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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

  We are excited to share with you PA 2-1-1 Northwest’s first Annual Report. Before 2-1-1 was available, many people in our local communities struggled to find the resources they needed. Many folks just didn’t know where to even start. That has all changed now that we are able to provide an up-to date, quality service for people in need. While we will continue to grow and improve service, we have already accomplished a lot in our first year: Making it easier for people to find help Because...

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

RELEASE July 31, 2018 — For far too long, the barriers to learning for children living in poverty have been ignored or addressed with a “Band-Aid” or isolated impact approach. This is unacceptable. We as a community cannot be reactive anymore. That is why United Way of Erie County representatives announced a total investment of $3.2 million dollars in 2018-2019 funding, including new Community Impact grants during a press conference today. In addition to existing United Way investments...

Monday, July 30, 2018

A night out against crime, 18 events supported by United Way planned throughout Erie County Nearly 6,500 neighbors throughout Erie County will spend a little quality time with each other on Tuesday, August 7 thanks to United Way of Erie County. United Way’s support of National Night Out dates back to 2004 and since that time funding has been provided to organizations, neighborhood associations and watch groups annually. This year, eighteen collaborative groups have received funding from...

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

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