CYBER MONDAY 2011 GIVES ONLINE SHOPPERS OPPORTUNITY TO HELP AT-RISK TEENS

Pittsburgh-Area Residents Invited to Support Ward Home on Cyber Monday, November 28, to Help Make a Difference in Lives of At-Risk Teens Across Local Communities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – PITTSBURGH – November 21, 2011 – As the 2011 holiday shopping season kicks off, millions of consumers will flock to their computers on Cyber Monday – the biggest online shopping holiday – to get the best deals on merchandise.  Ward Home, Inc., the region’s premier independent living program for at-risk teenagers, however, is asking online shoppers to take time out of their website trolling and make a secure, online donation to Ward Home as part of their Cyber Monday shopping.

Residents are invited to visit www.wardhome.org/ward_donate.html and make a donation, which will support a variety of education, programming and life-skills training for teens hit hard by broken family environments.  Here is the “Ward Home Wish List” for online givers this holiday season:

  • Transportation (Bus Tickets Book of 10 bus tickets for $20)
  • Apartment Supplies (Dishes, pots, pans, glasses, silverware, comforter sets, sheets @ $50)
  • Baby Items – Clothes, blankets, bibs, car seats, baby carrier, toys ($50)
  • School Supplies – Backpacks, calculators, notebooks, pens/pencils, SAT flashcards ($25)
  • Gift Cards (any amount)

Ward Home is a United Way Agency (#306). Donations are accepted via MasterCard®, Visa®, Discover® and American Express® via PalPal®, or via the U.S. Post Office:

Ward Home, Inc.
2275 Swallow Hill Road
Building 800
Pittsburgh, PA 15220

In 1905, Robert B. Ward founded the program that bears his name. Today, it provides critical life-skills, for 150 Pittsburgh teens every year, including education completion, employment preparation, safety/well-being management, and planning for the future.

For more information about donating to Ward Home on Cyber Monday, please contact Corie Turner, at 412-722-1404 x 236, or by email: cturner@wardhome.org.

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About Ward Home, Inc.
Since Robert B. Ward founded the program that bears his name in 1905, Ward Home, Inc., has served the Pittsburgh region as the premier provider of independent living programs for at-risk teenagers – helping them make the transition from the social services system to adult life. Ward Home operates three Supervised Independent Living sites in Pittsburgh and provides in-home services for teens.  Each year, the program provides critical life-skills, for 150 Pittsburgh teens, including education completion, employment preparation, safety/well-being management, and planning for the future.  More than 90 percent of Ward Home’s graduates are accepted to college or have volunteered to serve their country in a branch of the Armed Services. www.wardhome.org

Contact:    
Daryl Lucke, Ward Home, 412-722-1404
Melissa Goda, Ward Home, 412-281-9228

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