PITTSBURGH – November 18, 2015 – Students at Pittsburgh Arsenal Middle School will get to see more books on the shelves of their library, thanks to book and monetary donations from the employees of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney. On Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. a group of Buchanan volunteers will deliver hundreds of books donated through the firm’s Pittsburgh office during the month of October.

Arsenal’s school library has been closed for many years. Over the past year, the United Way, with the help of many volunteers, rebuilt and revamped the school library into a wonderful place for students to visit, read and learn.

“There’s nothing more inspiring than watching a child’s love of reading and passion for knowledge grow. As a firm, we’ve always been devoted to serving the neighborhoods and communities that we live and work in – this program is a great way to demonstrate our commitment,” said Buchanan’s CEO, Managing Director and Chairman of the Board Jack Barbour. “The United Way has provided us with a unique opportunity to engage our employees while helping the community as a leader in their Adopt-a-School pilot program.”

Barbour serves as the chairman of the board of directors and executive committee member of the United Way of Allegheny County.

In partnership with United Way of Allegheny County and Pittsburgh Arsenal 6-8, Buchanan has been providing opportunities for employees to support the Arsenal school community, children and their parents through the United Way’s Adopt-a-School initiative. Throughout the year, Buchanan employees volunteer and provide resources to help strengthen Pittsburgh Arsenal – a small neighborhood school that provides all of the educational resources and opportunities of a comprehensive middle school in Pittsburgh's Lawrenceville community. The volunteer opportunities focus in three key areas: literacy, mentoring, and career exploration and exposure.

By participating, Buchanan hopes not only to enrich the culture at Arsenal, but to set an example to other companies – encouraging participation to grow the Adopt-A-School initiative and make an even bigger impact in Allegheny County.

“Companies have a great opportunity to help build strong communities, while giving their employees meaningful volunteer opportunities. The strength of our future workforce and our community is dependent upon successful educational outcomes for our kids. Companies like Buchanan Ingersoll Rooney, which support programs like Adopt-a-School, are critical to achieving that success,” said President and Chief Professional Officer of the United Way of Allegheny County Bob Nelkin. “By investing their resources in education, they will help pave the way for long-lasting change in each student’s life, so they can realize their full potential. It is because of their support and the support of others like them that we can give our local children and our entire community a brighter tomorrow.”

United Way’s Adopt-a-School Program is an investment in the power of education to help children build a brighter future. Adopt-a-School links local businesses with ongoing, meaningful activities that help students on the road to success. From celebrating school attendance to career day engagement, mentoring and tutoring, United Way works with businesses to customize a program that will have true impact. When caring adults support our children, they get better grades, have better attendance, are more engaged with their education and, in Pittsburgh, and are more likely to be eligible for the Pittsburgh Promise, giving them scholarship opportunities for college.

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