OOT 2017 Grant Recipients


Operation Our Town has announced grant awards to 13 local programs aimed at the education and prevention of drug use in Blair County.  A total of over $47,000 will be distributed to the recipients of the 2017 Grant Cycle.

Operation Our Town also awards an annual grant for targeted law enforcement and prosecution to fight illegal drugs and crime in Blair County.  A total of over $2.8 million has been awarded in grants over the past 11 years for drug enforcement efforts and prevention programs in Blair County.

Operation Our Town will begin accepting grant applications again in the spring of 2018.  You can check back for more information on the 2018 grant cycle dates at OperationOurTown.org.

Each grant was judged objectively by specific criteria on a scoring process by the Operation Our Town Grant Committee.  In addition, Grant Committee members recuse themselves on the grant applications in which they have a personal or professional interest.  The Grant Committee includes six members:

  • Donna Gority, former Blair County Commissioner
  • Judy Rosser, Executive Director of Blair Drug & Alcohol Partnerships
  • Honorable Jolene Kopriva, Blair County Court of Common Pleas
  • Michele Fiore, retired Mental Health Counselor
  • Rebecca Cowan, Vice President of Finance, New Pig Corporation
  • Melanie Shildt, Executive Director of the United Way of Blair County




Altoona Area School District ELECT Program:  ELECT Program Workshops & Groups
1415 6th Avenue, Altoona  946-8365
Will fund nutritious meals and snacks for pregnant and parenting teens and their children at programming events and out of school visits.

Altoona Area School District Foundation:  Project SOAR (Study, Overcome, Achieve, Reward)
1415 6th Avenue, Altoona  931-4834
Will fund supplies and program materials for students that have been identified to receive financial assistance to pursue a post-secondary education, given that they meet program guidelines and participate fully in the program.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Blair County:  One-to-One Youth Mentoring
891 23rd Street, Altoona  944-6129
Evidence-based one-to-one youth mentoring program offered to children of Blair County between the ages of 6 and 18, who are paired with a trained adult mentor to do a variety of activities, to confide in as a friend, and to serve as a role model.

Blair County Juvenile Drug Court Program
423 Allegheny Street, Suite 424, Hollidaysburg  693-3230
Will fund the purchase of incentives that will provide meaningful activities for youth, which will build participants’ self-worth, community connection, and continued sobriety. 

Central Blair Recreation & Park Commission:  Themed Community Special Events Series
2101 5th Avenue, Altoona  949-2231
Will provide supplies for six themed special events in the community throughout the year: Splash Hop at Prospect Pool, Max’s Maxcot Mania, Pirate & Princess Party, Movie in the Parks, Community Easter Egg Hunt, and Carnival of Games.

Child Advocates of Blair County:  Choices Summer Program
319 Sycamore Street, Altoona  941-8336
Will fund the purchase of supplies for a summer program for teen girls at Evergreen Manors.

Evolution Expressions:  Kids Arts for Healing Group
1331 12th Avenue, Suite 301, Altoona  201-2751
Will fund art supplies for trauma-focused physical and artistic activities for at-risk youth ages 8 to 18 in need of specialized support.

Gloria Gates Memorial Foundation:  After School & Summer Program
PO Box 89, Altoona  949-8838
After-school and summer programs provided for children ages 5 through 12 in a daily structured setting held within the low-income housing developments of Evergreen Manors, Fairview Hills, and Logan Hills.

Hollidaysburg Area School District:  Student Voluntary Drug Testing
405 Clark Street, Hollidaysburg  695-2315
Funding to help expand the voluntary drug testing program, increase participation, and to help cover the costs of the drug testing in both the Junior and Senior High Schools.

Hollidaysburg Area YMCA:  Family Y-Nite
1111 Hewit Street, Hollidaysburg  695-4467
Offers their facilities to kids and their families one Saturday per month from October through June and provides swimming, arts and crafts, games, music, food, and local entertainment.

The Door Student Services:  The Palmer Technology Center
PO Box 6, Bellwood  935-9971
Will replace outdated computers in The Palmer Technology Center that serve at-risk teenagers year-round through their after-school program.

The ROCK:  Kids Community Program
130 2nd Avenue, Altoona  943-2072
Program for children in Pre-K through 12th grade held at the 2nd Avenue United Methodist Church, which includes a recreational period, classroom time directed at healthy living & moral decision making, arts & crafts, and a home-cooked meal.

United Way of Blair County:  Family Resource Center – Parents as Teachers Program and Make Parenting a Pleasure Parenting Class
5414 6th Avenue, Altoona  941-7711
Funding to provide program supplies for Parents as Teachers educational family home visits and group events, and educational materials for the Make Parenting a Pleasure curriculum.