2019 United Way Campaign Video Launched
United Way of the Capital Region has a story to tell about our impact in the Capital Region. This year, our story gets better as we expand and enhance our pilot projects to reach more people in our community. Meet four local individuals and learn how their lives are moving forward thanks to the work of United Way.
Watch the video on Vimeo at vimeo.com/uwcr/our-story-grows.
Nearly 1,700 Volunteers Unite for 27th Annual Day of Caring
On Friday, September 6, nearly 1,700 volunteers helped kick off United Way of the Capital Region’s 2019 campaign by participating in the 27th annual Day of Caring. This is one of the largest Day of Caring events 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 81 companies worked on 125 projects to include painting, landscaping, the installation of smoke alarms in Harrisburg, and a major outdoor cleanup project in Allison Hill.
Real Impact Through Pilot Projects: Meet Thomas
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.