Erie Together Discussions Lead to Important Community Resource

Collaborative Human Service Directory and Veterans Portal Launch

Collaboratively, United Way of Erie County, Erie Together, Gannon University and Edinboro University have worked to launch an updated comprehensive human service directory and companion veterans portal for Erie County.

The Human Service Directory is a signature project of Erie-GAINS (Gannon Alliances to Improve Neighborhood Sustainability) that is reciprocal in nature, with benefits to both the community and the students who have worked on the project. The online directory is available at no cost to the public here: http://hsd.gannon.edu. Printed copies of the 300+ page directory are $40.00/each and can be ordered by emailing hsd@gannon.edu.

“One of the three goals of Gannon University’s Strategic Plan is to ‘Engage in the Community.’ The Human Service Directory is one of our initiatives which not only benefits the community by providing a valuable resource, but also provides our students with real-world, hands-on learning. This experience has helped our students gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the comprehensive resources within the community and has promoted critical thinking and social responsibility,” said Dr. Carolynn Masters, Gannon University provost and vice president.

The collaboration between Gannon University, Erie-GAINS, United Way of Erie County and Erie Together on the Human Service Directory project demonstrates a true commitment and ability of local organizations to work together to address an important community need.

“Through Erie Together discussions, it became very apparent that so many people in our community – from employers, to social service agencies, to churches, to individuals seeking supports – could benefit from easy access to a directory of local human services,” said Mary Bula, Erie Together’s facilitator. “We are incredibly grateful to Erie-GAINS and Edinboro University for making these resources available to our community.”

The Veterans Portal of Northwestern PA, spearheaded by Jay Breneman, Coordinator for the Edinboro University Veterans Success Center, serves as a single-point resource for all veterans, family members, and service providers in the region, with the goal of improving the lives of the men and women who served our great country.

The collaboration between Edinboro University’s Veterans Success Center, area veteran organizations, United Way of Erie County and Erie Together brings together one voice in recognizing the value our veterans bring to our communities and provides a great tool to help our veterans succeed.