“Friends!” called a voice within the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. “I have a reading buddy here… Does anyone want to read with Mr. Andrew McCutchen?”
The young children who filled the room, however, presumably didn’t recognize the 2013 National League MVP. Perhaps it is even more telling of McCutchen’s magnetic personality, then, that the children (despite not knowing who the baseball star was) were soon flocking around his chair, listening to him read from Nick Bruel’s timeless tale, “Bad Kitty.”
McCutchen’s visit to the library was a part of #CutchWeek, the inaugural event of Project Pittsburgh, a grassroots movement started by Andrew and Maria McCutchen to encourage volunteerism in the Pittsburgh area. The library event was called “Reading Buddies,” an ongoing event at multiple branches of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh which partners children with positive adult role models to share stories or participate in activities all aimed at encouraging literacy and learning. Take a look at Cutch’s awesome time as a reading buddy:
Now, it’s called Cutch Charity Week for a reason. The library trip was on Wednesday, so by this point in the week, McCutchen had already:
– helped students prepare for job interviews by providing free suits and coaching
– served hot meals to people in need
– stopped by Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh to visit sick children
And every step of the way, he was accompanied by volunteers that he recruited. The response to his call for volunteers was so positive, that all of the volunteer positions for the week were filled in just a few days.
“[I was] wondering who was going to sign up, how many? And every day it’s been overwhelming – it’s been great.” – Andrew McCutchen
This week is just a whirlwind of giving and good deeds. At the bottom of this article, you can find a list of every charity and nonprofit that is a part of Cutch Week. Find one that speaks to you and see how you can help out. But don’t just stop there – share some of your favorite charities or volunteer opportunities in your area! Let’s all strive to keep the spirit of Cutch Week going year-round.
“Start Something Good” is not just a motto, after all.