United Way Honors Local Volunteers at Special Event
United Way of the Capital Region recently recognized the hard work and dedication of local volunteers at its Volunteer of the Year Event, sponsored by Highmark Blue Shield and High Companies.
Carol Koppenhaver of Enola received the Adult Volunteer of the Year Award for her work with Caitlin’s Smiles. She volunteers each week and logged more than 900 hours in 2016. Some of the projects include making craft bags and delivering them to several hospitals, coordinating and making gift baskets for a silent auction, helping to organize and run an annual fundraiser, and staff an agency booth at public exhibits and volunteer fairs.
Join us for United Way’s Annual Luncheon
Join us on Tuesday, May 23 at 11:30 a.m. at Harrisburg Hilton for our Annual Luncheon: “United for Change,” Moving the Needle on Community Issues.
During the event we will share the most up-to-date information about our new initiatives in the community. This includes:
- Access to health care.
- School readiness.
- Workforce development and financial literacy opportunities.
- Basic needs services in urgent situations.
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.”
Local Teens Live United Through Youth Day of Caring
Approximately 200 local high school students volunteered recently as part of United Way of the Capital Region’s 15th Annual Youth Day of Caring.
Volunteers completed projects including general clean-up, trash pick-up, weeding and mulching, and painting throughout Harrisburg City Island to prepare the park for the spring season.
Juniors and seniors from the following 10 high schools participated: Camp Hill, Central Dauphin East, Commonwealth Charter Academy, Cumberland Valley, John Harris, Lower Dauphin, Middletown, Red Land, SciTech and Susquehanna Township.
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.
United Way Partners with Organizations to Create Community Dashboard
The Capital Region Community Dashboard, a web-based resource providing information on health and human service issues in Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry counties, is now live for public use. The site, which is the only one of its kind in the region, includes the most up-to-date data on nearly 100 key indicators in the areas of health, education, income, basic needs and demographics.
The Capital Region Community Dashboard was created to help local residents, health and human service organizations, education institutions, places of worship and the business community better understand the issues impacting the region as well as track trends and progress. The project is a partnership between Dauphin County, The Foundation for Enhancing Communities, Harrisburg Housing Authority, Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC, Partnership for Better Health, Penn State Harrisburg, Penn State Health, PinnacleHealth System and United Way of the Capital Region.