Programs operated by the Schuylkill United Way for Schuylkill County:
Pennsylvania 211 East is a free, confidential, non-emergency, comprehensive information and referral service that connects residents of Berks, Lancaster, Lehigh, Northampton, and Schuylkill Counties with the health and human services they need.
Contact PA211 by:
Texting your zip code to 898211
Live chat and exploring their website, www.pa211east.org
211 is not intended for emergency use. If you have an emergency, call 9-1-1.
PA 211 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.
Our 2024 Campaign Goal is $1,175,000.
Captain Jason B. Jones Memorial Day of Caring
This day of volunteering occurs each year on the second Friday in May. Businesses and individuals come together to assist local public parks and nonprofits.
The SUW Staff and Board of Directors are humbled by the privilege of honoring U.S. Army Captain Jones, who put service to his community and country above all else.
Stuff the Bus
Schuylkill United Way holds a month-long school supply drive each July. Backpacks are stuffed with school supplies and delivered to our Partner Agencies who serve children. Any backpacks remaining are offered on a first-come basis to the Schuylkill County community at large.
In 2022, 2,115 backpacks were stuffed for children in need. With the help of 100 volunteers, we filled each backpack with 10 different things that will help students get ready to start the school year.
The Schuylkill United Way also assists with the following programs to benefit Schuylkill County 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).
High School Football Challenge
Save the Date – 7th annual HSFC will take place on June 18, 2024 at
North Schuylkill High School!
Oh what a night! For our 6th annual High School Football Challenge, all 14 area high schools participated in the events at North Schuylkill High School Ghosh Orthodontics Feld at Spartan Stadium.
The field was filled with football players as they competed in 7 different events that ranged from tire flips to the bench press and also the new precision passing challenge.
With over 1,300 people in attendance, the food trucks stayed very busy!
Through this wonderful community event we raised $28,800! These funds will be used to support the Nurse’s Pantry program in every school district in the county as well as other student initiatives. As one nurse recently stated to us, “the Nurse’s Pantry has made a huge difference in our ability to assist students and families that have been impacted by homelessness and crisis situations.” By providing hygiene items, snacks, clothes, and more, the nurses are able to help their students in so many extra ways.
In 2020, the The Schuylkill United Way introduced our newest program, called “Nurse’s Pantry”.
We recognize that for a child living in poverty, a lack of basic necessities is one of the top reasons for chronic absenteeism. For a family who is struggling financially, a lack of simple hygiene products and school approved attire, can keep children out of school for days or even weeks.
Our vision is that school students will be helped by the Nurse’s Pantry through school nurses, principals, or guidance counselors. The Nurse’s Pantry will provide hygiene items, lice kits, undergarments, district approved clothing items, outerwear, and footwear.
We are excited to be on this journey with the school districts!