Support WFCM at this year’s Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community

Westmont Family Counseling Ministries is once again getting ready to participate in the Highmark Walk For A Healthy Community, which is set for May 19, 2018! Since its inception in 2003, the Highmark Walk has raised over $12.1 million for non-profit organizations in Pennsylvania and Delaware. The Johnstown walk has been going strong for eight years, and 2018 will mark WFCM’s fourth year of participation.

The idea is simple: Highmark organizes the walk in multiple communities, providing organizational and marketing support, and qualifying area non-profits like WFCM recruit walkers to participate. Every walker who participates is doing so on behalf of their chosen non-profit – in fact, because of Highmark’s support, 100% of the money they donate goes to support their selected charity.

Why we walk

As a non-profit organization,Westmont Family Counseling Ministries makes our services available to any individual, couple, or family who is seeking emotional and relational wholeness – regardless of health insurance status or ability to pay. We participate in the Highmark Walk in order to help underwrite the cost of services for people who need our help but are unable to afford it.

That’s why we are now recruiting WFCM friends and supporters for this year’s walk! There are several ways you can get involved. You can register securely online here – simply go to the link, click “register,” and choose WFCM as your designated charity. You can register a “team,” if you want to bring friends and family, and fundraise that way – or as an individual walker. If you’re unable to attend the event, you can instead register as a “virtual participant,” or simply make a donation to WFCM.

Details about the event

The walk is five kilometers long, but a one-mile fun walk is also offered for those who would prefer a shorter distance. Both walks begin and conclude at Johnstown’s Central Park and are accessible to wheelchairs and strollers. If you raise or donate $30, Highmark will provide you a T-shirt (while supplies last), and you’ll receive one raffle ticket for every $50 you raise or donate.

In Central Park, each participating non-profit has a booth or display to help educate the community about what we do, and there will be refreshments and live music.

The event takes place rain or shine! Timeline is as follows:

7:45 am: Registration
9:00 am: 5k walk begins
9:15 am: One-mile fun walk begins

Please join us!

Last year, we had about 40 people walking on behalf of WFCM, and we hope to have as many or even more this year! To register online, please visit the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community website, or give us a call at (814) 536-0798.

Anthony Griggs to be keynote speaker for 29th Annual Fundraising Dinner, “Offering Hope,” 10/4/17

Westmont Family Counseling Ministries would like to invite you to our 29th Annual Fundraising Dinner, “Offering Hope”! The dinner will be held at Sunnehanna Country Club on Wed., Oct. 4 at 5:30 pm. Your support will afford us the opportunity to continue providing counseling to those seeking emotional and relational wholeness.

Our keynote speaker for the evening is Anthony Griggs, a former NFL player who has served as Player Development Director for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Tim Rigby will serve as our master of ceremonies.

There will also be a gift basket raffle, and prizes include a Pittsburgh Penguins jersey autographed by Sidney Crosby!

Visit our fundraising page for many more details about the event, including an RSVP form. RSVPs are due by Mon., Sept. 25.

Highmark 2017 Walk

Stay tuned for upcoming information on the 2017 Highmark Walk. Westmont Family Counseling Ministries will have several teams walking to raise money for our counseling center. If you would like to join our team or create your own team to walk with us, please contact us.

LaDonna Gatlin Guest Speaker at Westmont Family Counseling Ministries Annual Dinner

LaDonna Gatlin, the author of The Song in You: Finding your Voice, Redefining Your Life, and motivational speaker gave a wonderful and inspiring talk last Wednesday evening at Sunnehanna Country Club, site of the annual Westmont Family Counseling Ministries fundraising dinner. Over 125 people were treated to an inspiring message from Mrs Gatlin who spoke of the need to support counseling services at a time when there are so many people who need help but may not have the financial ability to seek help. Gatlin spoke of her own battles with addiction over thirty years ago and offered herself as an example of what counseling can accomplish and how it can help turn a life of depression into one of fulfillment.