We're on a MISSION to CRUSH poverty in Erie County.

Due to health threats posed by COVID-19, United Way of Erie County offices are open for business Monday-Friday from 8:00am - 4:00pm but remain closed to the general public . United Way will continue to share relevant updates regarding organizational activities and services as available and ask for your patience during this time. If you need assistance or have questions you may call (814) 456-2937 .
Your support will make the difference in children’s futures right here in our community – let’s crush poverty through education and make Erie a place where students succeed and families thrive!
Be a champion of students in Erie County by becoming a booster!
Community School Boosters are enthusiastic supporters of children excelling in school, achieving academic success and being excited to learn.

If you believe all children deserve the opportunity to thrive and pursue their dreams through education please consider becoming a CS Booster for as little as $50 in additional support to United Way of Erie County.

If you have questions please contact Gina Schaefer at gina@unitedwayerie.org or phone 814-456-2937 ext. 221.
United Way funds 19 neighborhood organization projects totaling $14,000
Since 2004, United Way has been a proud sponsor of National Night Out . However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic facing the community, we made the difficult decision to shift our 2020 mini-grant process from supporting National Night Out events to supporting neighborhood organizations interested in responding to the needs that have been identified in their communities as a result of COVID-19. A critical element was also partnering with the Neighborhood Resource Organization  to identify funding priorities which were community resources for basic needs , transportation and health resources .

The result... 19 funded projects are well underway and have included everything from a socially-distant community fair for Perry Elementary families and community parade for Our West Bayfront residents to stocking hygiene pantries and even a movie night for Strong Vincent Middle School students (pictured left.)

Imagination Library Hits 750,000 Books Mailed
United Way's Imagination Library launched seven years ago in July 2013. Since that time, 22,898  local children have received free, high-quality books in the mail each month delivered right to their home. And, we are pleased to announce as of August 2020, we have surpassed the 750,000th book mailed mark. In total, 754,843 books have been mailed to Erie's littlest readers. WOW!

100% of Imagination Library program funds are raised by support to  United Way of Erie County . We can't thank you enough for your support of United Way's countywide early literacy initiative bringing books right into the hands of young minds and young hearts.

Learn more and register an Erie County child under the age of five in your life:  UnitedWayErie.org/ Imagination
Community schools in action during COVID-19
Community schools receive boost from U.S. Department of Education
On July 16, United Way, along with representatives from partners Erie’s Public Schools , Gannon University and UPMC Western Behavioral Health at Safe Harbor, announced the details of a recent grant award from the U.S. Department of Education.

This grant, the largest single award to United Way in the organization’s 105-year history , will further support United Way’s community schools initiative aimed at removing barriers to learning so students and their families can succeed. The federal grant will total $2,031,397 over the course of a five-year grant period. The amount is 27.5% of the total costs of the project. 72.5% of the total costs of the project will be financed by non-governmental sources. Learn more
If you are interested in learning more about United Way's community schools initiative, check out the latest IN Brief eNewsletter that is full of more stories! Read now
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Complete details are available at UnitedWayErie.org/jobs

United Way of Erie County is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Erie Gives Day
Donations to United Way of Erie County come down to much more than money. Your generosity directly supports local, life-changing efforts to CRUSH poverty in our community. Together, we can ensure our students succeed and our families thrive.

Please support United Way and The Imagination Library on Erie Gives Day, Tuesday, August 11 . Together, we can help break the cycle of poverty and create a brighter future for everyone in Erie County.

United Way of Erie County was pleased to resume free tax preparation services to Erie County filers throughout the extended 2020 filing season which ended July 15.

However, United Way Erie FREE Taxes is resuming tax preparation services for eligible filers who need to have their 2019 tax returns prepared.

If you would like more information, please call (814) 456-2937 .  
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