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WVIA launches ‘Look for the Helpers,’ seeks stories of caring people during coronavirus pandemic

WVIA launches ‘Look for the Helpers,’ seeks stories of caring people during coronavirus pandemic
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From a press release:

Mister Rogers once said, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’”

Inspired by the legendary television personality Fred Rogers, VIA Public Media has announced the launch of its “Look for the Helpers” initiative.

WVIA would like to highlight the stories of people and organizations in the region that are working to take care of their neighbors and communities and recognize them for their good deeds. VIA will then share their stories on-air on WVIA-FM, online at, and across VIA Public Media’s social networks.

Story submissions can be made at

“We live in an amazing and vibrant community. Our hope is that WVIA can shine a light on the good deeds that are still happening throughout the Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania region even during such a tumultuous time,” said Chris Norton, senior vice president of VIA Public Media.

This is the latest initiative launched by VIA in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Previously announced initiatives include the VIA Learn at Home weekday afternoon programming and a partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the live virtual town hall “Keystone Edition: Corona Crisis,” additional news and updates on WVIA Radio, “Nightly Storytime with VIA” on WVIA’s social channels, and opening up its online local documentary vault to the public to view anytime on-demand.

WVIA-TV can be found on over-the-air antenna on channel 44 and on all major network providers in Northeast Pennsylvania and the Central Susquehanna Valley. WVIA carries PBS Kids programming all day on its second channel, 44.2; corresponding educational resources for PBS Kids programming can also be found at

VIA Public Media in Pittston, the PBS and NPR affiliate for Northeastern Pennsylvania, educates, inspires, entertains, and fosters citizenship, diverse cultures, and perspectives to nurture community.

Hosted by VIA Radio’s Larry Vojtko, watch “Keystone Edition: Corona Crisis” in full below: