The first Off the Floor Pittsburgh Volunteer Appreciation Dinner was held on Friday, October 19, 2012, designed to honor all volunteers of this ministry, but especially the late Mrs. Dorothy Welsh. A number of members of her family attended, including her husband, Dick Welsh. 92 volunteers attended the event, representing at least 8 local churches. Inspirational music was provided by vocalist, Ms. Paula Hudson. Joan Morris spoke briefly about the life and volunteer role of Dottie Welsh. M.J. McCarty, founder of OFP, presented a plaque honoring Dottie Welsh to the family. Shadyside Presbyterian Church provided a fine venue and delicious meal in their recently-renovated banquet hall. The event was primarily planned by Tricia McGough and Emily Harper. Costs for the event were contributed by an anonymous donor.
In record time, the IRS has reviewed and approved OFP's application for tax exempt status under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. This is a huge milestone for Off the Floor Pittsburgh, which will open many doors for continued growth and success in the ministry.
The Board is very grateful to Mt. Lebanon U.P. Church for its years of oversight, support, and prayers as OFP went through the growing stages of implementing a ministry which will provide used furniture this year to more than 130 families in Allegheny County.
By the end of June, 2012, Off the Floor Pittsburgh volunteers had delivered furniture to our 725th family. Since July, 2009, these families have been referred to OFP by one of the social service agencies that notify us when one of their clients has extensive furniture needs.
Credit for helping so many families goes to seven teams of volunteers from local churches as well as to Mary Ann Miklos, Pick Up and Delivery Coordinator, and Bob Myers, Executive Director of Off the Floor Pittsburgh.
In 2011, Off the Floor Pittsburgh delivered significant amounts of used furniture to 112 families and individuals in 37 different zip codes in the greater Pittsburgh area. The families included 191 children. More than half of the families were headed by single parents. 72% of the recipients were African American. All but three of the recipients were referred to OFP by one of the social service agencies that partner with OFP to identify families in special need.