Serving Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry counties in Central Pennsylvania.

Capital Region Community Dashboard Shows Recent Data Trends

Data about recent demographic trends has been released via the Capital Region Community Dashboard, a web-based resource providing information on health and human service issues in Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry counties. 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. 

2019 United Way Campaign Video Launched

United Way of the Capital Region has a story to tell about our impact in the Capital Region. This year, our story gets better as we expand and enhance our pilot projects to reach more people in our community. Meet four local individuals and learn how their lives are moving forward thanks to the work of United Way.

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Real Impact Through Pilot Projects: Meet Tomas

When Tomas of Harrisburg could no longer tolerate his dental pain, he reached out for help. Tomas contacted Sheylla Salinas, a community health worker with Contact to Care, a community pilot project to increase access to health care.

After an assessment of his condition, Tomas learned he needed a procedure to extract a wisdom tooth. Sheylla called several dentists, but the cost was prohibitive because Tomas lacks dental insurance. 

“The pain was so intense,” Tomas says. “It was hard to get through my workday.”

Real Impact Through Pilot Projects: Meet Shane

Shane lives in Susquehanna Township with his grandparents who he affectionately calls Gigi and Poppy. Like many five-year-old children, Shane loves to play, read books and create science projects. 

This fall, he will enter kindergarten at Sara Lindemuth/Anna Carter Primary School. To help him prepare socially and academically, Shane attends workshops through Ready for School, Ready to Succeed, a community pilot project to increase school readiness. 

“Transitions are difficult for Shane,” his grandmother says. “He struggles with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and anxiety.”

Holiday Volunteer Opportunities

The Volunteer Center can help you and your family, work group or service group find a holiday volunteer project. Holiday Connections, an agency holiday project and wish list, is available to help individuals and companies select holiday projects by providing a multitude of options, complete with contact information.  

Whether your company (or even your department) is interested in adopting a family and purchasing gifts, collecting food, gathering winter essentials for homeless families, or simply donating money, we can help you find just the right match.

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. 

The service is offered through the Money in Your Pocket (MIYP) program, a community partnership led by United Way of the Capital Region that is committed to the economic stability of local families. . In tax year 2018, 272 volunteers filed 4,691 tax returns, resulting in more than $4.6 million returned to local families. The average annual income for clients receiving tax preparation services was $21,100, which helped increase their household income by an average of 6 percent.

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