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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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Lift Johnstown Night with the Johnstown Tomahawks 
Lift Johnstown is partnering with the Johnstown Tomahawks on Friday, February 13, 2015 at 7:00 PM for a "Lift Johnstown Night" at the War Memorial in downtown Johnstown.  The game will place a much-deserved spotlight on Lift Johnstown and all of the volunteer organizations we work with, and provides an opportunity to raise money to help local nonprofits achieve their missions.


Adult tickets are $11.00 each and $2.00 of every adult ticket purchased will benefit a local non-profit or service organization.  (Children under 12 years are $6.00 each but cannot be applied to the fundraiser.)

Purchase your ticket:
Please choose the non-profit organization that you want your ticket proceeds to go to when you purchase your ticket on-line.  You can either click on this link:
Or go to the Johnstown Tomahawks website at: and click on the "Schedule" tab, then the "Promotions Schedule", then click on "Lift Johnstown Night" to register for your ticket.
This will be an exciting night of activities.  Select volunteers will be honored in an on-ice ceremony, a 50/50 raffle drawing will take place and information tables will be on display from the various non-profits and service organizations.
Game tickets make great holiday gifts, or purchase your ticket now for a fun date night on February 13th to celebrate St. Valentine's Day.  You will be helping the many organizations that do so much for our community and region. 
If you have questions please contact Lift Johnstown at or call 814-536-5107.
We hope to see you there on February 13th!
3rd Annual LIFT Johnstown Open 

Lift Johnstown’s Annual Golf Outing is scheduled for Monday, May 19th, 2014 at The Sunnehanna Country Club. Registration is at 11:15 a.m., Lunch at 11:45 a.m., Shotgun Start at 1:00 p.m., and Awards Reception & Auction at 5:30 p.m. Entry fee per golfer is $150 and includes Lunch, Dinner, on-course refreshments, greens fee, golf cart use of the clubhouse and goodie bag. Mulligan’s will be available for $35 a piece. Hole-in-one prize, winning team prizes, skill prizes and door prizes.

Sponsorships are available:
Tournament Sponsor - $2,500
Major Sponsor - $1,250
Corporate Team Sponsor - $750
Tee Sponsor - $100

For a registration form please email The proceeds from the 3rd Annual Lift Johnstown Open will benefit renovations at the Grand Halle on Broad Street.

Your support is greatly appreciated


Allegheny Adventure X•Fest 
The first Allegheny Adventure X•Fest will be held on October 3-5, 2014. The weekend will provide an opportunity for outdoors enthusiasts to gather for a weekend full of activities and camaraderie for seasoned participants and it will also include introductory events and information for those interested in trying a new activity.

Activities will take place in various locations in the Alleghenies Region and will include canoeing, kayaking and rafting on the areas white water and still water rivers; mountain biking, road cycling, and rail-trail rides; trail and road running events, activities for kids and more..

Peoples Natural Gas Park in downtown Johnstown will be the site of vendors and displays; a gear swap, holistic activities and live entertainment, food, refreshments and craft beer..

To participate or to learn more, visit or call 1-800-237-8590, ext. 30.


Lift Johnstown is Proud to Support the Greater Johnstown Relay for Life 
On Saturday, June 14th at 10am to Sunday, June 15th at 10am the community will participate in the Greater Johnstown Relay for Life at the Johnstown Trojan Stadium, Central Avenue in Johnstown.

The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life is a 24 hour event that celebrates cancer survivors and remembers those we have lost and unites the community to walk towards a common goal.

Start a team at work or with friends, or register individually – for each person registration is a $10.00 donation. Walking is optional but it’s the fun part! Sponsorships for the event are available at varying levels for more information on registration and sponsorships please go to

Volunteers are also needed to help with the meal, the luminary ceremony and for set up and tear down. Please contact Chairpersons Marlene Singer and Gerri Zellam for more information or if you need assistance with registration and sponsorships at 814-242-2556 or email:

Cancer touches everyone. Please help! We need your support!

Lift Volunteer Spotlight Award Winner 
Lift surprised another worthy volunteer in the region with its Volunteer Spotlight Award during the Project Party held on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at the Frank J. Pasquerilla Center. Renee George, a volunteer instrumental in bringing the Produce to People project, a monthly food distribution program of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank to Somerset and Cambria County was the second recipient of the award.

The Lift Volunteer Spotlight Award is a way to recognize those going the extra mile to make a difference in the lives of people and on projects that are redefining Johnstown as a vibrant small city and region.

To nominate a candidate for this award please go to:

Lift Sponsors Another Successful Project Party 
Over 70 regional non-profits found hundreds of volunteers at the 3rd annual Lift Johnstown Project Party held at the Frank J. Pasquerilla Conference Center on Thursday, January 23, 2014. The event also hosted a blood drive by the American Red Cross and complimentary culinary samples from the Greater Johnstown High School and the Greater Johnstown Career & Technology Center Culinary Arts Departments.

The Project Party provides the region’s non-profits an opportunity to introduce the community and potential volunteers to the wonderful programs and services they offer. It enables them to recruit help from students needing service hours to senior citizens who have time on their hands and utilize that free assistance to run programs or perform repairs they otherwise would not be able to afford. Volunteer assistance helps to fill the gaps in already strained budgets that funding cuts and rising expenses have depleted.

Non-profits at the Party also have the opportunity to network with other agencies and organizations and often form partnerships on projects that are beneficial to both, “….this is a benefit that we hadn’t anticipated,” said Brad Clemenson, Lift Johnstown Coordinator.

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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