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.
United Way Presents Awards at Annual Luncheon
United Way of the Capital Region recently presented two awards during its Annual Luncheon on May 11 at the Hilton Harrisburg.
Maddie Young, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region, received the Grady Award for her outstanding leadership as an agency executive director. Learn more about Maddie and her dedication to the community by watching this video: Grady Award 2015.
The Joseph M. Capita Spirit of the Capital Region Award was presented to Jo Pepper, director of Capital Area Head Start. The award recognizes an exceptional community partner or corporate citizen for superlative acts of community engagement and measurable impact in the health, education and betterment of our regional community. Learn more about Jo and her dedication to the community by watching this video: Joseph M. Capita Award 2015.
Local Teens LIVE UNITED Through Youth Day of Caring
More than 185 local high school students volunteered recently through United Way of the Capital Region’s 13th annual Youth Day of Caring.
Volunteers completed painting, clean-up and landscaping projects throughout Harrisburg City Island to prepare the park for the spring season.
Juniors and seniors from the following six high schools participated: Bishop McDevitt, Camp Hill, Central Dauphin East, Lower Dauphin, Red Land 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 of the Capital Region’s The Volunteer Center.
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.