Dress Down Days
In January of 2018, the Sordoni Volunteer Program (SVP) began a year-long fundraising effort of employee dress down days. Each Friday, in exchange for a small monetary donation, employees are allowed to attend work dressed in casual clothing such as jeans and sneakers.
During 2018, our employees donated $1,235 through their participation in dress down days. These funds were donated to 5 organizations, most recently to the Leadership WB and Leadership Lackawanna programs in support of Sordoni class members Jeff Kiluk and Carmen Brutico and their respective team projects.
In 2019, we chose the following organizations to receive our quarterly donations:
- Quarter 1 – Candy’s Place
Located in Forty Fort, Candy’s Place offers free services to cancer patients and their loved ones. They provide services such as support groups, counseling, educational workshops, exercise, and a wig/accessories boutique.
- Quarter 2 – The American Red Cross
The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.
- Quarter 3 – Keystone Rescue Mission
The Keystone Rescue Mission is an organization that is committed to helping the hungry, hurting, and homeless in NEPA.
- Quarter 4 – Blue Chip Farm Animal Refuge
Blue Chip is a zero-kill organization. Their mission is to provide care, comfort, and safety to every single animal, and they do so solely through the support of donations.
To date, our employees have donated over $2,500 to various organizations in our community. We are community driven. We are stronger together. We are Sordoni.
It was our final clean-up of the year before the snow begins to fall. Exit 5 off of the Cross Valley Expressway (PA 309) was adopted by Sordoni employees back in 2010. Mike Balonis, Superintendent, always takes the lead and makes sure that we have all the tools we need to get the job done. This year we collected approximately 20 bags of garbage! It is important that we all work together to create a sustainable future.
Nurses Pantry Collection
Our 2019 annual Family Picnic incorporated a special SVP project which helped support the United Way of Wyoming Valley’s Nurse’s Pantry initiative.
The United Way recently partnered with the Wilkes-Barre Area School District to create pantries in five district elementary schools with the purpose of providing essential supplies to impoverished children. Children miss school not only from illness, but also as a result of not having essential hygiene and clothing items. These examples can lead to embarrassment, being bullied, falling behind in school, and isolation. The nurse’s pantry is a simple concept but it is immediately impactful. Having easy access to these items, children will miss less school and they will be more academically successful. For most families, the cost of solving these problems is minimal but, for far too many families, the cost of not solving them is truly devastating.
To assist the United Way with this effort, we asked our employees to consider bringing one or more of the following items with them to the picnic: oral hygiene items, deodorant, soap, shampoo, baby wipes, socks, and underpants. As always, they responded even more generously than we had anticipated.