2018 Federal Day of Service
Approximately 190 federal employees spent Friday, October 12 volunteering at 16 nonprofits throughout Dauphin, Cumberland and Perry counties for United Way of the Capital Region’s sixth annual Federal Day of Service.
Volunteer projects included indoor and outdoor cleanup, sorting and packing food for food bank clients, and updating laptop computers for the Money in Your Pocket free tax preparation program.
How You Can Help Victims of Hurricane Florence
Over the past several days, there has been an outpouring of support for victims of Hurricane Florence. Many people are asking how they can contribute to help with immediate needs and support mid- to long-term recovery efforts.
To make a contribution to support the immediate needs of this devastating natural disaster, visit the American Red Cross at www.redcross.org/donate/hurricane-florence-donations.
In response to the widespread devastation from Hurricane Florence, United Way Worldwide has established the United Way Hurricane Florence Recovery Fund, a national fund to support storm-related needs and long-term recovery efforts throughout the affected regions. 100 percent of individual donations given to the United Way Florence Recovery Fund will be distributed to local United Ways in the affected areas. United Way’s focus will be on mid- and long-term recovery effort.
“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.
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 2017, 238 volunteers filed 4,721 tax returns, resulting in more than $4.4 million returned to local families. The average annual income for clients receiving tax preparation services was $21,227 and the average return was $1,218.
No previous experience is required and training is provided. Volunteers are also needed to serve as greeters (no tax preparing required for this position). Scheduling is flexible with daytime, evening and Saturday opportunities available from January 28 through April 15.