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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.

 

Why Should Teens Volunteer?

Why Should Teens Volunteer?

This past year we have experienced something unprecedented, and some may be looking for opportunities to help our community. United Way of Berks County has compiled a list of various volunteer opportunities for teens that will add value, build skills, meet needs,...

Growing Stock Growing Generosity

Growing Stock Growing Generosity

How a Gift of Stock Can Be Win-Win If you own stock that’s increased in value since you purchased it (and you’ve owned it for at least one year), you have a unique opportunity to make a philanthropic gift. When you donate securities to United Way of Berks County, you...

Virtual Tutoring Helps Kids Become Better Readers

Virtual Tutoring Helps Kids Become Better Readers

Becoming an Engaged Reader Carson’s excitement is unmistakable to his tutor, Chris Brennan, without even seeing his face. The second-grade student is reading a book aloud over Zoom, and a passage reminds him of his sister. He gives a quick aside; they share a laugh,...

Meeting the Challenges of COVID and Domestic Violence

Meeting the Challenges of COVID and Domestic Violence

The dilemma created by COVID-19 for women experiencing domestic violence is unimaginable: remain at home with an abuser and suffer harmful treatment or flee to a crowded shelter and risk exposure to the corona virus. This dangerous dilemma was confounded by the...

Top 100 Coordinator Meeting Recap

Top 100 Coordinator Meeting Recap

Posted by Shirley Chapin, United Way Staff The United Way of Berks County team was excited to see many familiar faces at our recent virtual Top 100 Coordinator meeting. Although this year’s meeting was virtual, we were grateful to have the opportunity to come...

Literacy Doesn’t Have to Be By the Book

Literacy Doesn’t Have to Be By the Book

Reading opens up the world--and a world of opportunities for kidsHow? A quality education begins with reading. Education not only increases a child’s chance for success in work and life, it’s also been shown to be a core determinant of health and well-being. And an...

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File Your Simple Tax Return for Free

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Youth Mentors Find New Ways to Engage During COVID

Youth Mentors Find New Ways to Engage During COVID

Despite COVID, youth mentors have found new ways to connect to the children and youth served by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Berks County.If asked to list who served as role models when growing up, most of us would probably share answers that include parents, siblings...