Success Stories

United Way Supports Positive Connections

United Way Supports Positive Connections

Four years ago, “Rusty was really down and out.” Explained Rusty’s mom, Nicole. He lost his dad and then he lost his Pop-Pop. During this difficult time, Rusty stayed in his room and played video games. Nicole knew Rusty needed to connect with someone to help him...

Child Development Associate Profile-Araika Correa

Child Development Associate Profile-Araika Correa

The Child Development Associate (CDA) Program, a part of Ready.Set.READ! Growing Readers, is a 3-year program designed to enhance early childhood education and curriculum support; focus on kindergarten readiness and reduce turnover of the trained workers. The CDA...

Child Development Associate Profile- Jordan Valentine

Child Development Associate Profile- Jordan Valentine

 The Child Development Associate (CDA) Program, a part of Ready.Set.READ! Growing Readers, is a 3-year program designed to enhance early childhood education and curriculum support; focus on kindergarten readiness and reduce turnover of the trained workers. The CDA...

Child Development Associate Profile- Mary Leon

Child Development Associate Profile- Mary Leon

 The Child Development Associate (CDA) Program, a part of Ready.Set.READ! Growing Readers, is a 3-year program designed to enhance early childhood education and curriculum support; focus on kindergarten readiness and reduce turnover of the trained workers. The CDA...

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...

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,...

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...

Giving Kids a Safe Haven Contributes to Their Future Success

Giving Kids a Safe Haven Contributes to Their Future Success

Stability is one of the most important factors contributing to a child’s success in life. That’s why United Way of Berks County supports Olivet Boys & Girls Club, a local organization giving kids a safe haven and offering diverse programs for youth to learn life...

United Way and New Journey Community Outreach Help Those in Need

United Way and New Journey Community Outreach Help Those in Need

The past few years have been tough for Richard. Financial hardship is a major stress for him; he does not have enough money to buy food, clothing, or other basic necessities. He is in dire need, and it is difficult to imagine where he and others might be without the...

United Way and Catholic Charities Help Local Veterans

United Way and Catholic Charities Help Local Veterans

It is not uncommon for veterans to have trouble transitioning back to civilian life; the challenges can be overwhelming. That’s why United Way supports a program in partnership with Catholic Charities: Allentown Diocese (serving Berks County) to help veterans avoid...