United Way of Berks County

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Our Work

Our Work

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:

  • Education
  • Income
  • Health
  • 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

United Way works 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.  To view the community-level outcomes and goals that have been established for 2012 – 2015, click 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.

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Community Impact Contacts

Pat Giles, Senior Vice President, Community Impact


Stella Leonti, Director of Education


Jane Moyer, Early Care and Education Program Director


Jen O'Brien, Community Impact Director


Darby Wiekrykas, Volunteer Engagement Program Manager



UWBC Initiatives and Programs

United Way Initiatives and Programs

FamilyWize Discount Drug Program

Community Collaborations

Berks Community Health Center

Special Funded Programs

Greater Berks Food Bank

RACC English as a Second Language Program

Berks TALKLINE, Inc., a program of Community Prevention Partnership

Did You Know?

Berks County faces many challenges each day that impact the present and future quality of life for many of its residents. Did you know…………..

  • At the beginning of 2014, over 62,000 adults and children received SNAP benefits (food stamps) across Berks County, almost 15% of the population. (PA Department of Public Welfare)
  • The City of Reading is ranked as one of the nation’s poorest cities, having the highest poverty rate in Pennsylvania (40.5%) and the second highest in the country, behind Detroit. (among cities with a population above 60,000) (United States Census Bureau, American Community Survey)
  • 14.6% of Berks County residents are living in poverty. (United States Census Bureau, American Community Survey)
  • Over 23% of Berks County youth age 18 and under are living below the poverty level. (United States Census Bureau, American Community Survey)
  • Almost 17% of the Berks County adult population does not possess a high school diploma. (United States Census Bureau, American Community Survey)
  • The Reading School District estimates that 70% of children entering kindergarten lack one or more skills needed to be successful in school.
  • Over 25% of Berks County third graders fall short of being proficient in reading on the PSSA (Pennsylvania System of School Assessment).
  • The City of Reading has one of the highest rates of births to teen mothers in the state of Pennsylvania. (Pennsylvania Department of Health).