Through our Enhanced Community Impact Model, we leverage the local leadership from our staff, board, committees and 24 Partner Agencies to evaluate, measure and report on the work we fund. Our annual campaign generates nearly $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.
Specific evidence-based programming introduced and/or expanded in Cambria and Somerset Counties to address the Social Change Initiatives are; The Nurse-Family Partnership, Parents as Teachers, and Botvin LifeSkills Training.
THE IMPACT YOU HELP TO CREATE
Community investment in our work has touched the lives of more than 58,354 people in Cambria and Somerset Counties, many of them through our core work of early childhood development, parental engagement and youth drug & alcohol prevention education (7,244 children educated).
In addition to our core initiatives:
- 5,259 safe nights were provided to women and children who escaped domestic abuse.
- 4,226 people received medical care or treatment for a mental illness.
- 2,354 victims of sexual violence crimes were helped with supportive services.
- 7,244 students participated in Botvin’s drug and alcohol prevention program.
- 1,097 men, women and children avoided homelessness.
- 5,000 diapers were distributed, on average, monthly from our Diaper Bank Newtork.
- 36,245 -- the number of times families obtained food from a pantry.
EXCITING GROWTH!: New programs implemented by United Way (SNAP at the Market and the UWLH Diaper Bank) in 2022, are continuing to expand. On average, 30 people redeem SNAP benefits at the Johnstown Farmer’s Market each week, ensuring they have the buying power to purchase fresh, local produce. Nearly 5,000 diapers a month are provided to families in the United Way’s two-county footprint, helping to address the need for the 1 in 3 families who fall short by about 25 diapers each month. These programs are largely supported by grants and in-kind diaper donations.