226 South Maple Avenue Greensburg, PA 15601
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Help Make a Child's Christmas a Little Brighter
Every year, Westmoreland Community
Action provides Christmas gifts to families who have a difficult
time meeting the needs of their children for the Holiday Season.
Emergency Cold Weather Shelters Open November 1
Westmoreland County's cold weather
shelters in Greensburg and Latrobe will re-open their doors
Tuesday, November 1 for the 2016-2017 season.
Tay Waltenbaugh -- Comcast Newsmakers Interview
Check out Tay's latest Comcast Newsmakers interview where he talks to host Sheila Hyland about our social enterprise, Shop Demo Depot, and what they're doing to reduce the amount of re-usable materials going to landfills.
Substance Abuse Helpline Now Available
Westmoreland Community Action announces that the county’s first helpline dedicated solely to drug and alcohol issues is now available. Those with substance abuse questions or concerns can call toll-free 1-844-897-8927 from 7:00 pm to 2:00 am, seven days a week, 365 days a year for treatment referrals and/or general information on resources.
Imagine the tremendous ripple effect of weekly peer-to-peer conversations about the hope and healing of recovery. The impact on our community could be immeasurable. The Substance Abuse Helpline provides Telephone Recovery Support (TRS), an innovative peer-to-peer support service. TRS accepts and follows up with weekly telephone calls to people either in recovery, or looking to find recovery or help in some fashion. Callers are given support and encouragement as well as information about community resources, support meetings and alternative recovery pathways that may help them maintain/initiate their recovery. The Substance Abuse Helpline is and will be available for anyone interested in having someone reach out to them by phone. Our goal is to look forward to getting to know our callers and continue to support them on their chosen recovery path.
M3 Participant Graduates from Penn State
Mothers Making More (M3) and Work Ready participant, Yazmin Ray, recently graduated from Penn State New Kensington with her BA in Psychology. She plans to pursue a career in counseling and has been accepted to IUP's MA program in the fall. Congratulations, Yazmin, on this tremendous accomplishment.
M3 Participants Receive Honor
Mothers Making More (M3) participants, Yvonne Hall and Victoria Murrell, were inducted into the National Honor Society, Phi Theta Kappa. The standards for this achievement require at least 12 credits a semester and a 3.5 GPA. Both students are pursuing Associate's degrees in Human Resources at WCCC. Congratulations to these ladies for their hard work and dedication in achieving this high academic honor.
Anna Joyner, 2016 WCA Self-Sufficiency Award Winner
Anna Joyner graduated from high school in the top 5% of her class. She was admitted into the Physician’s Assistant fast track program at Seton Hill University and started in the fall of 2007. By the fall of 2010 Anna had taken full advantage of the freedom and independence of college and decided to take a leave of absence. It was then that her life began on a downhill spiral and she was hanging out with a crowd that was far from her upbringing.
Anna began to turn her life around after the birth of her son, Isaiah. She started online courses at the local community college in the fall of 2012. Nearing the end of her academic career and approaching graduation, with the encouragement of her professor, Anna attended an informative interview with Tay Waltenbaugh, Chief Executive Officer of Westmoreland Community Action, in the fall of 2013. Initially, she went in to gain an understanding of the agency’s potential employment opportunities but walked out with information on some programs that could potentially help her, including the Mothers Making More (M3) program and Next Steps Supportive Housing. Fast forward to March of 2015, when Anna received an unexpected message from Tim Phillips, Westmoreland Community Action’s Director of the Westmoreland County Drug Overdose Taskforce, about a job opportunity that she may be interested in. After contacting Tay, she applied and interviewed in April of 2015 with the understanding it was a temporary, substitute position. Much to her delight, she was hired. But by May of 2015 this opportunity turned into an even better one and Anna became a permanent employee of Westmoreland Community Action’s Head Start Program. Anna and Isaiah's father, John, were married in July of 2015 and in August they moved into a new rent to own home, none of which would have been possible if it wasn’t for Westmoreland Community Action.
Anna proudly accepted her award as Isaiah and her father cheered her on. As quoted by Anna, “If it wasn’t for the faith that Tay, Tim, and my supervisor, Lori Brooks, had in me there is no way I would be where I am today. Through my employment with Westmoreland Community Action, my family has health insurance, a steady income, and a forever home for my son and step-children. I feel like we have overcome and accomplished more than I could ever fathom. To think of where I, and we, have been as a family to where we are now is like night and day. I love my job and those I work with and I am blessed and fortunate that although my past is not the best, they looked past that and gave me the opportunity to excel and give back to my community. They gave me a second chance at life and for that I am forever grateful.”
Rep. Mike Reese Visits Head Start
The following photo was taken at a recent read aloud at our Donegal Head Start center with State Representative Mike Reese. One child wanted to dress up like Rep. Reese. The other children showed him around the classroom. They were really excited to share their flower shop with him as well!
Tay Waltenbaugh -- Comcast Newsmakers Interview
Check out Tay's latest Comcast Newsmakers interview where he talks to Tonia Caruso about the drug epidemic and what's being done to reduce the number of overdose deaths in Westmoreland County.
WCA Partners with the American Red Cross to Save Lives
show that working smoke alarms save lives and reduce injuries
and property damage due to home fires. The American Red Cross
has launched a nationwide campaign to reduce the number of
deaths, injuries and damage due to home fires by 25 percent in
the next five years.
FREE E-books for Every Family!
No catch! Absolutely FREE! Spread the word to families you know. These books can be read on any device. Visit RIF.org/50eBooks
September is National Recovery Month
There are some truly remarkable people in recovery right now and many more that have success stories to share about their fight against addiction. One such story comes from our own Tim Phillips, Director of Community Prevention Services. His story will inspire you and give hope to those who are facing this difficult life journey.
Tim was recently interviewed by Dr. Keri Kulik, assistant professor in the Dept. of Health and Physical Education at IUP. Click on the link below to hear Tim's courageous story.
The Mothers Making More (M3) program recently had a group of ladies complete the Student Success course this summer to prepare for their enrollment in college. M3 assists single mothers with barriers that may prevent them from furthering their education and earning family sustaining wages. The program is open to single mothers that work at least 20 hours per week and have an income less than $25,000. For more information, call 724-837-6339 ext. 27
Attention Mental Health Professionals
Are you ready for a challenge? Join our fast-paced crisis
facility located in the Greensburg area. This is an excellent
career opportunity for mental health professionals desiring a
flexible work schedule, positive work environment, and
opportunity for advancement.
Need a Car to Get to Work?
Check out the PA Ways to Work community partnership program. Reliable transportation is esential for working individuals and families, but the cost of purchasing or repairing a car can be a challenge, especially for those with less than perfect credit. Ways to Work is a program of Family Services of Western Pennsylvania and Westmoreland Community Action that offers a solution by providing loans at an affordable interest rate. The loan can be used to purchase a pre-owned vehicle or repair a car. For more info, check out www.pawaystowork.org or call toll free 866-965-5929, ext. 650.
Congratulations M3 Students
Four Mothers Making More (M3) students recently graduated from Westmoreland County Community College. Congratulations to (L to R): Caryn LaRue and Gretchen Snyder, Office Technology/Medical Billing graduates; Angela Williams, Associate in Arts and Trish Kijowski who graduated with a Dental Hygiene degree.
Mothers Making More a program launched in 2010 by United Way of Westmoreland County as a way to support and assist single mothers through college so that they can earn a family-sustaining income and achieve financial independence.The goal of M3 is to assist single mothers complete their college education with a network of supports in place that will assist them overcome barriers that have prevented them from completing college in the past. For more information about M3, please call 724.837.6339, ext. 27.
Click here to "GET IN" with Westmoreland. and learn about how you can GET INformed about how the drug overdose epidemic affects you and your community; GET INvolved in stopping deaths from drug abuse; and GET INvested in making a change in your community -- because it's not just someone else's problem.
Tay Waltenbaugh Comcast Newsmakers Interview
Watch as Tay talks about the Neighborhood Partnership Program in the City of Jeannette
Standards for Excellence Recertification
Westmoreland Community Action is proud to be able to continue
to display this Seal of Excellence awarded by the Pennsylvania
Association of Nonprofit Organizations. WCA was again
awarded accreditation under the Standards for Excellence®
program, which is bestowed only to the most well-managed and
responsibly governed nonprofit organizations that have
demonstrated continued compliance with 56 specific Standards
for Excellence® based on honesty, integrity, fairness,
respect, trust, responsibility, and accountability. WCA
has met, complied with, and integrated the Standards for
Excellence® into all its activities to successfully
complete this voluntary accreditation program. WCA was
first awarded this Seal of Excellence in May 2006 and was
re-accredited under the program in 2011 and 2014.
Tay Waltenbaugh Comcast Newsmakers Interview
Westmoreland Community Action strengthens communities and families to eliminate poverty.
WCA’s Board of Directors represents the interests of Community Action in Westmoreland County. The volunteer board is comprised of representatives from the public, private, and low-income sectors of our county. Under their guidance, WCA provides the many programs to help individuals and communities achieve self-sufficiency.
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
226 South Maple Avenue,
We Provide Services to Residents of Westmoreland County
At Westmoreland Community Action, we provide services to residents in towns and townships throughout Westmoreland County, PA including: Adamsburg, Alverton, Arnold, Bolivar, Claridge, Crabtree, Delmont, Derry, Donegal, East Vandergrift, Export, Greensburg, Harrison City, Herminie, Irwin, Jeannette, Kecksburg, Latrobe, Ligonier, Lower Burrell, Mammoth, Manor, Monessen, Mount Pleasant, Murrysville, New Alexandria, New Florence, New Kensington, New Stanton, North Belle Vernon, Norvelt, Scottdale, Smithton, South Greensburg, Southwest Greensburg, Stahlstown, Trafford, Vandergrift, West Newton, Youngstown, and Youngwood.
Townships in Westmoreland County include:
Allegheny Township, Bell Township, Cook Township, Derry Township, Donegal Township, East Huntingdon Township, Fairfield Township, Hempfield Township, Ligonier Township, Lower Burrell Township, Loyalhanna Township, Mount Pleasant Township, Murrysville Township, North Huntingdon Township, Penn Township, Rostraver Township, Saint Clair Township, Salem Township, Sewickley Township, South Huntingdon Township, Upper Burrell Township, Unity Township, and Washington Township