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Erie FREE Taxes: Earned Income Tax Credit

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Monday Feb 7th, 2022

Through the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA), Erie FREE Taxes provides free tax preparation service to Erie County tax filers and ensures that every eligible filer claims the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The EITC, one of our county’s most effective anti-poverty tools, lifts more than 8 million adults and children above the poverty line. 

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United Way Community Schools Grow to 13 Countywide

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Thursday Jan 13th, 2022

Officials from United Way of Erie County in partnership with Erie’s Public Schools have announced Lincoln Elementary School and Woodrow Wilson Middle School will be transformed into the next two community schools in our region, bringing the total number of schools included in the partnership to 13 countywide. We are also announcing Scot Galloway has been named the community school director at Perry Elementary.

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JOB POSTING: Marketing & Communications Coordinator

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Monday Dec 27th, 2021

The Marketing & Communications Coordinator is an enthusiastic team member of the Marketing & Communications department reporting to the Director. They provide brand management support and assist with the implementation of marketing, public relations, advertising and promotional strategy for the organization. A cover letter and resume sent to by January 19, 2022 is required for consideration.

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United Way announces vice president of finance and administration

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Wednesday Dec 15th, 2021

United Way of Erie County is pleased to announce the hiring of Sally Opferbeck as Vice President of Finance & Administration. In her new role, Sally will be responsible for all accounting, finance and treasury functions as well as for developing and maintaining the financial infrastructure and systems needed to safeguard the organization’s financial assets. She will be the senior financial position for the organization.

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Peaceful Playground Unveiled at Pfeiffer-Burleigh

Tuesday Nov 9th, 2021

On Tuesday, November 9 representatives from United Way of Erie County, Erie’s Public Schools and Erie Insurance gathered at the newly completed Peaceful Playground at Pfeiffer-Burleigh Elementary, a community school.


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Free Thanksgiving Meals in Erie County 2021

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Monday Nov 8th, 2021

Updated list of free Thanksgiving meals provided throughout Erie County this year.

Imagination Library Research Released

Thursday Oct 28th, 2021

United Way of Erie County partnered with Penn State Behrend Core and Dr. Chad Waldron, University of Michigan Flint to conduct ongoing research on the impact of United Way of Erie County’s Imagination Library in Erie County.

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United Way Community Schools Drive: Coats & More for Kids runs through October!

Thursday Oct 7th, 2021

YOU can help ensure students at United Way community schools come to school warmly dressed and ready to learn everyday by supporting United Way Community Schools Drive: Coats & More!


20-21 SingleCare Impact Report Now Available

Tuesday Sep 14th, 2021

The annual SingleCare Impact Report for 2020-2021 is now available. 



United Way Needs YOU! Become a Erie FREE Tax Volunteer!

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Thursday Sep 9th, 2021

United Way's Erie FREE Taxes is on the search for volunteer tax preparers for the upcoming tax season. No experience is required! 

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Robin Scheppner Receives 2020 Tocqueville Award

Wednesday Sep 8th, 2021

Last September, United Way of Erie County was pleased to announce Robin Scheppner as the 2020 Tocqueville Award recipient. Due to uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic, a virtual guestbook dedicated to Robin will replace the in-person congratulations that would have been shared at the event. We hope you'll share your praise for Robin at!

United Way of Erie County’s Bi-Annual 211 Helpline Trend Report

Monday Aug 30th, 2021

United Way of Erie County has evolved from its roots as a fundraising organization to a critical community impact organization mobilizing local partners - including businesses, community leaders and residents - to break the cycle of poverty and expand opportunities for people to become self-sufficient.

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United Way of Erie County announces retirement of Bill Jackson

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Wednesday Aug 25th, 2021

Today, United Way of Erie County's board of directors has publicly announced the retirement of Bill Jackson, president and chief professional officer effective December 31, 2021 and the board has named him President Emeritus.  United Way’s board is pleased to announce Laurie B. Root has been promoted to president and chief professional officer of United Way of Erie County effective immediately. 
Bill will be fully involved in assisting with a smooth transition through the end of the year and complete details are attached for your information.

Impact in Action: Supplies for Success

Monday Aug 23rd, 2021

United Way collected $2,045 of monetary donations for the recent Supplies for Success Community Schools Drive. As of August 20, more than $10,000 worth of supplies have been donated across all community schools.

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United Way names Union City Community School Director

Wednesday Jul 21st, 2021

United Way of Erie County is pleased to announce Union City native Bailey Pituch has been named community school director at Union City Elementary. This comes after United Way first announced the model would be coming to Union City School District, the fourth in Erie County, thanks to support from an anonymous donor and Women United for Community Schools.


Meet Your Neighbor at National Night Out 2021!

Tuesday Jul 20th, 2021

Check out the full list of National Night Out event details! 

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United Way leads accelerated expansion of community schools in City of Erie

Thursday Jul 8th, 2021

Start-up funding paves way for launch of data-driven student success model at five additional schools 

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Child Tax Credit Available to Families

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Wednesday Jul 7th, 2021

Check if your family is eligible to receive the Child Tax Credit. 

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United Way launches eleventh community school in Erie County

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Monday Jun 28th, 2021

Officials from United Way of Erie County in partnership with Union City School District announced today that Union City Elementary will become United Way’s eleventh community school in Erie County. 


United Way announces 2021 National Night Out grant recipients

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Friday Jun 25th, 2021

United Way is pleased to announce the funding of 19 neighborhood organization events and projects totaling $13,700 in mini-grants.