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Serving Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry counties in Central Pennsylvania.

United Way Sponsorship Opportunities

United Way of the Capital Region is pleased to offer a variety of sponsorship opportunities for many of our events, membership groups and publications in 2020. Thanks to the continued generosity of wonderful supporters, our events are highly visible, fun opportunities to connect with business and community leaders who believe in our mission, while supporting the important work of our organization. Our United Way is proud to say no donor dollars are used to sponsor our events.

Gary D. and Sylvie F. St. Hilaire Honored with Humanitarian Award

Gary D. and Sylvie F. St. Hilaire of Mechanicsburg were honored this month with the 2019 Humanitarian Award from United Way of the Capital Region’s Tocqueville Society. The couple was recognized for their outstanding commitment to improving lives through volunteerism during a special reception, sponsored by M&T Bank, Wilmington Trust and Capital BlueCross.

Gary and Sylvie moved to our community nearly 15 years ago when Gary was named CFO of Capital BlueCross. Today, he serves as the company’s president and CEO. Through their volunteer efforts and deep understanding of the role community and individual support play in creating positive change, the couple has provided a sustained commitment to make the Capital Region a stronger, more vibrant place to live.

Capital Region Community Dashboard Shows Recent Data Trends

Data about recent demographic trends has been released via the Capital Region Community Dashboard, a web-based resource providing information on health and human service issues in Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry counties. The site, which is the only one of its kind in the region, includes the most up-to-date data on nearly 100 key indicators in the areas of health, education, income, basic needs and demographics. 

Real Impact Through Pilot Projects: Meet Tomas

When Tomas of Harrisburg could no longer tolerate his dental pain, he reached out for help. Tomas contacted Sheylla Salinas, a community health worker with Contact to Care, a community pilot project to increase access to health care.

After an assessment of his condition, Tomas learned he needed a procedure to extract a wisdom tooth. Sheylla called several dentists, but the cost was prohibitive because Tomas lacks dental insurance. 

“The pain was so intense,” Tomas says. “It was hard to get through my workday.”

Real Impact Through Pilot Projects: Meet Shane

Shane lives in Susquehanna Township with his grandparents who he affectionately calls Gigi and Poppy. Like many five-year-old children, Shane loves to play, read books and create science projects. 

This fall, he will enter kindergarten at Sara Lindemuth/Anna Carter Primary School. To help him prepare socially and academically, Shane attends workshops through Ready for School, Ready to Succeed, a community pilot project to increase school readiness. 

“Transitions are difficult for Shane,” his grandmother says. “He struggles with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and anxiety.”

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.

Volunteers Needed to Help Working Families with Tax Preparation

Volunteers are needed to offer free tax preparation to help working families receive the federal and state tax credits they are eligible for. 

The service is offered through the Money in Your Pocket (MIYP) program, a community partnership led by United Way of the Capital Region that is committed to the economic stability of local families. . In tax year 2018, 272 volunteers filed 4,691 tax returns, resulting in more than $4.6 million returned to local families. The average annual income for clients receiving tax preparation services was $21,100, which helped increase their household income by an average of 6 percent.

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