News Briefs
Week of Feb. 18

Wild Things seeking host families

The Washington Wild Things, members of the baseball Frontier League, are in need of caring families, couples or individuals in the area to join their Host Family program for the 2015 season. The goal of the program is to provide players with pleasant and affordable housing during their stay in Washington (May-September). Participants in the program receive complimentary tickets to all Wild Things home games and a free parking pass. The Wild Things also celebrate the host families at the end of the season by recognizing them on the field and providing food to everyone in your family on “Host Family Night.” There is no charge to a host family involved in the program. Ideal housing candidates must provide the player with his own bedroom. Players are responsible to provide their own food and transportation. For more information, contact Wayne Herrod at or call 724-579-1068.

Volunteers needed for Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels of Peters Township is in urgent need of volunteers. Volunteers can work once a week, every other week or as occasional substitutes on year-round or seasonal schedules. Those interested in volunteering should call 724-969-1000, email or stop by the kitchen located at 243 E. McMurray Road any weekday morning.

Farm Bureau holds food drive

The Washington County Farm Bureau is holding a food drive, through March 31, to benefit the Greater Washington County Food Bank.

A contest centered on the local libraries will coincide with the drive. Monetary prizes will be awarded to the libraries that collect the most pounds of canned goods and cleaning supplies. Local collection sites include: Frank Sarris Library, Bahr Hardware, Cecil Outpatient Center, Finleyville Presbyterian Church, Peters Township High School, Peters Township Library and Goodwill Peters Township. In addition, the food bank has seed that has been donated for use in community gardens that would produce fresh vegetables for needy people in the local communities. For more information on organizing a community garden in your school district, contact Cristi Parks at

Volunteer income tax preparers needed

The IRS has a mission for preparing income tax returns free for people of all ages with modest incomes. The IRS provides training, certification and continuing support. For more information, contact Bernie Grimes at 412-841-1151 or

SHIM launches Campaign

South Hills Interfaith Ministries has launched its second annual Sack Hunger campaign, which runs through March 15, to help South Hills families who are struggling financially and don’t have enough food to eat. The Casey Family Foundation and Neishloss & Fleming, Inc. will be matching contributions to the campaign up to $30,000. Upper St. Clair residents Sean and Mandi Casey are lending their support for the campaign, which has set an ambitious goal of $100,000. Funds from contributions can be used to purchase six times the amount of food from the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank than can be purchased individually. To learn more, visit

Volunteers needed for Peace.Love.Run event

Catholic Hospice is seeking volunteers to help with its annual Peace.Love.Run 13.1/5k fundraiser, set for June 21. Volunteers are needed on the day of the event as well as to help with promotion leading up to the event. Help is needed with set up/tear down, registration, water stations, food tables and event promotion (hanging flyers and signs). Both groups and individuals are encouraged to participate. For more information, call 724-933-6222.