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A Little Lift Committee

Washington Financial Bank - Washington, Pennsylvania

2020 Community Commitment Awards Submission

  • Entry Category: Economic Inclusion
  • Asset Size: Small

A Little LIFT (ALL) is an initiative developed by Blueprints which is a non-profit organization that has been serving our area since 1965. Founded by a group of community leaders, the initial focus of the agency was to mobilize public and private resources to deal with the causes of poverty, not just its impact. Blueprints helps over 19,000 individuals each year through their 35+ services from their 34 locations throughout southwestern PA and West Virginia.ALL is a community led, member directed initiative that has an immediate impact on Blueprints participating individuals and families. Many times individuals who are working towards self-reliance face barriers such as a need for new tires, broken appliances, family supplies (diapers, formula, and clothing). These barriers frequently cannot be resolved with traditional, grant funded programming, and these individuals needlessly lose progress towards self-reliance, perpetuating the need for additional services and dependence on those services. The ALL initiative is an opportunity for community members or groups to easily prevent small problems from becoming catastrophes for local families and making our community stronger as a result. The Washington Financial Little LIFT Committee was created to directly help fill these needs through grants that are administered by a group of bank employees, giving them a direct say on the Banks charitable giving.