United Way of Berks County

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Community Snapshot

Monitoring Our Community's Changing Needs

United Way of Berks County is pleased to share a new quarterly report entitled Berks County Community Snapshot.  This report details our community’s changing needs resulting from local economic conditions and features data compiled by United Way, agency partners and other community organizations that are experiencing the growing requests for help.  United Way will use this data as we determine the best use of our resources to address community needs, and we are sharing it with other organizations for the opportunity to do the same.   We hope you find this report informative.

Summer 2011

Winter 2011

Fall 2010

Summer 2010

Spring 2010

Winter 2010

Fall 2009

Summer 2009

Spring 2009

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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).