Westmoreland Community Action
724-834-1260
800-816-0022
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 RecertificationPano

 

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.

For more information about the Standards for Excellence® Program, please visit http://www.pano.org/Standards-For-Excellence/

 

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

M3 participants

 

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.

Mothers Making More (M3) is an initiative that helps single mothers go to school to prepare for a new career that pays them a family sustaining wage. Women who work at least part-time and have at least one child under the age of 18 living at home who earn below $25,000 are eligible to participate. Several support services, such as assistance with child care and transportation, are available to help participants overcome barriers. The program is a collaborative effort with Westmoreland Community Action, Excela Health, United Way of Westmoreland County, UPS, St. Anne Home, the Greensburg YMCA, YWCA of Westmoreland, Valley Points YMCA, Blackburn Center, Seton Hill and Westmoreland Fayette Workforce Investment Board. For more information, please contact Kate Romano at 724.684.5361 x 10.

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.

family money discussion

 

2014 CAAP Self-Sufficency Award Winner, Melissa Salvio

Melissa SalvioCongratulations to Melissa Salvio, WCA’s 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

WCA’s 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.

 

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.

 

Tay Waltenbaugh Comcast Newsmakers Interview

Our Mission

Westmoreland Community Action strengthens communities and families to eliminate poverty.

Company Profile

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.

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

 

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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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