WASHINGTON, PA – On Monday, Rep. Jason Ortitay (R-Washington/Allegheny) visited Blueprints and donated his 2017-2018 automatic legislative pay increase to the organization.
“We appreciate Representative Ortitay’s commitment to community, and are pleased that he chose to invest in our work,” said Darlene Bigler, CEO of Blueprints. “The support of elected officials like Representative Ortitay is critical to our success in breaking barriers and building futures.”
“Blueprints offers a wide variety of assistance to those in our community who are in need,” Ortitay said. “Whether someone needs help gaining computer skills, taking steps to become a homeowner or a safe place for childcare, Blueprints is there to fill the void. I’m pleased to donate my pay increase to such a worthwhile organization.”
During the tour of Blueprints’ main office in Washington, Ortitay briefly addressed a meeting of the Head Start Policy Council, comprised of parents and community representatives, and read the book “Merry Christmas, Big Hungry Bear” to Head Start students. At the conclusion of his visit, he donated his $700 raise to Blueprints.
A native of Avella, Washington County, Ortitay serves the 46th Legislative District, which is made up of portions of Washington and Allegheny counties. He is the current secretary for the House Committee on Environmental Resources and Energy and serves on the House Appropriations, Gaming Oversight and Urban Affairs committees.
Ortitay has a long history of philanthropy. In 2012, he founded Jason’s Cheesecake Company to aid local schools and other nonprofit organizations to raise money for their causes or functions. In 2013, he founded the John J. Ortitay Entrepreneur Scholarship in honor of his grandfather, which encourages high school seniors to pursue their interests in business and finance. He also created the Speaker Survivor Series to promote awareness for various charities in the region.
Blueprints will host its sixth Legislative Breakfast in March 2018. At the event, the agency leads a discussion with local, state and federal representatives on some of the most pressing issues facing the constituents in their jurisdictions. The agency informs lawmakers of the critical needs in the local community and how Blueprints addresses them.