United Way Presents Adolescent Mental Health Workshop on Self-Harm
If you are a parent or caregiver of an adolescent age 12-19 who may be at risk of self-harm, a mental health provider, a social worker, guidance counselor or a teacher please join us for this workshop.
The next Adolescent Mental Health Workshop - Self-Harm: Definitions, Warning Signs, Communication and Intervention will be held on Monday, October 6 at 5 p.m. at the Community Center at Giant Foods on Linglestown Road in Harrisburg. The cost of this event is free, but registration is required.
This event will feature presentations by Adam Miller, LPC, director of Pressley Ridge - Capital Region, and Julia Mallory, executive director of the Mental Health Association of the Capital Region. Presenters will address the issue of self-harm in adolescents, including what constitutes self-harm, the warning signs that an adolescent may be engaged in or at-risk of engaging in self-harm, how to communicate with an adolescent who is displaying self-harming behaviors and how to intervene.
Learn More About Our Women’s Leadership Network
Ask the women of United Way of the Capital Region’s Women’s Leadership Network (WLN) how they LIVE UNITED, and they will tell you it’s through philanthropy and volunteerism.
WLN members have the opportunity to network with other women community leaders and give back through exclusive volunteering events.
Women become members by making a gift of $500 or more to United Way.
For more information about our Women’s Leadership Network, visit the WLN web page.
PHOTO CAPTION: WLN members cook a meal at the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank for needy residents in the Capital Region.
Volunteers Needed to Help Low-Income Families with Tax Preparation
Volunteers are needed to offer free tax preparation to help families in need claim thousands of dollars in federal and state tax refunds. No previous experience is required and training is provided.
Last tax year, 225 volunteers provided free income tax preparation for low- to moderate-income families as part of the Money In Your Pocket Campaign, a community collaboration of organizations committed to the economic stability of local families. Nationally the effort is known as the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, or VITA. In tax year 2013, 4,707 tax returns were filed, resulting in more than $5.3 million returned to local families.
Volunteers will offer tax preparation services at designated sites in the Capital Region from January 29 through April 15 during day and evening hours. All volunteers will be trained to prepare computerized, electronic returns.
Informational sessions will be held at the following locations for those interested in finding out more about the program:
Learn More About Our Bridges Society
United Way of the Capital Region’s Bridges Society connects the next generation of diverse leaders through giving and volunteering.
Bridges Society members have the opportunity to network with other community leaders and give back through exclusive volunteering events.
Membership is open to those who make a minimum gift of $500 to United Way.
For more information about our Bridges Society, visit the Bridges Society web page.
Organized Labor Takes to the Field for United Way
On Sunday, August 24, 2014, union members and their families helped United Way of the Capital Region kick-off another great year with a Harrisburg Senators baseball game. The event was hosted by Capital BlueCross and the Harrisburg Region Central Labor Council.
Keith Rutherford, business manager UA Local 520 Plumbers and Pipefitters Union, threw out the first pitch.
For more than 60 years, organized Labor and United Way of the Capital Region have worked together to improve the quality of life in Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry counties.
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.
More Than 1,500 Volunteers Unite to Enhance the Community at 22nd Annual Day of Caring
More than 1,550 volunteers helped kick off United Way of the Capital Region’s 2014 campaign on September 5 by participating in the 22nd annual Day of Caring.
As the lead sponsor, PNC Bank extended its two decades of support of this event, which is the largest one-day mobilization of volunteers in Dauphin, Cumberland and Perry counties. Dressed in “LIVE UNITED” T-shirts, volunteers from more than 75 companies worked on 112 projects including indoor and outdoor cleanup, painting, landscaping and participating in activities with seniors.
"The work of United Way and its partner organizations is vital to improving the lives of Capital Region residents," said Jim Hoehn, PNC regional president in Central Pennsylvania and United Way of the Capital Region board member. “Each year, PNC not only sponsors the day’s activities, but also has a significant presence at Day of Caring events which is a testament to PNC’s commitment to give back to the local community today and throughout the year.”
United Way of the Capital Region also announced a 2014 campaign goal of $11,950,000 at a breakfast for Day of Caring volunteers. This represents a $250,000 increase over last year’s goal.
Advocates for United Way - Shirley Keith-Knox
“Being involved with United Way gives me the chance to help strengthen my community – the community where I live and where my children live. I like that United Way seeks to address the needs of the region because one town cannot be strong unless all towns are strong. Being active with United Way allows me to play a small role in change.”
Shirley Keith-Knox, LSW, MSW
Chair, United Way of the Capital Region’s Education Focus Care Council
Deputy Administrator of Intellectual Disabilities and Early Intervention for Dauphin County
United Way Cornerstone Partners
Launched five years ago, United Way of the Capital Region’s Cornerstone Partners program is the only one of its kind in the state, and it is a shining example of generosity in action.
Thirteen of the organization’s largest corporate contributors help underwrite United Way of the Capital Region’s administrative and fundraising costs (13 percent). We also receive support from perpetual trusts and investment income to help provide this program.
As a result, 100 percent of the money United Way of the Capital Region raises and distributes from individual donors in the Capital Region is directed to programs and services that make a difference in our community. This program is popular among donors of all giving levels.