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Arts, cultural groups in Southwestern Pa. can apply for new pandemic relief grants

In response to the ongoing impacts of the covid-19 pandemic, a group of 15 foundations and a private Pittsburgh-area donor have announced the Arts|Equity|Reimagined Fund to help regional arts and cultural organizations weather the effects of the shutdown. “The reason the Community Foundation of Westmoreland County sees these grants as really important is that it gives small arts organizations the opportunity to reimagine how they do their work,” said Phil Koch, executive director of the Pittsburgh Foundation affiliate.

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Westmoreland municipalities banding together before census

With Census Day — April 1 — approaching fast, members of the Westmoreland County Complete Count Committee  are working to reach residents. "There’s really two parts to it,” said Phil Koch, executive director of the Community Foundation of Westmoreland County. “One is to understand what resources they might need. The second piece is really to understand where in the community they see a hub of activity.”

 

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Out & About: Center celebrates half-century of serving Greensburg

A half-century of history is just the beginning for the Greensburg Garden and Civic Center, according to speakers at a 50th anniversary open house held Oct. 25 at the facility. The open house provided guests the opportunity to get up close and personal with the facility itself and with representatives of the organizations that currently keep offices there, including The Community Foundation of Westmoreland County.

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Local, state entities raising money ahead of 2020 census

Officials from Westmoreland and Allegheny counties have already established complete count committees, which are working to raise funds to aid local businesses and educational institutions. So far, the Westmoreland committee has raised $50,000 to be used for community outreach in regards to the census, said Phil Koch, executive director of the Westmoreland Community Foundation. Koch said the original $25,000 grant came from an anonymous donor and was matched by the Pittsburgh Foundation.

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Former skinhead warns of resurgent hatred in Westmoreland County visit

More than five decades after the Civil Rights Act changed U.S. law, former skinhead Arno Michaelis says, racial hatred is translating into violence in America and around the globe. “White nationalist attacks have escalated all over the world, and the death toll is growing,” Michaelis said Thursday at Saint Vincent College as part of “Not Hate-Not Here,” an event sponsored by the Westmoreland Diversity Coalition.

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