Union City Company Raises Thousands of Dollars for Area Dog Rescue | New

A Union City-based construction company’s first fundraising attempt earlier this summer for local nonprofits set a high bar for such future efforts, generating more than $12,000 for a local dog rescue organization.

The company, Construction Services of Pennsylvania, or CSI, raised $12,178 for the Canine Partners Program, a nonprofit dog rescue organization established in 2016 whose mission is to create healthy, balanced dogs for adoption. Canine Partners is located west of Lake Canadohta in Crawford County.

Kaylee Hunter, CSI employee and event organizer, said the idea for the commercial construction company to organize such an event came from a conversation among CSI employees about which of them is the best cook using a smoker.

“The idea was mentioned of having a kitchen that would benefit a local organization,” she said. “That idea changed some and expanded into what the event has become.”

What the event became was the first annual “Pause For a Cause”, a sort of picnic for all ages, with some 200 people turning up for a pork and chicken roast, games, a tournament of cornhole, basket raffle, live music, bonfire and more.

Hunter noted that Union Overdrive Group donated their services and other local businesses also contributed to the cause, including L&D Tree Service, YT Plumbing, Kerstetter Plumbing, Union City Pet Hospital, George Fox Insurance, Happi Jax , Salt Painting, Union City’s VFW post and Moose Lodge, and Meadville Plate Glass. Other local businesses and residents contributed to a raffle effort.

“We’re so lucky to have employees who are so supportive and generous, and we agreed that was something we had to do,” Hunter said. “As a company, we decided to do this every year to have the opportunity to help local nonprofits of our choice, and I hope that the event itself will grow from year to year. year,” she added. “We’ve already had several other companies wanting to get involved in fundraising in the years to come, and it’s very exciting and humbling.”

CSI is the company that was hired by the nonprofit Union City Pride to revitalize the “gateway” to downtown Union City, including removing the old restaurant and related initiatives.