund The Truck

The Tapolci Foundation understands the importance of capturing excess food and providing it to people in need. When we heard that our friends at a local food bank needed a truck to deliver food to families facing this crisis; we made sure to call our team together to help.

The Greater Washington County Food Bank has been providing groceries and nutritional education to food insecure residents of Washington County for the past 30 years. Through their network of 48 distribution sites and seven agencies throughout the county, this nonprofit primarily relies on community support to help the over 25,000 people who are food insecure.

The Food Bank delivered more than 2.7 million pounds of food last year alone-a whopping 62% increase over the prior year (we were there to sort just a fraction of it). However, their fleet of vehicles became outdated and unfit for the task of delivering the food. With the goal to replace a 1999 international refrigerated truck with a new 24′ truck, the Food Bank reached out to us to help #FundTheTruck .

Our answer? A party of course! The #FundTheTruck event will take place on Thursday, April 6th, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm at Mad Mex in Robinson Township, PA. Fifty-fifty raffles will occur during the evening as well as a Chinese Auction.

Board Member Jeff Tapolci stated, “When we formed the Tapolci Foundation, donating to organizations in our community such as the Greater Washington County Food Bank was our main purpose.” He continued, “As a company, we will be volunteering at the Food Bank at the end of April, but we also want to present them with a check with donations raised from this event and online so the impact will be greater.”

If you’ feel like you want to be a part of this- stop by! Enjoy networking with local businesses, maybe even donate a few bucks- you know every bit counts!

In the meantime share this post all over the social medias using #FundTheTruck . Sharing is caring and in this case for an amazing cause. We’ll see you at Mad Mex!

Unable to attend? Donate toward our goal here.

 

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1st Day of Spring: Spring Fundraising Ideas


First day of springBy this time of the year we are all patiently awaiting spring, especially with the weather we’ve been having lately. Although we can’t predict when the spring weather will start to stay, we can tell you that the first calendar day of spring is today March 20th. Spring is a great time to discuss new fundraising ideas; here are a few of our favorites.

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Newsjacking: How to Hijack Headlines for Your Non-Profit


NewspaperNewsjacking is one of the new hybrid words we’ve created for the digital age. We’ve heard about it, but do we really know what it is? I asked what came to people’s minds when they heard the word “newsjacking.” In response, I received several very similar answers.

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How to Start Nonprofit Podcast in Four Easy Steps


microphone-338481_960_720Today we’re going to talk about starting your own nonprofit podcast. Podcasts have gained popularity recently as an alternative way to get news, spark discussion, and gain knowledge. If you’re not already familiar with podcasts, you can easily download a podcast streaming app onto your phone and browse the hundreds of topics available for free. I’d suggest starting with my favorite podcast, Lore, it discusses the history behind popular folklore stories around the world.
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5 Tips for Storytelling About Your Nonprofit


IMG_0039We’ve all watched the commercials, and you know what I mean; the ones that get you right in the feels. They tell us a story with the intention of stirring up emotions that we will in turn hopefully act on. I’m sure you could name a few right off the top of your head. I bet the ASPCA spot where they play the Sarah McLachlan song, “Arms of an Angel“, is one of the first that come to mind. Many of this year’s Super Bowl commercials were heavy on story telling as well.
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It’s Random Acts of Kindness Day!


We’ve just wrapped up with Valentine’s Day and are inching ever closer to spring time (we’re thinking Phil got it wrong this year). You can still feel the love in the air from the 14th; especially now that all that heart-shaped candy is on sale! Let’s keep that feeling rolling into today, February 17th, Random Acts of Kindness Day. We love to pamper our significant others and family during the holidays and on Cupid’s Day, but what about those we work with, or the person you see on the bus each day? A small random and unselfish act of kindness can make a big difference in someone’s day.

Kindness

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