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Our Mission:

The Schuylkill United Way is dedicated to providing funding, guidance and encouragement to our partner agencies who help people throughout Schuylkill County by way of a variety of programs and services.

Our board members and officers comprise Schuylkill County business and community leaders who seek to assist our neighbors through empowering our Partner Agencies — with a particular emphasis on health and education.

Our Diversity Policy:

Schuylkill United Way believes firmly in dignity for all people. We reaffirm this belief in our policies which guide and direct our employment practices, program funding, volunteer recruitment, and service delivery.

The vision of the Schuylkill United Way is to be a proponent of diversity, welcoming and serving everyone.

Our goal is to have our staff and volunteers genuinely demonstrate the principles of diversity which enrich our community.

Diversity, as defined by the Schuylkill United Way, provides equal opportunity to all people without regard to race, creed, color, religion, marital status, disability, sex, age, or national origin.

Schuylkill United Way promotes the full realization of this policy through the positive recognition of the value of diversity.

We will apply this policy to our board and committee participation, service delivery and employment practices including recruitment, hiring, assignment, promotion, discipline, and termination.

We will apply this policy to our relationship with partner agencies, the community we serve, and the general public.

Programs operated by the Schuylkill United Way for Schuylkill County:

Pennsylvania 2-1-1

Pennsylvania 2-1-1 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.

You can reach PA 2-1-1 by calling 2-1-1 or 855-567-5341.

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.

Annual Campaign

Our annual campaign runs from September through November. During this period, we actively seek the funds needed to answer our Partner Agencies’ calls for assistance in the following year.

Our 2023 Campaign Goal is $1,165,000.


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.

If your business or organization is interested in hosting a collection box, please contact Christine at dircomrel@schuylkillunitedway.org.

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:

EFSP

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 – 6th annual HSFC will take place on June 20, 2023 at
North Schuylkill High School!

Oh what a night!  For our 5th 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 1,200 people in attendance, the food trucks stayed very busy!

Through this wonderful community event we raised $27,000!  These funds will be used to support the Nurse’s Pantry program in every school district in the county.  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.

 

Blue Mountain Seniors with Coach Gallagher
Top Overall Winner – Blue Mountain Eagles!

Nurse’s Pantry

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!

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