ADAMS TWP — Tuesday marked 140 years of MHY Family Services working in the region to benefit children and families in need.
In honor of the anniversary, the organization honored volunteers and donors at a luncheon Tuesday morning, thanking them for all they've done and do to make the mission of MHY a reality.
Volunteers, like those gathered, made MHY possible from the beginning in 1878, said Lisa Schiller, executive director.
“One-hundred and forty years ago our birth was from volunteers connected to Fourth United Presbyterian Church in Allegheny,” Schiller said. “Each of you represents sectors of volunteers and donors from both our past, our present and I pray you will be part of MHY's future.”
The women of the United Presbyterian churches of Pittsburgh and Allegheny City founded MHY in 1878. The organization was primarily run by volunteers and grew from a small operation to the Butler County-based operation it is today.
Today, the organization benefits from an average of 150 volunteer hours a month, she said, which go to supporting the organization's mission to provide individualized therapy and education services to children and families throughout Western Pennsylvania.
The organization serves around 1,000 children and families a year, according to a recent news release from MHY.
The effort also is made possible by generous donations of money as well as time, Schiller said.
“The cost of everything we do is going up from food to utilities,” Schiller said. “I need you to know how grateful and thankful we are that you are part of MHY Family Services ... You have become part of the DNA of MHY Family services and Mars Home for Youth Foundation.”
For information about the organization or to inquire about opportunities to volunteer, visit mhyfamilyservices.org.