Basket Party Fundraiser:

The agency held its second annual basket party fundraiser at the Richland Fire Hall in Johnstown, PA. There were plenty of baskets to raffle away and thanks to everyone who attended, volunteered or donated baskets! Special thanks to Commissioner Tom Chernisky for being the basket caller as well! The event was well attended and everyone had a great time!


First National Bank donation:

Vince Strugala, Board President, recently received a Community Spirit Award from his employer, First National Bank. As a result of this award, the bank gave him $2,000 to donate to agencies of his choice. He donated $1,000 to the Richland Community Days Event and $1,000 to our agency’s Veteran’s Backpack Project! He presented the check at last month’s Board meeting. Pictured above from left to right: Vince Strugala, Board President, Jeff Vaughn, Executive Director and Josh Yoder, Board Vice-President.


Easter Seals Office Olympics:

CAPCC staff participated in the 31st annual Easter Seals Office Olympics event on March 21, 2019. Our team raised a substantial amount of money for Easter Seals and won a pizza party for the agency as well! Congratulations to our team!

Pictured from left to right: Robin Gartrell, Joyce Eash,     Jackie Triplin and Debbie Orris


U.S. Congressman Glenn Thompson visit:

U.S. Congressman Glenn Thompson visited Johnstown earlier this month and held a  meet and greet session at the Holiday Inn downtown. David Bradley, a lobbyist from the National Community Action Foundation (NCAF) set up the event and came with Mr. Thompson. CAPCC board members, staff and community individuals all attended this meeting and had a chance to discuss community related issues in our area. Pictured below from left to right:      Christy Leiato, Early Childhood Director, Helen Robinson, Community Services Director, Jeff Vaughn, Executive Director, David Bradley, NCAF and Congressman Glenn Thompson.


WIC Coats for Kids Project:

WIC held its annual Coats for Kids shopping event at Boscov’s in Johnstown, PA on November 9/2018. Over 50 needy children were able to receive new coats, hats and/or gloves for the upcoming winter. Thanks to everyone who volunteered and/or donated to this effort!


CAPCC Celebrates 53 Years of Service

Over 100 Board members, staff and invited guests of Community Action Partnership of Cambria County gathered at the Holiday Inn in Johnstown on September 20, 2018 to mark another year of working to improve the quality of lives of low income individuals and families in Cambria County.

The Board President, Vince Strugala, hosted the event and presented years of service awards to several Board members. State Representative, Bryan Barbin and Tina Ruffing-10 years of service; Ed Cernic-15 years of service and Vicky Brezovic-20 years of service. Vince also received a 5 year award as well.

The 36th Paul Bennett Award, which is given to a Board member who goes above and beyond with their efforts was given to Barbara Penna, Outreach Coordinator for Senior Life.

The 33rd Anthony Genovese Award, was given to Matt Hoffman, coach for the Lady Dirtbags Softball Club who has done extensive volunteering with various activities in our community. His assistant coach, Stanley Carr, also attended the event.

Jeffery Vaughn, the agency’s Executive Director, presented staff awards to employees who have served the agency from 5 to 40 years overall.

5 years of service: Christy Leiato, Esperanza Bair, Randy Rokita and Manisha Benshoff.

10 years of service: Hilary Berkebile and Joyce Eash. Absent from photo: Danielle Bennett,                          Stacey Christner, Denise Murphy and Doug Sauro

15 years of service: Susan Malzi and                              Helen Robinson. Absent from photo: Susan Claycomb

20 years of service: Kathy Mangus                             Absent from photo: Kim Holdsworth

25 years of serviceRegina Harris and Barb Flowers.

Absent from photo: Marie Dumm and Diann Forsythe.

Marie Dumm (25 years) and Kim Holdsworth (20 years) received their awards a few days later.

40 years of service: Pheobe Burkett and                         Lee Ann Pribish.

Absent from photo: Marsha McDowell and Susan Sauers.

The 16th annual Dorothy G. Lewis Award, which is given to an employee who demonstrates a deep compassion and commitment in serving the needs of those less fortunate, was presented to Kathy Mangus from our Early Childhood Program.


            Representative Frank Burns-Senior Fair

State Representative Frank Burns, D-Cambria, hosted a Senior Fair for the 72nd Legislative District’s senior citizens earlier this month at the Young Peoples Community Center in Ebensburg, PA.

Burns hosts the Senior Fair as a way to provide seniors with a wealth of information about their health and well-being.

“I look forward to my Senior Fair,” Burns said. “This event is geared toward providing our senior citizens with the most    up-to-date information on all the state-related programs     pertaining to seniors.”

Those who attended were provided with information on senior services, such as the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. Burns’ staff also was in attendance to answer questions and provide direction on a host of government-related programs and services.

Local non-profit agencies were also in attendance including Community Action  Partnership of Cambria County. Pictured above are Glenna Livingston and Danett Harr from our Community Services Programs and Mike Messina,                 Drug & Alcohol Prevention Specialist.


The 11th Annual WIC Coats for Kids Motorcycle Run was held at the Nanty Glo Fire Hall on July 28, 2018. There was a spaghetti dinner, musical entertainment provided by “Ruff Tymes”, various contests, basket and cash raffles and door prizes. The money raised will help purchase coats, hats and gloves for need children in our area later this year during the winter season.


The Altoona Curve Baseball Team held a baseball clinic on July 28th in Ebensburg, PA which was sponsored by the Cambria   County Commissioners and the Cambria County Drug Coalition as well. Our Drug & Alcohol Prevention Specialist, Mike Messina, was on hand again this year to educate the kids as well as the Curve players!


Kids-A-Fair Event

CAPCC was well represented at the Kids-A-Fair Event held at the Johnstown High School Trojan Stadium in June. This was a free event for the community sponsored by the Cambria County Health and Welfare Council with lots of activities, prizes and performances for children of all ages. Representatives from our D&A Program, WIC program and Early Childhood Programs were all present to participate in the activities!

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Apryll- Early Childhood Programs


CAPCC Basket Party

Community Action Partnership of Cambria County held their first Basket Party Fundraiser in May at The Main Event in Johnstown, PA. It was a successful event that was well attended and everyone had a great time! Special thanks to Helen Robinson and Kim Holdsworth for co-leading this project! Thanks to all the corporate donors and people who donated baskets to give away. Thank you to the fundraising committee and all the volunteers that helped out during the party. Hopefully, this will be an annual event!

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Easter Seals Office Olympix:

Community Action Partnership of Cambria County participated in the 30th annual Easter Seals Office Olympix event earlier this year. Our team: Basket Cases 5/20 placed 3rd in raising the most money for Easter Seals with Robin Gartrell winning a special prize for raising the most money!

2018 Office Olympics Team

Team members were: Heidi Roberts, Jackie Triplin, Shelle Eisenhuth, Robin Gartrell            and Lori Johnson.

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This year’s theme was “The 80s” and our team definitely looked the part!


Helping Other People Everywhere (HOPE)

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Mike Messina, D&A Prevention Specialist recently conducted a 15 session anti-bullying group called “Helping Other People Everywhere” (HOPE) at the Greater Johnstown Middle School.

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Pictured are the group members with their custom T-shirts at their graduation   ceremony that was held on 12/21/17!