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Veterans Leadership Program competes in Community Aces Challenge


Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania, Inc. (VLP) is competing in a nationwide contest with 124 organizations, seven of which are located in western Pennsylvania.

The Community Aces Challenge is a social media contest where participants have a chance to win a share of $50,000 to be used for their submitted project. One grant of $25,000, $15,000 and $5,000 and two grants of $2,500 will be awarded to the top five finishers in the challenge, determined by the number of votes each project receives on the Community Aces Facebook page between March 8 and 31.

VLP submitted its Project Journey program to the Community Aces Challenge. Project Journey was implemented three years ago to provide services to homeless women veterans and their children who have no other place to go and need a temporary place to stay. For ten apartments located throughout Allegheny County, VLP pays for rent and utilities for these emergency housing units, keeps them fully-furnished, cleaned and stocked with supplies and food to provide a quiet and safe environment for these women and their children.

Project Journey also provides intensive case management services to women who may be suffering from the effects of military sexual trauma, domestic violence or a mental illness.

"VLP is honored that the Community Aces Challenge selected our organization to participate in this national competition,” said Toshua Jarrett, director of development at Veterans Leadership Program. “VLP offers a unique program for women veterans, which often requires additional funds for child care services, transportation, clothing, food and other essential needs.

“For the past few years, Pennsylvania has held the seventh largest population of female veterans and it is our goal to continue to serve these women who find themselves in need of emergency housing.”

In addition to VLP, the following organizations are competing:

Carnegie Free Library of McKeesport—Pittsburgh, Allegheny County

Greensburg Garden Center—Greensburg, Westmoreland County

Roscoe Volunteer Fire Company—Elco, Washington County

Unity A Journey of Hope—Vanderbilt, Fayette County

Somerset Fire Department—Somerset, Somerset County

Miracle League of PA’s Laurel Highlands—Uniontown, Fayette County

For more information on VLP’s involvement in the Community Aces Challenge, contact the organization at 412-481-8200 or by email at

The Community Aces Challenge is an effort by Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. and the Greater St. Louis Community Foundation to honor Isle of Capri Casinos founder Bernard Goldstein’s legacy of community spirit and charitable giving.+


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