"To love and serve our neighbors as ourselves."


For the most part, it’s been a mild winter thus far. But there are still several months to bear before spring is here. While Catholic Charities offers emergency financial assistance to area households that need help in paying their heating bills, we also provide education on how to prepare and maintain your home so that it conserves energy and results in lower utility bills each winter.

In November, The Johnstown Catholic Charities office offered four classes on weatherization. In partnership with Jim Buday of the Alternative Community Resource Program (ACRP) and Ron Springer of the Department of Emergency Management, Catholic Charities provided a wealth of information on winter weatherization. Topics covered included:

• How to install basic items to cut down on heating bills (weather stripping, insulation, outlet covers, window plastic)

• Thermostat settings to help conserve oil 

• Information on community financial resources (PCAP, LIHEAP)

• Basic safety information on how to keep your home safe in the winter

Attendees received free supplies to help winterize their homes.


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