Donate GOODS

The very best way you can donate goods is through our partner, American Thrift Center, based in West Mifflin, Pa., and serving the Pittsburgh region. Click here to find out what goods American Thrift Center can accept and where drop boxes are located in the Pittsburgh region.

From time to time we need furniture, recent-model office equipment (including computers) and software. We’d be happy to consider offers.

Why we don’t accept wheelchairs–usually
Our headquarters building in Sharpsburg, Pa., has plenty of space for many things, but not the many offers of equipment, including wheelchairs, that we receive. Also, there is the matter of transportation, particularly if pickup and later delivery is some distance from our building.

But we can list them in our bi-monthly newsletter. If you are donating them, we can list your donated items at no charge. By placing a photo of the item with your contact information, potential donors can get a better idea of what is being offered and how far they (or you!) might have to go to get it. We will place the listing free if it is a donation.

If you wish to charge for the item(s), our ad rates are quite reasonable. Click here and scroll down to find recent copies of our newsletter, The Parascope, with the ad rates listed within.


americanthriftboxIn the Pittsburgh region, you may donate household goods to benefit the services of the Keystone Paralyzed Veterans of America.

American Thrift Center will accept your donations at its store, will pick up your larger items, or you can visit its retail store. American Thrift Center is located at 1806 Homeville Road, West Mifflin, PA 15122 in the Village Shopping Center. If you wish to have larger items picked up, please call 412-469-9663 or 412-469-9665.

If you wish to drop off smaller items, you can use one of 78 donation boxes in the Pittsburgh region. A complete list can be obtained from the Keystone PVA office (800-775-9323 or 412-781-2474) or you can click here.

A percentage of the proceeds of each sale is donated to the Keystone PVA. American Thrift Center is open to the public and welcomes your business!

American Thrift Center will not accept:

  • Extremely heavy items
  • Building materials
  • China closets, unless they are small and light
  • Console televisions or stereos
  • Desks, unless they are small and light
  • Dishwashers
  • Dryers
  • Encyclopedias
  • Hospital beds
  • Organs
  • Pianos
  • Pool tables
  • Refrigerators
  • Stoves
  • Sleeper sofas
  • Washers
  • Water beds

American Thrift Center will accept mattresses and small furniture, such as living room chairs and end tables.

Some additional information

To operate as a legitimate nonprofit charitable organization, Keystone PVA must meet the standards of our parent organization, the Paralyzed Veterans of America, which requires an annual audit conducted by an independent third party. Keystone PVA must report its finances annually to the U. S. Internal Revenue Service, which must meet the standards of the IRS Code Section 501(C)(3). Keystone PVA files a Form 990 annually with the IRS. Keystone PVA is also registered with the Bureau of Charitable Organizations in the Department of State of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and reports annually and pays a registration fee to that agency.

In considering charities and other nonprofits, you might wish to check out, which has information, including the most recently-filed IRS Forms 990, on nearly two million nonprofits. Also consider the web site of the Better Business Bureau.

It is our policy to follow up any donation with a written acknowledgement for your tax records. Your donation is tax-deductible for federal tax purposes if you itemize your donations. Depending on the state in which you file your state income tax and the method by which you file, your donation may be tax-deductible for state tax purposes.

How much do we appreciate your generosity?
We appreciate every dime, and it doesn’t really take that much to serve Pennsylvania’s paralyzed veterans. If only one out of every 120 Pennsylvanians donated $3 each year, we could get the job done!

But the best type of generosity is the unsolicited type. Fundraising is very expensive! The costs of fundraising are greatly misunderstood. It’s not unusual for active fundraising to cost a very large percentage of the money raised. At the same time, a charity has to reach out, and outreach–calling by phone, sending mail, even organizing drives through social media–isn’t even close to free. It’s good to have volunteers, but fundraising is a skilled job, and training costs money, too.

The next Membership Meeting: Saturday, 14 October 2017

Tom Strang says to Bull Baylor, “Membership Meetings are great for finding out what’s up with our veterans’ benefits.”

The next Membership Meeting will be on Saturday, 14 October 2017. The primary meeting site will be the Heinz Campus of the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System’s Heinz Campus (a.k.a. the “Aspinwall VA”), 1010 Delafield Road, Pittsburgh PA 15215.  Joining by conference phone will be the Erie VA Medical Center, 135 E. 38th Street, Erie, PA 16504, and the Lebanon VAMC, 1700 Lincoln Avenue, Lebanon PA 17042. ALWAYS CALL THE OFFICE to say if you will attend! If you don’t and find yourself at a place without a meeting, that will be your problem! If we run out of food, the same.  Lunch will be served at all locations at 12 noon and the meeting will start at 12:45 p.m.

Are you interested in joining the meeting from another site in Pennsylvania such as Wilkes-Barre or Coatesville? We can discuss the possibilities! Call the chapter office (800-775-9323 or 412-781-2474) and ask for Joe Dornbrock.

We’ve updated the chapter calendar through 2017. To see it and/or print it in portable document file format, click here.

Next big events for members and guests

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 22, 23 and 24 September 2017
Contact chapter for registration forms, 800-775-9323.  Trap: $175 includes 300 shotgun shells, 300 targets, breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday.  Pistol Shoot: $75 includes 50 rounds.  And prizes for both!
PVA circuit Trap and Pistol Shoot Clairton Sportsmen’s Club, 412 Coal Valley Road, Clairton, PA 15025
Thursday, 05 October 2017
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; dinner at 6:30 p.m.Members and one guest per member, no charge.General public: $30 per person.  Full plated dinner, door prizes, awards presentation, entertainment.  Call the office (800-775-9323) to make reservations.
Annual Awards Banquet Hampton Banquet Hall, 5416 William Flinn Highway (Pa. Route 8, 10 miles north of Pittsburgh), Gibsonia PA 15044
Saturday, 14 October 2017
Lunch at 12 noon, meeting at 12:45 p.m.
Membership Meeting Sites to be announced.
Saturday, 11 November 2017, steps off at 10:30 a.m. Pittsburgh Veterans Day Parade Other Veterans Day events will be held on 11 November and over the weekend in many communities.
Saturday, 09 December 2017
Lunch at 12 noon, meeting at 12:45 p.m.
Membership Meeting Primary site: Heinz Campus, VA Pgh Healthcare System, 1010 Delafield Road, Pittsburgh PA 15215

Next Board and Executive Committee meetings

Thursday, 24 August 2017, 11 a.m. Board of Directors meeting Keystone PVA offices, Sharpsburg, Pa.
Thursday, 14 September 2017, 11 a.m. Executive Committee meeting Keystone PVA offices, Sharpsburg, Pa.
Thursday, 21 September 2017, 11 a.m. Board of Directors meeting Keystone PVA offices, Sharpsburg, Pa.
Thursday, 12 October 2017, 11 a.m. Executive Committee meeting Keystone PVA offices, Sharpsburg, Pa.
Thursday, 19 October 2017, 11 a.m. Board of Directors meeting Keystone PVA offices, Sharpsburg, Pa.


National Veterans Wheelchair Games 2018


Keystone Paralyzed Veterans of America  

will send its athletes to the

2018 National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Orlando, Florida

29 July through 04 August

In July 2017, 13 paralyzed veterans from the Keystone chapter earned 56 medals at the Games in Cincinnati, Ohio.

We thank the people who generously support the work of Paralyzed Veterans and who make it possible to send the athletes to the Games. The Games move from city to city each year, but Pennsylvania’s paralyzed veterans will still need your support. You can help by sponsoring a wheelchair athlete.

This project will cost over $35,000–a huge chunk of our chapter’s modest budget.

Keystone PVA Executive Director Joe Dornbrock,
412-781-2474 or 800-775-9323,
Send an athlete with your sponsorship!

If you find an error or omission, we would appreciate a call. Phone the Keystone PVA office at 412-781-2474 or 800-775-9323.



Get your annual Social Security statement online

Your annual Social Security statement can be obtained online by going to It requires setting up an account, but you can get your most recent copy and it saves trees and postage.

Keystone PVA thanks our friend Regis Bodnar at the Pittsburgh office of the Internal Revenue Service for this helpful information.

15th annual Team Bass Tournament–2018

Photo by Agnes Strang

15th annual Team Bass Tournament hits the water in June 2018 

The Paralyzed Veterans of America–Keystone Chapter, with its partner, the Greene County Bassmasters, will tentatively hold its 15th annual Team Bass Tournament on Sunday, 17 June at the usual place, the boat ramp/marina of the American Legion Post 940 in West Brownsville, Pa.

A copy of the registration/rules/release form, which has all of the details, will be available in the May-June 2018 issue of the chapter newsletter, the Parascope.  And we can mail one to you if you just call the office and request to be put on the mailing list.


Annual Awards Banquet

Next Annual Awards Banquet set for Thursday, 05 October 2017

Our next Annual Awards Banquet will be on Thursday, 05 October 2017 at the Hampton Banquet Center, 5416 William Flinn Highway (Pa. Route 8), Gibsonia PA 15044.  As usual, we’ll start with registration and hors d’oeuvres at 5:30 p.m. The dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m., and we’ll get the awards program underway around 8 p.m.

The Banquet is open to the public. Members attend at no cost–we return your check when you register. Nonmembers can attend for a nominal $30.00, which only covers the cost of the banquet (it is not a charitable donation).

Reserve your seats early–call the office at 412-781-2474. Our menu choices will be announced later, but we will always make special arrangements for special diets.

Whether you are a Keystone PVA member or a welcome guest, we will have a registration form for you; these links will have the correct forms by late August.

Click here for a Keystone PVA member registration form.

Click here for a guest registration form.




22nd Annual Keystone PVA Monday, July 16, 2012

●   Kennywood Park

●  4800 Kennywood Blvd. West Mifflin, PA 15122

●  Pavilion to be announced  ●  11a.m. to 10 p.m.

Meal will be served at 4 p.m. and usually wraps up before 6 p.m.

You may need to send two checks:
You must send one check for the cost of the meal–$12.00 per person attending. If you show up—we’ll give you your check back when you register at Pavilion #3! Make your check out to “Keystone PVA.”

You may need to send a second check to cover admission tickets if you do not qualify for free tickets.  Also make this check out to “Keystone PVA.”

We will offer two types of tickets:
Funday Pass — $23.00 per person
Senior Funday Pass (age 55 and over) — $16.99 per person

 If you have any problem being admitted, go to the office to the right of the entry. Ask them to phone a Keystone PVA picnic organizer.

Qualifications for free tickets:
Regular voting member in good standing: You are entitled to receive a free Funday or Senior Funday Pass for yourself, your spouse or attendant, and all school-age children and grandchildren.  If you bring any other guests, you must pay for tickets at the prices shown above.
Associate members: You are entitled to receive a free Funday or Senior Funday pass for yourself and for your spouse or attendant.  If you bring any other guests, you must pay for tickets at the prices shown above.
Volunteers: If you have 12 or more hours of documented volunteer time between October 1, 2008 and June 30, 2009, you are entitled to receive a free Funday or Senior Funday Pass for yourself.  If you bring any other guests, you must pay for tickets at the prices shown above.

Click here for a REGISTRATION FORM

Ticket orders, along with checks made out to “Keystone PVA,” must be received at the Keystone PVA office no later than Friday, June 26, 2009.