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Students LIVE UNITED Through Youth Day of Caring

More than 250 local high school students spent April 4 cleaning up Harrisburg City Island as part of United Way of the Capital Region’s 12th annual Youth Day of Caring.

City Island, a popular park for both East and West shore residents, was hit hard by the difficult winter. Volunteers did clean-up and landscaping projects throughout the island to prepare for the spring season.

Juniors and seniors from the following nine high schools participated: Bishop McDevitt, Camp Hill, Cedar Cliff, Central Dauphin East, John Harris, Lower Dauphin, Red Land, Sci-Tech and Susquehanna Township.

“Youth Day of Caring gives teens a chance to see first-hand how volunteering can make a difference in our community,” said Heidi Neuhaus, director of United Way’s The Volunteer Center.

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When Our Heroes Need Help: Veterans’ Mental Health

Every week hundreds of U.S. soldiers are welcomed home from the war in the Middle East. These heroes are celebrated by friends, family and their fellow Americans. However, what should be a happy reunion can often be a struggle as these soldiers try to acclimate to civilian life after difficult and traumatic experiences from their military service.

Most Americans do not see or hear about the mental health issues facing our soldiers until it makes the headlines; when a soldier reaches his or hers’ breaking point, which can turn fatal such as the recent shooting at Fort Hood. These may seem like isolated incidents but studies show that in 2011 more than 1.3 million veterans received specialized mental health treatment from the Veterans Administration for mental health related issues. 

Realizing that mental health and our veterans is a pressing issue facing our community and our country, United Way of the Capital Region has completed a report on the subject. The report shows that combat experiences, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury and drug and alcohol abuse are significant factors in veteran suicide risk.

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Thank You for Your Input - UWCR’s Strategic Plan

Over the last several months, United Way of the Capital Region (UWCR) has been seeking input for our strategic plan. We are pleased to report that an initial draft of the will be complete in early 2014. Thank you to our volunteers, leaders, donors, program partners and business and community friends for your thoughtful insight. More than 1,800 people completed surveys and/or participated in focus groups.

We have been fortunate to have dynamic volunteers leading this process, which is chaired by UWCR Board Member David Schankweiler, CEO/Publisher of Central Penn Business Journal, Journal Multimedia.

This is both an exciting and challenging time for our United Way. As the needs and resources within our community change, so does our organization. UWCR’s strategic plan will ensure our work is done with purpose and impact. 

We will continue to share our progress through updates on this site.

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Building Blocks for a Better Life – It Starts with YOU

You make change happen when you support United Way of the Capital Region (UWCR). Your involvement is more than a donation; it’s more than time volunteering. It’s about raising your hand and stepping forward because you choose to LIVE UNITED.

At UWCR, our focus is on health, education and basic needs because these are the building blocks for a better life for us all. At UWCR, we:

  • Help support more than 80 programs and services to create solutions to the most pressing local issues.
  • Launch our own initiatives to keep pace with our ever changing community.
  • Recruit people and organizations from all across the Capital Region who bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done.

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