History

PA Connecting Communities is grassroots and based on the power of professionals working within the disability community with a vision to support individuals according to their needs.  Executive Directors,  Peggy Mannella and Arlene Bair, along with a dedicated staff of professionals from various backgrounds founded the organization in 2004 to improve the quality of life for individuals with a variety of disabilities.

The Executive Directors have over 60 years of combined experience in providing services to the disability community and have grown the organization, with the help of dynamic staff, volunteers, and a board of directors, to where it is today.

PA Connecting Communities employs approximately 120 part time and full time employees.  We service Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Washington, Westmoreland, Fayette, and Greene Counties.

Our corporate office moved to the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh in 2009, and has enabled us to provide strong administrative support to a growing staff of direct service employees.  This strategic location has also provided us with the opportunity to establish relationships with other area non-profits and businesses.

As an organization, we partner with other non-profits, school districts, and agencies to provide the services and programs needed.  We initiated an advocacy group educating our participants and families of legislation, latest industrial trends, and resources that may be available to them.

We ask for the support of our local and state leaders, business communities, and foundations.

As a result of our many years of experience in the industry, PA Connecting Communities was honored to receive the “Excellence in Organization Activities” award from Achieva and strives to continue to be an industry leader in serving individuals with disabilities and their families.