OVGH Volunteer Makes Giving Back A Life-Long Mission
Don McVay has made a life out of volunteering. He started helping others back in World War II, when he climbed aboard a Navy ship, the U.S.S. Amphion, and sailed off to join the war effort.
Back in Allegheny County, he purchased his current home in Ingram in 1950 and promptly joined the St. Vincent de Paul Society through his church across the street. He volunteered there for the next 30 years, helping those in need to buy food and furniture.
Don has always valued giving back to his community. Perhaps no volunteer job gave more value to the residents of Ingram than the leadership role he took on as their two-term mayor. He also served as the president of Ingram’s Common Council. In his 20-year commitment to the borough, he served both unpaid roles happily, because he wanted to “help shape the community in a positive way.”
After his retirement from the rail road, where he successfully started and became president of their union, Don began volunteering at the place he’s been for 20 years: Ohio Valley General Hospital. It made sense for him to volunteer at his local community hospital – it’s just an 8 minute drive from the hospital to his front door and in his role as front desk greeter, he’s been able to meet and help residents from his own neighborhood, along with those from McKees Rocks, Kennedy Township, and Coraopolis.
This spring, Don was recognized for serving 11,000 hours at OVGH. At 87 years young, he credits the time he spends volunteering for his good health, saying, “I think it does me good physically and mentally to be here. I enjoy what I do…I get to kid around with people, and show off my lighthearted side.”
OVGH thanks Don for his decades of service to us, and to his community. If you’re interested in volunteering at OVGH, please go online to fill out a form, or contact our Coordinator of Community Services and Seniority at 412-777-6195.