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As we continue into the budget season, it is crucial to keep supporting the programs that support our communities. For the 2018-2019 budget, United Way of Pennsylvania is focusing on two key issues: access and funding for high-quality pre- and funding for statewide PA 2-1-1. For pre-K we are asking for $40 million in the budget with $30 million designated to pre-k and $10 million for Head Start programs. These dollars will make it possible for another 4400 of Pennsylvania's three and four year olds to access high quality pre-k. Over 100,000 of PA's at-risk young learners currently miss out on this life-changing opportunity.  Last year, PA 2-1-1 received its first-ever state funding in the amount of $750,000. This year, we are making a repeat ask for a full $1.5 million for PA 2-1-1.

Continue reading to find out how you can help support the funding of Pre-K and PA 2-1-1 in the 2018-2019 budget.

United Ways represented their communities at the State Capitol!

United Ways in Pennsylvania set off for Harrisburg for our Annual Hill Day this past Tuesday. Members representing over 15 different local United Ways and partner organizations made their way to the State Capitol to meet with 37 legislators about funding for statewide 2-1-1 and access to high quality pre-k. Overall, attitudes toward pre-k were positive and the growth of PA 2-1-1 since last year was intriguing to many legislators. It was a successful day at the Capitol filled with informative meetings and allowed for members to connect with their legislators and remind them that we LIVE UNITED for not only our communities, but also for the greater good of the commonwealth.

Any United Way volunteer or donor can add their voice to our advocacy efforts by writing to or calling legislators to ask for support for access to high-quality pre-k and statewide funding for PA 2-1-1, sign on to our engagement letter for legislators using this link which can also be found on our website under Advocacy--TakeAction!

Thank you to all of you who joined us on the Hill and those who signed onto the letter. We invite any interested United Way donor or supporter to continue to reach out to your legislators about the importance of 2-1-1 and pre-k.

Gubernatorial Candidates Speak on 
United Way Issues

The United Way of Pennsylvania administered a survey to the 2018 gubernatorial candidates for the primary election. The survey focuses on a broad-based set of issues that impact our network's goals for their local communities. The goal of this survey is to inform voters about where candidates stand on issues in an impartial and nonpartisan manner. 

On April 16, all available responses were posted in their entirety and un-edited. All candidates for governor were provided with equal opportunity to participate. 

Read more about where the candidates stand on issues that impact the health, education and financial stability of Pennsylvanians, as well as partnerships with the nonprofit sector on our website under Advocacy-> 2018 Gubernatorial Candidates on the Issues or by clicking here.

UWP is a 501(c)(3) organization and will not endorse a candidate for governor. There are many things voters should consider in determining the most qualified candidate for office, but United Way believes among these should be the education, health and financial stability of every person in every community. While UWP is not interpreting the results of the survey, articles such as this one from PoliticsPA include a comparison of where the candidates stand on some of the issues included in the survey. 

PA United Ways in the News 

United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley Fundraising Record Broken 

UWGPSNJ celebrates Delaware County's Day of Caring

United Way of Erie County Fights the Summer Slide with Book Drive 

Adams County Celebrates 70th Give. Advocate. Volunteer. Awards

United Way of Southwestern PA Seeking Technology Team Member

Schuylkill United Way Stays at BB&T Bank

United Way of Washington County Rounds Out Campaign

UWGPSNJ Sells Building In Hopes to Relocate

United Way of Lancaster County Hosts 28-Hour VITA-Thon

United Way of Adams County Gears Up for Operation Move Out

Bucks County Bets on Success in Casino Themed Fundraiser

UWSWPA Partners on Adults with Disability Employment Program

UWGLV VP of Education Receives Community Schools Award

United Way of Wyoming Valley Recognized at 'Dinners for Kids'

United Way Centre Co. Recognizes Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Butler County United Way Merges with UWSWPA

United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties Supporting STEM

United Way of the Shippensburg Area Reaches Fundraising Goal

United Way of Franklin County Beats Campaign Goal

United Way of Centre County Receives Grant for Local Food Shelters

United Way of Berks County Receives National Recognition

Lower Anthracite Region Merged with GSVUW

Capital Region United Way Breaks Fundraising Goal
UWP 2018 Board Meetings 
June 20
September 19
December 12

UWP Annual Statewide Conference 
June 20-22, 2018 

Check Out What Your Local United Way has Going On
United Way of Pennsylvania (UWP) is a state association representing our 48 member United Ways and United Funds across the Commonwealth. 

UWP's mission is to assist and champion the efforts of local United Ways in advancing the common good

Primarily UWP's work consists of government relations work on the policy issues affecting PA's communities in the areas of health, education, and financial stability.  In addition, UWP works with our local United Way members to support their efforts and offer support to their mission.  

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