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Veterans are Helped by 2-1-1 Every Day  
Knowing where to turn for help can be difficult for many, even veterans and their families. Navigating the maze of services can be overwhelming when a family is stressed from trying to pay their bills and care for their children. A call to 2-1-1 makes finding help easier and provides a warm, caring response to reduce the family's stress.
In 2018, veterans have called 2-1-1 for a variety of reasons including utility assistance (694 calls), housing assistance (519 calls), veterans benefits assistance (321 calls), free tax preparation (191 calls), food assistance (172 calls), and countless other needs. For housing services specifically, 2-1-1's work with the Eastern Continuum of Care helped to prescreen 236 veterans to determine their eligibility for Coordinated Entry housing services. Of all the prescreens done in 2018, 5% have been for veterans and 7% of all housing placements have been for veterans. 
  • A retired Army veteran needed a ramp so that he could leave his house to get to needed appointments.
  • An Army veteran who is a single parent and just started a job called when he needed help with rent.
  • An older veteran called to find someone who could cut his grass.
  • A disabled veteran called for help with a water bill and a car repair.
  • A Navy veteran called for help because he could not keep his insulin cold because his electricity had been turned off.
United Way of Pennsylvania and PA 2-1-1 stand United with our veterans!
Another Election in the Books
At the top of the ticket, in the race of two York County residents, incumbent Tom Wolf won the nod for his second term as Pennsylvania governor. Wolf won the popular vote, roughly 57 percent, to challenger Scott Wagner's 40 percent. Since 1971, there has only been one Pennsylvania governor who voters declined to give a second term. Wolf will have a new Lieutenant Governor for his second term, former Braddock mayor John Fetterman from Allegheny County. 

 The Pennsylvania Senate's balance of power will see Republicans with majority control. With one election in Bucks County for the seat currently held by Senator Tomlinson potentially headed to recount, the split currently sits at 28 to 21. Prior to the election, Senate Republicans held a 34 to 16 majority. That includes the defeat of two moderate republican incumbents from the southeast - Rafferty and McGarrigle. 

In the Pennsylvania House, Democrats captured a total of 13 seats that were previously Republican, and Republicans captured five seats which were previously Democrat. So, the Republicans maintain a majority by a count of 113 to 90, down from the current count of 121 to 82.  
There are over 40 newly elected legislators in Pennsylvania's state house, including 5 new Senators and 42 new House members.  
 Pennsylvania's US Senate race was won by incumbent Bob Casey, Jr., and he will serve a third term representing the commonwealth in Washington. The U.S. Senate remains controlled by a republican majority, where the balance of power sits at 51 to 46 with two more close elections in Arizona and Florida leaning republican.

In the US House, Democrats have won 28 seats to gain control by a margin of 225 to 197, with 12 races that haven't been called yet due to close margins. Six of those lean democrat and the remaining 8 lean republican. However, all of Pennsylvania's US House seats are settled, and the balance of power shifted within the state after a court-mandated redistricting. Nine of PA's 18 House districts are now occupied by democrats. Prior to redistricting, republicans controlled 10 seats, with two vacancies due to the resignation of republicans Charlie Dent and Patrick Meehan. In any district where an incumbent was running, voters chose to send them back to Washington. In PA's 17th district, where redistricting created a unique double incumbent race - Connor Lamb (D) taking on Keith Rothfus (R) - Lamb prevailed.  
UWP will be busy meeting with the newly elected officials in the new year to show them how United Ways across Pennsylvania are fighting for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community.   

PA United Ways in the News 

Low-income residents can apply for heating assistance

Titusville area United Way conducting survey

PPL electric utilities employees volunteer at Kidsgrove

Eagles Chris Long Teams Up With United Way And Philadelphia Read By 4th Campaign To Increase Early Literacy

United Way receives grant from Luzerne Foundation

Massive layoff at one big United Way in the middle of campaign season

Students spearhead bike-share program

Bag the Bounty

The Growing Place opens two new Pre-K Counts classrooms

United Way of Lebanon Co. launches new funding model with bold goals

Red Cross, United Way volunteers install smoke alarms in Gettysburg residences

'Mindful fathering,' more curriculum added with YWCA pre-K funding

Allentown School District, United Way awarded $2.5 million grant

Snyder Elementary student recognized for top 10 United Way poster
UWP 2018 Board Meetings 
December 12   

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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