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

United Way to Announce JoAnna Connell Elementary Community School Corporate Partner

Wednesday Nov 16th, 2022

United Way of Erie County and Erie’s Public Schools officials will announce the corporate partner for JoAnna Connell Elementary at a press conference on Thursday, November 15 at 10:00 AM.

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Purposeful Placemaking Community Update

Wednesday Nov 16th, 2022

An enthusiastic and creative crowd filled the Ada Lawrence Community Room on November 10 in the Wayne Building to celebrate the installation of the first 13 transformational placemaking murals along five of United Way’s Safer Walking Routes to school pathways.   

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Reaction to Jefferson Education Society Global Summit Session

Wednesday Nov 9th, 2022

“We are so impressed by United Way of Erie County and the work you all are doing with 16 Community Schools.”  


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United Way partners with Jefferson Educational Society for 2022 Global Summit Session

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Friday Nov 4th, 2022

United Way recently partnered with the Jefferson Educational Society to host a panel of experts as part of the 2022 Global Summit. The session, entitled Community Schools: A Model Locally, A Model Nationally was moderated by Ben Speggen and led by José Muñoz, Director of the Coalition for Community Schools, American University Professor Reuben Jacobson and Erie's Public Schools Superintendent Brian Polito.


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Community Circles

Wednesday Nov 2nd, 2022

At McKinley, we dedicate ourselves to cultivating a safe community that openly welcomes and inspires every person to be respectful, responsible, safe, and prepared. While we pride ourselves on building relationships and fostering a loving, welcoming, and safe environment, we realized that we were not addressing the root problem for many of our students.


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2022 Tocqueville Award Presentation and Leadership Recognition Reception

Wednesday Sep 28th, 2022

United Way of Erie County has announced that Thomas A. Tupitza is the 2022 Tocqueville Award recipient. The award will be presented to him during United Way’s Leadership Recognition Reception sponsored by Northwest Bank and the William M. and Frances Schuster Fund at The Erie Community Foundation on Wednesday, October 5 at the Erie Art Museum.

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United Way to Host Regional Meeting and Superintendent Roundtable

Friday Sep 23rd, 2022

United Way of Erie County (UWEC) is pleased to be hosting United Way Worldwide's Northeast Regional Director, John Emge, in Erie to showcase our work addressing generational poverty in our community.

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Thank You Community School Directors

Wednesday Sep 21st, 2022

At the heart of United Way of Erie County community schools are 16 community school directors (CSDs). CSDs are strategic partners with their respective school's leadership team coordinating and aligning resources that help to eliminate the nonacademic barriers to learning for students and families. 

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Community School Director Appreciation Week

Monday Sep 19th, 2022

Today kickstarts Coalition for Community Schools Community School Coordinators Week!

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Union City School District Hosts Poverty Simulation

Wednesday Sep 14th, 2022

In late August, Union City Area School District teachers and staff participated in GECAC’s poverty simulation in order to better understand the tough decisions, fear and frustrations low-income families in their community face every day.  

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2022 Annual Campaign Underway

Thursday Sep 8th, 2022

United Way of Erie County’s annual campaign for 2022 is now underway. Thank you for continuing to be advocates for our work and for donating through the workplace!

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Philanthropy's Role in the Growing Community Schools Movement

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Wednesday Aug 31st, 2022

Locally, our community schools initiative brings a wide range of resources directly into the school to support students and their families, removing barriers to learning so children can be successful in school...and life!

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Red Carpet 2022

Tuesday Aug 30th, 2022

The Red Carpet Welcome events at community schools mark the start of a busy and exciting year for students across Erie County. The high fives and cheers from volunteers representing various corporate and lead partners along with welcome back hugs from teachers, principals, community school directors and staff created a wildly enthusiastic start to the academic school year for both students and their families this week.

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Tuesday Aug 23rd, 2022

Thanks to your support of United Way, 11 community schools each received $2,318 which funded initiatives in the Spring 2022 academic semester. Community funded projects provide a valuable source of revenue so Community School Directors have a little extra discretionary income to add to their revenue pool for sustaining and adding additional enrichment and incentive programs as well as appreciation activities for both students and teachers. Here are just a few examples of your impact in action.

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Erie FREE Taxes

Wednesday Aug 17th, 2022

Erie FREE Taxes’ work isn’t done, even though the official tax season has ended! 

Post-season tax preparation began in May and will continue through the end of August, with tax preparation sites being located at two centralized locations in Erie. According to program director Marybelle Martin, people who file their taxes post-season are typically those who need to file for previous years or need to amend their 2021 tax returns.   
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Purposeful Placemaking continues with Erie Arts & Culture

Wednesday Aug 3rd, 2022

The Erie Arts and Culture Purposeful Placemaking initiative now includes completion of the second mural along Pfeiffer-Burleigh Elementary's Safer Walking Route to School. Leveraging art, United Way's Safer Walking Routes to School and our connections to neighborhoods through the Community Schools Model, this placemaking project is an investment in neighborhood beautification. The theme for the Remnant Store mural (pictured right), which was informed through community engagement and information gathering, is togetherness and a collective approach to building home.

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United Way announces hiring of Community Schools Directors at Grover Cleveland, Jefferson and JoAnna Connell

Monday Jul 25th, 2022

Officials from United Way of Erie County in partnership with Erie’s Public Schools have announced Grover Cleveland, Jefferson and JoAnna Connell Elementary Schools will be transformed into the next three community schools, bringing the total number of schools included in the partnership to 16 countywide.

The expansion of the transformational student success initiative is being made possible by a once-in-a-lifetime infusion of federal funding over a three-year period. Once this period ends, United Way will assume financial responsibility for continued funding of the Community Schools Model at these schools.

Officials are announcing the hiring of a community school director (CSD) at each of these schools.

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Purposeful Placemaking First Mural Unveiling

Monday Jul 11th, 2022

Erie Arts & Culture, United Way of Erie County, Our West Bayfront and additional supporters and community members gathered at the site of the first completed mural in the Purposeful Placemaking project. The press conference was held July 11, 2022 at 10 a.m. at the corner of 11th and Weschler Streets, along United Way’s Safer Walking Routes to School route for Strong Vincent Middle School students. Strong Vincent is a United Way community school.

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Union City Elementary, a United Way community school, anniversary

Thursday Jul 7th, 2022

When I was first settling into my office about a year ago today, I decorated the windows that face the hallway with plants I had made from construction paper along with the message, “Look at You Grow.” After I set it up, I didn’t think much about it, until school began. A certain 3rd grade student would walk past it almost every day and read it out loud to himself. Every few weeks, he would stop and tell me that he really liked that saying and my paper plants.

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United Way Announces 2022 National Night Out Grant Recipients

Friday Jul 1st, 2022

United Way of Erie County has been a proud sponsor of local National Night Out (NNO) events since 2004. In the past, NNO events have taken many forms including but not limited to block parties, cookouts, parades, visits from emergency personnel, rallies and marches, exhibits, youth events, safety demonstrations and seminars. NNO also aligns with the prevention portion of the three-pronged Unified Erie Violence Reduction Initiative.