Special Initiatives

As part of its work to help the residents of Chester County enhance their lives, United Way of Chester County mobilizes resources to bring about improvements in the community. Meaningful, sustainable changes require a comprehensive approach including clearly identifying pressing community issues, establishing priorities, creating partnerships, developing change strategies, and activating needed resources.

2-1-1
NOW AVAILABLE in Chester County, 2-1-1 is the place to start for health and human services information and referrals. Help is available by phone seven days a week from 8am to 8pm and 24 hours a day online at www.211sepa.org.

FINANCIAL STABILITY CENTER

Since its inception in 2010, the Financial Stability Center continues to expand its footprint to serve more individuals and families motivated to improve their financial condition and become self-sufficient.

FINANCIAL STABILITY PARTNERSHIP
UWCC ignited and leads this public-private partnership to build financial self-sufficiency. More than 20 partners from government, non-profit, financial institutions and businesses are dedicated to maintaining a cohesive and comprehensive network of services to support and grow financially stable individuals and families in Chester County.

VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE (VITA)
A program of the Financial Stability Partnership, VITA engaged more than 100 volunteers in 2012-2013 who completed over 2,500 total volunteer hours. More than 1000 federal income tax returns were prepared with 300 individuals claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit. Since 2004, $5.8 million has been returned to the community.

SHARE THE WARMTH
United Way has engaged Good Works and Good Neighbors to winterize and repair homes for nearly 300 families living in deteriorating housing conditions. In 2012-2013, just over $66,000 was invested providing long term capital improvements reducing home fuel costs and keeping 52 families in their homes, including single mothers, elderly residents, the disabled and the unemployed.

DECADE TO DOORWAYS
United Way is committed to ending homelessness, changing how we do business and investing in strategies that more effectively and efficiently serve homeless individuals and families in Chester County. Through Decade to Doorways, we join dozens of other organizations with a goal of creating a system that will PREVENT, DIVERT, and RAPIDLY RE-HOUSE, rather than mearly manage homelessness.

ACTIVATE CHESTER COUNTY
UWCC serves alongside a number of community organizations who are working together to encourage our community to move more, eat smart, and create a healthy and supportive environment.

ROADMAPP TO HEALTH
UWCC is now in the implementation phase of an 18 month community assessment process that was completed in January 2013. UWCC played a critical role in the countywide health assessment to understand the needs of the community and to invest in the most effective strategies for addressing those needs.

COATESVILLE YOUTH INITIATIVE
UWCC supports the development of the Brandywine Health Foundation’s consortium ensuring healthy, safe out of school time activities and opportunities for at-risk youth to reach their full potential. The coalition focuses its work on increasing parental engagement, providing youth with additional mentoring relationships and leadership opportunities, making the pathway to post secondary education and entry into workforce more accessible and facilitating better program coordination across youth serving services in greater Coatesville.

DAYS OF CARING
UWCC links corporate and civic volunteers with valuable community service projects. These projects help non profit organizations offset costs that can then be directed to program services. In 2012-2013, there were 31 participating corporations, and 328 volunteers who worked a collective 1,788 hours, generating $39,586.32 worth of manpower and savings to the agencies that serve our community.

LEADERSHIP CHESTER COUNTY
UWCC leads a partnership with West Chester University and the Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry to provide a comprehensive training program educating and preparing  talented  board leadership for stronger nonprofits and a safe, vibrant community of caring. Monthly sessions begin in October and end in early May. Since 2002, LCC has strengthened 244 nonprofit organizations by training nearly 300 business and professional individuals to effectively fill board positions.

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