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

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.

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Community Impact Contacts

Pat Giles, Senior Vice President, Community Impact
610-685-4567
patgiles@uwberks.org

  

Stella Leonti, Director of Education
610-685-4566
stellal@uwberks.org

 

Jane Moyer, Early Care and Education Program Director
610-685-4577
janemoy@uwberks.org

 

Jen O'Brien, Community Impact Director
610-685-4586
jennifero@uwberks.org

 

Darby Wiekrykas, Volunteer Engagement Program Manager
610-685-4574
darbyw@uwberks.org 

 

 

UWBC Initiatives and Programs

United Way Initiatives and Programs

Berks Early Care and Education Council

FamilyWize Discount Drug Program

 

Community Collaborations

Berks Money in Your Pocket Coalition

 

Special Funded Programs

Greater Berks Food Bank

RACC English as a Second Language Program

Reading Housing Authority Wellness Program

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…………..

  • Record numbers of Berks County residents (over 60,000) are receiving SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assiatance Program) benefits
  • Between 2009 and 2011, there was a 33% increase in the number of Berks County residents who received SNAP benefits.
  • Over 50% of the SNAP Recipients in Berks County are below the age of 20.
  • 14% of Berks County families with children under the age of 18 were living below the poverty level.
  • The City of Reading is ranked as one of the nation’s poorest cities, having the highest poverty rate in Pennsylvania and the sixth highest in the country. (among cities with a population above 65,000)
  • Almost 17% of the Berks County adult population did not possess a high school diploma.
  • The Reading School District estimates that 70% of children entering kindergarten lack one or more skills needed to be successful in school.
  • The City of Reading has one of the highest rates of births to teen mothers in the state of Pennsylvania.