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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.

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JOB POSTING: Senior Director of Community Impact

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Thursday May 20th, 2021

A resume and cover letter sent to by COB on Friday, June 4, 2021 is required for consideration. 

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National Night Out 2021

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Wednesday May 19th, 2021

It's that time of year where we start accepting applications for our annual National Night Out events and projects.

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United Way Staff Updates

Monday May 17th, 2021

United Way is announcing the following staff updates.

In June, Cheryl Bates, Program Director for Erie Free Taxes, will retire after more than 10 years at United Way.


Trash to Treasure Sale Set for May 15, 2021

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Monday Apr 26th, 2021

It's that time of year again! Students are packing up their dorms and heading home or to next year's living space. Why not donate those items you don't want to take with you to the annual Trash to Treasure sale, located at Erie Hall at Penn State Behrend on May 15 from 7:30AM to Noon. 

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United Way, UPMC Western Behavioral Health at Safe Harbor, Gannon University to announce community school case managers

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Monday Apr 19th, 2021

Officials from United Way of Erie County, UPMC Western Behavioral Health at Safe Harbor, Erie’s Public Schools and Gannon University have announced each of the five Case Managers hired for the Removing Barriers to Learning Through Case Management in Erie’s Community Schools project.

In July 2020, United Way announced a $2 million US Department of Education grant to boost our
community schools initiative. This grant, the largest single award to United Way in the organization’s 105-year history, will further support United Way’s community schools initiative aimed at removing barriers to learning so students and their families can succeed.

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Erie Insurance Giving Network Announces Educational Grant Opportunities

Wednesday Apr 14th, 2021

New Investing in Our Future Grant to Support Individual Educational Success and Lifelong Learning

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Weekly INBrief: March 31, 2021

Monday Mar 29th, 2021

April is Volunteer Recognition Month and we at United Way of Erie County are grateful to the hundreds of volunteers who are helping to advance our mission to crush poverty in Erie County. Thank You! 

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Weekly INBrief: March 17, 2021

Monday Mar 15th, 2021

Who Will Replace the Staggering Number of Jobs Opened by Retirements Investing in children’s education now will help prepare them for positions that will become available when a staggering number of retirements in the workforce will take place in Erie County.

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Diehl leads Read Across Erie County efforts

Friday Mar 12th, 2021

Last school year, Diehl Elementary, a United Way community school, participated in Read Across America Day in a BIG way! Students gathered together in the halls of school to read collectively for 20 minutes, resulting in cumulative reading that energized students and staff! This year, Karen Donnelly, community school director,…


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Wednesday Mar 10th, 2021

"I don't know what I'm going to do for Christmas. " - Strong Vincent parent

The Strong Vincent Caring Colonels holiday generosity effort was launched so parents didn't have to feel this way.

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NAPA Provides Support to Community Schools Partnership at East

Wednesday Mar 10th, 2021

Recently, the UPMC Department of Anesthesiology spearheaded a $7,000 donation from the North American Partners in Anesthesia (NAPA) to East, a United Way community school. With the generous support from NAPA, the East community school leadership team has been able to address basic need barriers for students.

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Coding and Cooking Club: Edison Virtual After School Programs

Wednesday Mar 10th, 2021

After school programming, a huge part of the Edison Elementary experience for students prior to the pandemic, returned with the launch of virtual program offerings in early 2021. Coding for Boys was offered on Tuesdays, Cooking Club was offered on Wednesdays and Coding for Girls was offered on Thursdays.

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Experience a Community School: VIRTUAL TOUR

Tuesday Mar 9th, 2021

Join us as we tour United Way Community School McKinley Elementary!

Weekly INBrief: March 10, 2021

Monday Mar 8th, 2021

What do authors, a physician and the Mascot for the Otters Have in Common? Love of Reading! Local children’s authors David Gorman and Ramone Outlaw, Dr. Kristen Chandler, Erie Otters coach Chris Hartsburg and mascot Otto, Erie Seawolves coach Greg Coleman and mascot C.

Weekly INBrief: March 3, 2021

Monday Mar 1st, 2021

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Celebrating the Women Who Work as Community School DirectorsDuring Women’s History, United Way celebrates the work of our 10 Community School Directors throughout Erie County.


United Way announces full-service community schools grant project manager

Wednesday Feb 24th, 2021

United Way is pleased to announce Bill Herlihy as the Program Manager responsible for administrative and clinical leadership in the Removing Barriers to Learning Through Case Management in Erie’s Community Schools project, in partnership with UPMC of Western Behavioral Health at Safe HarborErie’s Public Schools, and Gannon University.