The Morning Sun

The Pittsburg Area Young Professionals are a diverse group - some just out of college and beginning careers, some starting families and many who keep busy, but together the group members still have hit an impressive threshold of 1,000 service hours in just over 10 months.

"It’s a time of their life when they’re busy anyway," said service chairperson Brett Dalton, who helps organize designated service projects and to track volunteer hours. "It’s just a testament to the devotion we have to our mission to help make Pittsburg a place where people want to live and work and stay to raise a family."

"This is the second year in a row that we have eclipsed 1,000 hours of service," he said, adding that the members are an active group, and the 1,000 only reflects official hours.

"Our members do so much throughout the community and the region," Dalton said, adding that they serve on boards or do other projects that are not logged.

"Throughout the year, we do designate certain hours that are for credit," he continued.

The service hour year begins Nov. 1 and runs through Oct. 31, and some of the projects for which service hours have been logged in the past year include the Kettle Campaign, the Toy Distribution event, the Easter Egg Hunt, Big Bang Rockfest, Youth Friends, serving as youth leadership volunteers and mentors, the SEK Art Fest, Little Balkans Days and the Angels Among Us booth at the Crawford County Fairgrounds.

"I’m very proud of it because the group is growing in membership and engagement and activity," Dalton said.

In a press release sent out by the group, Cristy Mitchell, co-chairperson of the service committee, reiterated the importance of each hour given.

"We are made up o a demographic of people who are starting to make big moves with their careers and with their families," she said. "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."

The group still has a few projects left in this service year and will end its run with the Stage Fright Spook House at Memorial Auditorium the week of Halloween, before beginning the next year with the Kettle Campaign.