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Pittsburg Area Young Professionals contributes more than 1,000 service hours to the community



PAYP again hits 1K service hours mark

For the second straight year, the Pittsburg Area Young Professionals group has contributed more than 1,000 service hours to the community.

One of the largest civic groups in the region, PAYP challenges its members to contribute a set amount of service hours through a variety of offerings and projects. Hours are recorded from Nov. 1 to Oct. 31. In 2012, PAYP finished with 1,167 hours, the first time the group eclipsed the 1,000-hours mark.

"Hitting 1,000 hours last year was an exciting achievement for the group," said Brett Dalton, chairman of the PAYP service committee. "Doing it again this year is a strong source of pride, and it also validates our commitment to community service. It shows that not only can we get to 1,000, we will get to 1,000 year after year."

PAYP members have taken part in nearly 50 different service projects this year, which range from the Salvation Army toy distribution event and the city's Easter Egg Hunt to community recycling and Little Balkans Days.

"There is so much that goes on in our community and region, and much of it cannot be achieved without volunteers," Dalton said. "We take tremendous pride in knowing that PAYP will often be the first group called upon to provide volunteers for those projects and activities. We've earned that reputation through hard work and devotion to our community, and it's a genuine thrill for us to be able to help when and where we can."

Dalton said nearly 90 PAYP members have contributed at least one hour of service this year, and nearly 20 have given at least 20 hours. Seven members have contributed more than 30 hours this year.

"That's what makes this group such a valuable asset to our community," said Cristy Mitchell, co-chair of the service committee. "We are made up of a demographic of people who are starting to make big moves with their careers and with their families. They don't always have the time to do community service, but they do it anyway. It's a beautiful thing to see so many people make the commitment to serve. It doesn't matter if they give one hour or 70 hours, it all goes toward a greater good, and that's something that we're all proud of."

While the group has hit the 1,000-hours mark, Dalton said the work this year is far from over. Many more service projects are on the slate leading up to the Oct. 31 year-end date.

"It's wonderful that we are at 1,000 hours again, but we by no means want to end there," Dalton said. "Our ultimate goal is to grow every year, so we definitely want to surpass last year's mark. In the end, however, it's not about the number. It's about how many people we impact. It's about how much good we do for the community that we love and respect."

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