The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

January 8, 2013

Party produces volunteers for area’s nonprofits

Ruth Rice

JOHNSTOWN — The second Lift Johnstown Project Party will be held from noon to 7 p.m. Jan. 24 at Pasquerilla Conference Center, 301 Napoleon St. in downtown Johnstown.

Lift Johnstown’s main objective is to recruit volunteers in the community to work with the many nonprofits that do so much for the region on very little funding, and they’re throwing a party where volunteers can sign up.  

More than 50 diverse nonprofits are slated to participate, including Habitat for Humanity, Johnstown Area Heritage Association, Goodwill Industries, New Day and Roxbury Bandshell.

Last year, some organizations got as many as 30 to 40 volunteers.

“We got a total of 376 volunteers,” Lift coordinator Brad Clemenson said. “Around 44 organizations participated. We had a good flow of people, but sometimes you couldn’t get into our area. We had to turn groups away.”

That space problem will be alleviated this year with the project party’s move from Holiday Inn-Downtown on Market Street to the larger conference center.

Clemenson said this is an opportunity for nonprofits to have a pool of potential volunteers all in one room to learn more about their organization and its needs – and sign them up on the spot.

“We want to connect people with skills and time with organizations who need them,” Clemenson said. “Sometimes there are work days when a project needs done, and other times a volunteer might be needed for a couple of hours a week or a month.”

Volunteers with a wide variety of interests and skills are being sought to pitch in on community projects.

People of all ages and abilities are needed, with work ranging from clerical or technical tasks to physical labor and working with people.  

Table reservations from nonprofits are being accepted until Friday.

Nonprofits interested in reserving a table should contact Diana Kabo at 536-5107 or email liftjohns­  

Lift Johnstown is a collaborative effort of more than two dozen organizations working voluntarily to improve the area.

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Getting a hand

These nonprofit organizations scored the highest number of volunteers at last year’s first Lift Johnstown Project Party:

Habitat for Humanity: 40.

Johnstown Area Heritage Association: 35.

Inclined Plane: 30.

Sandyvale Memorial Gardens: 30.

Bottleworks Ethnic Arts Center: 27.

Goodwill Industries: 25.

Learning Lamp: 20.

Laurel Highlands Historical Village: 20.

New Day Inc.: 15.

City of Johnstown: 14.


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