“To serve people through a ministry of love, compassion and mercy in the Name of our Lord, Jesus Christ,” Allegheny Lutheran Social Ministries (ALSM) and our team members give generously to support our communities. In 2013, our team’s support and donations totaled more than $13,000 with 850 hours of volunteer time.
You may ask, “What are some of the efforts in which ALSM is involved? Why would ALSM participate in community programs when ALSM is already a set of community programs and already seeks charitable care funds to carry out its own mission?”
ALSM is involved in charitable efforts because we are part of the communities in which we are located. We believe it is important to “love and serve our neighbors” and be responsible citizens. We also believe that participating in these opportunities makes our communities better places –places that respond to the needs of people. Our mission is to serve people.
Some examples of programs in which ALSM Is involved include:
The American Cancer Society & Joyce Murtha Breast Cancer Care Center
Our team members have given generously of their time and money toward cancer centers, Relay for Life, the Making Strides against Breast Cancer walk, and the Free to Breathe Lung Cancer awareness program. Team members have joined these efforts to show support for their fellow team members who have faced a cancer or friends and family who have fought or are fighting the battle against cancer. Over $5,000 was raised to support these programs.
The American Heart Association
ALSM sees firsthand the results of heart disease as residents are rehabilitating from a stroke or cardiac episode. We believe in supporting efforts to raise awareness and research dollars to aid in reducing heart-associated illnesses and death. Some of the initiatives sponsored by the American Heart Association that ALSM has sponsored include Derby Days and Heart Smart Day.
Walk to End Alzheimer’s, State College and Johnstown
One in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia. It is the 6th leading cause of death. ALSM serves older adults in our senior communities, home care, and day programs. Every day our team members care for individuals with forms of dementia. We know how devastating the disease is and have organized fundraisers to help increase awareness of this dreaded disease.
St. Jude Children’s Hospital Trike-a-Thon
Children have the biggest hearts. It warms our hearts to see little ones from the Growing Years Early Learning Center strap on their helmets and climb on their trikes to raise money for sick children. What a wonderful lesson that fun activity is teaching them. Last year our children raised and donated $500.00 to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
Helping Those Less Fortunate
In an economy where employment is often hard to find, where people have lost jobs or faced a reduction in hours, ALSM team members show our appreciation and gratitude for the gifts that we have by helping families, children, and animals in need. Every ALSM program participates in food drives. We also support a program where warm winter clothing is provided to children in need. Funds were raised and walkers participated in the Crop Walk in our area. The money raised was donated to local food banks. Donations were collected to aid the Mending Hearts Animal Rescue in caring for homeless animals.
Honoring Those Who Serve
Participants at ALSM’s Generations Together Program in Altoona (children from Growing Years Early Learning Center, participants of the Senior Daily Living Center, and The Lutheran Home at Hollidaysburg and team members of these locations) wrote Christmas cards and letters to American soldiers. Donated items for care packages were sent as well. The letters from veterans who are our residents to current military personnel thanking them and relating to their experiences was a wonderful way for veterans to share a part of their personal story.
We live, love, and give back to the communities where we serve. We invite you to consider donating your time and talent, either in your community or by serving with us at one of ALSM’s programs. And remember, we are all called to love and serve our neighbors. Please visit the “Donate Now” section of our website to learn more or call the Advancement Office at 814.696.4560.