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This year, the Johnstown Walk of Hope—a partnership fund at the Community Foundation—raised more than $104,000 to support local cancer patients.

For Our Community

Seven years ago, a small group of dedicated people laced up their tennis shoes and started the first Johnstown Walk of Hope after a national cancer organization decided a local walk didn’t raise enough money to be worthwhile.

With administrative support of the Community Foundation, the Johnstown Walk of Hope Fund continues to grow and exceed its own fundraising records. This past summer, the event reached another new milestone, bringing in more than $104,000—all locally funded, all to help local cancer patients. CLICK HERE or scroll down to watch a video recap of this year’s event.

The Johnstown Walk of Hope, which over the past year also started the Somerset Walk of Hope Fund at the Community Foundation, is just one more than 900 funds the foundation has helped establish and grow over the past 32 years. Partnership funds like the Walk of Hope and the Cambria County Backpack Project are among the ways the foundation exists for our community.


Formerly the Johnstown Backpack Project, the Cambria County Backpack Project started in 2013 with 120 participants.
The Cambria County Backpack Project kicked off its 2022 Sponsor a Child campaign at MMI Door in Sidman.

According to a Feeding America survey, one in five children in Cambria County is food insecure, and a PA Youth Survey showed that more than 15 percent of middle school children in Cambria County worry that they’ll run out of food before their family gets money to buy more. The need is great, but so is the community response: During the 2021-2022 school year, the Backpack Project distributed 57,330 meals over 38 weekends to help feed nearly 400 children in our region. 

In addition to helping with administration and other support, the Community Foundation also has created a new toolkit to help partnership funds continue to grow. CLICK HERE to access that toolkit.

If you’re interested in donating to any of CFA’s funds, CLICK HERE, to search by type, cause, or county.

Watch the Video: The Johnstown Walk of Hope 2022

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