More than 40 area nonprofit organizations will gather in Northern Cambria next month to provide residents information about assistance they can offer for transportation, food, housing, employment, health, drug or alcohol support, education and more.
Bridging Cambria County, a group formed out of an initiative included in Johnstown’s Vision 2025, has been holding meetings encouraging local agencies to collaborate over the past several months in various locations throughout the county.
From 3 to 6 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Hope Fire Company in Northern Cambria, the group will host its first of three upcoming resource fairs, which organizers hope will be a one-stop-shop for residents to connect with the resources they need.
“These are services that benefit your local community,” said Matt Spangler, one of the event’s organizers and community relationship manager for the United Way of the Laurel Highlands.
The resource fair is a collaborative effort from the United Way, along with Pennsylvania Career Link, Goodwill Industries of the Conemaugh Valley, Johnstown Area Regional Industries and Fresh Start Soap Pantry, among others.
Participating agencies are “chomping at the bit” to help residents and event organizers are excited to allow those residents the chance to learn about the agencies that serve their area, Spangler added.
“It’s something that’s needed,” he said.
To date, the following organizations will be represented at the Feb. 1 resource fair: Free Medical Clinic (Highlands Health); Beginnings Inc., Early Intervention, Parents as Teachers and CASA; Nurse-Family Partnership, Home Nursing Agency; ACRP; The Learning Lamp; Home Instead Senior Care; Cambria County Drug Coalition/Conemaugh Hospital; Fresh Start Soap Pantry; Pride of Cambria North; Careerlink; Windber Home Health & Hospice; PA Career Link Cambria County; Alleghenies UCP; Goodwill of the Southern Alleghenies; Amber Springs and Laurel Wood Care Center; Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank; PA Link; Magellan Health; CamTran; Hastings Area Industrial Development Association; SVDP Food Pantry (Carrolltown); SCDP Thrift Store (Carrolltown); Tri-County Transportation/Health Ride; Dorothy Day Center; Indiana Regional Medical Center; Miners Medical; Mount Aloysius College; St. Francis University; Penn Highlands Community College; Office of State Rep. Tommy Sankey; Office of Vocational Rehabilitation; DuBois Vet Center; JARI; Victim Services Inc.; American Red Cross; Peerstar, LLC; Duman Lake County Park; MedStaffers; Med Van Transport and Northern Cambria Community Development Corporation.
Other resource fairs will follow in central and southern Cambria County in March and April, Spangler added.