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#ErieUnitedForUkraine Campaign to assist in Humanitarian Crisis

Wednesday Mar 30th, 2022

In the wake of Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine on February 24, more than five million Ukrainians have fled the country, creating what United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi describes as "Europe’s largest refugee crisis in more than a century."

Today, the two new leaders of The Erie Community Foundation and United Way of Erie County teamed up to launch #ErieUnitedForUkraine in support of the international effort by United Way Worldwide, a multinational effort to direct much-needed donations to United Way organizations in the countries welcoming Ukrainians fleeing the horrors of war.  President and CEO of United Way of Erie County Laurie Root along with President and CEO of the Foundation Karen Bilowith announced the Erie United for Ukraine campaign at a press conference held March 30. 

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2022 Annual Meeting

Tuesday Mar 22nd, 2022

United Way of Erie County is on a MISSION to CRUSH poverty. And, we know the key to ending poverty is education. Join us May 19 at the Bayfront Convention Center to learn more about United Way's efforts to break the cycle of poverty in Erie County.

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United Way of Erie County Women United for Community Schools-Dana Zaphiris Feature

Tuesday Mar 22nd, 2022

Women United for Community Schools is a network of local women investing in transforming the future of thousands of children by directing their financial resources to United Way’s community school initiative. With this strategic focus on community schools, Women United are leading the charge to a brighter future for our children, their families and our community.

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The Digital Divide

Wednesday Mar 16th, 2022

Pennsylvania is one of the top 10 states with the largest populations of K-12 students without adequate internet connection (28 percent) and without adequate devices (23 percent). 


Celebrate Read Across Erie County Day

Monday Mar 7th, 2022

On Wednesday, March 2, schools across the community celebrated Read Across Erie County Day. 

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Laurie Root Kicks Off Women's History Month With This Message

Wednesday Mar 2nd, 2022

While there have been wonderful women leaders of United Way’s Board of Directors, starting with Susan Hirt Hagen as the first in 1987, up until now all the presidents have been men. I am pleased and honored to be the first woman to serve as president, and hope that there are many others following me. However, it is important to me that I was selected based on my experience, skill set and leadership above being the first woman to lead the organization.

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Welcome to the team!

Friday Feb 18th, 2022

At United Way, changing lives is all in a day's work. It's what we call LIVING UNITED. And, that's why we are pleased to announce  we have added the following team members dedicated to our mission to crush poverty in Erie County.

We are excited to welcome Scot, Alycia, Josh and Donnie to our United Way team. Click the link to read more.


From hello to help, 211 is here


Friday Feb 11th, 2022

Today is a day to celebrate all the life-changing ways United Way’s 211 helpline services the residents of Erie County, and to encourage more to utilize the service available to them. 



United Way and Iroquois School District Receive $25000 Grant

Wednesday Feb 9th, 2022

United Way has received a $25,000 grant from the National Road Safety Foundation and the Governors Highway Safety Association to pilot a safer walking routes to school initiative at Iroquois Elementary United Way Community School. 

The National Road Safety Foundation (NRSF) has partnered with the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) to make $25,000 grants available to Pennsylvania, New York, and Connecticut State Highway Safety Offices.

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Erie FREE Taxes: Earned Income Tax Credit

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Earned Income Tax Credit

Monday Feb 7th, 2022

Through the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA), Erie FREE Taxes provides free tax preparation service to Erie County tax filers and ensures that every eligible filer claims the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The EITC, one of our county’s most effective anti-poverty tools, lifts more than 8 million adults and children above the poverty line. 

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United Way Community Schools Grow to 13 Countywide

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Thursday Jan 13th, 2022

Officials from United Way of Erie County in partnership with Erie’s Public Schools have announced Lincoln Elementary School and Woodrow Wilson Middle School will be transformed into the next two community schools in our region, bringing the total number of schools included in the partnership to 13 countywide. We are also announcing Scot Galloway has been named the community school director at Perry Elementary.

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JOB POSTING: Marketing & Communications Coordinator

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Monday Dec 27th, 2021

The Marketing & Communications Coordinator is an enthusiastic team member of the Marketing & Communications department reporting to the Director. They provide brand management support and assist with the implementation of marketing, public relations, advertising and promotional strategy for the organization. A cover letter and resume sent to jobs@unitedwayerie.org by January 19, 2022 is required for consideration.

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United Way announces vice president of finance and administration

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Wednesday Dec 15th, 2021

United Way of Erie County is pleased to announce the hiring of Sally Opferbeck as Vice President of Finance & Administration. In her new role, Sally will be responsible for all accounting, finance and treasury functions as well as for developing and maintaining the financial infrastructure and systems needed to safeguard the organization’s financial assets. She will be the senior financial position for the organization.

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Peaceful Playground Unveiled at Pfeiffer-Burleigh

Tuesday Nov 9th, 2021

On Tuesday, November 9 representatives from United Way of Erie County, Erie’s Public Schools and Erie Insurance gathered at the newly completed Peaceful Playground at Pfeiffer-Burleigh Elementary, a community school.


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Free Thanksgiving Meals in Erie County 2021


Monday Nov 8th, 2021

Updated list of free Thanksgiving meals provided throughout Erie County this year.

Imagination Library Research Released

Thursday Oct 28th, 2021

United Way of Erie County partnered with Penn State Behrend Core and Dr. Chad Waldron, University of Michigan Flint to conduct ongoing research on the impact of United Way of Erie County’s Imagination Library in Erie County.

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United Way Community Schools Drive: Coats & More for Kids runs through October!

Thursday Oct 7th, 2021

YOU can help ensure students at United Way community schools come to school warmly dressed and ready to learn everyday by supporting United Way Community Schools Drive: Coats & More!


20-21 SingleCare Impact Report Now Available

Tuesday Sep 14th, 2021

The annual SingleCare Impact Report for 2020-2021 is now available. 



United Way Needs YOU! Become a Erie FREE Tax Volunteer!

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Thursday Sep 9th, 2021

United Way's Erie FREE Taxes is on the search for volunteer tax preparers for the upcoming tax season. No experience is required! 

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Robin Scheppner Receives 2020 Tocqueville Award

Wednesday Sep 8th, 2021

Last September, United Way of Erie County was pleased to announce Robin Scheppner as the 2020 Tocqueville Award recipient. Due to uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic, a virtual guestbook dedicated to Robin will replace the in-person congratulations that would have been shared at the event. We hope you'll share your praise for Robin at unitedwayerie.org/Robin!

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