FOCUS AREA: HEALTH

Health impacts every aspect of a person’s life. Good health allows children to learn better and adults to live more productive lives. United Way funded programs address both the preventive aspect of health issues, while also addressing more intervention types of needs.

Through funding programs with our partner agencies and our involvement in various community collaborations, UWBC is creating opportunities for people to achieve their optimal health and independence. Programs supported by United Way address the preventative aspect of physical and mental health issues, while also addressing interventional needs. Agency Partners and their supported programs in the area of Health are listed below.

Community Collaborations
  • Community Health Needs Assessment: United Way, Penn State Health St. Joseph, Tower Health Berks County Community Foundation and Berks Community Health Center have jointly sponsored a new Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). Mandated to be conducted by nonprofit hospitals every three years under the Affordable Care Act, we use this collaborative effort to get the latest data on key health issues in Berks County, followed by joint planning and development of new programs and better strategies to address those key issues.
  • Veggie Rx Program: With more fast food and corner stores than grocery or market options, the City of Reading is considered a “food desert”. To assist with improving access to fresh fruits and vegetables, United Way of Berks County has invested $25,000 in the Veggie Rx Program, a pilot program developed by Penn State Health St. Joseph.
  • FamilyWize Prescription Drug Program: The FamilyWize Discount Prescription card is available free-of-charge to anyone who needs assistance in paying for prescriptions not covered by insurance.
United Way Grants

Visit the Grants Overview page to learn about the local community organizations and agencies that have received United Way grants.

United Way Agency Partners and Supported Programs
AgencyDescription
American Cancer Society: Berks County UnitFunded programs designed to assist the patient, family and community at large. Cancer hotline 1-800-ACS-2345. Early detection, prevention education and patient services programs.
Berks Deaf & Hard of Hearing ServicesAdvocacy to represent the interests of deaf and hard of hearing individuals. Information on available resources for the deaf and hard of hearing community.
Berks EncoreMeals on Wheels for homebound individuals who are disabled or over age 60 and not able to shop or prepare meals for themselves due to chronic disease or medical conditions.
Boyertown Area Multi Services, Inc.Supportive services for older adults. Basic needs assistance to individuals and families in need.
Co-County Wellness ServicesLeadership and operational support for the community-wide initiative to prevent teen pregnancy, Berks Teens Matter.
Easterseals Eastern PennsylvaniaTherapy programs, evaluations and other medical services for children with special needs to help them overcome obstacles to independence.
Family Guidance CenterEvaluation, diagnosis, mental health, and drug and alcohol counseling provided on a sliding fee scale. Outreach to rural communities such as Kutztown and Hamburg.
Greater Reading Mental Health AllianceAdvocacy to help individuals and families navigate the social service system and find mental health services. Information/referral services and support groups.
Primary Care/Mental Health Integration: A program of The Reading HospitalPrimary Care/Mental Health Integration where individuals and families experiencing behavorial health problems receive services by Behavorial Health Staff at their Primary Care Physcian office to improve their ability to function successfully.
Safe BerksCrisis intervention for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, including a 24-hour hotline in English and Spanish. Emergency temporary shelter for victims of domestic violence and their children. Individual and group counseling related to sexual violence for adults and children.
Tower Health At Home BerksSkilled nursing, social services, and physical, speech, and occupational therapy at home for persons not covered by insurance, Medicare, or unable to pay the full cost.