Events

Power of the Purse exceeds fundraising goal

By RICK KAZMER

United Way of the Laurel Highlands

Women United of the Laurel Highlands held its signature event earlier this month at the Pasquerilla Conference Center in Downtown Johnstown.  

Power of the Purse set a record for the fundraiser, which raises money for evidence-based programming, including early childhood development and parental engagement. Organizers hoped to raise $35,000, but the goal was surpassed, as $45,000 was raised on Oct. 7.  

Were you there? Power of the Purse 2021

Here are some photos taken from Women United of the Laurel Highlands Power of the Purse event, held Oct. 7, 2021, in Johnstown. They were taken by Kalyn Everett. Thanks to everyone who helped with the event, and to all those who attended. 

Proceeds benefit early childhood development in Cambria and Somerset Counties. The diaper drive, new to the event, brought in more than 21,800 diapers to help local families. 

 

United Way supporter leaves a lasting legacy

By RICK KAZMER
United Way of the Laurel Highlands

When Bob Zahurak watched the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday afternoons he enjoyed the games, but he also took note of something else during the broadcast. 

The Tire Hill resident took pride in seeing information about the NFL’s partnership with the United Way, because through his support of the United Way of the Laurel Highlands, he knew that he was making a difference locally.

$1.15 million fundraising goal announced

BY RICK KAZMER

United Way of the Laurel Highlands

 

There's a tribe in another part of the world that has a unique greeting. 

According to Greater Johnstown Superintendent Amy Arcurio, they don't say "hello," "what's up" or "how are you?" Instead, she said they ask, "how are your children?" 

Arcurio was the keynote speaker Wednesday at the United Way of the Laurel Highlands 2021 Campaign Kickoff Breakfast in Johnstown. As an educator, she said that she has direct experience with the United Way's impact on children in the community. 

Somerset Domino's holding fundraiser for United Way of the Laurel Highlands

9/9/21

BY RICK KAZMER

United Way of the Laurel Highlands

The Somerset Domino's Pizza shop is supporting the United Way of the Laurel Highlands as the nonprofit kicks off its 2021 Annual Campaign. 

On Wednesday, Sept. 22, a portion of proceeds earned that day will be donated to the United Way. The charitable organization will quickly put the money to work in efforts to meet basic human needs across the region. 

Details for the 2021 Campaign Kickoff Breakfast

The United Way of the Laurel Highlands will be announcing plans for the 2021 Campaign season, as well as the fundraising goal, during the Campaign Kickoff Breakfast at 8 a.m. Sept. 15 at the Pasquerilla Conference Center, located at 301 Napoleon Street in Johnstown.

The 2020 Campaign resulted in more than $859,000 in grants going to 24 Partner Agencies in Cambria and Somerset Counties.

United Way of the Laurel Highlands is starting a Diaper Bank

UPDATED: 8/23/21 -- The United Way of the Laurel Highlands is starting a diaper bank that will serve Cambria and Somerset Counties.
 
The organization has identified diapers as a need for families in the Laurel Highlands and is holding a diaper drive to help. The goal is to gather 500 packages of donated diapers by Oct. 7 to start the project. The collection kicks off on the United Way’s Day of Action, June 21.
 

Painting party fundraiser honors long-time supporter

5/19/21 - UNITED WAY OF THE LAUREL HIGHLANDS

Thanks to everyone who participated in the 1st Annual Bob Zahurak Painting Night, which benefited United Way of the Laurel Highlands Women United.

It was hosted by Steelworkers Union 2632, of which Bob was a member.

Bob was a loyal supporter of our work in Cambria and Somerset Counties. Sadly, Bob lost his battle with COVID-19, but his legacy to support us and his community will go on.

The event raised $3,000 for UWLH Women United.

Grocery stores hosting 'flower sale' for United Way

4/29/21 - RICK KAZMER  - United Way of the Laurel Highlands

Randy’s BiLo and Ideal Market locations in Johnstown and Windber are hosting a fundraiser for the United Way of the Laurel Highlands this spring. 

Customers can donate at least $1 to the United Way and sign a paper tulip badge, which will be displayed in the stores. The “flower sale” is set to start on May 1.

The funding will help us to fund crucial health and human services needs in Cambria and Somerset counties, including youth drug and alcohol prevention work in public schools.