From monetary donations to Children’s Hospital of UPMC Pittsburgh to “adopting” a family in need, Sherpa employees never miss an opportunity to give back and help those less fortunate. This year, a “Holiday Giving Tree” will serve as the beacon of this very cause.

The Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern PA (formerly known as Washington Women’s Shelter, Inc.) is an organization focused on increasing awareness Holiday Giving Tree 2015of domestic violence and its effect on the community. Employees have rallied around this cause for more than a decade by purchasing gifts and making donations to a family in need.

“We have always been very committed to giving back to the community in which we do business,” said Kevin Ogrodnik, president of Sherpa Software.

Each year, a few Sherpa employees set up a tree in the office with labels listing specific gifts ranging from toys to basic home necessities as selected by the sponsored family. Any employee can participate by taking a label (gift tag) and purchasing a gift to bring to the office. A week or two before the holidays, the unwrapped gifts are delivered to the Domestic Violence Services office.

“This time of year is especially hard for families in need,” said Ogrodnik. “Rallying behind these families not only helps them, but it unifies our company and encourages team morale. We are all proud to contribute however we can.”

To learn more about the Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern PA, go to