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Housing and Homeless Initiative  
PA 2-1-1 East 

PA 2-1-1 East provides the coordinated entry screenings for their housing and homeless initiative in Lancaster County.  Anyone in Lancaster county experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness is directed to call 2-1-1.  2-1-1 East are permitted to pre-screen all HUD defined homeless persons to see if they are eligible to be referred to The Community Homeless Assessment and Referral Team (CHART) program for a deeper assessment of their situation and immediate needs. Those not eligible for CHART, are given other resources or options when available.  CHART is a community program in Lancaster County, which, in partnership with the Lancaster County Coalition to End Homelessness, seeks to assess and refer all households in Lancaster who are experiencing homelessness.

In Fiscal Year 2015-2016, PA 2-1-1 East took 6,226 housing and homeless calls from Lancaster County.    
In addition, on February 1, 2017, PA211 East started providing coordinated entry services for the Eastern Continuum of Care, Lehigh Valley Coordinated Entry Pilot.  This pilot covers Lehigh and Northampton counties. 

For more information on these programs and other service needs 2-1-1 East may be able to help with please visit their website

PA 2-1-1 covers 85% of Pennsylvanians and can help with many needs you have.  To learn more please visit here.  

United Way's Volunteers 
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David Augustine
United Way of the Wyoming Valley

REAL MEN READ is a popular reading and learning program currently offered at elementary schools in the Wilkes-Barre Area and Wyoming Valley West School Districts.
David Augustine, Senior Director for Mondelez International, is currently one of 23 Real Men Read MENtors. Dave has been involved with the REAL MEN READ program since its inception in 2015 and has helped the program grow by sending other members of his team to join the program. Dave has two children of his own and knows how important his role as a MENtor is.

"Through United Way of Wyoming Valley, I learned that early age reading and mentoring could systematically change adult poverty, unemployment and illiteracy and make our community better," said David Augustine. "It made me realize how fortunate my sons, Dylan and Carson were that reading played a big role in their lives.  At my first MENtor session I realized the profound impact REAL MEN READ can make.  These children are so hungry for reading and mentoring. Personally, I get more from these reading session than the children, which I believe makes me a better father to my sons."
REAL MEN READ connects volunteer MENtors from the community with Kindergarten classes in schools with high-risk student populations in an effort to encourage reading and learning in young children.  MENtors make a commitment to read to the class for an hour once a month, are trained to interact and lead the children in discovery, and must undergo a security clearance to work with the children.
Why MENtors? In many cases high-risk schools are educating children from single-parent homes.  Typically, teachers are female and so many children do not have a male mentor/positive influencer in their lives promoting the importance of literacy. REAL MEN READ helps these children to see men valuing education and reading. For more information on REAL MEN READ, check the United Way of Wyoming Valley  website.


Check out what United Ways are doing throughout PA! 

United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey's Women Leaders Invest in Girls Today, Leaders Tomorrow Initiative: 

United Way of Erie Announces 5 School Directors for Community Schools: 

United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties and United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern PA Launch an Innovative Match Grant Program:


Check out some of the great work United Ways are doing across the country! 

United Way of North Central Massachusetts Volunteers Prepare 100k Meals for Food Pantries: 

United Way of King County Celebrates MLK Day: 


UWP Hill Day
Harrisburg, PA 
March 21, 2017 

UWP Annual Conference 
Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort 
June 21-23

Check Out What Your Local United Way has Going On
United Way of Pennsylvania (UWP) is a state association representing our 52 member United Way's 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.  

Visit United Way of Pennsylvania's website
to learn more about how local United Ways are working to advance the common good

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