United Way Honors Local Leader for Her Humanitarian Efforts
The Honorable Patricia H. Vance of Mechanicsburg was recently honored with the 2018 Humanitarian Award from United Way of the Capital Region’s Tocqueville Society for her outstanding commitment to improving lives through volunteerism during a special reception, sponsored by M&T Bank, Wilmington Trust, UPMC Pinnacle and United Way’s Bridges Society.
Vance began her professional life as a pediatric nurse at Harrisburg Hospital (now UPMC Pinnacle). In 1978, she became Recorder of Deeds, and the first female elected official in Cumberland County.
In 1990, Vance was elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives where she served for 14 years. Known as a thoughtful and open-minded leader, Vance authored 18 laws. The laws included a HMO bill of rights, prohibiting discrimination against domestic abuse victims by insurance companies and expanding Pennsylvania’s prescription drug program for 100,000 low-income senior citizens.
Real Impact Through Pilot Projects: Meet Bobby
As a veteran of the United States Army, Bobby understands the importance of commitment and hard work. When he recently found himself unemployed, Bobby turned to the Road to Success pilot project.
Road to Success, a community partnership with United Way of the Capital Region, helps the un- and underemployed obtain jobs where they can earn a living wage.
What makes this project unique, is that it’s been developed through the lens of the employer and focuses on guiding individuals through the first year of work, as well as advancements in the workplace.
“We Have a Story to Tell” Video Launched
Last fall, United Way of the Capital Region and our community partners launched three innovative pilot projects to improve access to health care, school readiness and workforce development.
See how this work, along with our support of basic and urgent needs programs, is changing lives right here in our community. Meet Levi, Bobby, Sarah and James, local residents who each have a unique story to tell.
Watch “We Have a Story to Tell”:
Real Impact: Meet Curtres
When unexpected circumstances impacted Curtres, she took action.
Several years ago, Curtres found herself in need of housing after a series of unexpected events changed her life.
“Sometimes bad things happen to good people,” Curtres says. “Once I wrapped my head around that, I knew I would be okay.”
Curtres found assistance with housing through Christian Churches United in Harrisburg. The organization is one of 19 programs supported by United Way of the Capital Region, which provide resources in urgent situations.
Nearly 1,700 Volunteers Unite for 26th Annual Day of Caring
On Friday, September 7, nearly 1,700 volunteers helped kick off United Way of the Capital Region’s 2018 campaign by participating in the 26th annual Day of Caring. This is the largest Day of Caring event in recent years for United Way of the Capital Region.
As the lead sponsor, PNC Bank has extended its more than two decades of support of this event, which is the largest one-day mobilization of volunteers in Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry counties. Dressed in “LIVE UNITED” T-shirts, volunteers from 79 companies worked on 104 projects including indoor and outdoor cleanup, painting, landscaping and the installation of smoke alarms in neighborhoods throughout Harrisburg.
Real Impact Through Pilot Projects: Meet Levi
Levi is 3 ½ years old and lives in Newport with his parents and grandparents. He’s an only child and doesn’t have many opportunities to socialize with other children. Last fall, he began attending school readiness workshops, created to help prepare kids to enter kindergarten. The workshops are part of Ready for School, Ready to Succeed, a community initiative in partnership with United Way of the Capital Region, local schools and the Capital Area Intermediate Unit.
When he first started attending, he was struggling with speaking and wasn’t comfortable socializing with other kids.
Holiday Volunteer Opportunities
The Volunteer Center can help you and your family, work group or service group find a holiday volunteer project. Holiday Connections, an agency holiday project and wish list, is available to help individuals and companies select holiday projects by providing a multitude of options, complete with contact information.
Whether your company (or even your department) is interested in adopting a family and purchasing gifts, collecting food, gathering winter essentials for homeless families, or simply donating money, we can help you find just the right match.