United Way Initiatives and Programs
FamilyWize Discount Drug Program
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
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).