First-Time PA 21-1 State Investment
Fall is officially upon us, and what a busy summer it was! UWP was working on advocacy surrounding the state budget, in hopes of securing a first-ever state investment into our
PA 2-1-1 system
. We are pleased to announce the Senate and House agreed to a spending proposal that includes a $750,000 investment! This investment will be used to bring 2-1-1 access to the remaining counties in Pennsylvania who do not currently have access. Additionally, this money will be used to allow for text and chat in each region, with 24/7 coverage. The commitment from the legislature is the first step in what United Ways hope will be a long-term partnership.
United Way Celebrations
Recently, a few of our United Way members celebrated milestones!
United Way of Greater Lehigh Valley just celebrated their 100th year! This is a huge anniversary, which called for a big celebration fit for the occasion! Take a look at the gallery from their Gala
Another big milestone was celebrated by Bradford County United Way, who observed their 40-year anniversary! Be sure to take a look at the news article to the right to see how they celebrated!
Congratulations to our members and the entire United Way Network!
Welcome New Executive Directors
This year there has been a few United Way retirements and few of our Executive Directors have moved on. This leaves us with many new faces to welcome!
Kate Fink began as the Executive Director of the United Way of Bedford County earlier in July. She comes to United Way from the Center for Community Action, which serves Bedford, Fulton and Huntingdon counties, where she was a housing intake specialist at the Center for Community Action
United Way of Butler welcomed Mary Ann Eisenreich to serve as interim Executive Director until the end of 2017. Mary Anne has been heavily involved in United Way work in the past, most recently assisting with the expansion of PA 2-1-1 into the Northwest region of the commonwealth. Prior to her involvement with United Way Mary Ann was the Special Assistant to former Governor, Tom Corbett. Presently she runs her own consulting firm, MAE Strategies.