Still need more information or would like to pay with a credit
card? Please contact Jennifer at 724-834-1260 ext. 153 or email
her at email@example.com.
Substance Abuse Helpline Now Available
Westmoreland Community Action announces that the county’s first
helpline dedicated solely to drug and alcohol issues is now
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
The Helpline is a function of the Drug Overdose Task Force,
which launched in 2013, as a community-based multi-year project
whose mission is to dramatically reduce the number of overdose
deaths in our community.In 2015, there were 126 confirmed overdose deaths in
Westmoreland County; this dramatically surpassed 2014’s rate of
87.To date, in
2016, there are 22 confirmed overdose deaths, with another 16
pending an investigation.
Now Accepting Applications for our Summer Youth Employment
In partnership with the Westmoreland-Fayette Workforce
Investment Board, we are hiring up to 20 TANF-eligible youth
ages 16-18 for our Summer Youth Employment Program. The pay is
$9.00 per hour, 32 hours per week. Employment opportunities
exist at our main office in Greensburg and at our Shop Demo
Depot facility in Mount Pleasant.
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
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
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
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.
In the Greensburg area, the American Red Cross is partnering
with Westmoreland Community Action and other community partners
to conduct free, in-home fire safety checks and install smoke
alarms at no charge. To arrange a home visit, call the American
Red Cross at 724-834-6510. Responsible adult must be present
during home visit.
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
To check if the shelter will
open on a given evening, individuals can call 2-1-1, the
Westmoreland County Crisis Line at 800-836-6010, the Welcome
Home Shelter at 724-838-9133 or the Union Mission at
724-539-3550. The cold weather shelter is funded through United
Way’s emergency needs budget.To check if the shelter will
open on a given evening, individuals can call 2-1-1, our Crisis
Hotline at 800-836-6010, the Welcome Home Shelter at
724-838-9133 or the Union Mission at 724-539-3550.
FREE E-books for Every Family!
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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.
A special Thank You goes out to our guest, Jonathan Edison,
"Success Strategist", who motivated us all to reach our highest
potential. Jonathan's journey emphasizes that the human spirit
has an infinite ability to grow and can never be limited by
We were also honored to present awards to some very deserving
people and businesses that have made a difference to our agency
and to the larger community: Terri Yurcisin, Special Service
Award; Eugene Dickert, Volunteer Award; Elliott Group, Community
Partner Award; and Rudy Horwatt, Staff Person Award.
Thank you to everyone who celebrated our milestone with us!
September was National Recovery Month
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.
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
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.
Pam Ghrist is a former Head Start parent and her two grown
children once attended our Head Start program.Thank you to the residents and staff at Greensburg Senior
M3 Students Complete Class
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.
We are currently hiring part-time Crisis Workers and Residential
Click here to see more detailed job descriptions.
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
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
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.
Congratulations, as well, to Pamela Fisher, winner of the
Self-Sufficiency Award! Pam was formerly enrolled in our Circles
Initiative in 2012 and after graduating from this program had
the desire and ability to co-facilitate the next Getting Ahead
class and did so. She developed a plan for herself, overcame
several obstacles and is now able to provide a stable life for
herself and her three children. Pam is now giving back to the
community that helped her.
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"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
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.
Shaima Hassan Meligy is the Acting Director of ETP Woodworking
and Furniture, a technical and vocational educational training
partnership with the Egyptian Ministry of Education focused on
workforce development and raising the skill levels of blue
collar workers, including women. Shaima is looking for new
and innovative ideas on opening doors for women economically.
She is currently at PA Women Work.
Sara Khalil is an undergraduate in the University of
Pittsburgh's Urban Studies program and has been interning at
PCSI since August.
Our CEO, Tay Waltenbaugh, took all three women on a tour of
Westmoreland County to show them the Neighborhood Revitalization
projects we have in progress, as well as our social enterprise
Shop Demo Depot.
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.
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
With this three-year grant, Shop Demo Depot will create 27
full-time positions for low-income individuals, thus expanding
their retail operation as well as the deconstruction side of
Expanding SDD contributes to the revitalization of our service
area by removing residential and commercial properties through
eco-responsible deconstruction services as opposed to the more
traditional demolition approach. It improves employment rates by
hiring community members including single mothers, noncustodial
parents, ex-offenders, and other low-income persons as defined
by federal poverty guidelines. It also diverts nearly 100 tons
of salvageable construction materials and building supplies from
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
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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,
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