Programs, Initiatives and Movements

After School/Youth Group
Bethesda Trinity Center
Enhances children’s academic performance; teaches the skills needed to remain drug and alcohol free; and gives children and families a safe place to learn, interact, and connect as a family and neighborhood.

Bayfront Summer Program
Bayfront Maritime Center
Provides engaging, relevant, hands-on STEM-based learning opportunities designed to ensure that underserved inner city 15-18 year olds in Erie County graduate from high school and are prepared for meaningful employment and/or continued education.

Big Brothers Big Sisters
Family Services of NW PA
Provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better; children avoid risky behavior and achieve higher aspirations, greater confidence, better relationships and educational success.

Career Street
Erie County Vocational-Technical School Foundation
A comprehensive career exploration and planning program linking businesses, nonprofit organizations, and schools to create and share experiences for students to job shadow, intern, tour companies, benefit from class speakers, and participate in career workshops and fairs.

Community Clinic
Multi-Cultural Health Evaluation Delivery System
Refugee, Immigrant and Migrant communities will be provided primary health care.

Childcare
YMCA of Greater Erie
Provides quality early care and education to prepare children for kindergarten and beyond.

Creating a Financial Future
Bayfront NATO, Inc./Martin Luther King Jr. Center
Students learn to earn, budget and save, enabling them to plan and take responsibility for their own futures.

Community Schools Partnership
Erie's Public Schools
United Way of Erie County in partnership with Erie's Public Schools announced the pilot of Community Schools in the Fall of 2016 at five EPS sites: Emerson-Gridley Elementary, Edison Elementary, McKinley Elementary, Pfeiffer-Burleigh and Wayne Schools. Community Schools are a strategy for organizing school and community resources around student success. Each Community School is both a place and a set of partnerships between the school and other community resources. Its integrated focus on academics, services, supports and opportunities leads to improved student learning, stronger families and healthier communities. Schools become centers of the community, open to everyone, all day, every day, evenings and weekends. 

Discoverers
George J. D'Angelo Boys & Girls Club of Erie
Helps children succeed intellectually, emotionally, socially and physically. Through their involvement in tutoring, mentoring, youth development, career and life skill educational programs, children are helped to progress towards high school graduation.

Downtown YMCA Teen Center
YMCA of Greater Erie
Provides educational, recreational and cultural programming to develop teens into contributing adult members of the Erie community.

Early Learning and Child Care Centers
Early Connections
Ensures children will be successful in high quality early childhood care and education that is a safe, welcoming place with professional, caring adults; Children learn age-appropriate social, motor, verbal and cognitive skills and have positive self-image.

Early Learning Center
St. Martin Center
Helps young children become productive and independent citizens by guiding them through their formative years.

Erie FREE Taxes
United Way of Erie County
A program established to help eligible low to moderate income wage earners claim the federal Earned Income Tax Credit, a cash refund, by providing them with free tax preparation and filing services at volunteer tax sites.

Erie Together
United Way of Erie County, Mercyhurst University, and Greater Erie Community Action Committee
A countywide movement working to build human and social capital, improve neighborhoods, and enrich lives, so families and the community will become more economically secure.

Eye Care for Low Income Individuals
The Sight Center of Northwest PA
Individuals with vision problems and low incomes will have reduced visual impairment and handicap.

FamilyWize Prescription Drug Discount Card
United Way of Erie County
Can be used by those with no insurance or for medicine not covered by insurance, Medicare or other benefit plans; provided free of charge and can lower the cost of medicine by an average of 35%.

Financial Literacy Counseling
St. Martin Center, International Institute of Erie, and Catholic Charities
Provides individuals in need with the proper financial tools and education to establish a budget and savings plan and, over time, become less reliant upon financial assistance programs.

Gaining Option for College Collaborative
Gannon University
Increases academic success and college access for low-income, first-generation and minority high school students by providing full time, in-school, professional coaches and college student tutors who prepare students for high school, college and career success.

JFK After-School Kids Café
John F. Kennedy Center
Helps lower income children, ages 5-18, living in the disadvantaged neighborhood surrounding the John F. Kennedy Center, have a safe place to go during out-of-school time; to grow up healthy, learn, and be hopeful about their future.

Imagination Library
United Way of Erie County
Provides free books to preschool children in Erie County; each month, starting from birth, a carefully selected, high quality book will be mailed in the child’s name directly to his/her home; the program continues until the child’s fifth birthday.

IMPACT Afterschool Program
Urban Erie Community Development Corporation's Quality of Life Learning Center
Provides educational, recreational and cultural programming to develop teens into contributing adult members of the Erie community.

Kindergarten Readiness Summer Program
Iroquois School District
Screens all incoming kindergarten students and identifies “at-risk” students who are lacking kindergarten readiness skills and then provides an intense emersion program prior to the start of the school year.

Leveraging Resources to Expand Training and Employment
Venango Training and Development Center
Provides low income individuals in Erie County with access to training, education programs, and direct employment.

Maternal Health
Multi-Cultural Health Evaluation Delivery System
Expectant mothers will receive pre-natal education, medical and support services; they will experience safe labors and uncomplicated deliveries and deliver healthy newborns.

Money Works for You Youth
Greater Erie Community Action Committee
Helps students learn about the aspects of financial literacy through a series of ten workshops designed to provide fiscal literacy and real life skills.

Office-Based Counseling
Family Services of NW PA
Individuals, couples and families will cope better with common family-related problems such as those involving parenting, separation and divorce, blended families, reunification, domestic abuse, neglect and children with special needs.

Parents as Teachers Union City
Union City Family Support Center
Provides the information, support and encouragement parents need to improve parenting capacity, parent practices and parent-child relationships, helping them engage effectively in their child’s education and reduce the likelihood of neglect and abuse.

Peer-to-Peer Development Program
NAMI of Erie County
Provides participants with mental health education, job readiness skills, and income generation to improve the earning potential of unemployed, underemployed or displaced workers in Erie County.

PLAYtime
Erie Playhouse
Engages children in art-related activities to start them on the right path to reading success, trains parents in creative literacy-building techniques and exposes families to the magic of live theatre.

Positive Youth Development
Penn State Erie – The Behrend College, C.O.R.E.
Activates all sectors of the community to incorporate the 40 Developmental Assets, the building blocks of positive youth development.

Project SAIL After-School Program
Bayfront Maritime Center
Emphasizes the hands-on and practical application of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math subjects in a maritime themed learning environment.

Reading Buddies
United Way of Erie County
To maximize the impact of the Imagination Library, United Way launched the Reading Buddies Program; trained Reading Buddies are deployed in pairs throughout the community to teach parents and caregivers how to maximize the learning experience when reading to their children.

Screenings to Prevent Vision Problems in Children
The Sight Center of Northwest PA
Preschoolers, especially those from families with low incomes, will receive screenings or eye exams to prevent, detect and reduce visual impairment and handicap.

Small World Childcare
International Institute of Erie
Provides high quality child care and early childhood education, preparing children for future academic success and accepting people without regard to their culture, disabilities or special needs.

Success by 6
Early Connections
Raises public awareness of the importance of quality early learning opportunities, building literacy and kindergarten readiness skills and creating smooth transitions from early learning programs to kindergarten.

SSJNN East
Sisters of St. Joseph Neighborhood Network
Revitalizing the neighborhood from 14th to 26th Streets and French to Elm Streets by coordinating services and resources that address the most critical needs.

St. Paul’s Neighborhood Free Clinic
Patients will have a better awareness of healthy lifestyles and their own health issues and how to manage them; patients will acquire and maintain good medical and dental health.

Unified Erie
GECAC
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Youth Social Development
The Salvation Army - Erie Temple Corps
Supports the needs of working and impoverished families, by strengthening young people’s academic skills while encouraging healthy behaviors, and physical well-being in a safe and healthy environment.