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Got children's books? Help kids beat the summer slide. Studies show that access to books during the summer prevents a drastic loss in reading skills - especially for kids in need. All books will be dispersed to United Way’s partner elementary and middle schools throughout Erie County. Books donated should be new or gently used and for children ages 5-14 (grades K-8) only. The drive will be running April 1-25. Make it easy by using and sharing this Amazon Wish List:

Monday, March 19, 2018

I Think I can, I think can The Erie Playhouse Youtheatre PLAYtime project, in partnership with United Way of Erie County’s Imagination Library is happy to present FREE family-friendly performances of The Little Engine that Could. This is the first book all children enrolled in United Way’s Imagination Library receive when they enroll in the countywide early literacy program. PLAYtime, funded by United Way of Erie County, was born as a result of inspiration from the Imagination Library and...

Thursday, March 8, 2018

United Way of Erie County's 2017 Impact Report is now available. Download a copy    

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

For far too long, the barriers to learning for Erie County children living in poverty have been ignored or addressed through a “band-aid” approach. This is unacceptable. We, as a community, cannot be simply reactive anymore. If our community is serious about stopping the cycle of poverty, we need to make hard decisions and change what we know has not been working. That is why three years ago, United Way of Erie County made the decision to be BOLD with its 2015-2018 Strategic Plan. To more...

Saturday, January 20, 2018

In December 2017, United Way's Board of Directors approved a restructured impact strategy as part of United Way’s 2015-2018 strategic plan. This plan is focused on reducing poverty by changing community conditions so many more people become and remain self-sufficient. Funding will be available to support three priorities: Kindergarten Readiness Mental Health Supports (K-3) Resources to Address Physical Health Barriers to Learning (Pre-K-8) The combined total of available funding for these...

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

    Three locations providing free tax preparation 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 20, 2018. This event highlights the importance of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) in helping individuals and families to move towards financial stability and promotes United Way’s Erie FREE Taxes program ( Tax filers...

Friday, January 5, 2018

Erie County government and United Way's 2-1-1 Call Center are encouraging at-risk Erie County residents to call 2-1-1 for information about assistance in clearing snow. The reminder comes as Team Rubicon and the Pennsylvania Wing Civil Air Patrol are sending volunteers to help clear sidewalks and driveways for vulnerable residents – specifically, for the elderly and those with medical conditions or disabilities. Call takers at United Way's 2-1-1 Call Center will assess residents’ needs in...

Friday, December 29, 2017

UNITED WAY OF ERIE COUNTY ANNOUNCES $2.1 MILLIONTO SUPPORT COUNTYWIDE STUDENT SUCCESS FROM BIRTHPlans to expand community schools, release RFP to address self-sufficiency At a press conference today, United Way of Erie County announced $2.1 million over three years to support student success from birth. Support will include countywide expansion of the community schools strategy, committing human resources to advance educational work and coordinating the countywide initiative to address reading...

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

In an effort to keep donors, partners and the broader Erie region informed, United Way of Erie County has announced the launch of Community School Connections, a quarterly eNewsletter dedicated to highlighting the work happening at its five pilot community schools. These schools include East Middle School, Edison Elementary, McKinley Elementary, Pfeiffer-Burleigh and Strong Vincent Middle School.   Read the first issue Subscribe to receive future updates

Monday, December 11, 2017

Erie FREE Taxes needs volunteer tax preparers for the 2018 tax filing season. Every tax filer has a story. As a volunteer tax preparer, you will hear some of their stories and experience first-hand how you make a difference when you LIVE United as a VITA volunteer. Training is free.   For more information contact Cheryl Bates, or call 814-456-2937. You can sign up to volunteer by filling out this form.   

Wednesday, November 22, 2017