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Bridges Society Members Volunteer with Downey Elementary Students

More than 30 volunteers and United Way of the Capital Region Bridges Society members recently spent two mornings chaperoning third-grade children on field trips at Barnes and Noble book store in Camp Hill.

The children, all from Downey Elementary School, part of Harrisburg School District, were paired with chaperones to complete scavenger hunts around the store and to pick out a book to take home. The books were purchased thanks to Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

The Bridges Society adopted Downey Elementary School to help improve students’ literacy skills. Members also have the opportunity to read to children during or after school, as well as collect books for classroom libraries.

United Way Awards Getaway Package to Lucky Winner

Jennifer Beatty of Elizabethtown was recently surprised by United Way of the Capital Region’s “prize patrol” at her workplace, Rite Aid.                                     

Beatty won a getaway package worth $1,500 courtesy of AAA Central Penn because she donated $156 or more to United Way’s 2014 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 and Sutliff Award New Car to Lucky Winner

Dereje Zewdu of Mount Joy was shocked when United Way of the Capital Region’s “prize patrol” recently surprised him at work.

UCP Central PA employee received a brand new 2015 Chevrolet Sonic, courtesy of Sutliff Chevrolet. He won the vehicle because she donated $156 or more to UWCR’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.

Free Tax Preparation for Low-Income Families

Low- to moderate-income families can receive free tax preparation services January 29 - April 15 at sites in Dauphin, Cumberland and Perry counties. 

The effort is part of the Money In Your Pocket Campaign, a community collaboration of organizations committed to the economic stability of local families. The program aims to increase use of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), and the Child Tax Credit (CTC). 

The EITC is a tax refund offered by the federal government to supplement wages for low-income workers. This year, people who earned wages of less than $53,000 can increase their federal income tax refunds by as much as $5,000, depending on their individual circumstances.

Volunteers will prepare computerized, electronic returns through the Internal Revenue Service’s Volunteer Tax Income Assistance (VITA) program, which is designed to provide low-income families with help completing federal and state returns, and obtaining rebates.

For the fourth year in a row, MIYP will also offer free assisted and unassisted tax preparation. More information about these options, view our Money In Your Pocket page on our website.

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.”

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.

In fact:

  • 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.

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