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United Way and Erie’s Public Schools announce lead partner at Diehl Elementary with plans to hire school director Officials from United Way of Erie County in partnership with Erie’s Public Schools are moving ahead with the transformational student success initiative known as community schools at Diehl Elementary, the organization’s eighth school countywide. Community schools are places where resources from the community are used to improve student success. Community schools offer programs that...

Friday, March 15, 2019

United Way of Erie County continues to facilitate the implementation of a $250,000 Erie Community Foundation Shaping Tomorrow grant focused on increasing school attendance at Community Schools in the City of Erie. Strategies include the following: conducting a comprehensive education and awareness campaign; identifying, improving, and promoting the safest walking routes to each school; and piloting “walking school buses” along the safe routes. United Way’s work is currently focused on...

Friday, March 1, 2019

Monday, February 11 is PA 2-1-1 Day. This is a day to celebrate all of the life-changing ways United Way’s 2-1-1 helpline services the residents of Northwest Pennsylvania, and to encourage more to utilize the service available to them. United Way of Erie County, who administers the service for the Northwest PA region, will host an event for service providers at The Nonprofit Partnership from 9am - 11am on 2-1-1 Day. More information   2-1-1 information and referral service is the social service...

Friday, February 8, 2019

A recently published research study titled “'Dream More, Care More, Learn More, and Be More’: The Imagination Library Influencing Storybook Reading and Early Literacy,” in Reading Psychology confirms the positive impact the Imagination Library program has on kindergarten literacy. This research is based on the initial research findings in Erie County’s experience with the Imagination Library and children entering kindergarten after only two years of implementation. The research was conducted...

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

United Way's 2-1-1 is committed to helping those in the Northwest PA region impacted by the federal government shutdown. Furloughed federal employees and government contractors in need of social services and individuals with questions about availability of public benefits can call 2-1-1 or visit PA211NW.org to get help.  2-1-1 is a free, confidential referral and information service that connects people from all communities to a specialist who can help find local health and human services, 24...

Friday, January 11, 2019

Once again, United Way Erie FREE Taxes will kick-off the tax filing season with free tax preparations at three different locations in the City of Erie. IRS-certified volunteer tax preparers will complete tax returns for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) tax filers at United Way’s Super Saturday EITC Awareness Kick-Off event on January 19, 2019. This event highlights the importance of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) in helping individuals and families to move towards financial...

Thursday, January 10, 2019

United Way of Erie County and Erie’s Public Schools officials announced the corporate partners for Diehl Elementary School at a press conference on Friday, November 9, 2018 at 10:00 AM. Companies making up the coalition include: Accudyn, American Tinning and Galvanizing, Custom Engineering, Lincoln Recycling, McInnes Rolled Rings, Reddog Industries, Smith Provision and Team Hardinger. At United Way, we know education is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty in our community. That is why in...

Friday, November 9, 2018

Harrisburg, PA – United Way of Pennsylvania presented its highest annual award, the Keystone Spirit of United Way award, to Erie County resident Thomas B. Hagen at a celebration hosted by Erie Insurance on September 12, 2018.   The Keystone Spirit of United Way Award was created by the United Way of Pennsylvania to recognize exceptional and sustained volunteer and philanthropic leadership. The criteria for selection of an honoree reflect a philanthropic impact and personal commitment of time...

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Would you like to help fellow tax filers keep more of their hard-earned money at tax time? Would you like to give them a chance to save money for an emergency fund or their children’s education, or to buy a home?   Become an IRS-certified VITA volunteer tax preparer. Free IRS training is provided. No previous experience is required. Volunteer tax site assignments are available at the 4 NINE Center.   Gain experience, meet new people, and help your community! Become a VITA volunteer.   Contact...

Thursday, August 30, 2018

United Way Erie FREE Taxes VITA Site Coordinator Needed   Temporary, part time, VITA site supervisor positions available in Erie and Union City, PA. Two days per week, up to five hours per day, January, 2019 through mid-April, 2019. $13 per hour.    Responsibilities include: provide on-site supervision of volunteer tax preparers; manage all tax site operations;  prepare tax returns; attend free, mandatory IRS certification and software trainings.     Requirements include: two years tax...

Thursday, August 30, 2018

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