Skip to main content


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

Saturday, November 11 is Veterans Day. On this day, Americans will collectively pause to recognize and celebrate the courageous men and women who serve in all branches of our United States Military. In celebration of Veterans Day, volunteers and staff from United Way of Erie County and organized labor will host a FREE breakfast for all veterans and their spouses and family members on Sunday, November 5 from 9:00 – 11:30am at the Polish Falcons Club, 431 East 3rd Street. The event is made...

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

On October 20, Safe Journey announced that they have been awarded a $748,613 grant from the Office of Violence Against Women. In addition to the grant, United Way of Erie County and The Erie Community Foundation will provide funding to purchase a transport vehicle that will be outfitted as a counseling space and used to provide outreach counseling services and prevention programs for adults and youth at parks, trailer parks and housing units throughout rural Erie County. 

Friday, October 27, 2017