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

 

Day of Giving 2014
On Tuesday, May 6, all charitable donations made to WCA through www.WestmorelandGives.org will receive a portion of match funds. Give to WCA anytime between     6:00 am and 12:00 midnight on that day and your gift will make an even greater impact in our community!

Now enrolling participants for the upcoming Mothers Making More (M3) 8-week Economic Stability Class starting Monday, May 19. Call
724-684-5361 ext. 10

 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

Community Action Poverty Simulation

       

poverty

Find out if you can on Thursday, May 1st at the Community Action Poverty Simulation sponsored by the A-K Valley Bridges Out of Poverty. This is a unique tool to educate everyone from policy makers, to local community members about the day to day realities of life with a shortage of money and an abundance of stress. Poverty simulation participants role-play the lives of low-income families trying to care for their children or the senior citizen trying to maintain their self-sufficiency. The task is to provide food, shelter and other basic necessities during the simulation. Please join us to experience poverty from a different view. The event will be held from 7 pm 9 pm at the WCCC New Kensington Education Center. Please contact Scott McMannis at 724.244.2351 for more information on how you can take part.

2014 CAAP Self-Sufficency Award Winner, Melissa Salvio

Melissa SalvioCongratulations to Melissa Salvio, WCAs Self-Sufficiency Award Winner. On April 9th, Melissa, a former Head Start participant and current WCA employee, received the 2014 Self-Sufficiency Award from the Community Action Association of Pennsylvania. Melissa is a single mother of five who has overcome adversity to succeed and make a better life for her and her children. During her time with Head Start, Melissa credits the program with giving her children a wonderful foundation and for helping her to become a more positive parent.

 

Mothers Making More (M3) Receives CAAP Award

WCAs Mothers Making More (M3) program was recognized with the Distinguished Service Award for Innovative Program of the Year at the CAAP Conference. This award recognizes a program that is a model of innovation and excellence and contributes significantly to the quality of life of individuals served. Kate Romano, M3 Coordinator, accepted the award and spoke about how the program assists single mothers with the underlying barriers that may be preventing them from furthering their education. M3 is a strategy to increase opportunities for single mothers to earn family sustaining incomes by advancing their education in targeted careers. M3 is a partnership with the United Way of Westmoreland County, the Westmoreland-Fayette Workforce Investment Board, Westmoreland County Community College, Seton Hill University and Excela Health.

 

M3 Participant Receives Car

     

Congratulations to Samantha Slavik (pictured left), the fourth participant to receive a car through the Mothers Making More car lease program. Samantha works full-time at PA Mentor taking care of mentally challenged individuals. Samantha was recently accepted into WCCCs nursing program with a 3.0 GPA and anticipates graduating in Spring 2016. M3 Coordinator Kate Romano (pictured right) said, Im very proud of Samantha for her hard work she works full-time, goes to school full-time and has a young child. She has gone through a lot to make it where she is today. 

Mothers Making More (M3) strives to increase opportunities for single mothers to earn family sustaining incomes by advancing their education in targeted careers at little or no personal financial burden. Qualifying participants are single mothers who work at least part-time with an income less than $25,000 and have children under age 18. Informational sessions for the next upcoming M3 class will be held on Thursday, March 27 from 1-3 pm in Room 204 in Founders Hall at WCCCs Youngwood Campus. Please RSVP to Kate Romano at 724-684-5361 x 10.

Congressman Murphy Presents Check

Congressman Murphy and WCA staff

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 Services (OCS).

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 their business.

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 local landfills.

Thank You!

A very special thanks to Barb Davis and Aw Else Boutique for donating $600 towards making Christmas brighter for several WCA families. Pictured are Jennifer Kemerer, WCA Executive Assistant; Danielle Shaffer-White, Aw Else and Tay Waltenbaugh, WCA CEO.

 

Tay Waltenbaugh Comcast Newsmakers Interview

Our Mission

Westmoreland Community Action strengthens communities and families to eliminate poverty.

Company Profile

WCAs 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.

Contact Information

Telephone: 724-834-1260
Toll Free Phone: 800-816-0022

Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

FAX: 724-838-9563
TTY:
724-834-3256

226 South Maple Avenue,
Greensburg PA  15601

General Information: info@WestmorelandCA.org
Webmaster: webmaster@WestmorelandCA.org

 

CONFIDENTIALITY STATEMENT

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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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