Meet United Way Hand-Raiser Rebecca McClure
Rebecca McClure is the vice president of brand and market strategy for Capital BlueCross. She is also an active volunteer and donor with United Way of the Capital Region. She serves on United Way’s board of directors, and is a member of the Tocqueville Society and the Women’s Leadership Network.
Raised with the belief that it is important to volunteer and give back to the community, Rebecca started volunteering as a child and has seen that it is possible to change lives when you help those who are struggling.
Rebecca believes in United Way’s mission and the collective impact model that brings different organizations together to produce a greater impact than if they were working alone. The two areas of need which are most meaningful to her are access to healthcare and school readiness.
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.
Meet United Way Hand-Raiser Sandy Pepinsky
When Sandy Pepinsky and her husband moved to Central PA 43 years ago, they didn’t know anyone and were encouraged by employers and colleagues to get involved in civic and community groups. As a result, they found a meaningful connection to the Capital Region and put down roots here.
Through United Way, the Pepinskys found a way to volunteer their time, resources and skills to give back to the community and support those who need it the most. Sandy has been a United Way donor for decades, a volunteer for more than five years, and a member of United Way’s board of directors for two years.
“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.
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.