Westmoreland Community Action
724-834-1260
800-816-0022
226 South Maple Avenue Greensburg, PA 15601

About Westmoreland Community Action

Families often struggle to make ends meet.  Single parents and single-income families can’t stretch their paycheck far enough to cover their children’s needs.  Low-income workers can’t always provide for their families.

Since 1980, Westmoreland Community Action (formerly Westmoreland Human Opportunities) has made Westmoreland County a better place to live by helping struggling families improve their standard of living and become more self sufficient.  Through housing services, emergency assistance, mental health programs, employment programs, child development and more – we have helped thousands of Westmoreland County’s disadvantaged residents.

We strive to educate the community and local employers to raise awareness of the plight of the lower income families in our area.  Our mission is to strengthen communities and families to eliminate poverty.  This is accomplished through information, referral, support, collaboration, networking, intervention, counseling, education, and partnerships.

Westmoreland Community Action's leadership is essential to community service agencies, churches, businesses, civic groups and local governments in Westmoreland County. We are one of 43 Community Action agencies in Pennsylvania.

Westmoreland Community Action - Formerly known as WHO

Formerly known as WHO (Westmoreland Human Opportunities), Westmoreland Community Action officially changed their name in May of 2008 to better reflect the mission of the organization. “The decision to change the agency name was recently made the Board of Directors to better align with National and State Community Action Programs,” said Tay Waltenbaugh, Chief Executive Officer.
 
Westmoreland Community Action’s new mission statement, “strengthening communities and families to eliminate poverty”, continues the agency’s dedication to assisting those in need, but also focuses on the need for communities to do more to help the less fortunate in the county.
 
Community Action has been in Westmoreland County since 1980. Westmoreland Community Action still administers social service programs to alleviate and eliminate the conditions of poverty and assist the County’s disadvantaged populations.  With more than 30 years of experience, Westmoreland Community Action has learned to meet the changing needs of children, adults and families by setting outcome-based goals and using solid case management in conjunction with supportive service programs.


Board Of Directors

President Ms. Amy Emili Westmoreland County Domestic Relations
Vice President Mr. Barry Gaetano Gaetano Insurance Services
Secretary Ms. Janice Gebicki Community Representative
Treasurer Ms. Nancy Golden TSI Titanium
Solicitor Mr. Dan Pagliari
  Ms. Erin Davis Community Representative
Westmoreland County Commissioner
R. Tyler Courtney
Kristin Malie, Proxy,
  Westmoreland County Commissioner
Ted Kopas
Carol Wentzel, Proxy
  Westmoreland County Commissioner
Charles Anderson
Matt Junker, Proxy
Senator Kim Ward Dottie Staffen, Proxy
  Mr. Scott Guldin The Guldin Group
  Congressman Tim Murphy Lou Lazzaro, Proxy
  Representative Mike Reese Jordan Frei, Proxy
  Representative Ted Harhai Mary Jo Smith, Proxy
Representative Tim Krieger Philip Remaley, Proxy
  Ms. Joyce Long Community Representative
  Ms. Charletté Dent-Reed Community Representative
  Mr. Samuel Rosenzweig Laurel Legal Services
  Ms. Rachel Marinchek Community Representative
  Mr. Scott Sistek Westmoreland County Public Works

 Administration

Tay R Waltenbaugh Chief Executive Officer 724-834-1260 ext 105
Jeff Diehl Chief Financial Officer 724-834-1260 ext 104
Karen Brinker Director of Children's Services 724-834-1260 ext 126
Jack Brown Director of Community Services 724-834-1260 ext 151
Bill Connolly Director of Community Support Programs 724-837-6339 ext 32
Stacey Sennett Director of Mental Health Programs 724-834-1260 ext 137
LaQuicha Anderson Human Resource Manager 724-834-1260 ext 101
Jennifer Kemerer Executive Assistant/Clerical Superviosr 724-834-1260 ext 153

 

Staff

PDFDownload this PDF of the Current Staff Phone Directory.

 

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History of Community Action in Westmoreland County

In 1980, Westmoreland Human Opportunities is incorporated as a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization.  The Westmoreland County Commissioners designate the agency as Westmoreland County’s Community Action Agency. Mr. Richard Hunger is appointed the interim Director. Our agency started with a few key services including Head Start, Weatherization, Homemaker Services, Manpower Employment, Youth Development and Visiting Nursing Services.

Over the next five years (1981-1985) under the leadership of Executive Director Bill Patterson, WHO expands to provide even more employment, training, and family development services.

From 1986-1988, WHO loses several major programs and the Westmoreland County Commissioners assume control of the agency, relieving the Executive Director Steve Zacks.  Interim Director Bill Josefczyk and later Executive Director Diane Marks move the agency to offices in Jeannette, PA and continue to maintain the programs.

Current Executive Director Tay Waltenbaugh is hired in 1990 to lead WHO.  In just two years, Waltenbaugh rebuilds its reputation with funders, the community, and the Commissioners.  The agency continues steady growth through the 90s, regularly expanding services and budget.

In 1995, WHO expanded and moved into offices on Westmoreland Avenue.

A successful Dialog on Poverty (a series of town forums in 1996) gave WHO an opportunity to learn the most pressing issues in local communities and triggered changes in the services offered. An overwhelming need for housing services, WHO began providing the Home Buyer Resource Center to help lower-income families acquire skills and support to become homeowners. Other changes were needed as a result of Welfare Reform.  The Supported Work program was formed to answer that need.  In 1996, the mental health programs were started as well.

Housing services continue to expand.  In 1997, WHO purchased and rehabilitated the first house in the City of Jeannette.  The agency also took control of the Next Step Supportive Housing (transitional living) to help homeless families with children.

WHO is recognized with several major awards over the next few years. WHO receives the “PNG Community Reinvestment Award” for the collaborative nature of the Housing Counseling & Money Management Center and the Neighborhood Revitalization Program in conjunction with Operation Outward Reach. WHO and Westmoreland County receive the “US Dept of Housing and Urban Development Blue Ribbon Award for Best Practices” in the Continuum of Care category for the efforts to save the Transitional Living Program (Next Steps Supportive Housing). WHO also received its largest private foundation grant: a $200,000 grant from the RK Mellon Foundation to start a Community Building in the City of Jeannette and New Kensington.

Programs, services and budget continue to expand as we transitioned to the 21st Century.  A computer network and website help WHO keep pace with technology.

In 2003, WHO hosts its 1st Annual Wine Tasting Event, one of the major fundraisers each year.  Neighborhood Revitalization expands to New Kensington along with programs in Greensburg and Jeannette.  Headstart continues to expand and receives a "Caring Act of Kindness Award" from the Caring Foundation for their commitment to enrolling eligible children in the CHIP program.

In 2005, celebrating its 25th Anniversary, WHO's programs and services continue to grow.  With Head Start celebrating 40 years, WHO develops their first year-round classroom and opens a classroom in a local school district.

The Housing Counseling & Money Management Center administers the American Dream Downpayment Initiative program (ADDI) funds for the County and becomes a Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) housing counseling agency.   Working with the City of Jeannette, WHO begins two major revitalization projects - the South 6th Street Project and Chestnut Street Project.

In 2008, WHO officially changed their name to Westmoreland Community Action to better reflect the mission of the organization.


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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, 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

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