Berwick Area United Way brings together citizens, community leaders, business, the faith community, government, non-profit organizations and other institutions to determine the most critical human issues that require collective, not just individual, action. These issues range from basic human needs - like food, shelter and emergency assistance - to emerging and growing issues like the need for affordable housing, services and support for seniors, and positive youth development. We are continually reviewing studies, reports and research on our community to be sure we are meeting the needs of our community.
United Way volunteers then raise money locally in an annual campaign, generate other revenue outside of the campaign, secure non-cash in-kind resources, and advocate for sound public policy, along with employing other relevant strategies in order to produce concrete results. United Way volunteers, after serious and deliberate consideration of each agency’s application for funds, invest resources in non-profit agencies like Big Brothers Big Sisters. The same volunteers also determine the amountsof money to be used for programs directly provided by Berwick Area United Way, such as the free state and federal income tax filing site, the Community Emergency Resource Fund, the Soup Kitchen, youth service awards and other programs
As an investor in our community, we hope you view Berwick Area United Way as a key strategic partner in achieving your philanthropic aspirations. We can help you can connect your aspirations to needs of the community and the opportunity to support services you believe in. Whether your interest is youth development, improving financial stability of working families or the work of a single non-profit organization, United Way has the capacity and breadth to make your investment more powerful.
Through United Way, you get the scale and capacity of a $5 billion global enterprise – recognized by 98% of all Americans – but organized and operated at a community level, making it accessible to you. We’re big and we’re small at the same time. United Way is the largest private-sector investor in human need and development.
The measure of a community is how well it treats those with the least. The health and prosperity of a community begins with how it develops its human capital. Economic success over the long haul is not possible or sustainable without human success. There is no organization more focused or successful as it relates to human success at a community level than United Way.
Our promise to you is that we will invest in the efforts that get the greatest results. We will evaluate and reward results, not just effort. We will govern ourselves at the highest degree of accountability and transparency. And, finally, we pledge to remain one of the most efficient non-profit organizations in the world, working to put the maximum amount of resources into the work that changes peoples’ lives and communities.
There are great non-profit organizations in which to invest. Your investment in United Way is unique because of our ability to mobilize resources, individuals, and institutions in a combined effort. Leveraging our relationships with such a diverse group of players produces greater results for you. When you combine your resources and effort with others you can change entire communities, which in turn produce results for you individually.