Can Tax Time Bring Hope? ´╗┐Volunteer with VITA.
For many in our community, taxes can feel like a burden. VITA volunteers work to help lift that burden by offering low income families free tax preparation. Tax refunds give these families a springboard for the future by putting their hard-earned money back into their pockets. It's a simple way to offer a sense of hope.

We need volunteers like you to help these families.
Why Volunteer with VITA?
  • Learn a New Skill - No experience is necessary. As a volunteer, you have the chance to try your hand at a new skill. VITA will spend time preparing you to become certified in tax preparation through free online and classroom training.
  • Flexible Schedule - With day, evening, and weekend hours at locations across the County, you have the opportunity to help as your schedule allows. Plus, tax season isn't year-round, so your summer is free.
  • Get to Know Your Community - Once you're certified, you will work side by side with Lancaster County residents to prepare their tax returns. Our goal is to provide services for 10,000 residents this year alone. It's a great way to meet your neighbors and strengthen your community.
  • Make an Impact - VITA volunteers directly impact the community in tangible ways. More than $2 million can be saved in tax preparation fees alone. As a volunteer tax preparer, you also help families get their tax refunds, which helps build financial stability.

Contact Ezra Rothman to learn more or sign up for an upcoming information session:
717.824.8111 or
A Message from Our Campaign Team:
United, We Fight for Lancaster County.
The sights and sounds of fall are in the cooling air, with leaves falling, bonfires lighting our backyards, and the sound of marching bands practicing. Football has kicked off, pumpkin spiced everything is being sold. For many it is their favorite season. 

The fall also represents the kick-off of United Way campaign season. We know that while some are planning fall adventures, others are considering what the cooler temperatures will mean for their family-heating struggles, or wondering how their family will celebrate the upcoming holidays after a job loss.

This fall, we hope you will consider those that are looking toward fall with concern. How can we help, and what is the best way to do it? Some volunteer. Some will be able to support local nonprofits assisting those in need. United Way, and our Collective Impact Partners, feel the best way to assist those in need is by banding together. Uniting, because no one person, or organization, can do it alone.

This fall we ask that you consider funding more than 100 community partners WORKING TOGETHER to improve systems and change lives. We are fighting for Lancaster County collectively. We hope you will join the fight. Please give through your company campaign, or make an individual gift. You can go to or mail a check to United Way of Lancaster County at 630 Janet Avenue Lancaster, PA 17601.

Thank you for investing in your community.

Yours in the fight,

Kevin Ditzler
Lead Director, Resource Development
2018-2021 Collective Impact Grants
United Way opens the Letter of Intent (LOI) process
United Way of Lancaster County is pleased to announce three-year funding opportunities starting July 1, 2018. Grants up to $300,000 will be awarded to partnerships of Lancaster County stakeholders committed to achieving at least one of United Way's Bold Goals.

Letters of Intent (LOI) to be considered for funding should be a brief one and two page, informational letter summarizing your proposal and funding request, in .pdf format, should be submitted to United Way of Lancaster County by email at by 5pm on Sunday, October 15.

United Way of Lancaster County's Collective Impact work has been recognized by the Tamarack Institute, an international leader in Collective Impact and community change, as "pioneers in Collective Impact".
Highlights from the Collective Impact Summit
Second annual event welcomed more than 160 attendees
We want to thank Mary Sellers , U.S. President of United Way Worldwide, and Mark Cabaj , Associate of Tamarack Institute, for joining us for our second annual Collective Impact Summit held at the Eden Resort and Suites on September 13.
Stories that Unite Us:  Day of Caring inspires Volunteerism
Time.Talent.Treasure. When you work for a charitable organization like United Way of Lancaster County these three words become the foundation for your work ... Recently, I had the opportunity to see how investments of time and talent serve as a catalyst for positive change throughout our county during United Way's annual Day of Caring ... Through all the smiles, paint smears and dirty elbows, there was one project that showed me that volunteering is about more than just giving your time and talent for a few hours. Read more
We Want to Hear From YOU!
Coming soon, United Way of Lancaster County will release our brand perception survey. We want to hear from our donors, volunteers, corporate partners, and individuals and organizations on what they think when they hear United Way. The brand perception survey will be released before the end of 2017.

If you work for a company or organization in Lancaster County and would be interested in helping us further promote this survey, please contact Brad Peterson, Lead Director of Marketing and Communications, at or 717.824.8116.
Save the Date! Upcoming United Way Events
Extraordinary Give
Friday, November 17, 2017

United Way of Lancaster County thanks Go 'N Bananas for partnering with us again for our second annual Family Fun and Philanthropy event during the #ExtraGive. Details to be released in late October!
Coffee & Conversation
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
7:30 am - 9:00 am
United, we fight for healthy minds and bodies. Hear from some of our Collective Impact Partners who fight for every individual, child and family to have a medical home. ´╗┐Invitations will be sent via email in November!
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