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This month, staff throughout the Conemaugh Health System wrapped up the organization’s 130 Acts of Kindness campaign in celebration of Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center’s 130th anniversary. In support of the final 10 acts of kindness, employees generously donated the monetary value of their annual holiday gifts to local food banks and pantries to address food insecurity in the community.
A total of $10,000 was donated to help fight hunger locally through donations to Cambria County Backpack Project, Community Action Partnership of Cambria County, Food for Families, Forest Hills Food Pantry, Franklin Street Food Pantry, Johnstown Family Kitchen, Portage Area Food Pantry, Salvation Army, Saint Vincent DePaul, and Walnut Grove Food Pantry. These collective donations will help to feed hundreds of families during this difficult time.
Over the past year, Conemaugh’s staff participated in a wide range of volunteer service and fundraisers in support of the campaign. At a time when many nonprofit organizations are struggling financially, donations of more than $45,000 supported local organizations including the United Way, the 1889 Foundation, the Johnstown Walk of Hope, Walk to Defeat ALS, the Salvation Army, Women’s Help Center, Special Olympics, various school districts, and many charitable organizations. Additionally, thousands of items ranging from socks, coats, toys, personal care items, masks, pet food and toys, holiday cards and gifts, meals, and food donations were collected and distributed to help families in need throughout the region.
Conemaugh volunteers also donated their time, completing socially-distanced acts of service with the Humane Society, Cambria County Backpack Project, Johnstown Soup Kitchen, local fire departments, nursing homes, and other service-oriented organizations. Volunteers picked up trash, cleaned up the Jim Mayer Riverwalk Trail, and helped to build benches and a pavilion on the Ghost Town Trail.
“Throughout this pandemic, I am so proud of the way our staff came together to give back to our neighbors,” said William Caldwell, Market President, Conemaugh Health System. “While our healthcare heroes embraced every challenge thrown their way during this difficult year, they also gave their hearts generously to others through acts of volunteerism, fundraising, and kindness. These efforts enrich our lives, our workplace, and our community, and support our commitment to Making Communities Healthier.”