Q: What does United Way of the Capital Region do?
A: Since 1921, United Way of the Capital Region’s mission has been to help change lives. United Way of the Capital Region works year-round to improve lives in Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry counties. We do this by identifying the most pressing community needs, finding solutions to those needs and demonstrating how these solutions are making a difference.
At United Way of the Capital Region, our focus is on health, education, income and basic needs because these are the building blocks for a better life for us all. We:
- Help support more than 80 programs and services to create solutions to the most pressing local issues.
- Launch our own initiatives to keep pace with our everchanging community.
- Recruit people and organizations from all across the Capital Region who bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done.
Q: Does my donation stay local?
A: Yes! One hundred percent of the money donated to United Way of the Capital Region’s COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT FUND stays right here. United Way of the Capital Region is able to do this thanks to a group of dedicated corporate contributors who are helping to underwrite our already very low administrative and fundraising costs of 13 percent. We also receive support from perpetual trusts and investment income to help provide this program.
Your gift to the fund supports more than 80 of the most effective and innovative programs and services that benefit people living in Dauphin, Cumberland and Perry counties.
Q: Does my donation really help this community?
A: Yes. Last year, your donation helped more than 263,000 residents living in the Capital Region. Here are just a few ways we have made a real difference in our community:
- HEALTH - MAKING MEDICINE AFFORDABLE: $1,219,612 saved by local residents on the cost of prescriptions
- EDUCATION - CREATING AN ENVIRONMENT FOR SUCCESS: 13,702 local kids participated in after-school, mentoring or youth development programs
- INCOME - HELPING FAMILIES SUCCEED: 1,859 people have participated in financial literacy classes through our Prosperity Centers
- BASIC NEEDS - HELPING FAMILIES PUT FOOD ON THE TABLE: 29,000 area people in need received meals each month last year
Q: Why should I give to United Way?
A: Because United Way of the Capital Region helps change lives. Donors who give to United Way’s COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT FUND know they are supporting programs and services that meet our community’s most pressing needs. We’re proud to say that more than 4,100 volunteers help lead every aspect of our work. This includes deciding how campaign funds should be allocated.
Q: Does my money pay for United Way events?
A: No. Special events, such as Day of Caring and the Celebration Reception, are designed to boost morale and create enthusiasm among volunteers. These events are paid for through ticket costs and corporate sponsorships.
Q: How much of every dollar I contribute goes directly to programs and services?
A: One hundred percent of the money we raise and distribute in our campaign is directed to local programs and services. United Way of the Capital Region is able to do this thanks to a group of dedicated corporate contributors who are helping to underwrite our already very low administrative and fundraising costs of 13 percent. We also receive support from perpetual trusts and investment income to help provide this program.
Q: Can I help?
A: Absolutely! Simply contact The Volunteer Center at United Way of the Capital Region at 717.732.0700 to find out about volunteer opportunities with United Way and within the community.
Q: What is your relationship to United Way Worldwide and other local United Ways?
A: United Way of the Capital Region is a separate organization with its own financial controls in place to ensure your gift is used appropriately. United Way of the Capital Region pays dues to United Way Worldwide and United Way of Pennsylvania, which amount to one percent of the total dollars raised, for use of the United Way name and logo, research, best practices information, national advertising and the cost of staff training and development.
Q: What is United Way's position on coercion or forced giving?
A: United Way of the Capital Region’s Board of Directors has adopted the following policy on coercion:
“Giving is a personal matter and a personal decision; whether an individual wishes to give and how much he or she chooses to give, is entirely up to the individual and no form of coercion is acceptable.”