United Way Awards Wolf Furniture Gift Card to Lucky Winner
United Way of the Capital Region recently awarded Giant Food Stores employee Lisa Press with a $2,000 gift card for Wolf Furniture.
Press won the prize because she donated $156 or more to United Way of the Capital Region’s 2014 fundraising campaign.
This year, donors who gave $156 or more to United Way’s campaign were eligible to win one of four prizes: a 2015 Chevrolet Sonic, donated by Sutliff Chevrolet; a $2,000 gift card from Wolf Furniture; a $1,500 getaway courtesy of AAA Central Penn; and $1,500 in groceries donated by Giant Food Stores.
United Way Annual Luncheon: “Driving Change”
Join us on Monday, May 11 at 11:30 a.m. at Harrisburg Hilton for our Annual Luncheon: “Driving Change.”
During the event we will share highlights of “Life in the Capital Region: 2014 Assessment of Our Community” and the next steps in our strategic vision. We will also present the 2015 Grady Award to Maddie Young, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region, and Jo Pepper, executive director of Capital Area Head Start, will receive the Joseph M. Capita Spirit of the Capital Region Award.
Cost is $30 per person or $300 for a table of 10. RSVP online by May 5 at: www.uwcr.org/annual-luncheon-registration.
Life in the Capital Region: 2014 Assessment of Our Community
For the last five years, there has been a steady increase in the demand for health and human service programs in the Capital Region. To identify and understand the needs in our community, United Way of the Capital Region formed a partnership with the Harrisburg Regional Chamber, Perry County, West Shore Chamber of Commerce, Cumberland County, Dauphin County and The Foundation for Enhancing Communities. Throughout 2014, this partnership conducted a comprehensive assessment of life in our community, which captured data about trends in health and human service needs, as well as community perceptions about issues facing the Capital Region. The result is a unique and comprehensive look at our community.
“Life in the Capital Region: 2014 Assessment of Our Community,” was released on March 5, 2015.
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.