United Way Helping Area Programs

By Ashley Doerzbacher

Published 07/17 2014 05:34PM

Updated 07/18 2014 09:32AM

HOLLIDAYSBURG, BLAIR COUNTY – The United Way of Blair County is helping programs that make our area a better place to live.
Monday, they gave out nearly $300,000 to 30 programs. That's up twelve percent from what they were able to give last year.
This is also the first time that the united way was able to give to all the groups that applied.
One of those groups is the Monastery Community Gardens Food Donation Project in Hollidaysburg. They provide fresh produce to people who may not otherwise have access to it.
"I see moms with kids and they come in and they're getting their bags and off they go and knowing that Jim's ripe tomatoes and cucumbers and zucchini and squash are going to make a difference in their lives,” said John Trimble, a volunteer. “I think that's a fabulous contribution." 
For the past four years, they donated nearly three tons of fresh produce. It all started when volunteers saw a need to provide for their neighbors.
"We're compassionate and driven people; we're not in this for the glory,” said Jim Yeager, Project Manager. “This is for our obligation to meet the needs of the people in this community."
The group is just one of thirty in Blair County that on Thursday received an impact grant from the united way.
"We just recently began assembling a high tunnel here to my foreground and that's going to help us with the installation costs and also with the upcoming costs operation of it in the up coming months," said Yeager.
The grant will also help them with harvest in the winter months.
"We guarantee that it's going to be put to a great use,” said Yeager. “It's going to go back in the community. This is what we do, and this what we love to do and this is what we want to do and help the people."
They’re always looking for people to help work in the garden. But if you don’t have a green thumb, you can always donate financially. For more information, you’re asked to call (814) 942-8254.

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