Folds of Honor Western PA is the 26th and newest chapter of Folds of Honor Foundation, headquartered in Owasso, Okla.

In 2019, the organization saw an opportunity to bring Folds of Honor to the Western Pennsylvania region. The group became an official chapter in the fall and began to look at different ways to fundraise to support the needs.

The chapter was built to bring awareness to the region for the needs of its military families. The mission, “Honor their sacrifice, educate their legacy,” is why they volunteer to support the spouses and children of our military.

Last year, the Western Pennsylvania region had 45 total recipients awarded scholarships in the amount of $213,700. The group is proud of what it started to accomplish in such a short time and looks forward to continuing to expand the awareness across the region.

The Western PA Chapter covers a region rich in both military history and support. The region is diverse, but strong and covers cities like Altoona, Erie, Pittsburgh, State College and all towns in between.

Fundraising to support the needs of the region is extremely important. There are charitable events being planning in the next six months. The largest event will be held on Oct. 6 at Laurel Valley Golf Club in Ligonier, Pa. Check out the website for more information on this and other events.

Folds of Honor is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, rated a four-star charity by Charity Navigator and platinum on GuideStar, that provides educational scholarships to the families of military men and women who have fallen or been disabled while on active duty in the United States armed forces.

Its educational scholarships support private educational tuition and tutoring for children in grades K-12, as well as higher education tuition assistance for spouses and dependents.

Founded in 2007, Folds of Honor is proud to have awarded about 24,500 scholarships in all 50 states and some U.S. territories, including over 4,500 in 2019 alone.

FOR MORE information or to donate in support of a Folds of Honor scholarship, visit westernpa.foldsofhonor.org or email Mike Popella, president of the Western PA chapter at mpopella@foldsofhonor.org.