226 South Maple Avenue Greensburg, PA 15601
Jeannette Farm Market Thursdays 3:30-7:00 pm Magee Ave Parking Lot For info, call Clyde Bittner at 724.217.6225 or 724.522.1706
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.
2014 Marks 50 Years of Community Action
Free Bridges Out of Poverty Seminars
Did you know that one-fifth of our neighbors in New Kensington, Arnold and Lower Burrell live in poverty? That's approximately 5,807 people. A-K Valley Bridges to Sustainable Communities is hosting free Bridges Out of Poverty seminars beginning Saturday, Sept. 20th. Topics will include: What causes poverty, what does poverty look like in our community and how we can engage the whole community in reducing poverty. For more info, click here.
Free Movie Screening - The Anonymous People
Westmoreland County Community College is presenting a screening of the feature film The Anonymous People. Join us on Wednesday, September 24th from 1:00-3:00 p.m. in the Founders Hall Amphitheater. THE ANONYMOUS PEOPLE is a feature documentary film about the over 23 million Americans living in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. Click here for more info.
GET IN WESTMORELAND
Check out the GET IN WESTMORELAND website at www.getinwestmoreland.org. GET IN is a project of the Westmoreland County Drug Overdose Task Force. We believe that the drug abuse epidemic in our community is a public health issue, and that information is key in combating this epidemic. We urge you to 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.
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 now in 2014.
Childcare assistants needed for A-K Valley Bridges to Sustainable Communities Getting Ahead classes
Do you have experience working with kids? A-K Valley Bridges to Sustainable Communities is looking to recruit paid assistants to help with childcare. As parents attend the Getting Ahead class, which empowers them to escape poverty, Bridges provides quality learning experiences for their children. Positions are available Monday mornings for 16 weeks beginning mid-September, and three Monday evenings a month starting September 8 (this includes dinner). All positions pay a $25 stipend per class. Contact Scott McMannis at 724.244.2351 for more info.
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.
Poker Run - Thank You
Thanks to everyone who came out to WCA's Poker Run on Saturday, July 26. It was a beautiful day to ride and a great way to raise money for a worthy cause.
M3 Mother's Day Brunch
The United Way donated laptops to single mothers participating in the M3 program during their Mother’s Day Brunch hosted by Westmoreland Community Action. Pictured below with Kate Romano, M3 Coordinator (standing) are Christine Thomas (left) and Samantha Slavik who were recognized for being the first two participants accepted into the nursing program at WCCC.
Community Action Poverty Simulation
The Alle Kiski Bridges Out of Poverty initiative recently presented a poverty simulation for community members. During this simulation, participants role-played the lives of low-income families. The Bridges initiative, located throughout Westmoreland County, educates residents on issues regarding poverty and how they can play a role in creating communities that thrive. For more info, call Kate Romano, Bridges Coordinator, at 724.684.5361 ext. 10.