Johnstown civic group Vision Together 2025 says it’s received a $100,000 donation to help welcome Ukrainian refugees to the area.
Officials with the group say they’ve received a $100,000 grant from a private donor at the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies to help build capacity to welcome immigrants.
They say the money will be used to create and execute a resettlement plan that will welcome newcomers to greater Johnstown.
The unnamed donor, who was reportedly moved to action by the crisis in Ukraine following Russia’s invasion, believes the money will help create structure for future incoming immigrants, and will make Johnstown well-known as a welcoming community for those in need of safety.
Vision Together 2025 has been making headlines over the past couple months following the group’s unforthcoming, controversial plan to bring Afghan refugees to the greater Johnstown area.
As for Ukrainian refugees, Gov. Tom Wolf said Pennsylvania “stands ready to welcome refugees” and he supports legislation providing $2 million in state funds to support those who may come to the commonwealth to resettle.
There are currently about 122,000 Ukrainian Americans who call Pennsylvania home.