"To love and serve our neighbors as ourselves."

Every year Catholic Charities strives to fulfill as many request for support as possible to make the holidays warmer and brighter for as many as we can—especially families and our neighbors living alone with little resources. Your generosity in 2017 made an impact.

A local effort to collect clothing and personal care items for those in need is underway in the city of Johnstown. The initiative, which has been named “Help Warm Johnstown Up,” is a volunteer-led effort working to help the less fortunate in the area. Donations made to the cause will be benefit the Martha & Mary House, located on Bedford Street, and The Salvation Army in downtown Johnstown.

What does it mean to be an active member of your community?

Does it mean you give a wave when you pass your neighbor's house? Is it shoveling an elderly community member's driveway when it's covered with snow? Or is it holding the door for a mother, father, and their children?

Read more to find out how you can contribute to your community!

As temperatures continue to drop and snow is a constant threat, it's important to know how to keep you and your family safe this winter. While many people prefer to remain indoors this winter, staying inside does not guarantee your safety.

Find out how you can winterize your home and car!

For a lot of people cold temperatures means ample hot chocolate and days spent inside, covered in blankets. Some members of your community don't experience that luxury when temperatures begin to plummet. For them, they're struggling to pay for the fuel, coal, wood, pellets, or propane necessary to heat their homes. For those who can't afford heat, the cold can be a life or death situation.

What would you do if you couldn't afford to keep your family warm this winter? How would you survive?

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