Meet United Way Hand-Raiser Angela Tatum
Meet Angela Tatum, vice president and commercial relationship manager at Riverview Bank and chair of United Way of the Capital Region’s Bridges Society.
As a donor, advocate and volunteer, Angela credits her success to two key game changers. The first is a love of learning and the dedicated work ethic instilled in her by her parents. The second is an inspirational mentor from her first “real” job, who promised to teach her everything he knew about banking if she was willing to work hard.
The oldest of seven children, you might say that Angela was a natural born leader, and after receiving important guidance and advice through the years from many mentors, Angela now actively seeks opportunities to mentor others and give back in her industry and in the community. She feels strongly about early childhood education, starting with Kindergarten readiness, as well as empowering people through job training and financial literacy education to better their opportunities. Because these objectives are so entwined, she feels passionate about United Way’s new initiatives and pilot projects.
Help Us Kick Off Our 2017 Campaign and Day of Caring
On Friday, September 8, approximately 1,500 volunteers will work on projects throughout our community as part of United Way of the Capital Region’s 25th Annual Day of Caring which is sponsored by PNC Bank.
If you are one of these volunteers, join us for a delicious breakfast provided by Wegmans from 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Harrisburg. Play some fun games and take a picture at our selfie station. During the program, we’ll announce United Way’s 2017 fundraising goal and give out some fantastic door prizes.
United Way will also collect items for our Tools For Schools project. The project will help area schools with the supplies children need to reach their fullest academic potential.
Now Collecting Tools For Schools
Many families struggle to purchase school supplies. Once students run out of essentials, it typically falls on the schools, and often the teachers, to provide necessary supplies. Tools For Schools will help area schools with the supplies children need to reach their fullest academic potential.
You can help by contributing any of the items listed on the Tools For Schools flyer. Donations will be collected August 14 through September 8.
Donations can dropped off at any of the locations listed on the Tools For Schools flyer. Participating in Day of Caring? You can bring your donation to the Day of Caring kickoff event!
Meet United Way Hand-Raiser Greg Gunn
A long-time United Way of the Capital Region donor, Greg Gunn first raised his hand to volunteer when his friend Barry Kindt asked him to get involved with United Way Program Partner Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region, Inc. When Greg saw the great work being done by the organization and the positive impact on the “littles,” it changed his world and inspired him to do more in our community.
Greg feels strongly that by making sure children have quality early education, it will ensure that they are ready to succeed in school and in life. He also cares deeply about helping those less fortunate, who often are forgotten by the mainstream, and in many cases, just need a helping hand to secure a better financial future and life for their families.
Trikes Take Over Harrisburg for United Way
Twenty teams gathered at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg on July 28 to compete for the coveted Trike Race Trophy!
Wegmans out-pedaled the other teams to take first place, followed by First National Bank in second. Fun team spirit awards were also presented:
- Tallest Team: Reynolds Enterprises
- Turtle Award: abc27
- Most Spirited: McNees, Wallace and Nurick
- Wackiest Costumes: The JDK Group
- Good Sportsmanship Award: Wegmans
Meet United Way Hand-Raiser Katie Bobb
Katie Bobb began volunteering with United Way of the Capital Region in 2012, but her desire to make a difference in the community was further strengthened a few years later when she participated in Leadership Harrisburg Area’s Community Leadership Series. The experience reinforced that we can achieve more when we work together, and this LIVED UNITED spirit is especially important to her when it comes to diversity and inclusion. Katie feels strongly about creating a welcoming and inclusive community where all people, especially children, feel important. As Katie will attest, giving can also be FUN – and that principle is at the core of United Way’s annual Trike Race and other group engagement opportunities. Get in the spirit!
For more information on this year's Tricycle Race, see the event listing on Facebook.
United Way Announces Annual Funding as it Transitions to Make a Greater Impact in the Community
United Way of the Capital Region has announced its annual funding of local programs and its new community initiatives. Last year, United Way began transitioning its work to move the needle on critical issues facing the region in the areas of health, education, income and basic needs by focusing on the root causes of these problems. This organizational shift to a collective impact model of work began in 2014 with an assessment of community needs, public meetings and listening to donors’ requests for United Way to make a greater impact in the community.
“When we began to redefine our work three years ago, we knew the transition would not be easy, but it would be necessary to create a stronger future for our region,” says Timothy B. Fatzinger, United Way of the Capital Region president and CEO. “This year’s funding reflects the growing trend of donors choosing to designate their gift instead of making an unrestricted contribution to United Way. It also reflects financial support of our new model of work to move our community forward.”
Moving the Needle on Community Issues through Pilot Projects
Throughout 2015 and 2016, United Way of the Capital Region convened expert community task forces to help create potential solutions and strategies around our region’s most pressing issues in health, education and income. Task force members were nonbiased experts with working knowledge of proven “best practices” to address the root causes of issues.
Working independently of each other, the task forces all came to the same conclusion – begin with pilot projects that can grow in capacity to serve more and more people in urban, suburban and rural parts of our community. We are pleased to share the results of their work.