OUR WORK

We bring together the right mix of people and organizations to identify community needs and support programming to address those needs. Each year, over 150,000 people in Berks County are helped through the work of  United Way and our partners. 

Agency Partners

We work closely with 35 Agency Partners and provide funding for a wide range of programs within the focus areas of Education, Financial Stability, Health, and Safety Net Services. Learn more about our Agency Partners and their United Way-funded programs services.

Initiatives

United Way offers several initiatives designed to help people give and receive help throughout Berks.

Ready.Set.READ!, managed by United Way of Berks County, is an initiative designed to improve literacy throughout our community.

Third grade reading ability is a leading indicator of long-term educational and life success. Children who do not read proficiently by the end of 3rd grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school and 13 times more likely to drop out if they are also living in poverty. Based on local PSSA scores, nearly a quarter of Berks County 3rd graders were not reading proficiently, representing schools in urban, suburban and rural areas of the county. It takes all of us working together to help tackle this issue and work towards success. Volunteer opportunities are available, ranging from serving as tutors, volunteering with children and conducting book and school supply drives. Learn more about Ready. Set. READ! at ReadySetReadBerks.org

211 is a free, confidential information and referral service, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Dial 211, text your zip code to 898211 or search at pa211east.org/Berks

The FamilyWize Prescription Discount Card offers discounts on prescription medications not covered by insurance. Accepted at most pharmacies in Berks County, the FamilyWize card is not insurance but may save you money on your next prescription. Find out how much you can save and download your card at familywize.org.

Volunteering is easy when you visit United Way of Berks County’s volunteer portal. Click here to search for opportunities now.

Grants

We expand our work by awarding Rapid Response, Venture, LIVE UNITED and Summer Learning grants. These grants support unanticipated changes jeopardizing a program’s effectiveness, expand programming and focus on grassroots programs.

CONTACT US

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