Community Service

The WPTLA is actively involved in community service based projects around the Pittsburgh community.

PITTSBURGH STEELWHEELERS

The Pittsbugh Steelwheelers organization began in the mid 1970’s when four men decided to turn a dream into a reality. The interest of forming a wheelchair basketball team in the Pittsburgh area was an idea shared concurrently amongst several individuals.

In 1977 the group was officially registered as the Pittsburgh Steelwheelers, Inc., whereby it became a non-profit organization that provided wheelchair sports in the Pittsburgh and Western PA areas. The team has been comprised of male and female athletes in age from 8 to 71. The organization has consisted of a variety of sports programs of which basketball, track/road racing, and rugby have been the most prominent. The goal has always been to have all our members develop as sense of well-being that comes from being physically active and involved in the community.

 

President’s Challenge 5K Run/Walk/Wheel:

News Coverage of the 2016 Event

2016 Race Results

2016 5K Photos

Thanks to our 2016 sponsors!

If you couldn’t attend the event but would still like to help, donate to support the Steelwheelers. The net proceeds go directly to the Pittsburgh Steelwheelers.



*Please note that any support given through the Western PA Trial Lawyers Association would not qualify as a charitable contribution. Please consult your tax adviser. The Western PA Trial Lawyers Association is a 501(C)6 organization.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

On Saturday, Oct 10, 2015 a group went to Beaver St in Ambridge to hang drywall, wire brush brick walls, paint basement brick walls, and move gravel.  Many thanks to Justin Joseph, Jeff Kranking, Erin Rudert, Laura Tocci, and Bill Anderson for their hard work.

 

This was a return to the scene of a previous Habitat work day on April, 2015, when another group hung dry wall, laid sub flooring in the bathroom, and removed old and installed new windows.  That group included those pictured below.

 

The Beaver County Habitat for Humanity ReStore was the scene of our recent Community Service project on Saturday, November 9, 2013. Read a shout out from Habitat on Facebook. Many thanks to participants Justin Joseph, Larry Kelly, James Tallman, Abigail Tocci, Bill Tocci, Laura Tocci, and Greg Unatin.

WPTLA-Habitat-for-Humanity-Projects

On Saturday, May 11, 2013, WPTLA Members Chad Bowers, James Tallman, Greg Unatin, and Sydne Unatin, Laurie Lacher, Luke Lacher, and Nick Hutchison took WPTLA to the streets of Pittsburgh for a few hours of rugged volunteer work. The crew joined with several other young volunteers to keep Pittsburgh looking beautiful. The task: clean beneath, between, and behind city trash cans and newspaper boxes. First, we donned free yellow T-Shirts and followed our leader, Barrie, of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, to an alley where out of the public’s eye we gathered rags,brooms, and other tools to complete the transformation into super cleaners.

After mission briefing, we moved up and down the cross roads bet ween Penn Avenue and Ft. Duquesne Boulevard. The yellow-shirted volunteers swarmed every trash bin and set of newspaper boxes in sight. Some of us relocated rotten apple cores to their proper home, while others dislodged gum stuck to trash bins since the days of the original double-mint twins. Chad Bowers held the great power of an Xacto knife with the great responsibility of removing stickers from lampposts and street signs. Like all winning teams, everybody contributed to the task at hand.

Our group was so efficient, we stopped for a coffee break at Starbucks. But as Barrie made clear, it didn’t matter what we did or when we decided to call it quits. Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership was genuinely grateful to each of us for simply showing up. Of course, we moved our way back up Liberty Avenue to finish what we started. At the end of the day, the city sparkled with a series of trash containers not even a litter bug could resist.

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