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Grant Wish List

The grant wish list is a simple listing of any granting needs from area nonprofits that are served by the Community Foundation.  Submissions to be included are accepted at any time and will be added to the list as we receive them.  This list can be especially helpful for our donor advisors so that they can see what immediate needs there are in our community that align with their interests.  Not only is this list available to the public here on our website, but we also directly share it with our donor advisors and with local media.  Our goal is to help as many nonprofits secure the funding that they need to meet their mission and goals.

More information about each organization can be found by clicking on their name, which will link you to their website.

American Cancer Society
Requesting: $4,000

The American Cancer Society offers many programs and services to help cancer patients along their journey.  Through our Wig Coupon Program, we offer women cancer patients who are experiencing hair loss during treatment a $70 coupon towards the purchase of a new wig from our "tlc" Catalogue.  Many wigs are at or below that coupon amount making the wigs free.  Many women undergoing treatment indicate hair loss as one of the most devastating side-effects of treatment.  Wigs at a retail salon can be very costly and add to the financial burden patients face.  Additional funds for this program will help us to continue providing this valuable program to women in Western Pennsylvania.  Our requested amount would allow us to provide 57 women caner patients with a wig coupon.

wish updated 12/14/18

Animal Protectors
Requesting: Supplies for Kittens

  • KMR powdered formula
  • Purina Kitten Chow
  • Litter (unscented, dust free)
  • Kitten nursing bottles
  • Replacement nipples for bottles
  • "Miracle Nipple" nursing nipples
  • PetSmart gift cards
  • Monetary donations (to offset cost of additional vaccines and medications)
  • Cat beds (especially covered or tent style)
  • Scratching posts or pads
  • Extra soft blankets and towels
  • Toys

wish updated 4/17/19

Apollo Ridge Education Foundation
Requesting: $2,000

Last school year, we partnered with IUP's ArtsPath program and hosted two art residencies to create a 15 x 50 mural that included seven 5' oval shapes to honor Apollo's past, present, and future.  IT is installed on the side of the We Miss Back When antique store that faces the Kiski River.

This year we are completing the remaining 10' of the project in a very unique way.  Our high school students are once again creating the mural backdrop, but the oval mosaic will be created by the visitors to the Apollo Senior Center.  Several high school students will work alongside the seniors for an inter-generational collaboration between the school and community.  Another unique aspect of this project is that the seniors will be recorded discussing their memories of the town while growing up.  These recordings will be heard on a device attached to the interpretive sign.

The project begins at the high school on May 6 with the painting of the mural.  The mosaic project will begin June 6.  The entire project is scheduled to be completed by July 20 to coincide with the celebration for the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing.

wish updated 4/11/19

Armstrong Center for Community Learning-Outdoor Discovery Center
Requesting: $7,000

The Armstrong Center for Community Learning (ACCL) is committed to promoting education opportunities to the residents of Armstrong County and the surrounding region.  The ACCL manages and operates the Outdoor Discovery Center (ODC), formerly known as the Crooked Creek Environmental Learning Center.  There is a tremendous need to upgrade technological capabilities at the ODC to offer programs indoors as needed to help us facilitate our philosophy of "Learn, Grow, Relax".  This is why we are requesting funding to purchase a Smart Board.  So that we can use it when educational programs or presentations will be held indoors at our facility.

ACCL staff and committee members and educational partners have been developing new programs to be delivered at or using the resources of the ODC.  These include:

1. Spring and summer programs and camps
2. Weekend Resident Programs and post secondary certifications, and
3. Partnership curriculum programs for regional educators from Pre-K through Secondary grades.

Previously, the ODC has run one summer camp, but intends to increase this and offer three summers camps beginning in summer of 2019.

The ACCL is very interested in growing the diversity of users of the ODC.  The proposed Weekend Resident Programs are designed to attract adult continuing-education learners, small corporate groups, church youth groups, and other non-traditional users of the facility.  These groups will be able to reserve the use of the ODC including bedrooms and kitchen.  While there, participants will have the opportunity to engage in programs and or participate in outdoor activities.

The Partnerships Curriculum Programs (PCPs) will engage primary, secondary, post-secondary education professionals to work with them in developing curricula which incorporate educational programs that bring the outdoors into the classroom.  PCPs will help the teachers to meet educational requirements as well as help educators move Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) programs from book-based lessons to real-world experiences wherein the lessons students go through in the classes are complimented by camps.

wish updated 12/14/18

Armstrong Community Theater
Requesting:Any Amount

Generous gifts made it possible for the Armstrong Community Theater to thrive in 2018!  ACT is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a positive outlet for cultural and artistic expression to all who wish to entertain.  There are two ways to contribute to ACT:

1. Advertising-Advertise in the Playbills for one or more of the year's productions.  Special pricing is available if you advertise in all five productions! 

2. Contributions-A tax-deductible charitable donation with various levels of recognition.  Contributors are listed in all playbills, newsletters, and on the theater's website.

wish updated 1/22/19

Armstrong County Community Action Agency
Requesting: $5,000

Transportation is the single greatest barrier to providing services to the low-income population of Armstrong County.  We are requesting money for emergency transportation to ensure that Armstrong County Community Action clients are able to get to a job, an interview, or a needed appointment when they have no means of going.  Also, on occasions, our housing department has clients that become stranded in Armstrong County and cannot afford a bus pass to return to their homes.  In addition, as a member of of the Western Pennsylvania's Continuum of Care, the Agency must abide by the mandated Coordinated Entry process for homeless clients.  As a member, whenever there are no housing units open within our County, another county within the Continuum may be able to house them.  If that is the case, then the clients must be transported to the other county's emergency housing shelter.  Transportation money is not part of the Continuum of Care funding.  This grant would be immensely useful for all Agency programs where providing transportation for clients is not an allowable expense.

This funding would allow us to provide transportation services to an average of 22 clients per month as well as 207 one way trips for low-income clients.

wish updated 12/10/18

Blessings in a Backpack
Requesting: Any Amount

Blessings in a Backpack provide food to elementary school children who may otherwise have little or no food to eat on weekends during the school year. Students receive a bag of at least 8 food items and two entrée items. These foods are kid friendly and require little to no preparation.

Currently, we are serving 244 students at West Hills Primary and Intermediate schools, Lenape Elementary School, Elderton Elementary, Shannock Valley Elementary School and Dayton Elementary.

We need $24,000 minimum to sustain our program annually.  Any amount is greatly appreciated.

wish updated 12/7/18

Borough Of Elderton
Requesting: $3,898.10

In an attempt to keep up with the ever changing technology and become as efficient as possible with a limited budget from hard working tax payer funds, Elderton Borough Police Department is looking to obtain a Panasonic rugged laptop for our police vehicle as our current laptop was purchased in 2009.  As a small municipal police department, we attempt to obtain funds to update a piece of much needed equipment at least annually.  Last year we were fortunate enough to get a donation for a new in car camera system as our other system ran off of 8MM cassette tapes.  However, the source of those funds is not available for this project; therefore we are looking for other sources and would appreciate your consideration in assisting us with this project.  A new laptop will allow the officer to become more proficient with access to newer programs and apps and promote greater efficiency and speed thus giving the officer more time to complete other much needed duties of the job.

wish updated 12/7/18

Christopher's Light
Requesting: Any Amount

Christopher's Light is a Children's Nonprofit that began in May 2018.  Within a few months, we provided for over 70 families and continue to grow daily.  Our mission is to provide for the needs of the children in our local communities.  We do so by helping families obtain clothing, educational support and other necessities needed.  We are requesting funding to help us to continue to provide for our local children, expand to offer educational workshops and obtain a building.  For more information about Christopher's Light, visit our website or our Facebook page.

wish updated 2/18/19

Downtown Kittanning Revitalization
Requesting: $40,000

We are undertaking a new project jointly with the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC).  This project involves the Conservancy, with our assistance, creating a plan for improving the "green Infrastructure" of Kittanning Borough.  WPC makes professional studies, conduct public hearings, then write a plan with proposals for specific actions to be taken.  Potential implementation projects that have been discussed include rain gardens, bioswales (landscape elements designed to concentrate or remove debris and pollution out of surface runoff water), street trees, and green parking lots.

wish updated 12/7/18

Elderton Volunteer Fire Department
Requesting: $5,000

We have several old, outdated laptops that we use for our call reports and purchasing new equipment and for on scene use that need replaced.  They were donated to us years ago already refurbished when we received them, and now only 1 our of the 5 work.  We would also like to replace a projector and screen with a big screen smart TV that we that we would use for training purposes not only for our company but to have the ability to host and open our doors for neighboring companies to hold training classes and keep up to date on the every day changing training requirements that the fire industry goes through.

wish updated 3/5/19

Feed My Sheep Pantry
Requesting: $1,000

We are requesting funding to continue providing supplies for our families.  Since our conception in October of 2016, we have grown to providing to over twenty families on a monthly basis.

wish updated 12/7/18

Ford City Public Library
Requesting: Any Amount (or items)

Our Summer Reading Program theme this year is "A Universe of Stories" and will include programming geared towards space themes, from story time crafts creating spaceships and robots to teen technology and star-gazing.  We are hoping to help children blast off into summer reading while also incorporating STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) concepts into our summer programs.  Throughout the years our summer reading program has served hundreds of children from our local area by engaging them with literacy and educational activities.

The library hopes to reach as many children as possible during our eight-week summer reading program, so that they may have a rewarding and fun-filled summer, all while exercising their imagination, creativity and experiencing hands-on learning.  Donations in any amount would be greatly appreciated, whether they be monetary or a donation of supplies, small prizes, gift cards, etc.

wish updated 2/28/19

Fostering Music
Requesting: $2,400

Fostering Music is dedicated to enriching the lives of children currently in, or adopted out of, the foster care system, by providing musical instruments and quality music instruction in conjunction with local music stores.  By partnering with local foster care agencies, we are able to identify the children in Western Pennsylvania with the greatest need.

We are requesting funding for the music instruction of two Armstrong County children for the 2019 calendar year.  Fostering Music pays $1,200 per year per child for music education.

wish updated 2/18/19

Grace Christian School
Requesting: Any Amount

Grace Christian School is a non-profit, school that follows a basic American principle of choice.  The students who attend here come for a variety of reasons.  Primarily parents/guardians choose us to have a quality education that addresses their holistic needs of the spiritual, physical, mental, social and physiological aspects of education.

Parents/guardians have found through the individual attention due to the smaller classrooms, their child improves not only in education, but their behavior improves at home and in the public arena.

Grace Christian is a ministry to the whole family.  This year school families have faced unexpected expenditures that have left them with an inability to meet tuition obligations.  Loss of employment, death of spouse, and the separation of parents.  This has created a huge burden on an already tight budget.  It affects not only the students, but also impacts the ability of the school to meet salaries of the staff.  It has a snowball effect.  Many of these affected students get lost in the public school system.  Grace Christian has been the environment where they have thrived.  Grace Christian nurtures the students so that will optimize their individual abilities.

Grace Christian does not subscribe to an entitlement mentality.  Parents are asked to work at the school to supplement tuition.  Simply stated, the resources to help families have been exhausted this year.  Resulting in some families that cannot continue to send their students to Grace Christian School.  We bear a heavy burden that these students will not be able to return.

Several students who have attended Grace Christian (in the testimony of the parents) have shown remarkable improvement.  They need us, but we need financial help to continue this ministry.



During the last five years the enrollment has doubled, necessitating securing additional equipment for the safety of our students and staying current with the educational trends of today.  Our wish list includes:

  • additional cameras for the elementary classrooms
  • intercom system between elementary and high school buildings
  • additional cameras for hallways in high school building
  • two 14 passenger school buses
  • tables for cafeteria
  • smart-boards for computer rooms
  • kindergarten classroom shelving and storage
  • magnetic chalkboards
  • I-Pads for kindergarten
  • laminating machine
  • office chairs
  • funding for guest speakers, artists and general assemblies

wish updated 3/22/19

ICW Vocational Services, Inc.
Requesting: $1,995

Our mission is to provide vocation training and employment services to people with disabilities while maximizing the individual's potential to meet their career goals with dignity.  We are requesting funding to purchase James Stanfield's "The LifeSmart Curriculum".  This curriculum will be utilized at our "Steps to Success" Program.  This program opened in early 2017, with one individual and began offering transition services to individuals with disabilities between the ages of 18 to 28.  The program provides intensive in-class and community integrated independent living skills, as well as Vocational and Employment Skills training.  Today, in just a few years, our "Steps to Success" Program has exceeded our original outcome expectations.  We currently serve 17 individuals; five of whom are gainfully employed and four live independently in our community.  The curriculum requested is a complete LifeSmart video series that concentrates on five major categories of life skills: workforce behaviors, relationships, intimacy and abstinence, personal finances, and personal safety.  LifeSmart teaches "make or break" social skills related to social success.  The curriculum focuses on teaching what the experts consider to be the most important skills essential to becoming "LifeSmart".  LifeSmart will show our individuals with disabilities how to be socially successful with friends, coworkers, a boss, and other people with whom it's important to have a good relationship.  They will also learn how to develop realistic expectations in relationships and avoid being exploited or disappointed by people who might try to take advantage of them.  With the addition of this realistic training curriculum, we will be able to heighten the support and assistance necessary to meet an individual's goals of independent living and/or community integrated employment with dignity.

wish updated 3/22/19

Kiski Township Fire Department #1
Requesting: $700

We are seeking funding for training for our firefighters.  We would like to have 20 firefighters be trained in first aid.  We are working to certify more firefighters to the IFSAC/Pro Board Firefighter 1 level through the PA state Fire Academy.  We currently only have one firefighter with this certification level, but we're working towards having more and this is the next step in this process.  We recently finished the first step of the training which was an AHA CPR class (which we actually take every two years).

We are also working with the Armstrong County Local Emergency Planning Commission to host a Hazmat Operations class this spring to meet the annual hazmat requirement for the Firefighter 1 testing.

We hope to have five members of our fire department test for Firefighter 1 this fall and five more test next year.  Not only does all of this additional training benefit the community so we are well prepared for any situation we may be called to, but it also can help us maximize state grant funding as we are able to get more grant money with members that are certified Firefighter 1.

wish updated 1/28/19

Kittanning Public Library
Requesting: various amounts

Funding requests our for children's programs:

  • Preschool Story Hour for craft material and books $300
  • Summer Reading Program: $500 by May 1 for supplies, books, incentives, and presentations
  • $300 to replace two tablets in the children's section
  • $500 to promote the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program to extend our outreach in the community

wish updated 12/18/18

Kittanning Salvation Army
Requesting: Any Amount

1. Utility assistance
2. Rent assistance
3. Youth programming
4. Bridging the Gap, At risk teenage intervention program that's been running for 7 years
5. Literacy for children
6. Emergency food pantry
7. Monthly community meal
8. Sponsors to send children to overnight camp
9. Pathway of Hope, one on one intensive casework for parents with children under 18 years old

1. Computer lab to help teens and adults ($5,000)
2. Hygiene, diaper and cleaning pantry for people who can't afford those items. 
3. Update sound equipment and multimedia for church and the ability to teach children and adults ($22,000)

Our vision for the community is to lower the walls that we all face day after day to better each other with an overall community support network.  Not just us.  To make real change, it takes a collected effort.

wish updated 12/7/18

Life Choices
Requesting: Various Amounts

Life Choices is a non-profit organization that began as a pregnancy crisis hotline in 1984.  Today, there are 3 avenues of the organization, all providing FREE services to the community:

1.      My Choice Medical Clinic - INTERVENTION - Four clinics in four counties: Armstrong, Butler, Indiana, and Westmoreland. Each clinic provides pregnancy testing & verification (via ultrasound), STD/STI testing & treatment, parenting education, sexual risk avoidance education, post-abortion recovery programs, physical resources (diapers, wipes, etc.), and more!  

2.      My Choice Education - PREVENTION - A sexual risk avoidance curriculum including character development and healthy relationships is presented in public and private schools in grades 4-12 (age appropriate of course).  This same curriculum has been adjusted to suit an adult audience and is presented in the Butler & Armstrong County prisons.

3.      The Inn, a Maternity Home - RESTORATION - Providing housing for women who are pregnant and at-risk of homelessness.  This includes individualized programming geared toward the goal of community-based self-sufficiency.


In order to provide proper and professional care to clients, My Choice Medical Clinic is in need of a few items.  The above cost would take care of all of the following needs.  However, if you are able to offer to donate a physical item, please feel free to contact us at 724-545-2826 (ext. 201):

  • Shelving Units for Storage (3)
  • Water Cooler (2)
  • iPads (2)
  • Paper Shredder
  • Desk


Do you believe in the continued education of professionals?  We certainly do!  The pregnancy and sexual health field is constantly changing.  It is imperative that Life Choices stay educated, informed, and up-to-date in order to truly and compassionately help clients.  Unfortunately, the cost of that education can be quite extensive.  One of our biggest wishes is to see our staff attend a national conference together.  Each year, we have two options through our affiliates.  The above funds would cover the ticket cost for approximately HALF of the staff. 


The Inn, a Maternity Home, was gifted the installation of beautiful raised-bed gardens last year by the Leadership Butler County class of 2018.  Life Choices is requesting funds to cover the cost of plants and gardening supplies for spring of 2019.  These gardens help to teach the women in residency responsibility, nutrition, nurturing, work ethic, and so much more.  What a practical way to truly help women break the cycle of poverty and obtain self-sufficiency! 


Our education team was recently gifted a fantastic upgrade to their media system.  Because of that generous donor, updating video curriculum will be a breeze in the coming year.  And the social media content that is essential for connecting with the current culture, is leaps and bounds ahead of where it was.  In order to take these updates even further and get the maximum potential out of the new equipment, the education team’s 2019 wish is a computer upgrade. 


The current curriculum used to educate clients going through the parenting classes is antiquated and quite unrelatable to the current demographic.  It is time to update!  Can you help us equip all four clinics with new, improved curriculum?

Requesting: $13,330

The newest clinic in Greensburg is in need of new flooring.  Last year, everything that was essential to open was completed so that the work could begin.  In the first 6 months, this clinic has seen more clients than the first medical clinic saw in the first year!!  Some of the flooring in this clinic, however, is patchy and in need of repair.  While rugs are currently covering most “issues,” one of the wishes is to replace this carpet as soon as possible.

wish updated 12/18/18

Mechling-Shakley Veterans Center
Requesting: Various Items

  • regular coffee
  • tea bags
  • sugar and sweet n low packets
  • juice (apple and orange)
  • brown and white sugar
  • honey
  • Mrs. Dash seasoning, taco seasoning, season salt, chili powder, paprika, dill weed, cilantro, minced garlic in water, garlic powder
  • corn starch
  • vinegar
  • baking soda
  • mayonnaise/Miracle Whip
  • relish
  • red french dressing
  • Parmesan cheese
  • noodles: lasagna, large shells, egg, rice
  • lunch meat and cheese
  • pepperoni
  • bacon bits
  • jelly and sugar free jelly
  • instant vanilla pudding
  • sugar free pancake syrup
  • vegetable oil and sesame oil
  • saltine and Ritz crackers
  • yogurt
  • cottage cheese
  • cereal (Cheerios, Captain Crunch, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Cocoa Puffs, Trix, Fruit Loops, Life, Shredded Wheat
  • Canned Goods (green beans, mixed vegetables, tomato sauce, spaghetti sauce, diced tomatoes, tomato soup, carrots, spinach, greens, black beans, refried beans, baked beans, black olives, salad olives, chicken, salmon, banana peppers, bread and butter pickles
  • Cleaning supplies (napkins, bleach, dawn dish soap, scrub brushes, trash bags (13, 33, and 55 gallon), all purpose cleaners with bleach, freezer bags)
  • Office Supplies (printer paper, postage stamps, printer ink: Black and Color HP952 or HP952XL

Wish updated 4/17/19

Orphans of the Storm
Requesting: Any Amount

Please consider donating any of the following items:

  • Gift cards: Tractor Supply, Walmart, PetSmart
  • Clay cat litter (unscented, non-clumping)
  • Dry Purina One Adult dog food- (red bag) any flavor
  • Dry Purina Cat Chow (blue & white bag)
  • Dry Purina Kitten Chow (yellow bag)
  • Dry Purina Dog Chow (green bag)
  • Dry Cat food-any brand
  • Canned dog food (mashed/chopped, no large chunks)
  • Dog leashes (small and large)
  • Large manila envelopes
  • Postage stamps
  • Dish liquid (Ajax and Dawn preferred)
  • Replaceable white mop heads
  • 30-gallon black garbage bags, 13-gallon white garbage bags
  • Laundry detergent (high efficiency)-any brand
  • Unscented dryer sheets
  • Unscented bleach (not ultra)
  • Cat toys
  • Dog/cat shampoo (not flea & tick) 
  • Towels for drying dogs and cleaning

We are also always looking for foster homes for kittens and puppies.

*Items in bold are currently our most needed items.

wish updated 3/25/19

PitCare: Kim Parsons Library and Community Center
Requesting: $10,000

The Kim Parsons library and Community Center (KPLCC) will provide opportunities to enhance academic achievement and foster a sense of community.  The location of the KPLCC is in the heart of the lower half of Pitcairn, which is within walking distance of the 3,209 residents.

PitCare will provide a free neighborhood lending library, literacy programming, after-school tutoring, computer access, free internet, and summer reading programs to bridge the economic divide that impact our student's academic performance.  We will continue to add culturally diverse books and materials to our collection that include strong minority and female protagonists.  PitCare also plans to hold community gatherings including finance classes, community forums, and meeting space for the performing and creative arts.

PitCare has chosen furnishings and fixtures to create a secure, welcoming, and child-friendly library environment and will also offer two STEM & STEAM Maker Space Project Tables, to encourage the children of Pitcairn in Science, Engineering, Math and the Arts.

We will create and launch three new literacy programs, e.g. Toddler Time, Family Story Time, and a Book Club for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students, as well as expand our Summer Reading Program in the summer of 2019.

Initially, PitCare will also provide six computers with free internet access, staff the facility with at least one paid Library Director, support staff, and 1-2 volunteers during the hours of operation.

wish updated 4/11/19

Radioactive Events Center, Inc.
Requesting: $10,000


My name is Mark Gibson. I don’t know much about wishes, but I can tell you about dreams. When I was a kid growing up in Armstrong County, my music loving father had a record player, a microphone and two speakers.  At the age of 10, I was holding talent shows for the neighborhood in my basement.  I am now 55 years old and the president of Radioactive Events Center Inc. My family and I opened our venue in Kittanning, Pa. in 2011. It began from my then 15 year old daughter Ale Gibson saying to me. “Dad, I want to open a place for my friends go.” Using our family savings we opened Club Radioactive. 

I grew up in North Vandergrift, Pa. Parks Township. My family and friends suffered losses due to the mishandling of radioactive materials by the Babcock & Wilcox company. My grandfather died from cancer. My mother’s best friend Mrs. Sharon Woods died from cancer. My mother Janet Gibson is a breast cancer survivor. I named our venue Radioactive to remember and honor all those those lives affected by this tragedy. After hearing many stories from the kids that were coming to our club, I learned of the hardships facing the children's families. Drug addiction, alcoholism, and hopelessness. We became much more than a hang out. We became a sanctuary; giving kids a place to explore and express their creativity. Many of these kids have hidden talents that we are helping see the light. They can sing on a stage for the first time. Students are given opportunities to learn the behind the scenes of the entertainment business. Sound engineering, video technology, advertising, promotion, set design, and management. 

We are requesting funding for a live video streaming system.  With the installation of this system, we can create our own virtual television station.  The new camera equipment will allow us to broadcast professional video live over the internet on platforms like Facebook, and Youtube.  Our weekly live broadcasts will feature local musicians, bands, and singers. The staff will be made up of high school students attending the Lenape Tech Advertising Digital Tech class. Students will have the opportunity to apply what they are learning in the classroom. Students from other schools are welcome. 

So if I have a wish, my wish is to make sure young dreams do not die.

updated wish 12/10/18

Ramps of Hope
Requesting: Any Amount

Ramps of Hope is a ministry of the United Methodist Church, Indiana District, which covers Armstrong, Indiana, Jefferson and parts of Clearfield Counties.  Our mission is simply to help people with limited mobility have easy access into and out of their own homes.  We build ramps of treated lumber that are temporary but very strong and sturdy to accomplish this purpose.  We have been in existence since 2011 and have built a total of 330 ramps across the four county area since that time.

Armstrong County entered the program in 2013.  We have two teams of volunteers that build, and they have constructed over 100 ramps since entering the ministry.  The ramps are built in 4'x6' sections off site.  On the day of a build, these are trailered to the recipient's home, along with posts and railing materials and any turn sections needed, and assembled.   Assembly time varies depending on the length and difficulty of the ramp but is usually done in just a few hours.

Every year as word of our work spreads, we see an increase in the need for this service so funding is something we are constantly pursuing.  We do not charge recipients for ramps. Rather, we ask them for any donation they can manage to give.  We do on occasion get very nice donations from recipients and once in a while, someone will be able to pay for their ramp.  However, much more often, recipients have very meager income and can donate little or nothing for their ramp.  We understand this and do our best to obtain the funding so all ramps that are doable can be built.  All labor from intake through building is done by volunteers, mostly from our Methodist churches; however, we are ecumenical on this and readily accept anyone who would like to help!   We must pay for all building materials--treated lumber, (the most expensive part), screws, bolts, concrete slabs, and any other pieces a ramp might require.  As examples, some ramps need gravel or asphalt material at the ends of them.  Ramps have cost anywhere from $150 to over $2,500 with an average cost of $800-$900.  In addition, we purchase the large table saws that are needed and as many tools as we can for teams so workers don't have to bring their own.  Tools wear out and need replaced.

wish updated 12/14/18

Reagan's Journey
Requesting: $1,900

Our mission at Reagan's Journey is to make life better for children with special needs.  The road of disability is often an isolating journey filled with more questions than answers.  Contrary to popular belief, not every need is met medically when a child receives a diagnosis and most often it is also not covered by insurance.  Many families have to pay out of pocket for extra medical supplies essential for survival.  At Reagan's Journey, we never want families to have to choose between medical supplies/equipment for their child(ren) or food on the table.  We aim to remove barriers to this problem by offering a Lending Closet Program for Durable Medical Equipment and supplies.  In addition to providing for their physical needs, we also aim to provide family events as a way for parents to build relationships that will help them navigate their journey.

For any organization to be successful, it must be equipped with the right tools.  That is why we are requesting funding to purchase the following items:

1. An ipad/tablet for portable use when traveling to pick up and drop off equipment.  This will have database software on it, making our inventory easier to manage.  It will also be used to take pictures to help with promoting Reagan's Journey. ($800)

2. A printer/scanner/fax machine, which will allow us to print and organization materials for the lending closet as well as scan documents to keep them secure. ($500)

3. Database software for tracking information. ($600)

For more information about Reagan's Journey, visit our website at or our Facebook page at

wish updated 12/6/18

Royal Family Kids Camp Armstrong-2019
Requesting: $10,000

Royal Family Kids, Inc. is a Christian-based organization with a goal of creating positive, life-changing moments for children, ages 7-11, who have been victims of neglect, abuse, and abandonment and placed in the Armstrong County Foster Care program.  We are anticipating 24 campers this year.  It is our mission to sponsor a five-day summer camp in August of 2019 for children such as these where they will be treated royally for the first time in their young lives.  While in our care for that week, the children will receive encouragement and positive attention from their camp counselors.  They will be exposed to a variety of fun activities designed for positive, self-esteem building experiences.  It is our desire for them to ahve a week where they can focus on having fun and being a kid.  Our staff members are all volunteer, and because of their commitment to Royal Family Kids Camp Armstrong-2019, every dollar raised is utilized to help them understand that they have value in God's eyes.  They are important to us and that they deserve to be loved.

Royal Family Kids Camp 2019 is scheduled for the week of August 19-23.

wish updated 2/28/19

R&P Coffee Co.
Requesting: Various Amounts

R&P Coffee Co. is a non-profit start-up that is seeking to make Shannock Valley (and the surrounding areas) a better place to live, work, and play.  Overdose and suicide are ravaging rural Pennsylvania.  The state is currently 4th in the nation for overdose rates.  Armstrong County is 4th in the state.  Something needs to change. By restoring community and making place for authentic relationship to happen, we can increase social connections, improve health & economy, decrease drug & suicide rates, and more!  If there is a need in the community, we want to make a difference!

But why coffee??  Coffee shops provide the informal, neutral space, needed for authentic relationships to naturally thrive.  You're primarily there for conversation, you can become a regular, there's no real structure or time constraints to what is happening... A local coffee shop becomes the living room of the community as authentic relationships begin, grow, and thrive.  By having open hours in the evening, R&P will provide a safe place for youth and families to connect and enjoy the past-time of actual neighboring.

Requesting: $9,760 for Coffee Equipment

A good coffee shop needs good coffee equipment.  This is probably the biggest hurtle (as far as cost goes) to get R&P Coffee Co. up and running.  But that cost includes it all: espresso machine (think specialty drinks), grinders, refrigerators, a water system, and even barista training!  R&P aims to serve excellence and prepare a place people are drawn to, all while serving and building community.  This can be accomplished with YOUR help.

Requesting: $7,000 for Renovations

R&P Coffee Co. has obtained a space just off of main street in Rural Valley.  Central to town and easily walkable.  Renovations have begun and excitement is beginning to build.  But there is much left to be accomplished: flooring, painting, furniture, and more.  $7,000 should give R&P what it needs for renovations and furnishings to be complete.  Can you help us restore this space and begin the mission?

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We know this is an unusual venture, but social ventures like this are making a difference all across the nation.  For more information about R&P Coffee Co. check out our website:  Follow us on Facebook & Instagram as well.  Contact info: or 814-952-7625

wish updated 12/18/18

United Way of Clarion County
Requesting: $5,000

We are requesting support for Clarion County’s Imagination Library. An official affiliate of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, this book-gifting program is available to all children living in Clarion County under the age of 5. Participants receive a high quality, age appropriate book delivered to their home each and every month until they turn 5 year old. There is absolutely no cost or obligation to the children or their families. There are over 300 children receiving books each month and over 3700 books mailed since its introduction into Clarion County. The program’s goal is to simply get more books into the hands of local children and their families while promoting early learning and literacy skills at home. United Way of Clarion County feels strongly that the benefits of Imagination Library far outweigh the cost and view this as an investment into a child’s future that is vital for our community. Clarion County’s Imagination Library is setting a child up for success, creating long-lasting relationships and safeguarding that each child has the opportunity to succeed and achieve their fullest potential.

Registration began in June of 2017. The program is ongoing with no end date planned. Children may be registered as soon as they are born or any time after and will continue to receive monthly books until the month of their 5th birthday. Children registered at birth will amass a collection of 60 books. United Way of Clarion County accepts registrations on a rolling basis. Parents may register children at any of the local public libraries or at select community events. Cost: Currently, it costs $25 to serve each child per year. Imagination Library books and postage average $2.50 each. For 2019, we estimate serving 400 children. Total cost of the program, exclusive of administration which is absorbed by United Way of Clarion County, will be $10,000.

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)
Requesting: Any Amount

The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States is a leading provider of services for America's veterans, military service member and their families.  The VFW Foundation is the official 501 (c)(3) charity of the VFW and exists solely to raise awareness and support for the VFW's programs and services.

Founded in 1899, the VFW has an impeccable track record of providing America's Veterans with vital support programs.  Our many services are available to all veterans, military members and their families 100 percent free-of-charge with absolutely no VFW affiliation required.

The VFW's programs and services include:

  • Financial assistance in the form of emergency grants to veterans and military families.
  • Scholarships for veterans who have exhausted their G.I. Bill education benefits.
  • Assistance with filing disability, education and housing claims with the US Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • Competitive youth scholarship programs that promote democracy and patriotism.

The VFW Foundation also grants $500,000 annually to nonprofits with programs that support veterans and community service projects across the country.

*Based in Kansas City, MO.

Wish updated 1/14/19

Waypoint Youth and Community Center
Requesting: $15,000

Our mission is to be a waypoint and safe haven, helping youth find their purpose and passions while achieving their potential through empowering, nurturing, and mentoring them as they become productive members serving our community.

Waypoint serves vulnerable low-income middle and high school students in the town of West Newton, PA.  The majority of which are from low-income households, living in a single-parent or multi-generational homes where neither the father or mother are the primary caretaker.  Many of our youth have experienced the incarceration of a parent and been affected by the opioid epidemic in their homes and families.

We are requesting up to $5,000 for meals.  Volunteers, donors, staff and students all cook and serve daily meals at Waypoint.  This provides the necessary nutrition for our students' developing minds, enhancing their abilities to complete academic assignments and learn new things.  Nearly all Waypoint students are low-income and many qualify for free or reduced lunch at school.  According to our last survey, less than 10% of core students at Waypoint ate dinner outside of our center.

We are requesting up to $5,000 for after school tutoring and activities.  Staff and volunteers provide individualized general homework help and in specific subject areas to middle and high school students at Waypoint.  Many of our students come from families in which neither parent has graduated from high school, therefore Waypoint employs an incentive system to instill motivation and to teach students persistence towards a goal. Strong relationships with area schools permit parents to release their children's PowerSchool login to Waypoint to follow academic progress and intervene when needed to best support the student.

We are requesting up to $5,000 for organizational development and fundraising.  Waypoint opened its doors in June of 2018 and operated for 70 days with an all volunteer staff.  To date, we have served 110 youth over 1,400 meals and thousands more hours of activities and enrichment.  A major need of our growing organization is for Organizational Development in terns of systems and infrastructure as well as Development in terms of fundraising, outreach, and marketing to make our organization sustainable in the long-term.

Wish updated 1/14/19

Worthington West Franklin Community Library
Requesting: $2,100

Worthington West Franklin Community Library is a state-supported public library with an inventory of 17,600 books, audio books, DVDs, electronic resources, etc. serving two municipalities: Worthington Borough and West Franklin Township. All residents from these two municipalities receive a free library membership. The Library was established as a public library in 1985, thus we are working on its 33rd year.

It serves approximately 2,500 residents of these two supporting municipalities but also serves non-residents from surrounding areas. We have approximately 600 members, which includes non-resident memberships. These individual memberships include member's families, so the library actually serves many more than the membership number indicates.

As with the other public libraries in Armstrong County, all residents of our supporting municipalities who have a membership at our library also receive an AccessPA sticker, which means that they can borrow books, DVDs, etc. from any public library within Pennsylvania and they can return those materials to our library and we will return them to the lending library.

Additionally, any member can receive books from across the state via interlibrary loan from public and academic libraries. And members also have access to thousands of free electronic books and audio books via OverDrive. 

The circulation system at the W.W. F. Community Library is Follett, which is a system built for school libraries, not for public libraries. The Follett system puts our library at a disadvantage because it precludes us from simultaneously looking at the library collections at the Ford City and Kittanning public libraries. If we don't have a resource at Worthington, we cannot look at these other libraries and inform our patrons it is available at these other libraries. There are other disadvantages, thus reducing our capabilities to serve our patrons. The District Library for Armstrong, Butler, Lawrence and Mercer Counties, New Castle District Library, is also encouraging us to replace our circulation system. Only four libraries in the District still use Follett, our library being one of them.

Although Armstrong Libraries are not supported by the county, we coordinate with each other by having county meetings ( Both Ford City and Kittanning libraries use the Biblionix/Apollo circulation system, the same circulation system we are requesting for funding. With these three libraries on the same circulation systems, we will have the strength of three integrated libraries serving middle Armstrong County. Having three public libraries more closely integrated similar to a federated system located within such a short distance from each other will make middle Armstrong County more attractive to residents and businesses who might want to locate in this area.

The cost for migrating our collection to Apollo and installing the system would cost $2,100.00. The Apollo circulation/inventory system is built exclusively for public libraries. Because public libraries serve a very diverse customer/patron base, the systems require much more capabilities than an elementary or high school system such as Follett.

There is no immediate timeline, but the sooner we can invest in a new circulation system, we can be further integrated with Ford City and Kittanning libraries and better serve not only our funding municipalities but also Armstrong County. Also, the District Library can add better capabilities to the library.

Rural areas and rural students have historically had to compete with more sophisticated urban students and areas for educational resources and jobs, respectively. Large resource-rich libraries, museums, galleries, science centers, etc. help to contribute to these advantages for urban residents. Now, in addition, our rural students must compete with international students and international cities for resources and jobs.

Rural residents know the great advantages of living in a rural area: wide open natural spaces for learning and fun, clean air, a small-town friendly culture, etc. But rural areas lack the resources in all these large institutions that entice urban students to daily use these institutional resources.

One of our two taglines at Worthington West Franklin Community Library is, "Rural areas also deserve great libraries!" We believe rural areas must have great libraries so our residents have the advantages of urban areas. Also, for too long rural areas have been disparaged as backward compared to urban areas and so people have less of a desire to live in rural areas. If rural areas had great libraries, there would be a lessening of this prejudice against small town living.

Help us make it possible so these three libraries can share their resources at a finger tip by funding our circulation system. Then we three libraries will have that capability, especially since we are physically so close.

Our other tagline is: "Information, education and recreational resources for the common good."

wish updated 12/10/18

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