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1st Summit Bank Supports Goodwill’s Innovative Educational Programs

February 16, 2017, Press Release

JOHNSTOWN, PA, February 16, 2017—Goodwill of the Southern Alleghenies has received charitable contributions totaling $5,000 from 1st Summit Bank through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s (DCED’s) Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program. Goodwill is a state-approved Educational Improvement Organization under the program, qualifying the agency to receive contributions from businesses who apply to reduce their state tax liability.

Contributions to Goodwill of the Southern Alleghenies through the DCED’s EITC Program enable public schools to systematically choose Goodwill’s Innovative Educational Programs that are not feasible through schools’ current budgets. Goodwill will apply 1st Summit Bank’s contributions to support Innovative Educational Programs designed to help prepare youth for careers through a variety of services including career exploration, career development, and employability skills training.

Kathy DePra, 1st Summit Bank’s Assistant Vice-President, Senior Loan Officer; Bradley R, Burger, Goodwill’s President/CEO; and Amy Horwath, Goodwill’s Assistant Vice-President of Workforce Development

“Goodwill is grateful for 1st Summit Bank’s generous contributions through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program,” stated Bradley R. Burger, President/CEO of Goodwill of the Southern Alleghenies. “We will use these funds to enhance our services that equip students to achieve their fullest vocational potential, obtain and retain employment, and ultimately become contributing members of the community.”

Businesses that are interested in reducing their state tax liability through a contribution to Goodwill may contact Ann Torledsky, Vice-President of Workforce Development at (814) 536-3536, ext. 230 or atorled@gogoodwill.org. To learn more about the DCED’s EITC Program, visit www.newpa.com/eitc. To learn more about Goodwill of the Southern Alleghenies, visit www.GoGoodwill.org.

Goodwill of the Southern Alleghenies (formerly Goodwill Industries of the Conemaugh Valley, incorporated in 1962) is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in Johnstown, Pennsylvania serving the counties of Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Huntingdon, Indiana, Somerset, and a portion of Westmoreland. Revenue from the sale of donated goods in the organization’s 10 Goodwill Retail Stores supports its mission of empowering individuals and families with employment barriers to achieve their fullest potential in the community through work services. Adult and youth services include education and career services, job placement, postemployment supports, and psychiatric rehabilitation. The agency is an independent, community-based member organization of Goodwill Industries International, a 179-member network in the U.S., Canada, and 13 other countries. Learn more at www.GoGoodwill.org.

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