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Making a Difference: Two non-profits team up for ‘Johnstown JamFest’

Two Cambria County non-profits are once again working together for an event that will help them and the community. (WJAC)

JOHNSTOWN -- Two Cambria County non-profits are once again working together for an event that will help them and the community. It's a partnership they say just made sense because they both incorporate two things a lot of people love: pets and children.

"We're looking to fill those gaps, provide everyone a home," said Kellie Burgan, Paws House president.

Paws House president Kellie Burgan is working on a much-needed sanctuary for animals.

"You can't possibly keep a pet in a cage all of its life," said Burgan.

For the past few years, Burgan and her 16 volunteers that make up the non-profit have been raising money to eventually build a facility.

"House definitely has more cats. It's a huge problem in our area and we're looking to bring a state-of-the-art medical facility," said Burgan.

Burgan admits it will be a lengthy process. They've only raised $30,000 so far, but they need to reach $50,000 just to purchase the land so they can build a facility with a price tag of $1.5 million.

"We have a lot of money to raise. So it's a lot of fundraising, it's a lot of planning," said Burgan.

"We support as many areas and work together with as many people as we can and get their information out there," said Nikole Newcomer, Johnstown Area Heritage Association event coordinator.

Newcomer is also a big pet lover. This is the second year she will be working with Paws House for "Johnstown JamFest."

It's a pet and family friendly event that will benefit both non-profits.

"We try to focus on what's important to us, the children's museum and the animals," said Newcomer.

There will be ten bands performing for tomorrow's event, along with food and craft vendors and face painting.

"We doubled in size this year, so it'll be great to see how much larger we do get," said Newcomer.

The event will be held at the People’s Natural Gas Park in Johnstown. It begins at 1 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the event, or at the Heritage Discovery Center.

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