Operation Our Town Awards Grants for Drug Abuse Prevention & Treatment

Operation Our Town has announced grant awards to 15 local drug prevention and treatment projects aimed at reducing illegal drug use and related crime in Blair County.  A total of $50,000 will be distributed to the recipients for the only grant cycle of 2014.

Operation Our Town awards grants each year to support proven prevention and treatment programs.  Grants are also awarded annually for targeted law enforcement and prosecution to fight illegal drugs and crime in Blair County.  In 2013, Operation Our Town awarded $180,000 in grants for law enforcement efforts and proven treatment and prevention programs.

Operation Our Town will begin accepting grant applications again in the spring of 2015.  You can check back for more information on the 2015 grant cycle dates at OperationOurTown.org.

The Operation Our Town Grant Committee includes five members: Donna Gority, Retired Blair County Commissioner; Judy Rosser, Executive Director of Blair Drug & Alcohol Partnerships; Jolene Kopriva, president judge, Blair County Court of Common Pleas; Michele Fiore, Mental Health Counselor; and Jim Kilmartin, Executive Director of Joshua House.

Each grant was judged objectively by specific criteria on a scoring process.




Altoona Area School District Foundation:  SOAR (Study, Overcome, Achieve, Reward)
1415 6th Avenue, Altoona  247-6334
Identifies students who will receive financial assistance to pursue a post-secondary education, given that they meet program guidelines and participate fully in the program.

Altoona Parochial Catholic Youth Organization:  APYO-Operation Our Town #ONE Athletic Programs
4921 5th Avenue, Altoona  931-3270
Youth flag football and high school boys basketball programs open to all youth in the area that are not on a school team and still have an interest in participating in athletics.

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 Drug & Alcohol Program, Inc.:  Youth League
3001 Fairway Drive, Suite D, Altoona  381-0921
Will transport, collaborate, organize, and chaperone three summer activities which will serve approximately 150 low-income/at-risk children and their families.

Blair County Juvenile Probation Office:  Blair County Juvenile Drug Court Program
423 Allegheny Street, Suite 424, Hollidaysburg  693-3230
Evidence-based program that provides a system of incentives and sanctions to promote each youth’s ability to account for his/her actions.

Booker T. Washington Revitalization Corporation:  Prospect Park Revitalization
2101 5th Avenue, Altoona  949-2231
Funding to provide a bench and two picnic tables at the new state-of-the-art playground facility located at Prospect Park in Altoona.

Evergreen Manors Supportive Services:  Evergreen Manors Community Garden
PO Box 592, Altoona  283-8800
Encourage individuals from a variety of backgrounds to work together to achieve a healthy, sustainable, community garden which will initiate a source of fresh produce.

Gloria Gates Memorial Foundation:  After School 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 housing developments of Evergreen Manors, Fairview Hills, Logan Hills, and a new site at Penn Lincoln Elementary School.

Hollidaysburg Area YMCA:  Family Y-Nite
1111 Hewit Street, Hollidaysburg  695-4467
Offers their facilities to kids and their families on the first Saturday of each month of October through May and provides swimming, arts and crafts, games, music, food, and local entertainment.

Home Nursing Agency:  Blair County Nurse-Family Partnership
PO Box 352, Altoona  942-1903
Funding to provide necessary items for vulnerable first-time mothers that are paired with a registered nurse home visitor to receive ongoing support and guidance throughout their pregnancy until the child reaches age two.

Joshua House, Inc.:  Cross-Town Basketball League
123 W. 10th Street, Tyrone  684-2032
Provide teens in Northern and Central Blair County the opportunity to play basketball with students from their own school and other schools in a safe and fun atmosphere, along with helping give life direction at a weekly dinner at Joshua House and through coaching mentorship.

Northern Blair County Recreation Association:  Northern Blair Rec Center Family Nights
PO Box 118, Tipton  742-9500
Will offer their facilities to kids and their families one Saturday per month from September through April and will provide arts & crafts and local entertainment.

Ski Gap Community Action Council:  Outdoor Movie Night Against Crime & Drugs
1149 Hillsboro Lane, Claysburg  239-0598
Will fund an outdoor movie night free to the public for children and families to enjoy.

The ROCK:  After School Program
130 2nd Avenue, Altoona  502-8813
After-school program for children in Kindergarten through 12th grade held at the 2nd Avenue United Methodist Church, which includes a recreational period, classroom lesson time, creative development period, and a hot, nutritious 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.