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Tocqueville Society Holds Reception for New Members

Nearly 100 Tocqueville Society members attended the 21st Annual New Member’s Reception on June 6 at the newly restored home of Dave and Donna Schankweiler. Their home is located on Front Street in Harrisburg. 

For the fourth consecutive year, the event was sponsored by Roof Advisory Group, Inc., a wealth management and financial planning firm focusing on the professional investment management and sophisticated financial planning needs of high net worth individuals.

At the event, members learned about the history of the home, the work of United Way and the significant impact Tocqueville Society members make in the Capital Region. The Tocqueville Society is comprised of community leaders who donate at least $10,000 to United Way on an annual basis. 

Join Us for Our 22nd Annual Trike Race

Mark your calendars for United Way of the Capital Region’s 22nd Annual Tricycle Race.

The event will take place on Friday, July 20, from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the parking lot of the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex at 2300 North Cameron Street in Harrisburg. Parking is FREE in the Northwest lot at the Farm Show.

Participants will race tricycles in a double elimination tournament, where two consecutive losses result in a team’s removal from the competition. Only one team will be the winner at the tournament’s conclusion. 

United Way Presents Capita Award

United Way of the Capital Region recently presented the 2018 Joseph M. Capita Spirit of the Capital Region Award to Yvonne Hollins, executive director of Boys & Girls Club of Harrisburg, Inc. for her incredible impact on our community.

The award recognizes an exceptional community partner or corporate citizen for superlative acts of community engagement and measurable impact in the health, education and betterment of our regional community. 

Learn more about Yvonne and her dedication to the Capital Region by watching this video: Joseph M. Capita Award 2018.

The Real Impact of Free Tax Prep Program: Meet Monique

When her children were babies, Monique stayed home with them. But now that they are four and seven, she works outside the home again. She used to do her own taxes, but now that she is working, they are a bit more complicated. She also wants to make sure they are filing correctly to get their maximum return. 

When her sister told her about the free tax preparation service offered through the Money in Your Pocket (MIYP) program at Middletown Library, she decided to give it a try. Monique works during the day so she appreciates the evening hours at the site. She found the process of checking in, meeting with an IRS-certified volunteer to go through her taxes, and then waiting while another IRS-certified volunteer provided a secondary review, to be very efficient and thorough. 

Real Impact Through Pilot Projects: Meet Levi

Levi is 3 ½ years old and lives in Newport with his parents and grandparents. He’s an only child and doesn’t have many opportunities to socialize with other children. Last fall, he began attending school readiness workshops, created to help prepare kids to enter kindergarten. The workshops are part of Ready for School, Ready to Succeed, a community initiative in partnership with United Way of the Capital Region, local schools and the Capital Area Intermediate Unit. 

When he first started attending, he was struggling with speaking and wasn’t comfortable socializing with other kids.

The Real Impact of Free Tax Prep Program: Meet Willie

Willie lives in Harrisburg and has been having his taxes prepared through the Money in Your Pocket (MIYP) program for the past four years. The program, also known as the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, helps low- to moderate-income individuals and families with free tax services.

There are 16 MIYP tax preparation sites throughout Dauphin, Cumberland and Perry counties. Willie appreciates the convenience of the Market Square Presbyterian Church site, located in downtown Harrisburg, to have his taxes prepared. He can easily walk there, though he did save up enough money to buy a car last year. 

Meet United Way Hand-Raiser Andrea Potteiger

A member of United Way of the Capital Region’s Bridges Society and Women’s Leadership Network, Andrea Potteiger is a dedicated donor and volunteer. She finds that United Way’s philosophy is consistent with her own personal mission, which was shaped by both an important person in her life and a famous humanitarian.

Throughout her childhood, Andrea watched her grandmother caring for others, and she knew she wanted to emulate her. She was also inspired by the famous words of Ghandi, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” These influences led her to work in the health care field where she helps people in the Capital Region every day.

“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. 

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