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United Way raises over $1.2 million

March 2, 2018

The United Way of the Laurel Highland raised more than $1.23 million during its 2017-18 campaign, including over $75,000 from 329 new supporters.

The annual fundraising campaign kicked off in September with a goal of $1.5 million. It included corporate and employee giving campaigns, payroll deductions, community fundraising events, private events and individual contributions.

“What an awesome show of community support this year,” said campaign chairman Jim Huerth, president and CEO of AmeriServ Trust and Financial Services. “Thanks to all who contributed to make a positive impact in the lives of many in need. Now we begin the exciting job of distributing these funds into high-quality programs and services throughout Cambria and Somerset County, through our Community Impact process.”

The campaign announcement came during Thursday’s Cambria Regional Chamber annual dinner at the Frank J. Pasquerilla Conference Center in Johnstown.

The organization also announced it has secured an additional $342,000 over the past year directly supporting its three main social change initiatives of early childhood development, parental engagement, and youth drug and alcohol prevention. Additionally, the United Way secured $1.26 million in grants for 13 organizations in Cambria and Somerset counties through collaborative grant work.

The United Way’s grant writer, Travis Hutzell, is available to help other community agencies and organizations secure federal, state and foundation funding.