UNITED WAY BLOG

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.

 

How United Way Combats Hunger in Berks County

How United Way Combats Hunger in Berks County

No one should go hungry - access to food is a basic human need. The partnerships between United Way and our Agency Partners create a range of resources to help combat hunger in our community. According to Ashley Chambers, United Way’s Sr. Vice President of Community...

How to Volunteer with Your Family

How to Volunteer with Your Family

A blog by Shirley Chapin, United Way's Emerging Leaders United and Online Engagement Associate. Serving my community has always been a passion of mine, whether it is volunteering with my church, serving as a Star Readers tutor, working with local United Way Agency...

Ready.Set.READ! Partners with Read Alliance

Ready.Set.READ! Partners with Read Alliance

Did you know only 40% of Berks County third graders are reading at grade level? Statistics like this one are why the Ready.Set.READ! (RSR) initiative is so important to our community.  Managed by United Way of Berks County, RSR brings together schools, businesses,...

Meet the New United Way Staff

Meet the New United Way Staff

Jacqueline Espinoza My time at the United Way has been great so far! Everyone has been very welcoming, and I have learned so much in a short amount of time, and I am excited to continue learning within my designated position and finding new ways to connect with the...

United Way Announces New Focused Grant

United Way Announces New Focused Grant

With the support of the $10 million gift United Way of Berks County received from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott, the organization is able to amplify its mission and tackle key community and systemic issues. During the past two years, United Way has put the gift to...

Why I Joined Emerging Leaders United

Why I Joined Emerging Leaders United

A blog by ELU Cabinet member Bradley Schaefer of Penske Transportation Solutions. I was recently asked why I decided to join Berks County’s Emerging Leaders United (ELU), why I have stayed engaged over the last seven years, and what value I have found being a part of...

ELU Member Spotlight: Cassandra Weidner

ELU Member Spotlight: Cassandra Weidner

I have been a member of ELU for several years and I have been an ELU Cabinet member for the last 2 years. I participated in United Way’s Blueprint for Leadership (BFL) program in 2019, and also left as the class President, because I wanted to grow in my leadership and...

United Way Announces First Focused Grants

United Way Announces First Focused Grants

Grants Fuel Equitable Health Programs and Help Community Recover from COVID The $10 million gift United Way of Berks County received from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott in 2020 arrived as the community was facing unprecedented demands for help caused by the pandemic’s...

Street Medicine Program Improves Lives

Street Medicine Program Improves Lives

United Way’s support of the Street Medicine Program (a program of Reading Hospital) is crucial in helping the homeless access medical care. The Street Medicine team meets homeless individuals where they are by setting up clinics at shelters and soup kitchens. The team...