UNITED WAY OF CHESTER COUNTY PROUD TO ANNOUNCE GRANTS FOR 2019-2020
United Way of Chester County recently awarded grants to local non-profits serving Chester County for the 2019-2020 year. The grants and agencies funded focus on programs that will help children and youth achieve their potential, promote stability and financial self-sufficiency, and help individuals live independently and overcome obstacles to good health.
Total Programs Funded - 60 (100% in Chester County)
- Educational Programs - 17 (31% of total grant funding)
- Financial Independence Programs - 24 (41% of total grant funding)
- Health and Wellness Programs - 19 (28% of total grant funding)
The selected programs will support early childhood learning, youth education, crisis/housing services, independent living as well as access to quality medical and dental services.
To learn more about all the programs funded by the United Way of Chester County, please visit our website
UWCC NOW ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE FUNDING AS A PRE-K EITC ORGANIZATION
United Way of Chester County has just been granted the ability to impact the community in an even bigger way, as it is now eligible to receive funding through the Pennsylvania Tax Credit program as a registered Pre-K EITC (Educational Improvement Tax Credit) organization. Funding received through this program will be used to provide scholarships for young children in low-income families to Keystone STARS-certified, high-quality, pre-K programs within Chester County.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2019 LCC GRADUATES
This year's graduates represent the 18th class to complete the leadership program - focusing on educating emerging leaders in Chester County who want to make an impact by serving at the board level, introducing them to human service needs in Chester County, and showing how business acumen can sustain nonprofit agencies to capably respond.
If you are interested in learning more about the program or applying for next years class, please follow the link below for more information. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM
WE ARE UNITED FOR ALICE
UWCC is proud to have helped fund the ALICE study, recently released by the United Way of Pennsylvania. ALICE (which stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) represents those families across PA that earn more than the federal poverty level but less than the basic cost of living, and is made up of residents in every county, women and men, young and old, and all races and ethnicities. Currently across the state 37% of the population falls into the ALICE category, within Chester County the ALICE rate is 27%.
United Way of Chester County will utilize this data to focus our services and identify needs and issues across the county. This will help us to provide preventative programs to a vulnerable population, with the hopes of keeping people out of a crisis situation.
FULTON BANK SUPPORTS THE FINANCIAL STABILITY CENTER
Support of the United Way Financial Stability Center helps thousands of Chester County residents each year meet day-to-day needs, plan and save for the future and create a path to financial strength and independence.Thanks so much to Fulton Bank for their support and you can learn more about the financial stability center and partnership HERE.
VOLUNTEER PROJECT - DEPUY SYNTHES
Thank you to DePuy Synthes and the dozen employees that volunteered their time at the Stepping Stones Club House in Coatesville. The volunteers spent the day cleaning, organizing, sanding tables and gardening. United Way is proud to partner with DePuy Synthes and so many other volunteers across the county that work for the betterment of the community!
BOARD MEMBER CORNER
AN INTERVIEW WITH UNITED WAY BOARD MEMBER, and Meridian Bank Sr. VP CHARLIE KOCHKA
"I never set out to 'be a leader.' I was just being myself, and people would tend to gravitate to me. One of the best compliments I've ever received, and I've gotten it a few times, is that when people talk to me, they feel that they're the only person in the world. I listen, engage, and focus on each person I'm talking with."
- Charlie Kochka
It was great for the staff to become certified through the Mental Health First Aid program! Thanks to The COAD Group and Friends Association For Care and Protection of Children for facilitating the training session!
Mental Health First Aid training is designed to help you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis, learn risk factors and warning signs, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help. This program has been implemented across Chester County to thousands of active community members to better serve and identify those in need of help.
SUPPORTING OUR SCHOOLS DRIVE
United Way has partnered with Raymour & Flanigan to help bring school supplies to children in the area. The drive runs from July 12 to August 18, and you can drop off items such as #2 pencils, Backpacks, Pens, Notebooks, Crayons, Index Cards, Kid-Safe Scissors, Folders, etc to your local Raymour & Flanigan Showroom (items donated at the Exton location will go to benefit United Way of Chester County partners).