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.
View the 2014 United Way Campaign Video
United Way of the Capital Region is please to share our campaign video for this year. In the video, you will get to meet two amazing people – Dy’Mond and Grant. Their lives have been changed thanks to programs supported by our United Way. A special thanks to Susquehanna Bank for helping to underwrite this video and Aurora Creative Group for their time and talent on this project.
Help Us Kick Off United Way’s Annual Campaign and Day of Caring!
On Friday, September 5, approximately 1,500 volunteers will work on projects throughout our community as part of United Way of the Capital Region’s 22nd Annual Day of Caring which is sponsored by PNC Bank.
If you are one of these volunteers, then join us for the day’s kickoff breakfast from 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Harrisburg. Try your hand at some carnival games before enjoying a delicious breakfast provided by Wegmans. We’ll announce United Way’s 2014 fundraising goal and door prizes will also be given out during the program.
During the morning, United Way will also host the Sutliff Snack Out. Food will be collected to benefit the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank’s Power Pack Program, which provides healthy snacks to local children in need. Every person donating healthy snacks will also receive an extra ticket for door prizes that will be given out during the kickoff event.
Moving our Mission Forward Through Collective Impact
In 2013, United Way of the Capital Region completed an intensive and thorough strategic planning process. We looked at changes in the community, talked to program partners, business leaders, donors, volunteers, government leaders and people working in the areas of health, education and basic needs.
More than 1,900 people responded to our surveys and many attended focus groups. Through this process we learned that for far too many people, life in the Capital Region is not getting better.
- One in seven children lives in poverty.
- One in seven young people don’t graduate from high school.
- The income gap continues to increase resulting in a shrinking middle class.
- Needs continue to increase while government resources decrease.
United Way Program Helps People Achieve Their Goals
United Way of the Capital Region is now accepting applications for its Individual Development Account (IDA) Program. This program provides a 4 to 1 match that helps qualifying individuals and families in Dauphin, Cumberland and Perry counties to achieve one of three long-term financial goals: buying a first home, starting a business, or obtaining a degree or job training.
Participants open a savings account with PNC Bank and agree to save $10 a week for 100 weeks. Upon completion of the program, their $1,000 will be matched by United Way at a rate of 4 to 1, giving them a total of $5,000 toward their financial goal.
Program participants are required to attend basic financial training to better understand budgeting, saving, debt and credit. United Way will also provide training focused on the participant’s specific savings goals.