This award recognizes an individual or organization for exceptional advocacy and leadership efforts on behalf of anti-poverty and community development programs. Advocacy efforts should directly impact policy, regulation, or legislative agendas that complement Community Action's mission and goals.
Lisa Troha is this year's Outstanding Advocacy Award Recipient.
Ms. Troha has been the Directory of Community Services for the Community Action Partnership for Somerset County since 2007. She has been an exceptional advocate for those in poverty, and she has instituted and managed countless programs to assist the clients served. During her tenure, she has brought new housing programs, weatherization services, employment and training programs, clothing programs, and volunteer opportunities to the Community Action Partnership for Somerset County.
In addition to the 2015 Outstanding Advocacy Award, Lisa has been recognized and received citations from Pennsylvania local and state representatives for her advocacy of low-income Pennsylvanians.
Recently, Ms. Troha met with Congressman Keith Rothfus, U.S. House of Representatives, Pennsylvania 12th Congressional District, to advocate for various anti-poverty programs administered by her agency. This meeting served as a catalyst to increase services available to Somerset County residents and established an on-going information exchange between the Congressman's office and the Community Action Partnership for Somerset County.
With the most recent bitter cold temperatures in Somerset County, Ms. Troha engaged the media to help inform the public of the many challenges faced by homeless individuals, particularly in the winter. During January 2015, Ms. Troha was interviewed by the local NBC news affiliate regarding homelessness. Her thorough and candid discussions regarding the challenges faced by those experiencing homelessness helped raise awareness of the situation in Somerset County and also resulted in increasing awareness of the availability of services provided by her agency and the Next Step Center, the only homeless shelter in Somerset County.
Ms. Troha's skills do not end with grant writing, creating new programs, and speaking to the community leaders about how they can work together to reduce poverty. She also projects a warm, empowering attitude to her clients. Ms. Troha empowers her staff to make decisions that are in the best interest of those they serve. Her open door policy makes it easy for staff to approach her for assistance, guidance, or to discuss new ideas. Ms. Troha is truly an outstanding advocate for low-income Pennsylvanians.