United Way Announces Progress in 2014 Campaign
With a goal to improve lives in the community, United Way of the Capital Region announced it has raised 22 percent or $2,659,284 of its $11,950,000 goal as of October 20, 2014. More than six weeks remain in the 2014 campaign.
“We’re gratified our community is again stepping up to support the important work of our United Way,” said 2014 Campaign Chair Sharon Ryan, president of Dasher Services, Inc. “While we’re pleased to be tracking on pace with last year, there is still much work to be done over the next six weeks.”
In September, United Way publicized its fundraising goal, which represents a $250,000 increase over last year’s goal. United Way will announce the amount raised during the 2014 campaign at its Celebration Reception on January 15, 2015 at the Hilton in Harrisburg.
Holiday Volunteer Opportunities
The Volunteer Center can help you and your family, work group or service group find a holiday volunteer project. Holiday Connections, an agency holiday project and wish list, is available to help individuals and companies select holiday projects by providing a multitude of options, complete with contact information.
Whether your company (or even your department) is interested in adopting a family and purchasing gifts, collecting food, gathering winter essentials for homeless families, volunteering at a gift-wrapping booth to help an agency raise money, or simply donating money, we can help you find just the right match.
Federal Day of Service 2014
More than 250 volunteers from Naval Support Activity (NAVSUP) in Mechanicsburg spent Friday, October 17 volunteering at 18 non-profits throughout the Capital Region for Federal Day of Service.
United Way of the Capital Region matched volunteers with projects such as painting, landscaping, sorting donations, stocking food pantry shelves and general clean-up. One group worked with NAVSUP Chef Michael Harants to prepare meals for a local shelter.
Thank you to all Federal Day of Service volunteers for LIVING UNITED!
Learn More About Our Women’s Leadership Network
Ask the women of United Way of the Capital Region’s Women’s Leadership Network (WLN) how they LIVE UNITED, and they will tell you it’s through philanthropy and volunteerism.
WLN members have the opportunity to network with other women community leaders and give back through exclusive volunteering events.
Women become members by making a gift of $500 or more to United Way.
For more information about our Women’s Leadership Network, visit the WLN web page.
PHOTO CAPTION: WLN members cook a meal at the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank for needy residents in the Capital Region.
Volunteers Needed to Help Low-Income Families with Tax Preparation
Volunteers are needed to offer free tax preparation to help families in need claim thousands of dollars in federal and state tax refunds. No previous experience is required and training is provided.
Last tax year, 225 volunteers provided free income tax preparation for low- to moderate-income families as part of the Money In Your Pocket Campaign, a community collaboration of organizations committed to the economic stability of local families. Nationally the effort is known as the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, or VITA. In tax year 2013, 4,707 tax returns were filed, resulting in more than $5.3 million returned to local families.
Volunteers will offer tax preparation services at designated sites in the Capital Region from January 29 through April 15 during day and evening hours. All volunteers will be trained to prepare computerized, electronic returns.
Informational sessions will be held at the following locations for those interested in finding out more about the program:
Learn More About Our Bridges Society
United Way of the Capital Region’s Bridges Society connects the next generation of diverse leaders through giving and volunteering.
Bridges Society members have the opportunity to network with other community leaders and give back through exclusive volunteering events.
Membership is open to those who make a minimum gift of $500 to United Way.
For more information about our Bridges Society, visit the Bridges Society web page.
The Volunteer Center – Get Involved!
The Volunteer Center is a program of United Way of the Capital Region. Our mission is to advocate for volunteerism and serve as a clearinghouse for volunteer opportunities and needs in Dauphin, Cumberland and Perry counties. Every day, we work with a growing network of non-profit health and human service agencies, environmental groups, schools and nursing homes to recruit and place volunteers. Last year, more than 4,000 individuals were referred to non-profits throughout the Capital Region.
To learn more about volunteer opportunities through our Volunteer Center, visit the Volunteer Center page.
Advocates for United Way - James Fogle
"Union members are a part of every community. As the needs of working families increase, Labor steps up to partner with United Way to support the campaign, to advocate and to volunteer on service projects to benefit the entire community. That's how we LIVE UNITED."
Moving our Mission Forward Through Collective Impact
In 2013, United Way of the Capital Region completed an intensive and thorough strategic planning process. We looked at changes in the community, talked to program partners, business leaders, donors, volunteers, government leaders and people working in the areas of health, education and basic needs.
More than 1,900 people responded to our surveys and many attended focus groups. Through this process we learned that for far too many people, life in the Capital Region is not getting better.
- One in seven children lives in poverty.
- One in seven young people don’t graduate from high school.
- The income gap continues to increase resulting in a shrinking middle class.
- Needs continue to increase while government resources decrease.