More than $23,000 has been distributed to organizations that provide homeless services in Washington and Greene counties, as part of the Observer-Reporter’s “No Place to Call Home” special reporting series. The newspaper established charitable funds at the Washington County Community Foundation and the Community Foundation of Greene County.
Donations totaling $18,183 were received in Washington County, and $5,402 was contributed in Greene County. A committee composed of members of the newspaper series project team reviewed the proposals and recently presented checks to the following nonprofit agencies in Washington County: City Mission, on behalf of WeCare Street Outreach; Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern Pennsylvania; Mental Health Association of Washington County, and City Mission.
Greene County agencies receiving grants were: Southwest Training Services Inc., Salvation Army and Greene County Human Services Department.
In addition to receiving donations from individuals and businesses, the Observer-Reporter held several fundraisers, including a purse auction in October that generated more than $10,000.
A similar fundraising initiative linked to the newspaper’s 2014 series addressing Alzheimer’s and dementia, “No Longer Me,” is under way. The next installment publishes May 25.