United Way Raises More Than $12 Million to Help Our Community
Thanks to the generosity of our local community, United Way of the Capital Region has exceeded its campaign goal of $11,950,000 million by raising $12,020,175. This marks the 18th consecutive year the organization has exceeded its campaign goal. United Way made this announcement at its Celebration Reception at the Hilton in Harrisburg on January 15.
“To achieve the $12 million mark speaks volumes about the good people of the Capital Region,” said 2014 Campaign Chair Sharon Ryan, president of Dasher Services, Inc. “People want to make a difference in our community and they see United Way as the way to do it. When we asked for support during this campaign, individuals and companies stepped up to the plate. I couldn’t be more proud of our collective work.”
“Fundraising is never an easy job,” said Timothy B. Fatzinger, United Way of the Capital Region president and CEO. “The environment is becoming more challenging as many companies begin to modify their campaigns and approaches to corporate giving.”
Advocates for United Way - Michael Gillespie
"Giving back to our community is part of our culture at Hersha. The Capital Region is where we work and it is where we live and raise our families. United Way plays a critical role in the quality of life for our friends and neighbors. I volunteer with United Way because I want to play a part in making our community a great place to be."
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.
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.