Volunteers focus of annual edition

The volunteer spirit – from firefighters to youth sports coaches and from the arts to helping feed the needy – will be focus of this year’s Blair County Proud edition, coming in the Monday, Sept. 29, Mirror.

“Volunteers play invaluable, but often unheralded, roles in creating the social fabric of our area, so it makes sense to highlight their contributions in our second annual Blair County Proud edition,” Raymond M. Eckenrode, Mirror general manager advertising, said.

Stories in the edition will focus on examples of volunteerism in the community and some of the ways businesses make a difference through their support of volunteer efforts.

“We would never have enough space to highlight every single volunteer effort in Blair County. But we hope by focusing on some of ways people are helping, it will inspire others to get involved,” Mirror Managing Editor Neil Rudel said.

The edition will also include information from Blair County nonprofit organizations and service clubs on their volunteer efforts and how others can join in.

Nonprofit groups and service clubs are encouraged to go to bcproud.altoonamirror.com or click on the Quick Link on the left side of altoonamirror.com to be directed to the survey for submitting the information. The deadline is Sept. 12. Those responding also can submit photos by emailing them to bcproud@altoona

mirror.com. Please include caption information in the email.

“Blair County Proud exemplifies the spirit of commerce and volunteerism within our business community. We have had a tremendous amount of local support from countless traditional and nontraditional businesses that have advertised in this special edition,” Mirror Sales Manager Jeff Hancock said.

Anyone interested in making submissions to Blair County Proud should contact Steve Carpenter at scarpenter@altoonamirror.com or call 946-7537. People or businesses wanting to advertise in the section should contact Hancock at jhancock@altoonamirror.com or call 946-7511.