The United Way of the Laurel Highlands presented grants to 23 nonprofit agencies in Cambria and Somerset counties on Wednesday during its annual meeting, held at the Living and Learning Center on the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown campus. A total of $789,900 was allocated to these agencies and three United Way-sponsored initiatives for the 2015-16 funding cycle, which runs from July 1 through June 30, 2016, according to Paula Gojmerac, community impact manager at the United Way. Mike Artim, chairman of the United Way’s board of directors, noted that the $1,075,000 raised during the United Way’s 2014 fundraising campaign (which began in September and ends on June 30) will help support many, but not all, of the area’s needs.
“United Way will always support basic human needs in the community such as food security, homelessness and strengthening the family,” he said. “We raised over $1,075,000 this year, a tremendous effort. I also know there is a tremendous need, and I pledge to find a way to leverage even more dollars for the United Way and these partner organizations.” Funding allocations were made to local organizations to support programs based on the five key target areas identified in the United Way’s Community Needs Assessment: Helping Children and Youth Succeed; Strengthening and Supporting Families; Promoting Self-Sufficiency; Supporting Vulnerable and Aging Populations; and Promoting Health and Wellness.