United Way of Pennsylvania
UWP Update - January 6, 2017

Save the date for important UWP events in 2017

The New Year is here and UWP is hitting the ground running! Please mark your calendars and plan to attend these events.  

PA 2-1-1 Day Press Event: 
On Thursday, February 9th we will be holding a press event with Representative Stephen Bloom and Senator Patrick Browne, our 2-1-1 legislative champions, to bring more awareness to the PA 2-1-1 service available.  This is a big step forward for 2-1-1 and we hope to have a strong showing of support from our United Ways and 2-1-1 regions. To learn more about the event and register, please click here
UWP Hill Day:
UWP will be hosting a Hill Day on Tuesday, March 21st. This event will allow our United Ways, board members, and volunteers the opportunity to meet with various legislators and review UWP's public policy priorities for the 2017-18 legislative session.  March is a great time to get in to legislator's offices before the crazy budget time starts and we hope you can join us! Please keep this date on your calendar.  We will be sending more information about the Hill Day in the coming weeks.  We encourage you to share this event with your boards and volunteers to join! In conjunction, we will be holding a United Way Celebration press event to showcase the great work our United Way members are doing across the Commonwealth.  

Statewide Tocqueville Reception:
May 25 is our annual Statewide Tocqueville reception to help you say "Thank You" to all the Tocqueville donors in Pennsylvania that contribute to the work your United Ways are doing in your communities.  The event will be taking place from 6-8PM and will be located at the gorgeous Steel Stacks in Allentown. Stay tuned for more details on the event and a save the date you can share with your local Tocqueville society members. The Keystone Spirit of United Way award nomination packet will also be distributed in early February.  

UWP Annual Conference:
The conference will take place in the beautiful Shawnee Inn, located in the Poconos.  The dates for the conference will be Wednesday, June 21st through Friday, June 23rd.  We have a great event planned with numerous networking activities in a beautiful setting. More information on the agenda and registration will be released in early March.  

Land O'Lakes Foundation partnered with UWP to deliver grants to local communities which alleviate hunger

The Land O'Lakes Foundation awarded a $10,000 grant to United Way of Pennsylvania to alleviate hunger in Pennsylvania. Subgrants were awarded to nine local United Ways who deployed the funds in their local communities in the following ways:  

Danville Area United Way - for nutritious food to be sent home with low-income students for weekend consumption, and to support a local soup kitchen

DuBois Area United Way -  used by a local food bank to offer nutritious meals to individuals and families who live below or near the poverty line.

Lower Anthracite Region United Way - provided hot, served meals at a local soup kitchen and supported a local food pantry.

United Way of Armstrong County - to help meet needs at a local food bank.

United Way of Bradford County - provide summer camp meals for children in need, support a home delivered meals program for senior citizens, for families served with a voucher-based assistance program, and to support a local food pantry.

United Way of the Shippensburg Area - supported two local food pantries by providing food, fresh produce and other necessities for families in need.

United Way of Southwest Pennsylvania, for Fayette and Westmoreland counties - used to replenish supplies at a local food bank for a community that was impacted by severe flooding earlier this year. 

United Way of the Titusville Region - provided noon meals at a Community Cupboard; and provided staples for a shelter kitchen and food vouchers for shelter residents.

United Way of Western Crawford County - awarded to a food pantry to provide 215 meals which assisted 148 adults and 242 children. 

New year brings 2-1-1 expansion in Lebanon and Carbon counties
As the new year dawned, residents of Carbon and Lebanon counties woke up with the ability to dial 2-1-1 and access services in their area. In Lebanon County, this is made possible by support from the United Way as well as First Energy and the Francis J. Dixon foundation. Carbon County's service is funded by United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley. 

Calls will be answered by the existing PA 2-1-1 East center operated by United Way of Lancaster County. 

UWW launching network purchasing program for HR solutions

United Way Worldwide announced that it has added Insperity, a Professional Employer Organization (PEO), to its Network Purchasing Program. A PEO uses  a co-employment model that allows United Ways to hire their own staff, set compensation levels, and exercise supervision over the employees.  Insperity, as the co-employer, provides compliance guidance with a multitude of employment laws, payroll and worker's compensation services, and access to health care benefits.  

UWW has worked with Insperity to provide preferred pricing to United Ways. Insperity will also offer this pricing to any organization, for profit or nonprofit, that accesses it through this portal.  

UWW will be holding a webinar for members in the future to discuss the PEO concept and answer questions. We will share that information when it becomes available. 

2017 Community Leaders Conference registration now open

In 2017, the Community Leaders Conference returns to the East coast, providing an affordable opportunity for Pennsylvania United Way staff and volunteer leaders to attend this inspiring conference. The conference takes place May 10-12 in Orlando. Registration is now open here and you can read more about the conference offerings here.  

The early bird registration fee for the conference is $995 until April 4, and then it will increase by $100. Conference hotel accommodations at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center start at $217 per night and other accommodations are available nearby. You can fly to Orlando from any major airport in Pennsylvania for about $300. Flex credits can be used to pay for the conference and travel costs.