The Power to Make a Difference
THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF WESTMORELAND COUNTY responds to the ever changing needs of our county by working as a community matchmaker in the areas of grantmaking, community leadership and donor development. CFWC is committed to building better communities, now and forever.
Our country was built on the idea of achieving the American dream; democracy, civil rights, liberty, opportunity and equality. Unfortunately, not all people experience this prosperity. Women are paid less for doing the same work. Children living in poverty often attend schools with fewer resources than those in other communities. African Americans endure systems of racism and oppression that make it difficult to thrive.
Staff at The Community Foundation of Westmoreland County knew that a lack of emergency shelter beds was a significant issue, but it wasn’t until they began checking in with nonprofits and community advocates that the full scope of the problem became clear.
On March 16, the Emergency Action Fund was setup by The Pittsburgh Foundation, The Community Foundation of Westmoreland County and its regional partners to accept donations from individuals, foundations and businesses so that funds could be allocated rapidly to nonprofits on the front lines of the COVID-19 response. Learn more about the fund, the grants distributed from it and the nonprofits it helped.
FUELED BY AN ABUNDANCE OF TEAMWORK, a group of about 30 high school– and college-age students took part in a seven-week program meant to encourage next generation philanthropy. The Youth Philanthropy Internship — a partnership of The Community Foundation of Westmoreland County, The Heinz Endowments and the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies — brings together young people from across western Pennsylvania to address the most pressing issues in their communities.