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UWP Update - March 2, 2018
Registration now open for our annual conference! We are pleased to invite our members to join us in Erie, PA from June 20th-22nd for three days full of networking, innovation, and education opportunities. 
Sailing Towards the Future: 
2018 UWP Statewide Conference 
Each year, United Way of Pennsylvania is pleased to gather together our members for our annual conference. The conference gives our members a chance to share their experiences, speak to experts, and learn best new practices. This year, our conference will be in Erie at the Sheraton Bayfront on picturesque Presque Isle Bay starting June 20th and ending June 22nd.

Many of our topics this year focus on innovation and looking toward the future. Because each United Way is unique, the approaches in our sessions will vary so that there will be something for everyone at this conference. 

We're excited to have GenNext Ottawa, our neighbors in the north, joining us for the duration of our conference. GenNext is an exciting program dedicated to building affinity with young adults and developing trust in the United Way brand with the next generation. 

United Way Worldwide will be well represented to promote their new, bold programs. Presenters will have a chance to meet UWW staff face to face to ask questions and learn how what they're developing is relevant and helpful to PA United Ways. 

Some of our PA United Ways will also be presenting on the programs they're developing and using in their communities, but if you've heard of a great program and don't see it listed, you'll be glad to hear that we're planning the "UW Speed Dating" event at the start of the conference that will allow you to meet and network with other United Ways and learn about what everyone is doing. 

Thursday evening will be memorable as one of the most unique receptions UWP has hosted. We'll be taking a sunset cruise on Lake Erie on the Victorian Princess. Heavy hors'doeuvres and a cash bar will be available. If the boat isn't for you, feel free to visit the Bayfront Grille that night to mingle with members who are staying on shore. 

The last day of the conference will feature United Way of Erie County presenting on the data they've accumulated from their successful Dolly Parton Imagination Library program and how they use that data to show their donors the impact in the community. That same day, we'll be hosting a youth engagement panel featuring GenNext Ottawa and local United Ways who are leading the way toward the future. To see all the sessions being offered, please take a look at our Semi-Final Conference Agenda

In addition to our conference, there are amazing things to do in Erie. You can check out a list of museums, amusement parks, and other activities on our 2018 Conference Webpage, which is constantly being updated with new information. 

The cost to register for the whole conference is $350. This includes Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday sessions, lunch on Wednesday and Thursday, dinner Wednesday, the Victorian Princess reception on Thursday, and breakfast on Wednesday and Thursday. If you register before May 1st, you will receive a $50 discount applied automatically. United Way of Pennsylvania is pursuing flex credit approval from UWW for our members. Members can pay for the conference via PayPal or by mailing a check.

The Sheraton Erie Bayfront has a special discounted rate of $149/night for UWP Statewide Conference attendees. You can get this rate by booking online here or by calling (814)  454-2005 and mentioning the UWP Conference. 

Registration is open now and will remain open until May 31st. To register for the conference, click here. If you experience any problems with registration, please reach out to Amanda Barbarich at amanda@uwp.org or (717) 238-7365 x206. 
UWP and Eastern Region COC announce partnership

United Way of Pennsylvania, PA 2-1-1, and the Eastern PA Continuum of Care (CoC) announced our partnership to help end homelessness! Connect To Home: Coordinated Entry System of Eastern PA.  To help publicize this opportunity, UWP delivered a legislative memo regarding Connect To Home to legislators in the service area. UWP also issued a media release announcing the partnership. You can view the press release on our website here.

Connect To Home launched in late January and coordinates access, assessment, prioritization, and referrals into the housing crisis response system for households in a 33 county region.
 
People experiencing homelessness or at imminent risk for homelessness may access Connect to Home by calling 2-1-1 toll-free 24/7 or presenting in-person at CoC-designated Access Sites, located across the Eastern region, during normal business hours. When an individual connects with 2-1-1 or visits an Access Site, Coordinated Entry Specialists conduct an assessment and provides direct referral to emergency services and/or placement on the community Queue prioritization list for housing programs.
 
The 33 counties covered by the CES include: Adams, Bedford, Blair, Bradford, Cambria, Carbon, Centre, Clinton, Columbia, Cumberland, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lebanon, Lehigh, Lycoming, Mifflin, Monroe, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Pike, Schuylkill, Somerset, Snyder, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union, Wayne and Wyoming counties.

Treasury launches Keystone Scholars demonstration pilot

PA Treasurer Joe Torsella and a bipartisan group of legislators including Senators John Gordner and Vince Hughes, and Representatives Duane Milne and Mike Peiffer, kicked off the Keystone Scholars demonstration project at the state Capitol this week. PA Treasury is investing $100 for every baby born or adopted in 2018 and 2019 to families in Delaware, Elk, Indiana, Luzerne, Mifflin and Westmoreland counties. Eligible families must claim the $100 before the baby's first birthday. The funds are used to seed a 529 savings plan, which can be used for community college, vocational and technical schools, two- or four-year college, and graduate school programs.

Torsella noted that equally important to the financial investment is the change in expectations for a child and a family with a 529 savings account. Some research has demonstrated that a baby with a higher education savings account at birth is three times more likely to pursue education or training after high school, and four times more likely to graduation.

Pre-registration occurs online at www.pa529.com/keystone, or by calling 800-440-4000.

The group is also working on legislation which would make the Keystone Scholars program available to all babies in Pennsylvania.
UWP Workforce Development Webinar: Supporting UWW's 5 Million Jobs Goal in PA

United Way of Pennsylvania would like to present the next in 2018's webinar series, Achieving 5 Million Jobs Goal in PA. 

United Way Worldwide has set up 10-year goals for the U.S. based on all the great work United Ways are doing all over the country. One of those goals is that 5 million people will get better jobs. This ambitious and important goal requires community partnerships and thoughtful approaches. Pennsylvania United Ways are already starting their work toward this bold goal. United Way of Franklin County joins us to discuss their work in the field of workforce development and share their practical experience with our members. We are also working to secure the participation of the PA Department of Labor and Industry. 

The webinar will be March 28th, 2018 from 3:00pm - 4:00pm and is free for our members. To register, please click here. If your United Way has experience with workforce development you'd like to share, please feel free to reach out to Amanda Barbarich to request information about taking part  at amanda@uwp.org or (717) 238-7365 x206. 

This webinar is FREE for all our local United Ways CPOs and their staff to attend.

Pennsylvania Hill Day Registration Reminder 

Join us here in Harrisburg at the Capitol on Tuesday, April 17th to discuss our key issues with legislators.This year, we are focusing on state wide funding for PA 2-1-1 and access to high-quality pre-K. This is a wonderful opportunity to get in front of legislators and advocate on behalf of our focus issues.

Prior to the event, we will be providing a basic training of the materials and points we would like to be advocating for during our time on the Hill. The training webinar will take place on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 from 3:30 PM-4:30 PM. 

To register for our day of advocacy at the Capitol, please use this linkYou should receive a confirmation email after registering.

If you have any questions about the event or issues registering, please reach out Melissa Anese at melissa@uwp.org.


Reminder: Keystone Spirit of United Way Award nominations due March 30th

United Way of PA would like to remind members we are still accepting Keystone Spirit of the United Way Award Nominations until March 30th. Nominees should be members of the Tocqueville Society and nominated by their local United Way. 

Award nominees must have an exceptional and sustained personal involvement with the United Way in the form of giving, advocating, and volunteering in his or her community and beyond its borders. 

The Keystone Spirit of the United Way Award will be presented on May 22nd, 2018 at a reception hosted by United Way of Pennsylvania at the Governor's Mansion in Harrisburg. 

Nomination packets can be  found online. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Amanda Barbarich at amanda@uwp.org or (717) 238-7365 x206. 


United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley hosts a workplace campaign Centers of Excellence training March 21-22

On March 21st-22nd, United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley will be partnering with United Way Worldwide to showcase their Center of Excellence. This is a great opportunity for United Ways in Population Group 2, or similarly-sized organizations, to connect with their peers.

 

Click here  to learn more and p lease reach out to UWW with any questions!