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Serving Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry counties in Central Pennsylvania.

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United Way Cornerstone Partners 

Launched six 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. 

Fourteen 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. 

Thank you to our Cornerstone Partners:

Help Us Kick Off Our Annual Campaign and Day of Caring

On Friday, September 11, approximately 1,500 volunteers will work on projects throughout our community as part of United Way of the Capital Region’s 23rd Annual Day of Caring which is sponsored by PNC Bank.

If you are one of these volunteers, join us for a delicious breakfast provided by Wegmans from 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Harrisburg. In honor of Patriot’s Day, we’ll have patriotic themed activities and a photo booth where you can show off your red, white and blue! During the program, we’ll announce United Way’s 2015 fundraising goal and give out some fantastic door prizes.

United Way will also host the Sutliff Snack Out that morning. Food will be collected to benefit the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank’s Backpack Program, which provides healthy meals and snacks to local children in need. Every person donating to the Sutliff Snack Out will also receive an extra ticket for door prizes that will be given out during the kickoff event.

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.

To nominate a candidate, fill out the nomination form and e-mail it, along with the nominee’s biograph, to Laura Warner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Or you can mail the form to:

WGAL Jefferson Awards
1300 Columbia Avenue
P.O. Box 7127
Lancaster, PA 17604-7127

I Aspire

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. 

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