Volunteer ChallengeThe Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley is hosting its 7th  annual Volunteer Challenge on Tuesday, May 24, from 5 to 7 p.m., at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown. The event is the organization’s largest fundraiser.

The Volunteer Challenge encourages businesses across the valley to complete community service projects for Lehigh Valley nonprofit organizations, parks and elementary schools.

All projects will be on display (and open for voting) at the event. Awards will be presented to a small, medium and large company, based on voting by the public. Online voting closes at noon May 24. Votes are $1 each and sold in increments of five, and you can vote by visiting www.volunteerlv.org.

Currently twenty-four area companies – small, medium and large – are partnering with local nonprofits to complete a sustainable volunteer project as part of the Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley’s Volunteer Challenge.

“We are thrilled to have so many companies participating in this year’s Volunteer Challenge,” said Karen Smith, vice president of programs / corporate at the Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley. “It’s a win-win-win. The company wins for its employee volunteerism and corporate citizenship, the nonprofit wins for the fulfillment of a sustainable project, and the Volunteer Center wins through proceeds generated through the Volunteer Challenge Celebration.”

Companies and nonprofit projects include:

  • Klunk & Millan worked with Gress Mountain Ranch in re-staining their animal pen and also collecting goods for their kids summer camps.
  • Lehigh Valley IronPigs are conducting a makeover at Bethlehem’s North West Little League’s field.
  • PPL is partnering with Wildlands Conservancy to maintain and improve a trail at the Conservancy’s South Mountain Preserve in Emmaus.

This year’s teams include:

  • Air Products
  • ASR Media Productions/The Peak TV
  • Barry Isett & Associates
  • Crayola
  • Dietrick Group, LLC
  • D&B
  • HMK Insurance
  • Humana
  • Kiwanis
  • Klunk & Millan Advertising
  • Lafayette Ambassador Bank
  • Lehigh Valley IronPigs
  • Lehigh Valley Phantoms
  • Lutron Electronics
  • Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A.
  • PPL
  • Provident Bank
  • Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem
  • Talen Energy
  • The Morning Call
  • UGI Utilities
  • Valley National Group
  • Working Dog Press

The challenge culminates with the Volunteer Challenge Celebration 5 to 7 p.m., May 24 at Coca-Cola Park.  There attendees can see the results of the companies’ efforts and vote for the winning company/nonprofit (one small, medium and large company).  Voting may also be completed online at www.volunteerlv.org.  Hors d’oeuvres, silent and live auctions and a cash bar will be available for $50 per person. Register at www.volunteerlv.org.

About Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley – The Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley is committed to educating, motivating and coordinating programs and services in promotion of engaging volunteers in our community. In 2015 over 20,000 volunteers were recruited to serve more than 300 agencies across the Greater Lehigh Valley, saving our community significant dollars.  Learn more at www.volunteerlv.org.