Good Neighbors

Community Comes Together to Help Hospital Workers

Uncertain paycheck situation puts workers in financial bind


Imagine living paycheck-to-paycheck, only in this case you don't know if your employer is actually going to give you one, or if they do, how much will be in it.

That's the scenario Ellwood City (PA) Medical Center employees have been facing for months as the hospital struggles to stay afloat. Since last August, workers have been getting no paychecks, bounced paychecks, delayed paychecks and split paychecks where they're paid the minimum and the hospital makes it up later.

While those workers can't necessarily count on what's in their paycheck the one thing they can count on is the community around them. The Ellwood City Ledger says area businesses have been quietly offering discounts or deferred payments to help workers -- who have stuck by the hospital -- make ends meet.

Garage owner offers free labor and auto parts store offers 10% discount to hospital workers worried about their paychecks

The effort went viral when local garage owner Mike Parisi posted on Facebook that he would donate labor to fix hospital workers cars if they paid for the parts. Parisi told the Ledger that the nearby Advance Auto Parts stepped up and said any hospital employee having work done by Mundo's would get 10% off parts.

"If they can do this, I am glad to help in some way." Mike Parisi, Mundo's Auto & Cycle Detail and Sales

The Ledger says they've been joined by Reed's Services offering 10 percent off pet and livestock feed, and Smokin' Dave's BBQ in Ellwood City, which provided pulled-pork and chicken meals last Tuesday to nearly 100 hospital workers. "God has blessed us with a good business, This has enabled us to give back and that is what we are going to do," Dave Hunter told the Ledger.

"We just want to thank them for all they've done for the community," Ann Hunter, co-owner Smokin Dave's BBQ , with husband Dave

If you want to know more about why the hospital is in such dire straits, read another Ledger article here.

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