Community Foundation of Westmoreland County


Explore Series: Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

By invitation

Poverty is a longstanding problem that continues to grow in the small and rural communities of Westmoreland County. In our small cities like Arnold, nearly 70 percent of households are either in poverty or are bringing in just enough income to stay above the poverty line. In towns like Millwood, 37 percent of families are living in poverty.

In "People Left Behind," a 1967 study prepared by President Lyndon Johnson's Presidential Advisory Commission on Rural Poverty, improving rural health care and being quicker to adopt technology for rural services were among its recommendations. These still hold true 50 years later.

The Community Foundation of Westmoreland County invites current fund holders to join in a candid conversation with local leaders about the county’s anti-poverty efforts including how organizations are collaborating on solutions. Dirk Matson, director of Behavioral Health and Development Services for Westmoreland County; Deborah Thackrah, founder of Greensburg nonprofit Feeding the Spirit and Tay Waltenbaugh, CEO of Westmoreland Community Action join CFWC executive director Phil Koch to discuss combating poverty and the important role human services can play in improving the quality of life of those in need.

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