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  Thanks to an unprecedented collaboration between United Way of Erie County and The Erie Community Foundation, a grant of $1.2 million was awarded to the Greater Erie Community Action Committee (GECAC) today to address community violence and help create a safer future for all people in the Erie region.   The three-year grant will be used by GECAC to implement the Unified Erie plan for a community call-in strategy and provide significant levels of assistance to at-risk youth and ex-offenders...

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

  ECGRA, Erie Together, and Partners Boost PreK Awareness and Enrollment “Block by Block” This Summer   Erie Together is teaming up with the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority to raise awareness about the importance of quality early education. At each of six free community block events, Erie Together will provide children and their families with kindergarten readiness resources, educational activities, and food and drinks. ECGRA has invested $15,000 to make the countywide events possible...

Friday, June 17, 2016

United Way of Erie County has announced that Attorney Robert G. “Bob” Dwyer is the 2016 Tocqueville Award recipient. The award will be presented to him during a dinner ceremony at the Ambassador Conference Center on Tuesday, July 12. This prestigious award recognizes outstanding volunteer service to our community through personal leadership and long-time commitment. The award dinner brings together Tocqueville Society (donors of $10,000+ annually), Leadership Giving Society ($1,000+ annually)...

Thursday, June 16, 2016

THANK YOU to each of the companies below who earned the prestigious Honor Roll distinction from United Way of Erie County for achieving increased campaign giving for five or more consecutive years. Receiving the award for the seventh consecutive year are: American Tinning & Galvanizing Custom Engineering The Housing Authority of the City of Erie Receiving the award for the sixth consecutive year are: Finish Thompson Incorporated Transportation Equipment Supply Company Receiving...

Thursday, June 16, 2016

United Way of Erie County to Host 8 Book Swap Events to Encourage Youth Reading and Prevent Learning Loss United Way of Erie County will hold a number of FREE “summer slide” book swap events at various locations throughout Erie County during the month of June. For many children in our community, especially from lower income households, the summer months don’t include reading or continuing educational activities. This results in a loss of achievement for children who then start off the next...

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Since bringing the Imagination Library to Erie County, United Way has called it a transformational early literacy program. For the first time, we have solid local research supporting this statement. The Study Purpose: To understand the impact of storybook reading on the children and parents receiving Imagination Library books using Clay’s (2013) Concepts about Print and Letter Identification tasks with a parent/caregiver survey about home literacy practices. We reached out to Penn State...

Friday, June 10, 2016

United Way of Erie County is set to celebrate the third anniversary (birthday) of bringing the Imagination Library free book-a-month program to the Erie region at its Imagination Golf Classic event on Thursday, June 9 at Lake Shore Country Club. As of May 2016, the total number of books mailed locally since the program’s inception just three years ago surpassed one quarter of a million! Through this transformational early literacy program, in 2015 United Way mailed 104,274 books to children...

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

The second annual Women Driving Philanthropy (WDP) will be held Monday, August 29 at Lawrence Park Golf Club. The Erie Women’s Fund, Erie Community Foundation and United Way of Erie County will present the women only golf tournament to support the BABY & ME™ – Tobacco Free Program. Women Driving Philanthropy organizers are excited to bring this program to Erie County through the support of the outing. BABY & ME™ – Tobacco Free Program is a smoking cessation program aimed at reducing the...

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Applications for 2016 National Night Out Mini-Grants are now open. Complete details are available here: http://www.unitedwayerie.org/nno/grant/application

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

United Way of Erie County today announced the winners of the 2015 Campaign Incentive Prizes. The winners were notified earlier this month when United Way officials and the prize sponsors surprised individuals at work as part of the 2016 Prize Patrol.   Seven lucky contributors of $156 or more to United Way during the 2015 Campaign learned they were the winners of this year’s incentive prizes: Larry Anderson of GE Transportation  won two roundtrip airplane tickets courtesy of  International...

Monday, May 9, 2016

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