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

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.