The Schuylkill United Way is dedicated to providing funding, guidance and encouragement to our 15 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.
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 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.
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.
We wrapped up the 2020 Campaign in November 2019, achieving a pledged donations total of $1,215,000 –which exceeded our goal!
Our 2021 Campaign Goal is $1,210,000.
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 2019, 1,625 backpacks were stuffed for children in need. Over 100 volunteers helped fill 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).
Stamp Out Hunger
On Saturday, May 9, 2020 join us as we Stamp Out Hunger with USPS! – This has been canceled, but will resume in 2021.
The National Association of Letter Carriers announced that the 27th annual Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive, held on Saturday, May 11, 2019 collected 1,003,679 pounds of food. That equates to 836,000 meals. Locally, 31,900 pounds of food was collected.
This event brought in non-perishable food that was collected from generous postal patrons and delivered to community food banks, pantries and shelters, providing families in need with a lifeline of basic nutrition.
Schuylkill United Way is a partner in this effort, assisting in getting the word out about this one-day food drive.
High School Football Challenge
This annual event is a strength and conditioning challenge between area High School Football Teams in Schuylkill County.
Our goal is to raise funds for our Annual Campaign, but we also want to raise student awareness about the Schuylkill United Way and the good that our Partner Agencies are doing for our county. Our Partner Agencies served over 1/2 of the population of Schuylkill County last year. We are proud to say that 99% of every dollar raised in Schuylkill County stays here to benefit our community.
Come out to cheer for your team and learn more about the Schuylkill Way and our Partner Agencies!
The Schuylkill United Way is excited to pilot a new program, called “Nurse’s Pantry” for the 2020-2021 school year. Because of the generosity of so many in our community, we are able to expand our programs this year. 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 elementary 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 looking forward to embarking on this journey with the school districts!