The latest on what we're up to, most proud of, and inspired by.

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Women United for Community Schools

Thursday Aug 3rd, 2023

Women United for Community Schools recently hosted an educational discussion for current members and guests with the intention of recruiting more women to join this growing affinity group of United Way.

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National Night Out/Erie Gives Day 2023

Wednesday Aug 2nd, 2023

National Night Out 2023

United Way of Erie County has been a proud sponsor of local National Night Out (NNO) events since 2004 and yesterday the community celebrated NNO across Erie County.

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CS Drive: Supplies for Success

Thursday Jul 20th, 2023

Can you help United Way provide NEW school supplies for children at United Way community schools? 

With the cost of living and inflation at an all-time high, many families with students at community schools, may not be able to afford new school supplies, whether it be book bags, ear buds, Expo markers, glue sticks, jumbo crayons, kids scissors, pencil pouches or water bottles.

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Transformational Erie Community Foundation Grant Announcement Erie High to Become United Way Community School

Wednesday Jul 19th, 2023

Officials from The Erie Community Foundation announced today a $2M Susan Hirt Hagen Center for Transformational Philanthropy grant to United Way of Erie County for the establishment of the Community School Model at Erie High School in Erie’s Public Schools.

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United Way's Imagination Library for Erie County Celebrates 10 Years!

Wednesday Jul 5th, 2023

Happy July! And, Happy 10th Anniversary to United Way's Imagination Library for Erie County which was launched in July 2013. To celebrate this significant milestone as a valued supporter of our mission to promote literacy and empower children, we invite you to join us in commemorating this remarkable achievement.

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Views Festival: Purposeful Placemaking

Wednesday Jun 28th, 2023

Views Festival, a collaborative effort between Erie Arts and Culture, United Way of Erie County and many other partners, supporters, community members and allies wrapped up last week, resulting in the placement of more than 20 new murals along United Way Safer Walking Routes to School in the City of Erie. In early June, both local and visiting artists came together to continue the work that began during last year's Purposeful Placemaking Project where 13 murals were introduced to the Erie community by the end of 2022.

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The Institute for Educational Leadership's 2023 National Community Schools and Family Engagement Conference

Wednesday Jun 21st, 2023

United Way of Erie County Community School Delegation recently participated in The Institute for Educational Leadership’s 2023 National Community Schools and Family Engagement Conference, held June 7-9 in downtown Philadelphia. 

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Larson Texts Inc. and Big Ideas Learning Corporate Partnership Spotlight

Wednesday Jun 14th, 2023

Thanks to the generosity of United Way’s corporate and funding partners, together, we are making a transformational impact in the lives of students and their families throughout Erie County. Throughout the year we will be featuring corporate partners in the Weekly InBrief because we know the business community understands when children fall behind in school the consequences create a ripple effect. Students who fall behind are graduating without the skills necessary to support workforce needs if they graduate at all. This results in an increased burden on taxpayers and our social service system, increased involvement in the juvenile justice system and increased trauma and delinquency to name just a few. 

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United Way, in partnership with Iroquois School District, launch Safer Walking Routes to School

Thursday Jun 8th, 2023

Students cannot learn if they are not in school. That's why United Way is committed to ensuring students arrive to school on time and ready to learn each and every day.

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End of Year Activities

Wednesday May 31st, 2023

The end of the school year is almost here! We hope these examples of United Way's funding, or what we call #CommunitySchoolsInAction, warm your heart and show you impact of your support on students and their families during the last few weeks of school.

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Vision To Learn Learn 2023

Wednesday May 24th, 2023

So far, 66 children at three United Way community schools have received new glasses thanks to Vision To Learn in 2023: 18 at Edison Elementary, 24 at Harding Elementary and 24 at Pfeiffer-Burleigh Elementary. 

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Annual Meeting 2023

Monday May 22nd, 2023

At the 2023 Annual Meeting, held May 11 at the Bayfront Convention Center, we used the opportunity to spotlight how family engagement blossoms through the Community School Model.

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Trash to Treasure 2023

Wednesday May 10th, 2023

The twelfth annual Trash to Treasure sale is happening at Penn State Behrend this Saturday, May 13, from 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Junker Center on campus with all proceeds benefitting United Way.

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PLAYtime presents "Chimpanzees for Tea!"

Wednesday May 3rd, 2023

A Bunch of Carrots, a Box of Rice, some Tasty Cheese, a Big Firm Pear and a Can of Peas... sounds like a simple list, right? Well not for Vincent in the beloved Imagination Library book Chimpanzees for Tea! which came to life for thousands of Erie County children and families this past weekend thanks to United Way and the Erie Playhouse's PLAYtime partnership.

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Volunteer Highlight: Char Berringer with Grover Cleveland

Wednesday Apr 26th, 2023

Sara Musone, Community School Director at Grover Cleveland feels beyond lucky to collaborate with volunteer Charlotte “Char” Berringer. According to Sara, “Char started as a volunteer but has become part of the Grover family and a treasured asset.” 

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Volunteer Feature: Amy Nuzback, Elk Valley Elementary

Monday Apr 24th, 2023

To continue our celebration of volunteers, Tammy Rader, Community School Director at Elk Valley Elementary School recently shared her thanks for Amy Nuzback, long-time teacher as well as a school volunteer. We asked Amy why she chooses to volunteer.

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Erie FREE Taxes Feature: Charlie Chevalier

Wednesday Apr 19th, 2023

United Way’s Erie FREE Taxes (EFT) just closed out the 2023 tax season with the help of 22 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site coordinators and 117 volunteers at 19 locations across Erie County. EFT volunteer tax preparers are responsible for returning $119 million in federal refunds while saving filers an estimated $17.9 million in commercial tax preparation fees since 2007, making the total program value more than $136 million. EFT could not happen without the dedication of EFT program director, Marybelle Martin and tax preparers across Erie County.

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Volunteer Appreciation: Strong Vincent Middle School programs

Wednesday Apr 12th, 2023

When it comes to engaging volunteers, Katrina Byrd, community school director and Kaitlyn Falk, community school coordinator at Strong Vincent Middle School, get the gold star! They share how important volunteers are to Strong Vincent’s after school enrichment programs in this week's issue.

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Volunteer Recognition: Mary Moodey

Wednesday Apr 5th, 2023

April is National Volunteer Month and at United Way, we are grateful to the thousands of volunteers helping to advance our mission to crush poverty in Erie County. Thank you for your commitment to lead by example and to LIVE UNITED! 

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Student Walking Safety Update

Wednesday Mar 29th, 2023

Erie kids walk to school, let's keep them safe!

With more than 8,000 students walking to and from school each day, through the elements, alongside busy roads and more, it is crucial for every citizen to do their part to keep students safe.