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Serving Our Society (S.O.S.)
Designer Purse Bash
Now enrolling participants for the upcoming Mothers Making More (M3) 8-week Economic Stability Class. Call 724-837-6339 ext. 32.
WCA is currently recruiting for a Strength-Based Family Workers course, formerly known as the Family Development Course. Please call toll-free 1-866-769-1860 for information.
Westmoreland County Emergency Cold Weather Shelter Now Open
Westmoreland County opens its first cold weather shelter, giving
community members without reliable shelter or heat a place to
turn as temperatures dip into the 'teens. Open on nights 25
degrees or colder, the shelter will operate from 8 pm to 8 am at
the Welcome Home Shelter in Greensburg, which will house women
and children, and the Union Mission in Latrobe, which will
provide for men and up to two families. During
their stay, guests will have access to shelter and food. They
can also receive referrals to additional services, depending on
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Red Ribbon Celebration
Westmoreland Community Action is proud to take part in The Red Ribbon Campaign, the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation. Each year the campaign reaches millions of young people during Red Ribbon Week, October 23-October 31. This year's theme was Respect Yourself...Be Drug Free.
The National Family Partnership organized the first Nationwide Red Ribbon Campaign. Since its beginning in 1985, the Red Ribbon has touched the lives of millions of people around t...he world. In response to the murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena, angered parents and youth in communities across the country began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the killing and destruction cause by drugs in America. Today, the Red Ribbon serves as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities. Since that time, the campaign has reached millions of U.S. children and families.
Picture: (Left) Children at the Derry Hope in Life program celebrate Red Ribbon Week with a pledge to be drug free. (Right) The Westmoreland County Commissioners presented WCA's Community Prevention Services with a proclamation for Red Ribbon Week. Pictured left to right: Commissioner Tyler Courtney; Tim Phillips, Community Prevention; Comissioner Chuck Anderson and Comissioner Ted Kopas.
WCA Celebrates 35 Years
Westmoreland Community Action celebrated 35 years with a
luncheon on Wednesday, October 21 at the Ramada in Greensburg.
September was National Recovery Month
There was an awesome turnout for the National Recovery Month recognition held on September 18. Tony Marcocci, county detective and Tim Phillips, of WCA's Community Prevention took a minute to pose with Scott Caraboolad, motorcycle stunt rider and founder of Ride 4 Life.
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.
Senior Care Center Donates School Items
The residents of the Greensburg Senior Care Center had a back to school collection for the WCA Head Start program. They collected four bags of items that will be used in our centers.
Pictured from left to right in the front row are Fred Brown,
President of the Residents Council; Eric Topper, Vice President;
and Dorothy Hunter, Secretary.
Pictured from left to right in the back row are Pam
Ghrist, Director of Social Services; Sue Fox, Community Liaison;
and Karen Hayden, Head Start staff.
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, contact Melanie Firestone at 724.787.8243.
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.
New Office Hours
Westmoreland Community Action's main office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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.
Head Start Receives Grant
Head Start's Norwin center received a $3,000 grant from PNC through their Grow Up Great Program. The funds were used for classroom and kitchen supplies such as paper cutters, a laminating machine, scissors, new trucks, chairs, rugs, a puppet tree, cups, bowls, silverware and Kindles. Thank you, PNC, for your continued support of our agency!
Pictured from left to right are Alana Close (Lead Teacher), Shirley Coleman (Teacher), and Tiffini Parsons (PNC Volunteer).
Video Created for Bridges Initiative by Students
Take a minute and check out the awesome "What is Poverty?" video that Penn State New Kensington students created for the Alle-Kiski Bridges Out of Poverty initiative. Click the link to take a look. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbBRO8rhpEI
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.
Award Winners Announced
Congratulations to Tim Phillips, Director of Community
Prevention Services, on being selected as the winner of CAAP's
2015 Staff Member of the Year, Distinguished
Service Award! Some individuals go above and beyond the call of
duty by touching lives in special ways. They make the road just
a little easier for the rest of us and encourage all of us to
even greater accomplishments. Tim is surely one of those people
and very deserving of the award.
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.
WCA's Community Prevention Services Teams Up with Seton Hill
Seton Hill University Rx Prevention Awareness Program has been selected as a grant recipient by the Cardinal Health Foundation. Westmoreland Community Action’s (WCA) Community Prevention Services is collaborating with the University to help raise awareness on the campus and in the community about the growing public health issue of prescription drug abuse and misuse. Alyssa Iannamorelli-Eddy, M.A., N.C.C., Professional Counselor/Coordinator of ATOD Services and WCA’s Tim Phillips will train a team of students to produce skits from the GenerationRx toolkit for presentations at Residence Life programs and university classes, and to lead discussions as peer-to-peer educators.
Kids Love Rainbows!
All kids love rainbows and our Head Start children are no exception! These kids from our Norwin center made rainbow T-shirts during the Reading is Fundamental (RIF) activity.
First National Bank Presents Check
Thank you, Jim Frey, for stopping by our office to present us with a check for $5,000 from First National Bank for the Neighborhood Assistance Program tax credit program to enhance our social enterprise, Shop Demo Depot. We value our partners who share our vision of improving Westmoreland County communities!
Pictured from L to R: Jeff Diehl, WCA; Jim Frey, First National Bank; Tay Waltenbaugh, WCA.
Tay Waltenbaugh Comcast Newsmakers Interview
Watch as Tay talks about the Neighborhood Partnership Program in the City of Jeannette
Guests Enjoy Tour of Westmoreland County
Tay Waltenbaugh, Nermine Nabil Hafez Habib, Shaima Hassan Meligy, and Sara Khalil
A warm welcome to two fellows who are in Pittsburgh from
Egypt as part of an educational opportunity through the State
Department. Nermine Nabil Hafez Habib is an Operations Manager
and Field Researcher at Beit al Karma Consulting, one of the
largest and most well-known consulting firms in Egypt. She
has a strong interest in social entrepreneurship and is
currently at Pittsburgh Community Services, Inc. (PCSI),
the community action agency for the City of Pittsburgh.
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.
PA 2-1-1 Southwest Annual Report
PA 2-1-1 Southwest is a FREE resource and information hub that connects people with community, health and disaster services in 11 counties through a free, 24/7 confidential phone service and website. In 2013, PA 2-1-1 addressed 86,123 needs for housing assistance, utilities, tax services, material goods, food, individual/family support, financial assistance, health supportive services, legal services and employment. This was over an 83% increase from 2012 and a 120% increase since 2011. Click here for the full annual report for 2013. To access PA 2-1-1 Southwest, simply check out the website at pa211sw.org or dial 2-1-1. If you are unable to connect by dialing 2-1-1, call 1-888-553-5778.
Congressman Murphy Presents Check
To the delight of everyone involved with
Shop Demo Depot, Congressman Tim Murphy recently presented
Westmoreland Community Action with a check for $540,000 from the
Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Community
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 4:30 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