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Community Impact

Centre County United Way, together with our network of 35 Partner Agencies, improve lives in our community through a variety of programs and initiatives.

The impact is widespread and positive.

Providing Basic Needs Security

  • 20,518 Centre County residents received support through CCUW funded programs to prevent homelessness, utility shut off and to provide food security.
  • Support included case management with information and education regarding budgeting, planning for the future and improving financial literacy. When appropriate, residents were also referred to appropriate job-retraining, affordable child care services and emotional support programs.

Building resiliency among children and youth

  • 23,119 children and youth participated in programs that helped them to develop strong communication skills and make healthy physical and emotional decisions.

Assuring school readiness, success and access to post education job training:

  • 35,534 residents participated in pre-school readiness, after-school tutoring and learning, or job transition training and support.

Creating healthy communities:

  • 17,941 residents received natural disaster response training, donated blood or learned how to provide first aid.
  • 3,605 residents received intensive support for chronic illness or quality end of life care.

Protecting the vulnerable among us:

  • 907 residents received the emotional, financial and legal support needed to protect themselves from domestic violence or homelessness.
  • 598 special needs residents received job and life skills training to improve their ability to live as independently as possible.

**Some residents may have received support in more than one impact area. 2009 Campaign: $2,150,226 raised less designations $158,701, less $195,790 used for marketing and advocating for funding for partner agencies, less $218,964 other operating costs, less uncollectable pledges of $33,974, plus unexpended $25,000 from 2008/2009 operating budget.