United Way of BerksCounty is committed to achieving greater community impact by focusing its available resources to create positive and lasting change for the community.
United Way works to advance the common good by creating opportunities for a good life for all through focusing on four target areas:
- Safety Net Services
The organization accomplishes its mission through collaboration with various non profit agencies, businesses, and other community partners.
- Community and Volunteer Engagement
- Community Investments
- Identification of Community Needs
- Education about Community Needs
- Operation of Special Programs and Initiatives
- Donor Relationships
- Generation of Resources
An integral part of our collaborative efforts has been the formation of Community Impact Councils around our four different focus areas of Education, Income, Health and Safety Net Services. The Impact Councils are made up of business and community leaders who are in the field delivering health and human services to the Berks County Community. Impact Councils work on a three year cycle to identify community issues and needs, to support initiatives and opportunities that can address these needs, and to monitor progress in meeting community outcomes and goals. The Impact Councils are governed by the Community Impact Cabinet. To view the community-level outcomes and goals that have been established for 2008-2011, click on Community Outcomes.
Each year, over 100,000 people in Berks County are helped through the work of the United Way and its partners. The organization's efforts provide a continuum of services that support individuals and families in all stages of their lives. Among United Way's many services, we help youth to achieve their full potential, promote financial stability and independence for all, improve people's health and provide necessary services for vulnerable residents of our county whose basic needs are not being met.
To look at the specific work that is being done in each of the four focus areas and other work of United Way, click on the links at left.