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UWP Update - August 18 , 2018

United Way of PA announces four nominees for 2018 Keystone Spirit of the United Way Award 

United Way of PA is pleased to announce our nominees for the prestigious 2018 Keystone Spirit of the United Way Award. This award is given to a nominee to recognize his or her exceptional and sustained volunteer and philanthropic leadership.

This award celebrates the nominees' exceptional and sustained engagement with their local United Way and the work of United Way across the state. All nominees have demonstrated a strong personal commitment to the mission of United Way with their gifts of time and financial resources.

Four members of the United Way Tocqueville Society were nominated by their local United Ways. The nominees, in alphabetical order, are: 

Max P. Gannon Jr. 
  • Nominated by United Way of Bradford County
  • Founder of Gannon Associates, Inc. 
Thomas B. Hagen 
  • Nominated by United Way of Erie County
  • Chairman of the Board of the Erie Insurance Group 
Walt Legenstein
  • Nominated by United Way of Lancaster County
  • Chairman and CEO of Certified Carpet
Ira M. Lubert
  • Nominated by United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey
  • Founder of Independence Capital Partners
The winner of the 2018 Keystone Spirit of the United Way award will be release on September 5, 2018. To see the full honor roll with biographies of the nominees, please click here

UWP 2019-20 legislative public policy survey open 
The next legislative session is quickly approaching and UWP is beginning to work on our public policy priorities that we will advocate for in 2019-20.  

This year we have developed a survey to get feedback from our members on what policies you believe are most important to the United Way work statewide and which will support the work you are doing in your communities.  In addition, we would like to get some feedback on our current advocacy efforts and how we can better engage with members on public policy.  

In order to better serve our members we encourage you to complete this survey on your advocacy wants/needs.  If you have any questions regarding this survey please contact Maggie.  

DHS begins reinstating General Assistance

Governor Wolf's administration is planning steps to reinstate the application process for General Assistance (GA) following a court ruling which invalidated the law in which GA was eliminated. 

General Assistance, also known as cash assistance, was previously available to low-income individuals who have a temporary or permanent disability, in a drug or alcohol treatment program that prevents them from working, are victims of domestic violence, and other limited circumstances. The benefit was $205 per month for one person, and $316 per month for two people. 

Applications will be accepted online through compass, or on paper by application at the County Assistance Office. Department of Human Services staff are still being trained on processes and eligibility for General Assistance. 

Meanwhile legislative leaders are questioning how the Governor will pay for this. There was no money appropriated for General Assistance in the 2018-2019 budget, and when the program was in effect, it was costing the state approximately $150 million per year. 

2018 LUW Membership Directories Now Available!

Some United Ways moved their office location while many others have new chief professional officers. The 2018 Local United Way Membership Directories are now available to view so members can make sure they have the latest information.  There is a directory listed by city and one listed by county.  You can view the directories on the members only section of our website here.

The 2018 Social Media Directory is not yet complete.  This directory includes all social media information for local United Ways, as well as contact info for the staff handling social media at each member organization. We are asking for all information to be submitted by Friday August 24th here:  UWP Social Media Directory Form .  After Friday the information will be posted with the other two directories on our website.    

Final Chance for UWP's Summer Webinar Series! 

United Way of PA has one last webinar scheduled as part of our 2018 Summer Webinar Series. Registration is still open to join this engaging and helpful webinar.

U.S. 2020 Census: Planning a Complete Count
Tuesday, August 28, 2018 3:00PM-4:00PM

The U.S. Census counts every resident in the United States. Article I, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution mandates that this occur every 10 years. The information the Census collects helps determine how more than $675 billion of federal funding is distributed to states and communities each year.

Lynne Newman of the U.S. Census Bureau will join United Way of PA members to discuss plans for the 2020 census. Topics to be covered include:
  • Different ways to respond to the U.S. Census
  • Census office locations in PA,
  • How and why to form complete count committees locally
  • Reaching out to low response populations
  • U.S. Census confidentiality
  • Recruiting U.S. Census workers
If you have any questions, or have a topic you would like to see presented in future webinars, please contact Amanda Barbarich via email or call (717) 238-7365 x206.  

UWP is hiring a PA 2-1-1 Special Projects Manager

This position will report to the PA 2-1-1 Operations Manager. UWP is evaluating candidates from all parts of Pennsylvania since this position will work remotely. Requirements include 1-2 years of project management experience, a valid driver's license for statewide travel, demonstrated expertise producing reports using data analytics. Prior experience with human services and/or information and referral is strongly preferred.

The goals of this position are:
1)      Assess PA 2-1-1's strengths and needs for improvement using data analytics
2)      Manage implementation strategies to meet PA 2-1-1's obligations on priority projects such as the Connect to Home program
3)      Advance a collaborative approach among PA 2-1-1 providers
4)      Cultivate and maintain relationships with local 2-1-1 staff

Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter, resume' and sample project report they have created to info@uwp.org. Applications are due August 30. The full position description is available here

UWP Wants to Share Your Campaign Kickoff!
United Way of Pennsylvania would like to share the amazing events our members are hosting for their campaign kickoff! 

If you let us know what you're doing, we'd love to help share the work you're doing. We're looking for information about your event and photos to share via social media and/or our website. We'll make sure to tag the United Way account in all social media and link to your pages to direct all traffic back to your United Way. 

Please submit information and photos here. Thank you! 

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