The mission of the Schuylkill United Way is dedicated to providing funding, guidance and encouragement to the partner agencies that provide a variety of programs and services to the residents of Schuylkill County for little to no charge.
The Schuylkill United Way is a member in good standing with the United Way Worldwide. Our board members and officers are comprised of business and community leaders of Schuylkill County. We seek to assist our neighbors through our Partner Agencies, with focus areas of funding distribution being in health and education.
Our advocacy work is aligned with the needs of our Partner Agencies.
Programs operated by the Schuylkill United Way for Schuylkill County:
Pennsylvania 2-1-1 East is a free, confidential, non-emergency, comprehensive information and referral service that connects Berks, Lancaster, Lehigh, Northampton, and Schuylkill county residents with the health and human services they need. You can reach 2-1-1 by calling 2-1-1 or 855-501-6785. 2-1-1 is not intended for emergency use. If you have an emergency, call 9-1-1. PA 2-1-1 is sponsored and administered by the Schuylkill United Way, with additional community sponsors that include Schuylkill Community Action, Schuylkill Area Community Foundation, Schuylkill County Emergency Management Agency and Schuylkill County Commissioners.
September through November the final campaign is facilitated. During this campaign, we work to raise the funds needed to continue the Schuylkill United Way’s mission and answer our Partner Agencies’ call for assistance. The 2017 Campaign’s final end of year total was $1,067,000 – just a few thousand shy of our big $1,080,000 goal!
Capt. Jason B. Jones Memorial Day of Caring
This day of volunteering occurs each year on the second Friday in May. Companies and individuals come together to assist local public parks and nonprofits. The SUW Staff and Board of Directors is humbled at the privilege of honoring Capt. Jones, who put his service to his community and country above all else.
Stuff the Bus
A month long school supply drive held each July, backpacks are stuffed with school supplies and delivered to our Partner Agencies who serve children. Remaining backpacks are offered at a first-come basis to the Schuylkill County community. In 2016, 1,411 backpacks were stuffed for children in need.
The Schuylkill United Way also assists with the following programs to benefit Schuylkill Co. residents:
The Schuylkill United Way is the administrator for the Emergency Food & Shelter Program (EFSP) funds in Schuylkill County. EFSP funds are distributed through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Stamp Out Hunger
The National Association of Letter Carriers announced that the 24th annual Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive, held on Saturday, May 14, 2016 collected more than 80 million pounds of food, well above the previous record of 77 million pounds. Schuylkill United Way is a partner in this effort, assisting in getting the word out about this one-day food drive.