Hundreds of Families Volunteer Together at “Be My Neighbor Day” Event

United Way motivates local families to take the #FamiliesForGood Challenge




United Way of Southwestern PA, in partnership with The Fred Rogers Company and WQED Pittsburgh, presents “Be My Neighbor Day” on Saturday, March 18, an event to celebrate family volunteerism. This is planned to be one of the largest days of family volunteerism Pittsburgh has seen.

Hundreds of local families will participate in volunteer activities, including decorating squares to be sewn into quilts for local veterans; planting sunflowers in decorative pots for seniors; creating literacy kits and making trail mix as a healthy snack for local children; and more. Families will also engage in activities that simulate what it would be like to have a disability, meet with first responders, and create masks of some of their favorite characters from “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.”

Be My Neighbor Day is free to the public; however a donation of a new children’s book suitable for ages 5 and under is greatly appreciated. Books will benefit local kids through United Way’s 100,000 Books Initiative.

Be My Neighbor Day will serve as a kickoff to United Way’s first ever #FamiliesForGood Challenge, which seeks to inspire families to volunteer together and challenge their friends and loved ones to do the same on social media. More exciting details about the #FamiliesForGood Challenge will be announced at the event.

When: Saturday, March 18

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Where: Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall

4141 Fifth Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15213

About United Way of Southwestern PA – United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania, serving Allegheny, Westmoreland, Fayette and Southern Armstrong counties, leads and mobilizes the caring power of individuals, the business community and organizations to help local people in need measurably improve their lives. United Way creates long-lasting change for the betterment of our community.

About The Fred Rogers Company - The company was founded by Fred Rogers in 1971 as the non-profit producer of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood for PBS. In the years that followed, it not only created hundreds of episodes of this much-loved program, but also extended Fred’s values and approach to other efforts in promoting children’s social, emotional and behavioral health and supporting parents, caregivers, teachers and other professionals in their work with children. The Fred Rogers Company continues to build on Fred’s legacy in innovative ways through a wide variety of media, and engaging new generations of children and families with his timeless wisdom. The company’s highly rated, award-winning children’s series include Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Peg + Cat, and Odd Squad. For more information, visit us at www.fredrogers.org.

About WQED — WQED Pittsburgh has a proud history of honors, including 161 National and Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Awards, an Academy Award, and many, many others, including three Emmy® Awards for Station Excellence. WQED was founded in 1954 as the nation’s first community-supported broadcaster.  WQED changes lives by creating and sharing outstanding public media that educates, entertains, and inspires.  It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED Create; WQED World; WQED Showcase;  WQED PBS KIDS Channel; Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; the Pittsburgh Concert Channel at WQED-HD2 (89.3-2FM) and online at www.wqed.org/fm; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org) and iQ: smartmedia, WQED’s Educational initiative (www.wqed.org/edu).