Information for this column is provided by the Indiana County Department of Human Services.
• The Planning Committee for the first Northern Appalachian Folk Festival in downtown Indiana on Sept. 6 and 7 is looking for nonprofit organization food vendors. A 10 by 10 space costs $25 and a 10 by 20 space costs $75. For rules, a registration form and information, contact Jim at (724) 840-3002 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Jacksonville Presbyterian Church Clothing Closet provides free clothing the last Saturday of the month. For more information, call (724) 726-8895 or (724) 479-8237.
• Baby Wearing is a free class that teaches the use of slings and different types of carriers to keep baby close to you while you are free to do other things. The class is held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in IRMC’s Private Dining Room #2. Call (724) 357-8088 for dates.
• Childbirth/Infant Care classes are offered through Excela Health. For more information, call (877) 771-1234.
Adult CPR is held at American Red Cross’s Indiana County Headquarters, 610 Kolter Drive, White Township. For more information, call (800) 733-2767 or visit www.redcross.org.
• Disaster Health Services Orientation, American Red Cross, Indiana County headquarters, teaches participants to organize and administer DHS function at the local level and to initiate a larger operation. For more information, call (724) 465-5678.
• Disaster Services: An Overview teaches how the Red Cross fits in when there is a disaster and how you can help your community. Call (724) 465-5678.
• Eat Well for Life I and II are four-week lifestyle improvement programs promoting wellness and long-term weight management through balanced nutrition, cooking demonstrations and other hands-on experiences. For more information, call Indiana Excela Health Call Center at (877) 771-1234.
• I Can Cope, sponsored by the American Cancer Society and the Herbert L. Hanna Center for Oncology Care, is an educational series for cancer patients and their caregivers. Register no later than the Monday before. Contact Kristen at (412) 919-1078 or email Kristen.Hillebrand@cancer.org.
• Logistics: Disaster Preparedness Training is a study of providing the support services for a disaster relief operation including transportation, facilities and supplies through American Red Cross, Indiana County headquarters. To register, call (724) 465-5678 or visit www.redcross.org.
• Look Good ... Feel Better is The American Cancer Society’s free program that teaches beauty techniques to female cancer patients in active treatment to help them combat the appearance-related side affects of cancer treatment. Call (888) 227-5445 for more information, dates and times.
• Nutrition Therapy is a class for cancer patients to encourage healthy eating during treatment. Classes are held monthly at Arnold Palmer Pavilion. For more information, call Excela Health at (877) 771- 1234.
• Personal Nutrition Coaching is a personalized program designed by a registered dietitian to address the needs of an individual seeking nutrition counseling relating to weight management, heart health or diabetes. For more information or an appointment, call IRMC at (724) 357-8088.
• Survey/Damage Assessment teaches how to make assessment of damage to homes and areas affected by disaster through American Red Cross. Disaster Services: An over-view should have been attended prior to this training. For more information, call (724) 465-5678.
• Your Changing Body for Boys addresses the emotional and physical changes of puberty for boys ages 9 to 12 and their parents. The class meets quarterly. For more information, call Excela Health at (877) 771-1234.
• Your Changing Body for Girls is a workshop addressing the emotional and physical changes of puberty for girls ages 9 to 12 and their parents. For more information, call Excela Health at (877) 771-1234.
The Care Center of Indiana County’s third annual Race Against Child Abuse 5K will begin at 9 a.m. Aug. 31 on the Hoodlebug Trail, starting at the Divine Destiny Ministries parking lot. Those who have registered in advance pay $15, while those who register same day pay $20. For more information call (724) 463-8595.
• Epilepsy Education and Support is available for parents of children diagnosed with Epilepsy. For more information, call (800) 361-5885 in Pittsburgh, (814) 262-7494 in Johnstown, or the Excela Health Call Center at (877) 771-1234.
• A Breast Cancer Support Group, for individuals who have had breast cancer meets the last Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Call (724) 357-8081 for location.
• Insulin Pump Therapy Support Group is six times per year at IRMC. Call (724) 357-7164 for more information.
• Living with Ostomy Education and Support meets quarterly at various times and locations. For information, call (877) 771-1234.
• La Leche League provides mother-to-mother information and support for those planning to breast-feed or who are currently breast-feeding. The group meets at 10 a.m. the last Wednesday of the month in the IRMC Outpatient Building, classrooms A&B. For information or 24-hour support, call (724) 463-4661.
• Myasthenia Gravis Association offers monthly, face-to-face support group meetings. Call for the schedule at (412) 566-1545 or visit the message board at www.mgawpa.org.
• Narcotics Anonymous meets from 7 to 8 p.m. Sundays at Excela Heath Westmoreland Hospital and from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays at Excela Health Frick Hospital.
• National Alzheimer’s Association Greater PA Chapter provides referrals to meetings, services and agencies. For more information, call (800) 272-3900.
• Parents of children with asthma can find information and support through Healthy Lungs PA at (800) 220-1990.
• Reach to Recovery is for newly diagnosed breast cancer patients to receive support, information and resources through visits and conversations with trained breast cancer survivors. Call (800) 227-2345.
• Spinal Cord Injury Support Group meets at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Center for Independent Living of South Central PA, Altoona. For more information, call (800) 237-9009.
• Stroke Education and Support Group meets through Excela Health. This group is for individuals and families who have had a stroke and provides information on living with a stroke, lifestyle changes and care options. Registration is required. For information, call (877) 771-1234.
• Trauma Services Caregiver Support Group will be held at Family Behavioral Resources Indiana Clinic every fourth Monday of the month. Do you know a child who demonstrates challenging behaviors? Are the child’s family members struggling with feelings of frustration regarding caring for this child? Does this child have a history of out-of-home placements, trauma, abuse or neglect? This group is designed for parents, caregivers and foster parents of children who have experienced loss, out-of-home placement, adoption or other emotionally charged events.
Register with Katie Stormer at (724) 465-0369 or email@example.com.
• Bowser-Minich Bereavement Support Services offers a bereavement lending library open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, or by appointment. Call (724) 349-3100 or (888) 923-5550.
• C. Frederick Bowser Funeral Home, Homer City, offers support services through an interactive website for bereavement and grief support literature at www.bowserfh.com.
• Coping with Loss Grief Support Group is a six-week series held at various community locations. Call Excela Health at (877) 771-1234.
• Curran Funeral Home Grief Support Group, 701 Salt St., Saltsburg. Call (724) 639-3911 for dates, times and location.
• GRASP, or Grief Recovery After a Substance Passing, offers support and sources of help for families and individuals who are in bereavement due to a substance misuse death.
The group meets at The Open Door. For more information or to register, call (724) 762-3344, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.grasphelp.org.
• Graystone Church GriefShare is a 13-week seminar and support group for people who are grieving the death of someone close to them. Sessions are offered in the spring and the fall.
Registration is not necessary and participants may join at any time in the series.
• Highmark Caring Place, through the Caring Foundation for Children, Pittsburgh, offers support groups weekly or biweekly for grieving children, adolescents and families. Call (888) 224-4673.
• John A. Lefdahl Funeral Home offers a bereavement support group open to the public. Call (724) 463-4499.
• Hopeful Hearts, a service of the VNA of Indiana County, is a child-focused family bereavement support center. Hopeful Hearts provides peer support at no cost for all family members when someone close to the family has died.
Families meet biweekly in a safe, caring and confidential environment. For more information about this program or volunteer opportunities, call (724) 349-3888 or (877) 349-3888.
• Pregnancy Loss Support Group provides support for families who are grieving the loss of their baby through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth or newborn death. Call (877) 771-1234.
• Rairigh-Bence Funeral Home Inc. offers a support group and a bereavement lending library with booklets, videos, etc.
• Richard Shoemaker Funeral Home Support Group, Blairsville, (724) 459-9115; information and support offered by phone.
• Robinson-Lytle funeral home offers a bereavement library with books, videos and other information for adults and children. Call (724) 349-9700.
• Sharing Grief Support Group is offered from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. every first and third Thursday of the month. For more information, call (724) 349-2000.