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The United Way blog is the best way to stay up-to-date on everything happening at United Way of Berks County, including success stories and results from the Berks COVID-19 Response Fund grants.

 

Street Medicine Program Brings Care to People Most in Need

Street Medicine Program Brings Care to People Most in Need

The Street Medicine Program offered through Tower Health provides community wellness services to homeless individuals and those at risk of being homeless throughout Berks County. The care philosophy of the emerging field of Street Medicine is to take primary and...

ELU Member Spotlight: Amanda Funk

ELU Member Spotlight: Amanda Funk

Amanda Funk is not only an active ELU member, she is also the Executive Director and co-founder of the Widoktadwen Center for Native Knowledge, a nonprofit headquartered in downtown Reading. She also volunteers with Koinos Community Church, Girl Scouts of Eastern PA,...

Meeting Food Access and Housing Needs in Eastern Berks

Meeting Food Access and Housing Needs in Eastern Berks

When asked to list the most challenging issues facing residents of the eastern portion of Berks County, United Way agency partner, Boyertown Area Multi-Services (BAMS), notes two key needs: food access and housing. Like many nonprofits, the agency has seen an increase...

United Way Awards 2021 LIVE UNITED Grants

United Way Awards 2021 LIVE UNITED Grants

United Way LIVE UNITED Grants provide support to local grassroots and community-based organizations for creative projects that bring people together and improve the quality of life for Berks Countians. These grants are in addition to the annual funding provided to...

Meeting Food Needs in Northern Berks

Meeting Food Needs in Northern Berks

When living in rural areas of our community, challenges can include greater isolation with fewer social resources, such as safe and affordable housing, income supports, food assistance, job training and transportation. Friend, Inc. Community Services, a United Way...

ELU Member Spotlight: Angie Blum

ELU Member Spotlight: Angie Blum

There are so many amazing organizations in our community, and I am proud to be involved with a few of them. I became involved with CASA of Berks County because I thought it was amazing that a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) could be a voice and a constant in...

ELU Member Spotlight: Sidney Purnell

A lot of my community work has stemmed from my involvement with United Way. In 2018, I was fortunate to be chosen as a Loaned Campaign Specialist (LCS) for the United Way campaign. Along with an in depth look at Berks County, and the various types of organizations...

United Way Awards New Impact Grants

United Way Awards New Impact Grants

United Way is amplifying its community support by awarding two additional Impact Grants from the $10 million gift the organization received from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott last year. The grant details follow: As the only Keystone STAR 4 childcare within the City...