Community Foundation of Westmoreland County

Education & Advocacy

When Pennsylvania’s 2015-16 budget impasse was in its 267th day, community leaders , citizens, religious leaders, human services providers, and staff and board from The Community Foundation of Westmoreland County rallied in Greensburg to demand the impasse come to an end.
When Pennsylvania’s 2015-16 budget impasse was in its 267th day, community leaders , citizens, religious leaders, human services providers, and staff and board from The Community Foundation of Westmoreland County rallied in Greensburg to demand the impasse come to an end.


Fall 2020 Webinar Series:  Explore and Give Together

In the Explore and Give Together webinar series, you will learn about three important topics specifically related to Westmoreland County: promoting social justice, sustaining the environment and supporting the arts. A panel of experts will be giving an overview of the work in the county, as well as the challenges organizations are facing due to COVID-19. Although giving isn’t mandatory, there will be an opportunity for you to donate within a specified period after the webinar and have your donation matched dollar-for-dollar by the Foundation. You're encouraged to attend any or all of these interesting and timely discussions.
 

Promoting Social Justice

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. This webinar is an opportunity to learn how to consistently work to identify these social justice issues and implement viable solutions that will better our community.

Confirmed panelists include: 
Dr. Adriel Hilton, Dean of Students and Diversity Officer, Division of Student Affairs, Seton Hill University
Patrick Dowd, Executive Director, Allies for Children
Kristy Trautman, President & CEO, FISA Foundation

Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020 from 9 to 10 a.m.
REGISTER FOR THE SOCIAL JUSTICE WEBINAR 

Sustaining the Environment

Westmoreland County is filled with beautiful natural spaces. Families enjoy leisurely bicycle rides along the Westmoreland Heritage Trail. Children love splashing in the waters of Linn Run in the summer. People flock to our county year-round for hunting and fishing. Wild spaces are defining characteristics of Westmoreland County that must be preserved and protected. Learn how leaders are working to clean our waterways, protect our natural resources and develop strategies that will help preserve the majesty of our natural environment.

Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
REGISTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT WEBINAR

Supporting the Arts

The arts have the power to change society, reflect values and translate experiences. They offer free expression of the human mind and opportunities to reflect on our own lives. In Westmoreland County, we are fortunate to have a robust arts community. From the symphony and local bands to the museum and neighborhood arts centers, the arts remain as an important part of the fabric of our county. The pandemic has threatened the existence and future of many of these institutions. We invite you to learn about what it will take to sustain these organizations for years to come.

Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
REGISTER FOR THE ARTS WEBINAR

Advocacy

The Community Foundation of Westmoreland County actively promotes policies that strengthen the people and communities of Westmoreland County. CFWC works with local government and civic leaders to advocate for policies that support nonprofit organizations and the vulnerable populations they serve. Additionally, CFWC works to elevate the voice of the local nonprofit sector, bringing greater awareness to matters that impact us all.

For more information about our advocacy efforts, please call Phil Koch at 724-836-4400 or contact us via email:

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