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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.

 

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...

Books for Bikes Tackles Summer Slide

Books for Bikes Tackles Summer Slide

Summer is a time for fun, but also a time for potential learning loss. Most children look forward to summer as a chance to enjoy the warm weather and time with their friends, but along with the fun of summer many children experience learning loss, also known as the...

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...