Outreach & Support

Stepping Stones Children's Center supports many local families every day, and we appreciate our families and communities coming together to support us as an organization.  Keep in mind that as a 501(c)3 organization, most donations are tax deductible and we will be happy to provide a receipt for that purpose. 

As an organization, we encourage our staff and children to support causes and other organizations in our local community.  We have participated in the following outreach opportunities:

Hop-A-Thon (Muscular Dystrophy)
Presents for Patients (St. Barnabas Nursing Homes)
Pennies for Patients (Leukemia/Lymphoma & Cystic Fibrosis)
Stuffed Animal Donations (Children's Hospital)
Art donations (Mars Home for Youth)
Animal Adoption Kits (Animal Friends)
Veteran's Donations
Katrina and Haiti Kits
Teddy Bear Drive (local Police Departments)
Stamp Out Hunger (USPS)
Project Bundle Up (WTAE)
Reading Program (Sunrise Assisted Living)
Clothing Drive (Butler County Children and Youth Agency)
Food Drives (North Hills Community Outreach Food Bank)
Meals on Wheels
Unexpected Acts of Kindness

There are many ways that individuals or companies can provide support to Stepping Stones:

Direct Contributions
While we always appreciate monetary donations, we realize it isn’t always easy to give financially. So we also welcome gently used toys your children have outgrown, as well as strollers, pack-and-plays, or most anything child-related. Rocking chairs are popular in our infant rooms and microwaves are a hot item in our kitchens. If you are ready to discard anything that could be of value to us, please ask your Site Director… you just might help all of us. We can coordinate pick-up of large items.

Fundraisers
We really limit the number of fundraisers we do because we do not want to overwhelm our families.  We have hosted two Craft Shows, celebrated our 30th anniversary with a 5K Race/Fun Walk Fundraiser, and we do an annual Easter Flower Sale.  We are open to new ideas, and have found that our most successful endeavors become traditions!

Recycling
In order to be more eco-friendly and to help raise money for our centers, we participate in the Abitibi Paper Recycling Program.  Look for paper recycling bins at our Extended Day Locations.  Our School-Age sites recycle on site and then bring their paper to one of the drop off bins.  We also recycle aluminum cans at our Gibsonia location (Warrendale Road next to the Pine-Richland High School).  Stop and think before tossing those pop cans into your recycling bin, and bring them here, instead, where we can recycle them AND earn some money for our center!

Time

We always appreciate our families sharing their time and talents with us. Our staff and teachers would welcome a helping hand on updates and improvements to our locations, special guest readers, or any other way that you can be a part of our programs.  While we welcome any expertise, experience has shown anybody with a determined spirit will work for us. Please ask your Site Director how you can get involved in their next project.

United Way
Stepping Stones is proud to participate in the United Way Contributor’s Choice program. This means you can guide your United Way donations directly to Stepping Stones. If you are already giving to the United Way, please consider designating “Charity # 285” when you re-enroll at next year’s campaign. If you are thinking of giving to the United Way but would like to pick your own charity, this is a way you can do both! If you are already giving to Stepping Stones through the United Way, thank you! Those contributions are greatly appreciated!