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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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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.


Walmart Shoppers Round-Up for United Way


Monday Jan 11th, 2021

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

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February 11th is 211 Day!


Monday Jan 11th, 2021

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

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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



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


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.

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MIRROR program powers on at community schools

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Tuesday Nov 17th, 2020

The International Institute's MIRROR program, funded by United Way, had to adapt quite quickly amidst COVID as normally the program would have been implemented in person for families in need at community schools Pfeiffer-Burleigh Elementary and McKinley Elementary. 

The MIRROR program was created to address the complex, diverse, and interconnected needs of refugee youth – as they cope with acculturation stress or childhood trauma, as they transition into the US school system, and as they adapt to resettled life in Erie, PA. The MIRROR program was created to support teachers and school staff who “may feel ill-equipped to address the student’s need(s).” The MIRROR program was created to focus on “the challenges associated with trauma that impede English Language Learners’ ability to achieve academic success.” MIRROR programming is meant to include monthly assessments, supportive case management, streamlined referrals, group parenting and youth workshops, and interpretation support.

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Edison Family Game Night emphasizes attendance

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Tuesday Nov 17th, 2020

In an effort to engage with families virtually, the team at Edison launched their first-ever virtual game night for families made possible with United Way of Erie County funding.

Check out the Edison Elementary Facebook page for all the details from Game Night!

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Mercyhurst aids Diehl with bags

Monday Nov 16th, 2020

Mercyhurst University serves as the lead partner to Diehl Elementary, a United Way community school. Recently, Mercyhurst's campus ministry team joined together to make Halloween take and make kits for kindergarten - second grade students at Diehl.

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Community Schools Volunteer Spotlight: Shia Knight

Monday Nov 16th, 2020

Shia Knight is an 11 year-old Luther Memorial student who was in need of completing community service hours over the summer. That's when Shia's mom Kelina, who is the East Middle School secretary, reached out to Rachel Pierce community school director. Kelina and Shia were looking for opportunities to give back to East and Rachel knew just the way to have Shia help!

Shia participated in East's Random Acts of Kindness campaign from home, writing 150 postcards with positive messaging to be sent to East students who were identified as being in need of encouragement in what we all know are very challenging times - especially for students!

This was the first time Rachel had engaged with a volunteer remotely and it was a huge success! Students will receive these post cards this year to help encourage them to continue to engage in learning as well as remind them that the East family is still there for them while virtual learning and the pandemic continues.

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Fall Fitness with the Y at Harding

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Monday Nov 16th, 2020

The YMCA of Greater Erie serves as the lead partner at Harding Elementary, a United Way community school. As lead partner, the Y recently put one of their greatest resources into action for the teachers and staff at Harding. Fall Fitness was implemented for the first time this year and provided teachers and staff at Harding with the opportunity to unwind and focus on self-care.

Winter Gear for EVES Students

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Monday Nov 16th, 2020

Community School Director, Tammy Rader was recently able to organize a Winter Gear Drive for students at Elk Valley Elementary. In addition to students and their families being able to pick up donated winter items, the Giving Pantry was also opened for families who could come in take things as needed. Special thanks to community school corporate partner Bonnell's Auto Group who purchased one of every item on the EVES Winter Gear Amazon Wish list which was a huge help! In total more than 30 families received assistance through this effort!

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