Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Volunteers Spend Time in Millvale Deloitte Employees Help Transform a Neighborhood

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Volunteers Spend Time in Millvale Deloitte Employees Help Transform a Neighborhood

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Groups of men and women in bright blue and white shirts fanned out in Millvale Friday for Deloitte's Impact Day of volunteering.

Their shirts read "Making an Impact Every Day."

Eighty Deloitte offices across the country shut down for the professional services firm's 15th Impact Day, so employees can do volunteer work.

More than 300 volunteers from Deloitte's Pittsburgh office spent the day at 25 sites in Millvale, weeding, mulching, painting and completing other jobs.

The work was coordinated by Pittsburgh Cares, which Executive Director Deb Hopkins said is the "concierge" of volunteer service.

"We work with companies to do service for nonprofits and municipalities. Deloitte is one of the largest we work with and we are thrilled to have them take over a neighborhood and transform it," she said.

Emily Calderone, a team leader for Deloitte, is a member of the leadership team for volunteering, which contacted Pittsburgh Cares to coordinate the Millvale projects.

"Deloitte does year-round service. This is our everyday but the most visual," she said.

Some volunteers weeded and mulched around the young trees that were planted around the borough last year.

As Hollie Kawecki, a Deloitte recruiter, walked around town picking up trash, she said it was a great way to continue giving back to the community.

Others echoed that assessment, including employees at the command center of the Millvale Community Center, who packed boxes for Beverly's Birthdays, which offers birthday celebrations for homeless children living in shelters. Working on the project, Akshaya Murthy, a senior consultant, said it was his second year participating in Impact Day.

"It is brilliant. The impact is huge," he said.

His colleague, Elaine Murphy, an administrative employee, agreed. "It's always rewarding helping people. We may not see the end of the project but the concept is there," she said. …

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