Success Stories

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...

Family Guidance Center Makes Mental Health Care Accessible

Family Guidance Center Makes Mental Health Care Accessible

COVID-19 has caused a steep increase in mental health problems. The isolation, uncertainty, and grief suddenly hurled into everyone’s lives have exacerbated symptoms in those with existing mental health conditions and sparked new problems in others. Therapy and proper...

Aiden Finds Help Developing Life Skills

Aiden Finds Help Developing Life Skills

A journey of love, lessons and challenges is how Idalis Acevedo describes life since her son, Aiden, was diagnosed with autism at the age of two. “I was unfamiliar with autism,” Idalis, of Shillington said. “I didn’t know what he would or wouldn’t be able to do.”...

Julian Finds Stability and Success through CASA

Julian Finds Stability and Success through CASA

After losing his father, Julian bounced around in foster care, often being moved because of his aggressive behavior. When he was 12 years old, CASA of Berks County had the opportunity to provide Julian with a trained volunteer to serve as his advocate. In visiting him...

Meals on Wheels Gives Kitty Independence

Meals on Wheels Gives Kitty Independence

For Kitty Merkel, 85, there was no doubt that she wanted to remain in her own home. After a fall, where she ended up in the hospital and then a rehab for several weeks, it couldn’t come soon enough that she was able to return to her home. The difference between most...

Help Inspires Local Man to Help Others

Help Inspires Local Man to Help Others

 Whenever Stephen Werner goes clothing shopping, he keeps an eye out for deals. He isn’t just a savvy shopper - - when he buys a coat or a pair of shoes for himself, he often buys a couple more, in different sizes. He has no idea who will be wearing the items, he just...