Jefferson Awards Nominations
The Jefferson Awards are presented annually to recognize and honor the highest ideals and achievements in the field of public service in the Susquehanna Valley. Founded in 1973, this award was named after Thomas Jefferson for his insight into the value of public service and his belief in the importance of giving of yourself to help those in need.
United Way, WGAL 8 and PSECU will present six Jefferson Awards this year to local residents. We invite you to nominate someone whom you believe is deserving of this prestigious award.
WGAL Jefferson Awards
1300 Columbia Avenue
P.O. Box 7127
Lancaster, PA 17604-7127
2015 Day of Caring
Mark your calendars for United Way of the Capital Region’s 23rd Annual Day of Caring, which will be held on Friday, September 11.
Day of Caring is the largest one-day mobilization of volunteers in Dauphin, Cumberland and Perry counties. More than 1,700 volunteers will spend the day completing projects at nonprofits throughout the region.
PNC Bank will once again serve as lead sponsor, as it has for more than 20 years. Each year the organization not only sponsors the event but also provides volunteers to work on projects that day.
What do we aspire for the Capital Region? Recently, our United Way has been asking this question of ourselves and our friends and neighbors. We’re finding that our vision for the community is far more similar than different. We all want a strong and vibrant region where everyone has the resources they need for a good life.
Think about what it takes to have a quality life. Good health for you and your family, steady income that provides stability, education for a better future and the knowledge that if an emergency happens, you have some place to turn. Health, education, income and basic needs - this is what we call the building blocks for a better life.
Last year, our United Way began changing the way to do work because we want to help more people achieve these building blocks. We want to work together as a community to address the root causes of an issue before they grow into problems. We understand that no one organization can solve the problems in our region, but together we can develop lasting solutions.
United Way Identifies Areas of Focus, Embarks on Second Phase of Strategic Vision
United Way of the Capital Region recently completed the first phase of its strategic vision. As part of this effort, our board of directors recently approved critical areas of focus to drive our work for the coming years. These include:
- Education – Disparities in school readiness and school achievement.
- Health – Lack of access to health care.
- Income – Children and families living in poverty.
- Basic Needs – Increase in the number of families needing safety net services.
United Way of the Capital Region determined these areas after a year-long community assessment process with six partner organizations. “Life in the Capital Region: 2014 Assessment of Our Community” examined the changing demographics and health and human service needs through the lens of health, education, income and basic needs.
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.