2017 Federal Day of Service
Approximately 220 federal employees spent Friday, October 13 volunteering at 16 nonprofits throughout Cumberland and Dauphin counties for United Way of the Capital Region’s fifth annual Federal Day of Service.
Volunteer projects included indoor and outdoor cleanup, completing repairs at a local community park and updating laptop computers for the Money in Your Pocket free tax preparation program.
Meet United Way Hand-Raiser Susan Roof
Susan Roof supports United Way of the Capital Region because it is “an organization with heart.”
As chair of the charity’s Tocqueville Society events committee, she serves in an important leadership role for a dedicated donor group. Susan is also an allocations panel member, helping determine how collected funds are allocated to community initiatives and organizations.
Meet United Way Hand-Raiser Ryan Brown
Ryan Brown is senior manager at Brown Schultz Sheridan & Fritz, CPAs and a United Way of the Capital Region donor and volunteer. He also serves as vice chair of United Way’s Bridges Society.
Ryan has a favorite quote that guides his philanthropic efforts - “To whom much is given, much is expected.” This simple, yet powerful, quote is always in back of his mind, and he finds kindred spirits in his fellow volunteers and donors at United Way.
Meet United Way Hand-Raisers Phyllis and Jim Mooney
Phyllis and Jim Mooney are United Way donors, volunteers and 2017 co-chairs of United Way of the Capital Region’s Tocqueville Society. The Mooneys give to United Way because they feel that addressing issues in the areas of education, health and income are critically important for the life of our community.
“United We Win” United Way Campaign Video
It’s an exciting time to be part of United Way and our community. This summer, United Way of the Capital Region and our community partners launched three new pilot projects in access to health care, school readiness and workforce development. Our goal is to move the needle on these pressing issues facing our community. At the same time we launch these projects, United Way continues to support basic needs services and the great work of our program partner.
Meet United Way Hand-Raiser Greg Cavoli
A United Way supporter for 20 years, Greg Cavoli’s eyes were opened to the needs in our community through his many years coaching youth sports and spending time with a variety of families from around our area.
Greg chooses to support United Way of the Capital Region because he feels it is the best solution to making a real impact in our community. His greatest concern is making sure every child in our community has food, shelter, health care and education.
More Than 1,600 Volunteers Unite to Enhance the Community for 25th Annual Day of Caring
More than 1,600 volunteers helped kick off United Way of the Capital Region’s 2017 campaign on September 8 by participating in the 25th annual Day of Caring.
Meet United Way Hand-Raiser Jodi Griffis
What was the game-changer that spurred Jodi Griffis’ involvement with United Way of the Capital Region? When she realized that she and her children had actually benefitted from the programs and services that United Way supports.
Jodi struggled for a time when her children were young and relied on support from various community organizations. Now she feels a sense of responsibility and pride that she is able to give back to the community that helped her.
How You Can Help Victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria
Over the past several weeks, there has been an outpouring of support for victims of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, and the earthquake in Mexico. We’ve heard from many people asking how they can contribute to helping with immediate needs and supporting mid- to long-term recovery efforts.
To make a contribution to support the immediate needs of these devastating natural disasters, visit the American Red Cross at https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation.
Volunteers Needed to Help Working Families with Tax Preparation
Volunteers are needed to offer free tax preparation to help working families receive the federal and state tax credits they are eligible for. No previous experience is required and training is provided.
In tax year 2016, 230 volunteers provided free income tax preparation for low- to moderate-income families as part of the Money in Your Pocket (MIYP) campaign, a community collaboration of organizations committed to the economic stability of local families. Nationally the effort is known as the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, or VITA. Volunteers filed 4,389 tax returns, resulting in more than $4.7 million returned to local families. The average annual income for clients receiving tax preparation services was $21,495 and the average return was $1,379.