United Way Presents Awards at Annual Luncheon
United Way of the Capital Region recently presented two awards during its Annual Luncheon on May 18 at the Hilton Harrisburg.
Rhodia Thomas, Esq., executive director of MidPenn Legal Services, received the Grady Award for her outstanding leadership as an agency executive director. Learn more about Rhodia and her dedication to the community by watching this video: Grady Award 2016.
The Joseph M. Capita Spirit of the Capital Region Award was presented to Sue Fornicola, program director for New Hope Ministries. 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 Sue and her dedication to the community by watching this video: Joseph M. Capita Award 2016.
United Way congratulates Rhodia and Sue. Our community is a better place because of their inspiring work.
United Way Honors Local Volunteers at Special Event
United Way of the Capital Region recently recognized the hard work and dedication of local volunteers at its Volunteer of the Year Event, sponsored by Highmark Blue Shield.
Ross Willard of Enola received the Adult Volunteer of the Year Award for his work promoting bicycle safety and providing economical, safe bikes for individuals in need. He is the founder and chief mechanical officer of the nonprofit agency, Recycle Bicycle, which gives away more than 900 bicycles and repairs an additional 2,000 bikes annually.
The Youth Volunteer of the Year Award went to Maya Smith of Palmyra for her work with the Capital Area Therapeutic Riding Association (CATRA). Smith has been volunteering with CATRA since she was eight and logs approximately 300 volunteer hours annually.
Local Teens Live United Through Youth Day of Caring
More than 200 local high school students volunteered on April 8 as part of United Way of the Capital Region’s 14th 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 10 high schools participated: Bishop McDevitt, Camp Hill, Commonwealth Connections Academy, Central Dauphin East, John Harris, Lower Dauphin, Middletown, Red Land, SciTech and Susquehanna Township.
Members of United Way of the Capital Region’s Bridges Society served as volunteer project leaders and chaperones. The Bridges Society connects the next generation of diverse leaders through giving and volunteering opportunities.
United Way Announces Transition to Tackle Root Causes of Issues Facing the Community
United Way of the Capital Region is transitioning its work to move the needle on critical issues facing the Capital Region in the areas of health, education, income and basic needs by focusing on the root causes of these problems. This organizational shift to a collective impact model of work comes after two years of studying the needs of the Capital Region and listening to residents in Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry counties about the issues they care about most.
“We know that no single organization can solve the problems facing the Capital Region,” says Timothy B. Fatzinger, United Way of the Capital Region president and CEO. “By changing our way of work to a collective impact model, we will help bring nonprofits, businesses, schools, places of worship, government, foundations and individuals together to solve problems.”
“This is more than collaboration. It’s about leveraging shared visions, goals and outcomes to create long-term success,” added Fatzinger. “Our new way of work is putting the most pressing needs of the community first, before the work of one organization.”
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.