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Lift Johnstown 
Lift Johnstown is a dynamic, collaborative partnership working to implement three plans.  Our goal is simple:

To "re-invent" Johnstown
as a vibrant small city.
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Project Party Seeks Volunteers Jan. 23 

Volunteers do great things!

Get involved a make a difference in the world!  Start by coming to the 3rd annual Lift Johnstown Project Party any time between noon and 7 p.m. on Jan. 23 at the Frank J. Pasquerilla Conference Center in Downtown Johnstown.

Non-profits from a 5-county region will be recruiting volunteers, so individuals can learn about the widely varied ways to get involved. 

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive at the event and throughout the day there will be music, presentations, food for purchase and free light refreshments will be served by area school culinary arts students showcasing their programs. In addition, don't miss it -- Lift Johnstown will make its 2nd Volunteer Spotlight Award presentation to a worthy area volunteer.

Table set ups are free to all non-profits and the event is free and open to the general public.  Who should attend?  Students seeking service hours, retired citizens with time to share, church groups reaching out, parents teaching children to give back or pay it forward, anyone who wants to make a difference in their community, people who want to participate in fun projects and share their skills and talents. for a non-profit table registration or more more information on the event. 

Community Update/Green Drinks 
Lift Johnstown's Community Update and Green Drinks social event attracted more than 50 people on Nov. 12, at the new PRESS Bistro, one of the exciting new businesses in Downtown Johnstown, this one looking out over Central Park.

The brief presentation announced that the 3rd annual Project Party for volunteers will happen on Jan. 23 andthe 2nd annual FIRST LEGO League robotics competition will take place Feb. 22 (

New "signature events" were noted, including the recently held Sandyvale Wine Festival at Sandyvale Memorial Gardens and the Brews and Blues Festival sponsored by JAHA, as well as the up-and-coming Wintergarden Dec. 6-8 at the Grand Halle on Broad Street (  A preview of what's being planned for the 125th anniversary of the 1889 Johnstown Flood was also provided

The PCTI or "smart transportation" project connecting the Route 56 bypass into Downtown was noted along with the 17 new businnesses in the Downtown or the adjacent Cambria City Cultural District.

See the program here.
Volunteer Spotlight Award 
Lift Johnstown is proud to announce the first Volunteer Spotlight Award winner Don Tedjeske, a St. Vincent dePaul volunteer for 17 years.  To read more about Tedjeske and his contribution to our community see the write up under the 'News & Events' tab. 

Nominations are again open for the next Lift Volunteer Spotlight Award.  Help us to recognize the most dedicated individuals and those who are making a difference in our community:

 - in the lives of people.
 - on projects that are re-definining Johnstown as a vibrant small city.

To nominate a volunteer:

Deadline for nominations for this round is December 31, 2013.  The next winner will be announced in January, 2014.

Lift Stakeholder Meeting 

Robotics DemoAn estimated 100 people took part in Lift Johnstown's last Community Update held June 11 at Jake's Grill & Pub in the Richland Galleria.  Various projects were updated and a special demonstration was provided by a robotics team that had participated in the FIRST LEGO League competition held at Saint Francis University.

We also announced the creation of the Volunteer Spotlight Award to recognize the most dedicated individuals who are making a difference in the lives of people or on projects that are re-defining Johnstown as a vibrant small city.

Updates were provided on the Community Growth Project, which will create 12 gardens by next year; the improvements now in construction to connect the Downtown to the Inclined Plane hillside at Route 56 bypass, the Entreprenurial Alchemy initiative and other projects.  Get our e-mails to stay informed by contacting

Community Celebration 
10,000 Maniacs
Friday, June 14th
A free but ticketed concert presented by the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies, Lift Johnstown, and the Johnstown Area Heritage Association.  Hear one of rock's most critically acclaimed bands as JAHA kicks off their concert season and we co-host a "thank you" party for area volunteers and learn about new community initiatives and volunteer opportunities in our area. 
Click here for more details - 10,000 Maniacs.
Corporate Volunteerism 
Does your business promote a culture of volunteerism within the communities you serve?

Have you thought about encouraging your employees to volunteer in the community but didn't know where to begin?

Click on this link and we will help you get started -
Corporate Volunteerism.
Stonycreek Rendezvous success 
Over 1,000 whitewater enthusiasts took part in the annual Stonycreek Rendezvous on May 17-19 at Greenhouse Park.  This year the event was also an official state Sojourn to encourage others to try boating.
Lift Golf Outing May 13 
Golf Outing to Benefit Lift ProjectsThe 2nd Annual Lift Johnstown Golf Open on May 13 attracted 60 golfers despite occasional snow flurries Sunnehanna Country Club.  It was a great time and an opportunity for anyone to golf this wonderful course.  Proceeds benefit our many exciting community initiatives.  Watch for it next year!
Volunteer Party Attracts 870 People! 
Johnstown High School volunteers chat with clown at Project PartyOver 870 volunteer sign-ups were recorded at the Lift Project Party on Thursday, January 24, 2013, at the Frank J. Pasquerilla Conference Center.
Some 77 different organizations were came out to recruit volunteers for a wide variety of projects and community-service activities.

Volunteers make a real difference in the lives of people and in our efforts to "re-invent" Johnstown.

Join the party: volunteer today! 
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We need your help!  Lift Johnstown is a community-driven, collaborative effort to re-invent Johnstown. Click the “Get Connected Here” button above to see how you can help various community initiatives.  If your organization needs volunteers, use the button above to post your project needs.
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