Serving Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry counties in Central Pennsylvania.

FREE Tax Preparation Benefits Area Seniors

William and Nancy from West Hanover Township have been married for 60 years and are retired. They first heard about the Money in Your Pocket (MIYP) program from their son and have been using the free service now for several years.

“We used to pay to have our taxes prepared,” explained William, “and that money would come out of our refund. Now, we get quality preparation at no cost. We get to keep our entire refund, which is important when you are retired.”

United Way Awards Wolf Furniture Gift Card to Lucky Winner

United Way of the Capital Region recently awarded Brown Schultz Sheridan & Fritz employee Ted Herold with a $2,000 gift card for Wolf Furniture.

Herold won the prize because he donated$182 or more to United Way of the Capital Region’s 2018 fundraising campaign.

Donors who gave $182 or more to United Way’s 2018 campaign were eligible to win one of five prizes: a 2019 Chevrolet Trax, donated by Turner Automotive Group; a $2,000 gift card from Wolf Furniture; a $1,500 getaway courtesy of AAA Central Penn; $1,500 in groceries donated by Giant Food Stores and a $1,000 gift card courtesy of HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Mechanicsburg.

United Way Awards Getaway Package to Lucky Donor

Rite Aid Corporation employee Teri Schanck was recently surprised at work by United Way of the Capital Region’s “prize patrol.”       

She received a getaway package valued at $1,500 courtesy of AAA Central Pennbecause he donated $182 or more to United Way of the Capital Region’s 2018 fundraising campaign.

United Way Annual Meeting: A Story to Tell – The Next Chapter

Join us on Thursday, May 16, from 4-6 p.m. at Susquehanna Township High School for our Annual Meeting!

Learn how we’ll ENHANCE AND EXPAND our work in access to health care, basic needs, school readiness and workforce development. Hear details about NEW AND DIFFERENT work we’ll be doing in the upcoming year. Hear about the PERSONAL IMPACT of our work from a partner in our Contact to Care pilot project!

The hors d’oeuvres reception is at 4 p.m. and the program begins at 5 p.m. Cost is $30 per person.

More Than 200 Local Teens Clean Up City Island for Youth Day of Caring

More than 200 local high school students recently volunteered as part of United Way of the Capital Region’s 17th 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, Central Dauphin East, Commonwealth Charter Academy, Cougar Academy, John Harris, Middletown, Red Land, SciTech and Susquehanna Township.

Real Impact of Free Tax Prep Program: Meet Richard

“Every little bit helps,” is how Richard summed up his rationale for participating in the free tax preparation through the Money in Your Pocket (MIYP) program. 

Richard lives in Harrisburg and previously had family assist him with his tax preparation. After hearing about the program from a friend last year, he returned again this year to the Market Square Presbyterian Church MIYP site in Harrisburg to have his taxes prepared. 

“It’s a friendly atmosphere here, they don’t make you feel pressured at all, and the process has always been pretty quick for me,” said Richard. He is expecting to get some money back this year and plans to put it in the bank for future expenses.

United Way Raises More Than $10.1 Million to Help Our Community

Thanks to the generosity of our local community, United Way of the Capital Region has exceeded its campaign goal of $10,040,011 by raising $10,158,183. United Way made the announcement during its recent Celebration Reception at the Hilton in Harrisburg.

“United Way plays a vital role in addressing the most pressing needs in access to health care, school readiness, workforce development and basic needs,” said 2018 Campaign Chair A. Craig Hillemeier, M.D., CEO of Penn State Health and Dean of Penn State College of Medicine. “Lives are improved every day thanks to the organization’s collective work with community partners and dedicated volunteers. None of this work can be accomplished without resources. From individual gifts to corporate contributions, every gift makes a difference.”

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 2019. 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.

Sponsorships include support above-and-beyond corporate and individual gifts made to United Way of the Capital Region. We hope you will consider partnering with us. Thank you for supporting United Way!

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.

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.

Joseph M. Capita Spirit of the Capital Region Award

United Way of the Capital Region is accepting nominations for the Joseph M. Capita Spirit of the Capital Region Award. The award will be granted to an exceptional community partner or citizen for superlative acts of community engagement. The nominee must make an outstanding and measurable impact in the areas of health and education, and better our regional community by addressing basic needs.

The award was created to honor the work of Joe Capita who served as United Way of the Capital Region’s president and CEO from 1995 to 2013. The culmination of Joe’s career of service led to significant accomplishments for the organization and community. United Way looks forward to granting this award to a worthy nominee in May at United Way’s Annual Luncheon. The deadline for nominations is April 19, 2019.

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