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Walking School Bus Launches at McKinley Elementary, a United Way community school

Tuesday Feb 23rd, 2021

With the return of in-person instruction, United Way and Erie's Public Schools in partnership with the Blue Coats initiative have launched a critical component of the Safe Routes to School initiative… the Walking School Bus beginning with McKinley Elementary School, a United Way community school!

Weekly INBrief: February 24, 2021

Friday Feb 19th, 2021

Imagination Library Statistics As of February 1, 2020 there are 9,117 children enrolled in the Imagination Library, plus 15,022 graduates, those having reached their fifth birthday. With the December mailing, a total of 800,638 books have been mailed since the first ones were sent out in July 2013.

Weekly INBrief: February 17, 2021

Tuesday Feb 16th, 2021

Pfeiffer-Burleigh Co-Named for Legendary Composer

Above: Members of the Pfeiffer-Burleigh, a United Way community school, leadership team with members of the Burleigh Legacy Alliance on February 12 during the presentation of 5th grade class commemorative Harry T. Burleigh t-shirts distributed to each fifth grader.

Pritzker Family Foundation Infant-Toddler Community Forum Held Virtually

Friday Feb 12th, 2021

In 2019, United Way of Erie County was selected to participate in a Pritzker Stakeholder Forum in conjunction with United Way of Pennsylvania, PA Partnerships for Children, and the Pritzker Foundation. The first forum was held in person thanks to partnerships with the Early Learning Resource Center (ELRC) Region 1, Early Connections, Metz Culinary Management, and East Middle School, a community school, families received a meal, childcare provided on site and had the opportunity to share their thoughts on the supports available for families of infants and toddlers in Erie County.  The forum focused on access to children’s health and prenatal/maternal health, foundations for learning and development to support success in school, positive relationships between young children and the important adults in their lives and supporting families where all key caregivers work outside of the home.  Families had the opportunity to share their thoughts and concerns with each other and the ELRC was able to glean important information to share back with UWPA, PA Partnerships for Children, and the Pritzker Foundation.  This information was then presented to key State policymakers. 

Weekly INBrief: February 10, 2021

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Friday Feb 5th, 2021

State-Level Data & United Way's Guide to 211 in NW PAPennsylvania has a state-wide network of 211 call centers, which allows United Ways to compare local data to other communities, as well as to the entire state.


Life-Changing Support for Erie County Residents in Crisis

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Thursday Feb 4th, 2021

211— a vital part of United Way Erie's mission to crush poverty in our community by focusing on family stability


7 Reasons Erie County Residents Should Use 211

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Wednesday Feb 3rd, 2021

In a crisis, in a disaster, in a pandemic, 211 is here to help every person in our community find food, pay bills, and connect to other essential services.

Weekly INBrief: February 3, 2021

Monday Feb 1st, 2021

Meet Your Local United Way Staff dedicated to the people we serve to ensure a thriving Erie community
Name: Cheryl Bates 
Title: Program Director, United Way Erie FREE Taxes 
Years at UW: 10 years
Favorite thing about Erie is access to Presque Isle

Name: Joelyn Bush
Title: Director of Marketing and Communications 
Years at United Way: 7 
Favorite thing about Erie: I am a four-season…

Weekly INBrief: January 27, 2021

Wednesday Jan 27th, 2021

Community School Directors show resourcefulness in 2020Community School Directors’ creativity, resourcefulness and flexibility have been critical to the success of continuing to support students and families with basic needs and supplies, technology, school attendance and behavioral/mental health services during the past 10 months.

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Erie FREE Taxes Filing Season Opens January 25

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Friday Jan 22nd, 2021

The IRS has announced the opening of the 2021 tax filing season will be February 12, 2021. At that time, prepared tax returns will begin to be accepted and processed by the IRS. Refunds are anticipated to be released during the first week in March. Learn more

Please note that United Way Erie FREE Taxes will still begin its tax filing season on January 25, 2021, as scheduled. Prepared taxes will be held and submitted in accordance with the IRS tax filing calendar.

Weekly INBrief: January 20, 2021

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Wednesday Jan 20th, 2021

Lessons Learned For 2021 Erie Free Tax PreparationWhen the pandemic reached Erie last March, all 16 United Way Erie FREE Taxes VITA sites were closed. Thousands of people had pending appointments that had to be cancelled.

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Weekly INBrief: January 13, 2021

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Wednesday Jan 13th, 2021

Basic Needs & Supplies Pantries Receive Grant From Erie Women’s Fund
Imagine being a young child in Erie attending school, in-person or virtually, in dirty clothes, without a winter coat or boots, hungry or without having toothpaste and a toothbrush.

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February 11th is 211 Day!

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Monday Jan 11th, 2021

Won't you join us for special virtual update regarding United Way's 211 Helpline? 


Walmart Shoppers Round-Up for United Way

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Monday Jan 11th, 2021

Round-up to the nearest $ and donate to United Way of Erie County today!

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Monday Jan 11th, 2021

At the end of what seemed like the longest year ever, many United Way Community Schools continued to struggle keeping their Basic Need Pantry stocked for all neighbor families to take advantage of.

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United Way emphasizes attendance with Be There awareness campaign

Monday Dec 14th, 2020

At United Way, we know the key to breaking the cycle of poverty is education. But, if students aren’t in the classroom, virtually, or otherwise, they cannot succeed.
That’s why United Way will be launching the Be There awareness campaign in the coming days. As part of our work to prepare children to succeed in school and life, our Raising Readers attendance initiative, Be There, mobilizes trusted, caring adults to promote excellent school attendance among local children in Erie's Public Schools. Unlike traditional efforts to reduce truancy and chronic absenteeism, Be There is a positive campaign focused on encouragement and positive reinforcement.
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Thursday Dec 10th, 2020

Updated list of free holiday meals and services provided in Erie County this year.

Mask Erie aids Community Schools Through Mask Donations

Friday Dec 4th, 2020

When the volunteers of Mask Erie heard about students eventually returning to their school buildings, they wanted to do their part to help the community! 

Sara Musone, President of Community School Harding Elementary's PTO and board member of the Foundation for Erie Public Schools, knew this collaboration could make a big difference…

United Way VITA Site Coordinator


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Monday Nov 30th, 2020

United Way currently seeks qualified candidates for the position of VITA Site Coordinator. Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply by Monday, December 7, 2020 at 4:00PM EST. Learn more.


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Seasonal Overflow Shelter Opens Its Doors

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Wednesday Nov 18th, 2020

With all COVID-19 guidelines in place, Erie United Methodist Alliance (EUMA) in collaboration with Our Neighbor's Place will open the seasonal warming shelter beginning Wednesday, November 18.