The Bedford County Library offers services toeverybody on the Western end of Bedford County through its Bedford Borough andHyndman Borough locations. These two locations hold a host of materials forpeople of all ages, but our target programming for the United Way of BedfordCounty is through our children's and teen programs. Our children and teenprograms help to foster a love of reading and education to its participants. Wealso teach our children and teens on a range of topics throughout our programming,not limited to but including health and financial literacy. Using PAForward,and the literacy’s they encourage libraries to help with (Basic Literacy,Information Literacy, Civic and Social Literacy, Health Literacy, and FinancialLiteracy), we develop our programs to help children and teens learn to becomecaring members of society. Our story time program teaches kids how to save, howto share, how to spend, how to learn to help one another, and how to createrelationships with one another. Our new teen programming will allow forteaching local teens why helping in the community is good not only for them,but for others, as well as the basic health and financial literacy’s.
The Home Nursing Agency's mission is.... dedication to the highest quality of customer service delivered with a sense of warmth, kindness, and individual pride. Program Descriptions: The following program descriptions explain the diverse services available to the residents of Bedford County through the support of the UnitedWay of Bedford County:
HealingPatch: The Healing Patch offers the surrounding communities support and resources for grieving children and their families dealing with the death of a significant person.
The services include:
(1) Healing Patch Centers: sites inCambria and Blair Counties offering peer support to children who can benefit from and contribute to a peer support group facilitated by specially trained staff and volunteers;
(2) In-School Peer Support Groups: groups for grieving children who may have difficulty attending a Healing Patch Center; (3)"Grief Education in the Classroom:" staff and trained volunteers provide education and group discussions to high school students on the topics of grief/loss and death/dying;
(4) Community Education: offers speakers on topics related to loss, grief, death and dying; and
(5) Lending Library:contains more than 400 grief-related resources.
Allegheny Lutheran Social Ministries (ALSM) is committed to fulfilling their mission, “To serve people through a ministry of love, compassion and mercy in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ.” ALSM reaches to touch the lives of the most vulnerable among us. From young children to senior adults, ALSM provides a variety of meaningful support to help many people live better lives. ALSMChildren’s Services programs focus on children’s educational, health and nutritional needs, while providing a safe and nurturing environment. While we had always been involved in working with children and families, their ministry took a giant leap in the spring of 1978 when they became the prime contractor for the Early Childhood Development Program. This program provides childcare services in Bedford for children of low-income families. Through this program, we gained expertise in providing childcare for children and now operate GrowingYears Early Learning Centers in several locations throughout our eight county regions to families of all economic levels. In addition, beginning in 1989, we began operating programs called Kid Stop for before and after care of school age children.
The mission of the Boy Scouts of America, LaurelHighlands Council, is to prepare young people of Western Pennsylvania,Western Maryland, and parts of West Virginia to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath andScout Law. Thus, the Laurel Highlands Council helps to shape the future of youth in Bedford County through this mission. Scouts are encouraged to follow the Scout Law by being trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent. The Scout Law inherently teaches youth to increase their own capacity for caring for others, including within their families, schools, and communities. Scouts are also encouraged to follow theScout Oath: "On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law to help other people at all times, to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight."
MidPenn is a public interest law firm that provides free legal services in civil matters to low-income residents living in Bedford and 17 other PA Counties. Founded in 1969, we have successfully served thousands of low-income people facing critical legal problems. The success and growth of a community is directly related to the ability to ensure that the basic needs of its most vulnerable citizens are met. Partnering with the United Way, our legal advocacy is focused on the basic needs that affect low-income individuals, families and children, which are: safety, shelter, food and income. These are basic needs of all families and they align with the mission of the United Way of Bedford, which is “ . . . to increase organizational capacity for people to care for one another, focusing on health, education and Financial stability.” As a United Way partner we are an integral part of a community effort to improve the lives of Bedford County's most vulnerable residents, because our legal advocacy helps to keep families and individuals housed and safe, while helping them to gain access to an income stream and needed benefits such as Social Security Disability.
The American Red Cross, through its strong network of volunteers, donors and partners, is always therein times of need. All people affected by disaster across the country and around the world receive care, shelter and hope, our communities are ready and prepared for disasters, everyone in our country has access to safe, lifesaving blood and blood products, all members of our armed services and their families find support and comfort whenever needed; and in an emergency, there are always trained individuals nearby, ready to use to use their Red Cross skills to save lives. The Red Cross in Bedford County provides immediate emergency services to victims of disaster/usually single-family home fires, but not limited to floods, other natural or man-made disasters. Services are emergency food; clothing and shelter at the time of the event with casework to ensure the disaster victims are on the path tore-establishing their lives. Our volunteers are the shoulder on which a disaster victim can rest assured they are there to help them at a time when all seems so lost.
The mission of the Bedford County Regional Education Foundation is to make higher education geographically, academically, and financially accessible for individuals inBedford County and the surrounding region and to enhance the quality of life available to those individuals. Through scholarships, tuition assistance, and emergency book funding support, theFoundation is making higher education possible for residents. There is a strategic link between the United Way of Bedford County's mission and the work of the Bedford County Regional Education Foundation's emergency book funding program. TheFoundation strives to give recipients of emergency book funding and other financial support access to higher education. This education enables the students to increase quality of life for themselves and their families. Together, the Foundation and the United Way of Bedford County partner to provide emergency book funding to Bedford County Campus students and the program increases the capacity of both organizations by increasing people's ability to care for one another.
Your Safe Haven, Inc is the county's only comprehensive crime victim center. We provide services to victims of crimes such as domestic violence, sexual assault, and other serious crimes. We assist people in filing Protection From Abuse petitions (PFA's). We accompany victims throughout the court process for all crimes. We work in conjunction with Women in Need (WIN) to assist victims of sexual assault. We respond immediately to UPMC Bedford when a sexual assault occurs. We remain with the victim for the medical forensic examination and law enforcement interview. We work with Bedford County Children and Youth agency to transport parents and children to forensic interviews at the Cambria CountyChild Advocacy Center. These children are victims of sexual assault and recently also physical abuse. We accompany the parents and children throughout the entire court proceedings. We counsel victims and assist them in obtaining restitution from the perpetrators for medical and other expenses. We assist clients in relocating if necessary for their safety. Your Safe Haven, Inc responds to any victims of crime, anywhere it is needed, 24 hours a day, financial stability.
Girl Scouts of Western Pa. Girl scouting offers remarkable opportunities for girls of all ages to develop positive values, so that they can contribute to society as leaders, thinkers, and responsible citizens. Studies show that adolescents in high-quality programs are more likely to avoid risky behaviors, to have better performance in school, and to have greater social competence, than those who are not in a program, even taking account of additional factors. Girl Scouts is in a unique position to provide support to girls who need it the most. Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania positively impacts the academic, social and health status of young girls through our unique, inclusive, skill-building environment. Not only are girls’ minds challenged, but also their spirits are brightened through the encouragement of dedicated adult volunteers and social skills honed through being part of a tightly knit community. By addressing the social, cultural, and economic shifts that are rapidly impacting our local and global communities, Girl Scouts is best positioned to equip the leaders that this complex and uncertain world requires– one who values diversity, inclusion, and collaboration and is committed to improving neighborhoods, communities and the world.
Our mission at Hyndman AreaHealth Center is to promote health and wellness, to provide health care for the medically underserved and community-at-large, and to provide affordable healthcare accessible to anyone regardless of race, age, creed, color, national origin, or sexual preference.
We provide quality care for children in and around Bedford. We have won “Best of the Best”childcare award in 2014, 2015,2016, and 2017. The center strives to meet the needs of all children/ families.
Bedford County Camp Cadet was started in 1991 by the late Sgt. Art Hershey. The camp is a week long camp held in the summer at Camp Living Waters. It is modeled after theState Police Academy and is meant to teach kids respect, self-discipline, leadership and many other qualities they can hopefully use in their lifetime.It is free of charge and has been since its inception. It has graduated approximately 80 cadets a year. Any child who is between the ages of 12- 15 and either resides or goes to school in Bedford is eligible to attend.
The Learning Lamp’s mission is to engage all children in the support they need to succeed. InBedford County the Learning Lamp serves children in grades Pre-K through 12 in a variety of programs that range from preschool and summer camps to specialized emotional and behavior supports to drug/alcohol prevention and education/enrichment activities for gifted children. In all, The Learning Lamp provides direct services to 131 children in 2017. The agency manages subs for ChestnutRidge and Tussey Mountain School Districts as well as Head Start of BedfordCounty.
We are a free public library that serves the community of the Tussey Mountain School District. We provide programs for children including the weekly story hour for children k-3rd.In the summer we provide a 5-week summer reading program for children k- 6th grade, and adult craft classes.