Community

Any organization, group or non-profit is welcome to attend the Ligonier Country Market to promote their activities.  They will receive a booth space at no charge and may attend one time per season.  Due to the pandemic, the number of organizations in attendance was down, but traditionally there are 20 groups each year.  To be represented, please contact Kristen at kjohanson@ligoniercountrymarket.com.

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Historic Hannastown

The founding and signifiance of Hanna's Town

Established in 1773, Hanna's Town was the site of the first seat of government for Westmoreland County and hosted the first English courts west of the Allegheny Mountains, signaling settlers foothold on the Pennsylvania frontier and the push to move west. The town was an oasis for travelers, settlers, and those seeking justice and order in the often chaotic environment of the western Pennsylvania frontier. The town and its inhabitants played a major role in the armed conflict between Pennsylvania and Virginia for control of the area now recognized as southwestern Pennsylvania.

Hanna's Town as a county park and historic site

In 1969, Westmoreland County, collaborating with the Westmoreland Historical Society, purchased the 180-acre property for the purpose of creating a historic site that would preserve and share the story of Hanna’s Town. Since then, the Westmoreland Historical Society has initiated archaeological studies, rebuilt important structures such as Hanna's Tavern and the Fort, and developed educational programs to connect the public with an important piece of Westmoreland County history. Historic Hanna's Town consists of the reconstructed Hanna's Tavern, three re-located log houses, a reconstructed Revolutionary War era fort, and a wagon shed that houses an authentic late 18th century Conestoga wagon. In 2019, the Westmoreland Historical Society is moving its headquarters to Historic Hanna's Town and opening the Westmoreland History Education Center. With an exhibit gallery, classroom, museum shop, and library, the Education Center invites visitors, educators, and research to discover local history and its connections to broader historical narratives.

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Westmore County Food Bank

FOOD PANTRY DISTRIBUTION - The core of Westmoreland County Food Bank’s work is to acquire food and household necessities and to distribute it to needy people throughout Westmoreland County through a network of member agencies comprised primarily of volunteer-run, faith-based organizations. While a number of our member agencies are soup kitchens and other on-site feeding programs, the majority of WCFB’s member agencies are emergency food pantries that make up our Food Pantry Distribution Program.

BACKPACK PROGRAM - Westmoreland County Food Bank supplies weekend meal kits to 390 students weekly.

SENIOR FOOD BOS PROGRAM - Each month, 1,400 income eligible seniors age 60 and over receive senior boxes. In 2020, 493,007 pounds of nutritious food were distributed through this program. 

MILITARY SHARE PROGRAM - In our pursuit to end hunger here at home, the Westmoreland County Food Bank launched the Military Share Program in 2016 supplying a limited number of military families with a box full of fresh, frozen, and nonperishable food items. 

GRAB & GO FRESH EXPRESS - Each week, groups and individuals sponsor distributions where an average of over 20,000 pounds of perishable food (frozen, dairy products, and fresh produce) is directly distributed at sites throughout Westmoreland County. Sponsorship is $400.

SUMMER FEEDING PROGRAM - In 2020, the WCFB Summer Feeding Program provided over 20,979 meals to an average of 507 needy children a day at 9 sites across Westmoreland County during the pandemic. 

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CASA

CASA of Westmoreland, Inc., is a volunteer-based organization providing a voice in the courts on behalf of abused and neglected children in Westmoreland County. The recommendations of these volunteers assist the courts in determining the child’s placement in safe, permanent and nurturing homes.

CASA of Westmoreland, Inc. (Court Appointed Special Advocates) was initiated by a group of community members, led by Family Court Judge Christopher Feliciani, who recognized the need for a CASA program to advocate for the most vulnerable members of Westmoreland County’s community.  Judge Feliciani believed that CASA would be the best solution for the then 330 children living in foster care due to severe abuse and/or neglect.  This initiative led to the appointment of a steering committee, and then a Board of Directors.  With support from the Westmoreland County Commissioners and many community members, CASA of Westmoreland, Inc. was incorporated in 2006 and recognized as a 501 (c) 3 organization, and opened its doors to start advocating for children in 2007.

The CASA office is located on the 4th floor of the Westmoreland County Courthouse annex at the opposite end of family court.  There is a parking garage located at intersection of Otterman Street and Pennsylvania Avenue along with many small parking lots and street parking.