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Their view: A Little Kindness Can Go A Long Way

American novelist, Henry James, once said, “Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.” If you are like me, you might be wishing there was a bit more kindness going around. I am increasingly frustrated with what is making the news these days and sick and tired of the senseless violence, crime, abuse of power, divisive politics, and the never-ending blame game at all levels of government. Sometimes there are moments when I am just about ready to stop watching the news and shut off my social media accounts.

Read more at https://www.timesleader.com/opinion/op-ed/696756/their-view-a-little-kindness-can-go-a-long-way

Additional Articles:
* http://citizensvoice.com/opinion/kindness-can-make-a-difference-1.2314677

United Ways of Wyoming Valley and Berwick to merge

The Berwick Area United Way will officially merge with the United Way of Wyoming Valley with a few signatures on a document Thursday. Under the merger agreement, Berwick Area United Way will become a division of United Way of Wyoming Valley. Details of the merger will be released at that time.

Read more at https://www.timesleader.com/news/local/696310/united-ways-of-wyoming-valley-and-berwick-to-merge

Additional Articles:
* http://www.pressenterpriseonline.com/daily/031118/page/8/story/donors-agency-beneficiaries-can-vote-on-merger

* http://www.pressenterpriseonline.com/daily/031118/page/1/story/plunging-donations-a-threat-treasurer-says

Front Porch Project Tackles Child Absue

The United Way of Wyoming Valley partnered with Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance and NAACP of Wilkes-Barre for this presentation at Wilkes University. "You don't have to be a social worker to be involved. You can just be an interested individual. You see something at the grocery story or at the church, you can be involved and diffuse the situation," said NAACP Wilkes-Barre President Guerline L. Laurore.

Read more at http://www.pahomepage.com/news/front-porch-project-tackles-child-abuse/1021810114

Additional Articles:
* http://citizensvoice.com/news/county-ranks-6th-in-child-abuse-cases-1.2311704

Imagine This!

The United Way of Wyoming Valley sponsors the local program. It has registered 3,184 youngsters since its launch in 2014. Keira was eligible as a pre-kindergarten student and now that she is 5 years old and headed to kindergarten in the fall, she graduates from the Imagination Library.

Read more at http://www.pahomepage.com/news/front-porch-project-tackles-child-abuse/1021810114

Additional Articles:
* http://www.pahomepage.com/news/children-celebrate-reading-in-honor-of-dr-seuss/1004511664

Shopping Spree Winner Gives Haul To Women’s Shelter

Ann Opiela pushes a shopping cart on a 2 minute shopping spree at Wegmans, Wilkes-Barre Township , Pa., Tuesday February 27, 2018. Opiela was a donor to United Way of Wyoming Valley's 2017-2018 Community Campaign, Opiela's name was entered into a raffle to win a number of campaign incentive prizes. Opiela's name was pulled as the winner of a $500 Wegmans shopping spree, but Ann a had better, more generous idea. She decided to donate everything she would collect during her spree to the local women's shelter, Ruth's Place. When her employer, Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Insurance heard about her generosity, it offered to match the value of her spree.

Read more at http://m.citizensvoice.com/news/shopping-spree-winner-gives-haul-to-women-s-shelter-1.2307505

Additional Articles:
* https://www.timesleader.com/news/local/694390/shopping-for-a-cause-spree-winner-donates-haul-to-ruths-place

Their view: Plenty Of Room Left On This Bandwagon

Many years ago, I got a chance to spend a little time and had a few conversations with Andy Reid, the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles at the time. Coach Reid’s humility and genuine kindness caught me by surprise, and I instantly became a fan. Ever since then, I found myself rooting for the two Pennsylvania teams – the Pittsburgh Steelers, my childhood favorite, and, because of Reid, the Philadelphia Eagles.

Read more at https://www.timesleader.com/opinion/op-ed/693255/their-viewplenty-of-room-left-on-this-bandwagon

Misericordia Employees Get Training On Alcohol and Opioid Abuse

The numbers sound truly “mind-blowing,” as Janine Olshefski put it more than once: 85 out of every 100 Luzerne County residents had an opioid prescription in 2016. The opioid overdose death rate in the county was 43.6 per 100,000 people, higher than the state rate of 36.5, and more than double the national rate of 16.3.

Read more at http://www.timesleader.com/news/691171/misericordia-employees-get-training-on-alcohol-and-opioid-abuse

Program Encourages Children to Read

The United Way of Wyoming Valley launched the Real Men Read program Tuesday at K.M. Smith Elementary School in Nanticoke. Real Men Read connects volunteer MENtors from the community with kindergarten classes in schools with high-risk student populations in an effort to encourage reading and learning in young children.

Read more at http://citizensvoice.com/news/program-encourages-children-to-read-1.2293720

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Wyoming Valley United Way and Berwick United Way Join Forces

A small non-profit that's made a big difference in one community is taking steps to stop a potential financial bleed. The Berwick United Way is in the process of merging with the much larger United Way of Wyoming Valley in Wilkes-Barre.

Read more at http://www.pahomepage.com/news/wyoming-valley-united-way-and-berwick-united-way-join-forces/925100321

Their View: A Remarkable Story of Generosity

A couple of days before Christmas, I got to witness and be part of something remarkable. Each year, there are thousands of individuals from throughout the Wyoming Valley who support the powerful work of the United Way. We are grateful to every single donor and, for decades, we have held an incentive drawing to recognize and thank all those who support our annual campaign.

Read more at http://www.timesleader.com/opinion/op-ed/688709/their-view-a-remarkable-story-of-generosity

Change In Tax Code In 2018 May Affect Nonprofits

While many analysts expect changes to the tax code in 2018 will lead to a drop in charitable donations, officials from some local nonprofits hope the effects won’t be as dire as predicted. “Will there be an effect? Perhaps. Will it be as big as people fear? I’m not sure,” Bill Jones, president and CEO of United Way of Wyoming Valley, said Tuesday.

Read more at http://citizensvoice.com/news/change-in-tax-code-in-2018-may-affect-nonprofits-1.2283678

United Way Donor Walks Away With New Car

Tatiana Simmons, of Wilkes-Barre, walked away from Mohegan Sun Pocono a big winner on Friday thanks to the United Way of Wyoming Valley.

Read more at http://www.timesleader.com/news/local/686444/united-way-donor-walks-away-with-new-car

Additional Articles:
* http://wnep.com/2017/12/22/woman-wins-new-car-lease-with-donations-to-united-way/

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