Columbia Gas volunteering building a playground

On Saturday, July 29, Columbia Gas, InfraSource, United Way of Washington County, Southpointe Construction and McCluskey Contracting partnered to provide much needed safety and cosmetic improvements to the LeMoyne Community Center in Washington, PA.

Volunteers worked on the following projects for the center:

  • Provided and installed new windows, replacing old, broken ones;
  • Built new stairs leading up the property’s hillside, increasing accessibility to the facility;
  • Supplied, constructed and painted six new picnic tables;
  • Painted the playground pavilion;
  • Remulched the playground;
  • Cleared brush and overgrown weeds from around the facility;
  • Added gutters to the pavilion, including downspouts and underground water drainage pipes;
  • Began construction on a new walking trail for the entire community to enjoy.

“I am so thankful for the unique equipment and skills the volunteers provided to work on these important improvements to our facility,” said LeMoyne Community Center Executive Director Joyce Ellis. “Thanks to the Columbia Gas and InfraSource employees, and all of the generous volunteers, we are also now able to complete a new walking trail for community members.”

Community leadership from across Washington County attended, giving thanks to the volunteers for their important work.  Pennsylvania State Senator Camera Bartolotta, Washington County Commissioner and United Way Board Member Harlan Shober, Washington County Commissioner and Chairman Larry Maggi, City of Washington Mayor Scott Putnam were in attendance to lend a helping hand.

“The LeMoyne Community Center is a vital part of the community,” said City of Washington Mayor Scott Putnam. “The education, arts, health and recreational opportunities provided by the LeMoyne Community Center makes a life-long, positive impact on the kids who take part in the programming. We are so thankful for the men and women who volunteered, their work will be very much recognized by the children and families who utilize the facility.”

Commissioner Shober was deeply moved by the effort. “It warms my heart to see people who work hard all week long take time away from their families on the weekend to give back to the community,” he said. “Their efforts are appreciated and noticed, and will go a long way in improving the lives of children in the Washington County community.”

“The volunteer day was a true extreme makeover, so much good work was accomplished,” said Pennsylvania State Senator Camera Bartolotta. “Columbia Gas provides the energy to warm our homes, but by completing important volunteer work, they warm our hearts.”

Columbia Gas is committed to volunteerism and giving back to the communities where we deliver natural gas. Throughout the month of June, Columbia Gas partnered with local non-profits and business partners to coordinate it’s first-ever Volunteer Blitz, a month of meaningful volunteer opportunities, aimed at making a positive impact where we work, play and live. For more information on the utility’s community investment, visit

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