Is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community. We are an independent, volunteer-driven, community leading organization responsible for creating, expanding and accelerating positive social change in Cambria and Somerset Counties.
In addition to supporting essential health and human services, we engage in three social change initiatives:
Social Change Initiatives
- Early Childhood Development
- Parental Engagement
- Youth Drug & Alcohol Prevention
The United Way of the Laurel Highlands funds 24 diverse Partner Agencies that solve complex social problems and provide needed services in Cambria and Somerset Counties. Specific evidence-based programming introduced and/or expanded in Cambria and Somerset Counties to address the Social Change Initiatives are: Nurse-Family Partnership, Parents as Teachers, and Botvin LifeSkills Training. These programs are designed to:
- Preparing all children socially, emotionally and academically for kindergarten
- Increasing parental knowledge of child development and care
- Preventing substance abuse among our youth
Through our Enhanced Community Impact Model, we leverage the local leadership from our staff, board, committees, and Partner Agencies to evaluate, measure and report on the work we fund. Our annual campaign generates nearly $1.1 million that we distributed as grants to our partners. Each year, our Community Impact Panel Volunteers evaluate grant proposals from our Partner Agencies to thoughtfully invest in programs that create meaningful change and demonstrate results.