Welcome to the Next Generation United Way!
We are thrilled to share the exciting news that we purchased and renovated a 5,000 square foot stand-alone building, located at 150 John Robert Thomas Drive in the Commons at Lincoln Center Office Park in Exton, that will serve as the permanent new headquarters for our staff as well as host a Social Innovation Lab, Leadership Training Center and Financial Independence Hub for the community. The center is expected to be completed and ready to open in late September.
The decision to buy a building happened rather quickly, due to our current office lease entering its final year and an increase in rent. Our Board of Directors decided that this strategic move was necessary to set us up for the next generation. We looked at the new building in February 2022 and closed on the sale on June 1. Demolition and renovation started quickly afterwards.
Once news of the purchase slowly began making its way around the community, we received a lot of calls from companies looking to support the project with in-kind donations, including:
- CTDI donated project management, CAD work, marketing, fundraising support and overseeing all building inspections
- SL Commercial donated pro bono project management, glass walls and kitchen countertops
- Brandywine Valley Heating & Air donated a new HVAC unit and significant donated labor
- Blackney Hayes donated pro bono architectural work
- Attorney Brian Nagle, Macelree Harvey donated pro bono legal work
- G.A. Vietri donated discounted electric work
- Opt4 Group donated wiring and discounted state of the art AV systems
- Colonial Electric Supply donated 67 LED lights for entire building
- West Chester Mechanical donated discounted plumbing
- Home Depot donated all new kitchen appliances
- Aidan’s Heart Foundation and David’s Drive 831 donated an automated external defibrillator (AED)
- Work2gether-Downingtown donated pro bono interior design
- 3Spoons Productions donated pro bono photography/videography
“This is a big deal for UWCC, and it has truly been a community effort to make it happen,” said Brian Parsons, CTDI Chief Operating Officer and United Way of Chester County Board Chairman. “We expect that this new site will provide physical and financial stability so that UWCC can continue to serve for decades to come. We are so thankful for all who supported it.”
Funds were raised through a silent capital campaign to ensure that it did not affect the annual campaign that supports our nonprofit grants. In just 57 days, we raised $1.395 million and all donors agreed to give their gifts above any current annual support!
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Join Us at Our Annual Fall Event!
Grab your country western boots and join us at our annual Live United in Music event on Thursday September 29th at Penn Oaks Golf Club, featuring national recording artist, Alexandra Kay. This event, presented by Citadel Credit Union, will benefit our Community Impact & Innovation Fund.
Admission is $200 per person and includes a cocktail reception with an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, and performance ($175 of the cost is tax deductible). Doors open at 5:30pm and country western attire is encouraged.
Limited corporate sponsorships are available. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, contact Christina Wagoner, Senior Vice President of Financial Development, at 610-429-9400 x4101.
Hurry – this event always sells out!
Last Chance to Apply for Leadership Chester County
Deadline is September 30, 2022
Leadership Chester County (LCC), Chester County’s premiere professional development program, is now accepting applications for its 2022-2023 class.
The LCC program is administered and facilitated by United Way of Chester County with guidance from an Advisory Council and additional resources from its partners, West Chester University and Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry. The course meets approximately every 3 to 4 weeks from October to May and sessions will be held in person.