Community Development Initiatives
Community Action’s hallmark community development project has been its Campus of Services, located in downtown Uniontown. Community Action has revitalized a largely deteriorated and abandoned warehouse district in Uniontown and replaced it with a “one-stop shop” for health, human and social services. In addition to the more than 70 services offered through Community Action, there are also 16 other health and human services agencies that are tenants of the five-building campus. In 2002, the United States Department of Agriculture named Community Action’s Campus of Services as a best practice.
In 1985, Community Action began its work developing the Campus of Services with the purchase of its Community Service Center. The Community Service Center currently houses the Uniontown Senior Center and kitchen as well as eight (8) other health and human service agencies that are tenants.
In 1998, Community Action built and opened its state-of-the-art facility, the Family Service Center. The Family Service Center houses direct service offices and is the “hub” of activity on the Community Action Campus of Services. Additionally, the Family Service Center is home to seven (7) health and human service tenants, including Cornerstone Care, Westmoreland County Community College, and Catholic Charities.
The Campus of Services also includes the Food Bank & Warehouse that opened in 1997, the Community Training Institute, established in 2000, and Meadow Heights Apartments; an apartment building for residents aged 62 and over, opened in February of 2002.
The newest addition to the Campus of Services is the Administrative Service Center, located at 108 Beeson Avenue. The Administrative Services Center is a LEED-certified green building that houses Community Action administrative staff and the Workers' Compensation Office of Adjudication. As the first green building project in Uniontown, the Administrative Services Center serves as a demonstration project that will continue promote the use of renewable fuel and clean energy, and promote energy conservation and energy efficiency, in addition to providing a facility that will utilize clean energy deployment systems and strategies.
Community Action’s more than 70 programs and services are all available on the Campus of Services as well as the services of 16 additional health and human service agencies that are tenants of the Campus of Services.
A philosophy of Community Action is that successful development needs should represent the most positive possible impact on the community therefore, it is logical that we incorporate environmental, as well as economic and community, concerns in our continued our community development efforts. Community Action believes that by coordinating economic and community development with social support systems and environmental conservation methods, the most successful development and greatest community well-being can be achieved.
Campus of Services Tenants:
Family Service Center
· Cornerstone Care
· Westmoreland County Community College
· WCCC Senior Employment Program
· Catholic Charities
· Office of UC Tax Service / L & I Field Accounting
· L & I Referee Hearings
Community Service Center
· Communities in Schools
· Child Care Information Services
· Area Agency on Aging
· Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers
· Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
· NAACP - Fayette Branch
· Life's Work of Western PA
· Transitional Employment Consultants
Administrative Service Center
· Workers' Compensation Office of Adjudication