United Way strengthens regional effort, combines ‘Faith in Action’ with ‘Open Your Heart to a Senior’

Westmoreland, Allegheny County programs to operate under common name

United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania announced it will further align its Westmoreland and Allegheny offices to make a bigger community impact.

United Way’s Westmoreland County Faith in Action program will operate under a common name with United Way’s Allegheny County Open Your Heart to a Senior program, providing more clarity and opportunities to reach more seniors, caregivers and volunteers.

“We felt this change was important to strengthen our regional effort, recruit more volunteers and seniors and raise more awareness about the work United Way is doing with local seniors and caregivers,” said Bobbi Watt Geer, regional vice president, United Way of Southwestern PA.

Open Your Heart to a Senior is part of United Way’s United for Seniors initiative, which is a commitment of resources, dollars, people and programs designed to help local seniors live safe and independent in their homes with dignity.

While United Way’s Faith in Action program will take on the new name, it will operate the same and continue serving seniors and caregivers and engaging volunteers throughout the Westmoreland County community. Currently, about 1,000 seniors are served through United Way’s Faith in Action in Westmoreland County. Last year, in Westmoreland County, the program mobilized about 300 volunteers to provide more than 8,000 hours of service to older adults and their caregivers.

“Helping seniors, caregivers and their loved ones throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania is the priority. By further aligning our initiatives, we’ll be able to reach more people in our community who need our help,” said Watt Geer. “The name ‘Open Your Heart to a Senior’ has the program’s mission right in its name, which allows for more clarity for potential seniors or volunteers looking for help or an opportunity.”

Open Your Heart to a Senior in Westmoreland County will continue to recruit, train and match volunteers of all ages to help seniors in the region. Volunteers provide rides to doctor appointments and the grocery store, personal visits, home safety checks and more.