Welcome to United Way of Berks County! Whether you are a new Loaned Campaign Specialist (LCS) or a veteran, you are about to have the experience of a lifetime. This page contains important forms that need to be completed, as well as information to make your first days easier and videos from veteran LCSs to help you understand what to expect. We strongly encourage you to explore all of the information on this page.
The 2022 United Way Campaign is led by Joe and Dana Hartz. Joe and Dana have been working on the campaign since January, securing commitments for our challenge match, meeting with corporate leaders and recruiting volunteers for the Campaign Cabinet. Throughout the 2022 Campaign, Joe and Dana will support you with their enthusiasm, celebrate your successes and help you navigate your campaign-related challenges.
A Message from the LCS Co-Chairs,
Craig and Sue Perrotty
After serving as our 2020 Campaign Co-Chairs, Craig and Sue Perrotty were excited to continue their involvement in the annual campaign by serving as LCS Co-Chairs. Their role is to recruit Loaned Campaign Specialists like you from local companies, and they’re looking forward to seeing you at the LCS Welcome Reception in August.
What to Expect from Your LCS Experience
The 2021 Loaned Campaign Specialists have some words of wisdom to share with you. Check out each one of these brief videos to learn what to expect from your LCS experience. You can also access these videos on our YouTube playlist.
Forms to Complete and Submit
Please complete all of the following forms. Note that some of the forms can be completed online, while others must be downloaded and returned via email due to confidentiality. If you have any questions, contact Sherry Reenock at email@example.com.
- Bio Form – when you have completed this form, please save and email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Code of Ethics – complete and submit online
- Confidentiality Agreement – complete and submit online
- Drug-Free Policy – complete and submit online
- Emergency Contact – when you have completed this form, please save and email to email@example.com
Directions to United Way and Parking
LCS Welcome Reception – August 23, 4:30 p.m. at Reading Liederkranz
LCS Training Begins – August 29 at United Way
Campaign Kickoff and Day of Caring – September 14, 7:30 a.m. at FirstEnergy Stadium
Leaders United Celebration – October 19, 5:30 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel
United Way Victory Event – November 16, 6:00 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel
LCS Last Day – November 17
LCS Job Description
REPORTS TO: United Way Staff
SUMMARY OF POSITION:
A Loaned Campaign Specialist is an individual who is appointed by his or her employer to staff the annual United Way campaign in the community at large from late August to mid-November, with primary responsibility concentrated in managing effective employee campaigns within Berks County organizations.
LOANED CAMPAIGN SPECIALIST RESPONSIBILITIES:
- To gain a working knowledge of United Way and how meeting community needs is accomplished through a variety of partnerships and special initiatives. To learn more about the agency partners and the programs they deliver to help improve lives, strengthen neighborhoods and bring about lasting change.
- To contact and work primarily with the employee campaign coordinator and/or campaign committee members to help them plan, organize, and conduct an effective campaign among their employee groups. (Including providing them with all the necessary campaign materials.)
- To work on a team with fellow LCSs, with staff/veteran LCS support, to manage the entire solicitation (initial contact through collection of pledges) for a group of assigned accounts. LCS Team will work to establish goals and strategies for assigned accounts. LCSs will determine account assignments and will work independently, or in teams, to implement the strategies to reach determined goals.
- To strive for an informational program within each organization for the purpose of educating the employees about United Way and its impact in the community.
- To assume responsibility for achieving an assigned dollar goal, established by the structure chairs and United Way staff.
- To maintain records on the assigned accounts.
- To provide an evaluation with recommendations for future campaigns for each account.
- To attend a series of one-on-one meetings with United Way staff for the purpose of reporting campaign progress.
- To attend all related campaign meetings/functions.
CDC Recommendations by State/County COVID Status
The current COVID transmission rate for Berks County is low. The recommended actions based on this level is to stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines. Get tested if you have symptoms. Wear a mask if you have symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19. Wear a mask on public transportation. You may choose to wear a mask at any time as an additional precaution to protect yourself and others. We recommend you bookmark this CDC page so you can understand the level of community transmission where you are and where you may be traveling to (risk levels categorized as Low >>Moderate>>Substantial>>High) – and take action accordingly:
CDC Recommendations for Travel
As of June 12, 2022, CDC no longer requires air passengers traveling from a foreign county to the United States to show a negative COVID-19 viral test or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before they board their flight. With this in mind, United Way of Berks County is suspending the testing/quarantine protocol for foreign travel until conditions would merit us to reinstate. Please monitor yourself for COVID symptoms and do not report to work if you are experiencing symptoms.
CDC Recommendations for Masking
Pennsylvania COVID mitigation orders were lifted in May and the order requiring universal face coverings was lifted in June. We will continue to follow the masking protocols and will make necessary changes based on our local levels of transmission. We ask everyone – – If you or a family member have been exposed to someone with COVID notify Lori Grim and do not come into the office until you have further instructions. If you are otherwise not feeling well and have cold/flu symptoms (even if you just think it is allergies), please take the initiative to wear a mask when you are in public spaces until your symptoms subside.
CDC Recommendations for Mitigating COVID Transmission
Here are the steps with the highest efficacy that you can take to protect yourself, your family, and your coworkers, per the CDC:
- Get vaccinated
- Wear a mask
- Stay 6 feet away from others as much as possible
- Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces
- Wash your hands often
- Cover coughs and sneezes
- Clean and disinfect
- Monitor your health daily
- Be alert for symptoms:
- Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19
- Take your temperature if symptoms develop
- Follow CDC guidance (isolate!) if symptoms develop.
- Here is the link to the complete list of CDC recommendations:
What UWBC is Doing
We continue to prioritize the health and safety of our team members and are regularly reassessing our status based on CDC, State and Local guidance. As noted above, there are currently no statewide mitigation orders or mask requirements.
To aid in the detection of COVID, you may receive free self-testing kits by following this link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/testing/index.html
Updated August 24, 2022