09/19/2017: $15,000 in Grants Awarded to Serve Westmoreland County Residents and Businesses

Westmoreland County, Pa.  –  The Standard Charitable Foundation has awarded grants to two local non-profits: The Westmoreland County Food Bank (WCFB) and the Westmoreland Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation.

Standard Charitable Foundation has awarded the WCFB a $10,000 grant to support their food distribution program for 2017. Standard Bank recognizes the resources the WCFB provides families in the area, and knows the funds will be put to good use with the WCFB’s buying power; for every $1.00 donation, the food bank can purchase $10 worth of food for families in need.

The WCFB provides food-assistance each month to approximately 16,500 low-income, Westmoreland County residents (including 4,950 children and nearly 2,000 seniors) through 43 volunteer-run food pantry sites. These sites are home to 6,341 volunteers who put in over 96,000 hours of service each year.  In addition to great community support, the WCFB is also proud of their extreme efficiency.  Their 2016 audit shows that $0.95 of every dollar taken in went directly to those in need; leaving a mere 5% for administrative and fundraising overhead.

The second grant awarded is a $5,000 grant for the Westmoreland Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation to support their relatively new Leadership Westmoreland program. This is an annual nine-month leadership development program that empowers professionals in the area to learn, grow, and lead through learning experiences. Since the program’s launch in 2015, 41 local professionals have graduated from the program with 23 more set to graduate in 2018. If you are interested in applying to Leadership Westmoreland, visit their website at www.westmorelandchamber.com/leadership-westmoreland.html.

As a community bank who believes in making a difference, Standard Bank keeps money local by deriving its funds and lending to the communities in which it operates–ultimately helping to grow the local economy. To further support their dedication to community growth, the bank also provides financial assistance to local non-profits via the Standard Charitable Foundation (which has awarded nearly $500,000 in local grant funding since its inception in 2011). For more information about the benefits of community banking and the Standard Charitable Foundation, visit Standard Bank’s website at www.standardbankPA.com.

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