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Our Work

A positive impact on the Wyoming Valley Community.

OUR MISSION

The United Way of Wyoming Valley is a nonprofit whose mission is to bring together individuals and businesses in our area, help them invest in our community and in turn, make it stronger. One third of all children under age 5 in Luzerne County is growing up below the poverty line. It doesn't get much better for all youngsters under age 18; nearly 29 percent of them live in poverty. Our goal is to reduce those statistics, by creating a movement that engages all of us to bring passion, creativity, and philanthropy to the fight against childhood poverty. Please join us!

 


Our work throughout the Wyoming Valley.

COMMUNITY IMPACT

In 2012, United Way of Wyoming Valley looked back at its community-driven accomplishments of the past decade. Needs had been served, community resources had been invested wisely, and thousands of residents had been helped. But one thing was clear; rather than the need being reduced, the number of people in the Wyoming Valley turning to the community for assistance continued to grow, and at a rate that would continually outpace our ability to help. Faced with that reality, United Way of Wyoming Valley's Board of Directors began to look into the possibility of changing the way it had traditionally done its work. Following the lead of United Way Worldwide and a growing number of local United Ways across the country, it began researching a new operating model, Community Impact Investment.

 

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The concept of Community Impact is simple: United Ways would evolve to become "issue-driven," aimed at coordinating resources to create lasting change in a community. United Way of Wyoming Valley initiated extensive research, study, and community conversation about the root causes of what was spurring an ever-increasing number of our community members to ask for help to simply survive.

The initiative identified an array of community problems, which ultimately, could be traced back to one fact: an increasing number of our residents, and in particular, our children, were living in poverty.

Based on the research, in January 2014, the United Way of Wyoming Valley, through its Board of Directors, adopted a new priority focus area: "Reduce poverty among children by creating pathways to self-sufficiency for at-risk families." At the center of this historic shift for the United Way is a new strategic plan and investment model to ensure that donor support is allocated in the most effective and impactful way.

With research showing that a reduction in the number of families living in poverty would improve life for everyone in the Wyoming Valley, the United Way launched the "Poverty to Possibility" movement, aimed at improving the odds for children and families with the goal of breaking the cycle of poverty in our community.

 


Making an Impact Locally

Education, Income and Health are recognized by United Way as the building blocks to a quality life. By focusing on these 3 issues, our community develops successful young people, contributes to healthy lives, and supports the independence and financial stability of our residents. Local programs are funded based on their role in impacting the community through one of our three signature Impact Areas:

Education

To help at-risk children enter kindergarten ready to learn and move through school and beyond graduation with confidence.

Income

To help at-risk individuals and families achieve greater financial stability.

Health

To help at-risk children and families achieve good health and avoid risky behaviors.

Safety Net

Helping at-risk individuals, children and families who face threats to their immediate well-being obtain access to food, shelter and other essential services.

 


United Way of Wyoming Valley helping our community.

See the positive effect the United Way of Wyoming Valley made in our community: Poverty to Possibility, Success by 6® Program, the Volunteer Action Center, Labor Participation Council, and the Regional HIV/AIDS Contractor - together, we are improving the quality of life for individuals and families in the Wyoming Valley.

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  • 2017-18 Grants Made Under the Focus Area of EDUCATION
    United Way of Wyoming Valley's Health Programs.

     

    Catholic Social Services
    Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Bridge
    $55,000

    The Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program provides mentoring services to at-risk youth ages 7 to 17. Youth are matched with screened and trained volunteer “bigs” who agree to spend up to approximately 3 hours per week with their assigned “little.” Funding will support direct service staff to recruit, screen, and train volunteer “bigs,” and assess children and families participating in the program.
    Contact Person: Tanya Olaviany
    Phone: (570) 824-8756 ext. 331
    Email: tolaviany@csswb.org
    Website: bbbsnepa.org

     

    Catholic Social Services
    Truancy Intervention Program
    $35,000

    The Truancy Intervention Program targets families with children, ages 12 through 19 experiencing truancy and other school-related concerns. Through a home-based model, certified staff provide case management services to engage families in the Staying Connected with Your Teen curriculum designed to reduce absenteeism and truancy.  Families identified as in need of further support services will be connected to counseling programs.  Funding will be used to specifically to serve students ages 17 – 19.
    Contact Person: Sandy Moosic
    Phone: (570) 824-5766 ext. 382
    Email: smoosic@csswb.org
    Website: bridgeyouthservices.org

     

    Catholic Youth Center
    Preschool Readiness Program
    $24,500

    The Catholic Youth Center (CYC) Preschool Program, a Keystone STARS 3 Center, provides quality year-round early education and child care services for children ages 6 weeks through 5. The CYC is the only program in Wyoming Valley offering services 24 hours per day to address the unique employment needs of at-risk families and their children.  Funding will be used to support weekly tuition fees for income-eligible families.
    Phone: (570) 823-6121
    Website: wyomingvalleycyc.org

     

    Catholic Youth Center
    School-Age Development Program
    $38,256

    The Catholic Youth Center (CYC) School-Age Development Program supports children ages 5 through 14 in a year-round before/after-school setting. Activities include tutoring & homework assistance, recreational activities and a healthy meal. Funding will be used to support weekly tuition fees for income-eligible families residing in the Wyoming Valley.
    Phone: (570) 823-6121
    Website: wyomingvalleycyc.org

     

    Child Development Council of NEPA
    Child Care and Early Learning Program
    $75,000

    The Child Development Council (CDC) of NEPA is a leading provider of high-quality child care services for children ages 6 weeks to 12 at 7 locations throughout Wyoming Valley. CDC of NEPA has achieved a STAR 3 designation by the Keystone STARS program for its early learning program, staff qualifications and professional development, partnerships with family and community, and leadership and management. Funding will be used to support tuition scholarships for income-eligible families.
    Contact Person: Susan Dinofrio
    Phone: (570) 829-2446
    Email: susanmcdc4@aol.com
    Website: childdevelopmentcouncil.com

     

    Luzerne Intermediate Unit
    Career Awareness and Exploration Program
    $55,000

    In partnership with the Luzerne Intermediate Unit (LIU) and three area school districts, the Career Awareness and Exploration Program will assist schools in the development, implementation, management and assessment of a comprehensive career awareness program designed to prepare students for the transition from school to college or career. Students, grades 9-12, are provided opportunities to explore career options and participate in job shadow initiatives.  In addition, some funding will be used to support career fairs at the Hanover Area, Wyoming Valley West and Wilkes-Barre Area School Districtsate.
    Contact Person: Sue Kuhl
    Phone: (570) 718-4698
    Email: skuhl@liu18.org
    Website: liu18.org

     

    McGlynn Center
    After-School Program
    $60,000

    The McGlynn Center will use grant funds to support its After School Program which serves children of residents in public housing developments in need of extra educational attention. The After-School Program aims to prepare all school-age children for a successful future by instilling a lifelong love of learning. Guidance is offered year-round to participants in the form of tutoring and mentoring services, as well as a variety of unique, hands-on and other recreational activities.
    Contact Person: Sister Eleace King
    Phone: (570) 824-8891
    Email: mcglynn.center@gmail.com
    Website: mcglynncenter.org

     

    Volunteers of America
    Caring Alternatives
    $10,000

    VOA’s Caring Alternatives Program provides health education, counseling, life skills training, and developmental screenings during the mother’s pregnancy and during the first year of the baby’s life.  Funding will be used to expand home visitation services to include siblings in the program.
    Contact Person: Gerri Gibbons
    Phone: (570) 825-5261
    Website: https://www.voapa.org

     

    Wilkes University
    Schools and Homes IN Education - Luzerne County (SHINE LC)
    $70,000

    Wilkes University’s SHINE program addresses the needs of at-risk students and their families by providing home-based visitation services and year round after-school programs for children pre-K through grade 12. Home visits by a certified SHINE instructor include reading and math activities for children in pre-K and Kindergarten. Students grades 1 through 5 are connected to year-round after-school and summer programs that provide tutoring support and nutritious meals. A family engagement component ensures parents/caregivers are connected to their children’s progress as well as additional supportive resources, if needed.
    Contact Person: Carol Nicholas
    Phone: (570) 408-5534
    Email: carol.nicholas@wilkes.edu

     

    Wilkes Barre Family YMCA
    Early Childhood Education Child Care Program
    $51,440

    Serving youngsters from 6 weeks to age 5, the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA’s Early Childhood Education Child Care Program operates year-round as a child care center offering early care and preschool programs. The program recently expanded its services to incorporate a new curriculum designed to promote age-appropriate learning and assessments to families in their child’s development. Funding will support tuition scholarships for income-eligible families.
    Contact Person: Jennifer Brennan
    Phone: (570) 970-5041
    Email: Jennifer.Brennan@wbymca.org
    Website: wbymca.org

     

    Wilkes Barre Family YMCA
    Power Scholars Academy
    $50,000

    Funding will be used to launch the Power Scholars Academy, a school-based summer learning opportunity that combines math and reading instruction with STEM activities designed to keep children learning all summer long.  The program will partner with the Wilkes-Barre Area School District and the Hanover Area School District.  No less than 240 scholars will participate in the six-week program.
    Phone: (570) 970-5041
    Website: wbymca.org/power-scholars

     

    Wilkes Barre Family YMCA
    Out-of-School Time Programs for Youth
    $10,000

    In partnership with local three school districts, the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA provides before and after-care programs for school age children up to age 12. Program components include homework assistance, fun and engaging STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) activities, and a fitness curriculum ensuring that at least 150 minutes of weekly physical activity and access to nutritious foods are provided to low-income children. Funding will support tuition scholarships for income-eligible families.
    Contact Person: Jennifer Brennan
    Phone: (570) 970-5041
    Email: Jennifer.Brennan@wbymca.org
    Website: wbymca.org

     

    Wyoming Valley Children’s Association
    Together We Grow Preschool Program
    $90,000

    Wyoming Valley Children’s Association (WVCA)’s is a unique preschool program combining quality early education and early intervention services to support typically developing children and children with developmental disabilities. Funding will be used to support tuition, and fees associated with physical, occupational, speech therapy and other related services.
    Contact Person: Donna Sedor
    Phone: (570) 714-1246
    Email: dsedor@wvcakids.org or info@wvcakids.org
    Website: wvcakids.org

  • 2017-18 Grants Made Under the Focus Area of INCOME

     

    Financial Programs at the United Way Wyoming Valley

     

    Consumer Credit Counseling Services of NEPA
    Financial Counseling and Debt Rehabilitation Program
    $35,000

    The Financial Counseling and Debt Rehabilitation Program helps families in poverty to make a permanent shift to a stable, healthy financial future through intensive counseling led by certified credit counselors. At the end of the program, participants have created a plan with achievable goals to overcome barriers to financial stability. Funding will be used to expand the program to serve additional eligible families in Wyoming Valley.
    Contact Person: Joann Volinsky
    Phone: 800-922-9537 ext.210
    Email: jvolinsky@cccsnepa.org
    Website: cccsnepa.org
    Phone: (570) 823-7312; 1-800-424-5600
    Website: domesticviolenceservice.org

  • 2017-18 Grants Made in the Focus Area of HEALTH
    Educational Programs United Way WB

    Catholic Social Services
    Anti-Bullying Program
    $20,000

    In partnership with Wyoming Valley West School District and Hanover Area School District, funding will be used to support an after-school Anti-Bullying program for elementary through high school grade students.  The program empowers students to promote personal safety in their lives through an interactive curriculum centered on assertive communication, problem-solving and decision-making. Trained counselors will conduct age-appropriate presentations addressing violence, harassment and bullying throughout the 2017-18 school year.
    Contact Person: Tanya Olaviany
    Phone: (570) 824-8756 ext. 331
    Email: tolaviany@csswb.org
    Website: bridgeyouthservices.org

     

    Catholic Social Services
    The Parenting Education Program
    $46,850

    Catholic Social Services will use funding to expand the Parenting Education Program, a home-based early intervention program, to serve additional at-risk families in Wyoming Valley. Using the Nurturing Parent curriculum, caseworkers provide parents/caregivers with knowledge and realistic expectations of age-appropriate development milestones and behaviors. Information is shared with families on a variety of parenting topics and ways that parents can support their children's development and learning. Participating families will benefit from personal home visits and learn methods to improve parenting skills.
    Contact Person: Pauline Polny
    Phone: (570) 824-5766 ext. 382
    Email: ppolny@csswb.org
    Website: bridgeyouthservices.org

     

    Children's Service Center
    Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
    $20,000

    Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is an evidence-based model of mental health services for children ages 2 through 7 experiencing atypical social and/or emotional behaviors, which if left untreated could affect their development and school performance. The overall goal of the therapy is to institute a two-generation approach that recognizes and addresses the mental health needs of young children and their families’ ability to improve parenting skills. Certified therapists coach parents through a wireless earphone providing feedback on how to better relate to and manage their child’s behavior in the moment. Funding will be used to support typical barriers to participation including transportation assistance and child care for siblings.
    Contact Person: Priscilla Zorichak
    Phone: (570) 825-6425
    Email:pzorichak@e-csc.org
    Website: cscwv.org

     

    Luzerne County Head Start
    Early Head Start
    $83,239

    Luzerne County Head Start (LCHS) is using grant funds to provide weekly, 90 minute home visitation services to expectant mothers and their babies through age 3. Led by certified family educators, visits include health and developmental evaluations, and parenting education on the stages of healthy child development, nurturing skills, and coaching. Special emphasis is placed on connecting children to oral and primary health prevention education and services, early literacy efforts, and family engagement opportunities held onsite, twice per month.
    Contact Person: Beth White
    Phone: (570) 829-6231
    Email: bethw@hsweb.org
    Website: lchs.hsweb.org

     

    Maternal and Family Health Services Inc.
    Nurse-Family Partnership
    $40,101

    The Maternal and Family Health Services Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) program is part of a national, high-quality research-based nurse visitation program that provides health education and screenings, counseling, life skills training and other prenatal intervention to first-time low-income expectant women and their babies. Bi-weekly home visits by an RN ensure a safe, healthy pregnancy for at-risk moms, healthy birth weight deliveries, and quality caregiving for the child during the first two years after birth. Recent Pennsylvania state budget cuts have reduced funding for this program and United Way funding will help fill this gap by supporting staff time, educational materials and mileage.
    Contact Person: Ann Russin
    Phone: (570) 823-7000
    Website: mfhs.org

     

    Victims Resource Center
    Preventing Child Abuse
    $6,500

    The Preventing Child Abuse Program is a sexual abuse prevention effort for children in Pre-K through 2nd grade. Grant funding is being used to provide educational presentations and companion materials emphasizing personal safety skills. A specially designed “No, Go, Tell” coloring book detailing the information presented will serve to repeat and reinforce the lesson and will provide an opportunity for children to share what they’ve learned with their parents/caregivers.
    Contact Person: Patrick Rushton
    Phone: (570) 823-0765
    Email: prushton@vrcnepa.org
    Website: vrcnepa.org

     

    Volunteers in Medicine
    A Healthy Smile for a Healthy Start
    $30,000

    Through the Healthy Smile for a Healthy Start Program, the Dental Clinic at Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) will partner with local child care centers and preschools to provide preventive dental education to at-risk children on topics such as the importance of dental hygiene, brushing, flossing and healthy dietary habits. Un/underinsured children and their families identified as in need of oral health services will be connected to VIM’s Dental Clinic. Funding will support services such as dental cleanings, screenings and education, and application of sealants for children.
    Address: 190 N. Pennsylvania Avenue, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702
    Phone: (570) 970-2864
    Website: vimwb.org

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    2017-18 Grants Made for SAFETY NET
    Financial Programs at the United Way Wyoming Valley

    The United Way of Wyoming Valley funds 15 programs at 10 agencies to support access to food, shelter and protective services.

    American Red Cross, NEPA Chapter
    Temporary Housing for Victims for Disasters
    $25,000

    The American Red Cross, NEPA Chapter will use United Way funds to provide temporary lodging to Wyoming Valley victims of disasters and emergencies as well as support services for first responders and other emergency personnel.
    Contact Person: Bill Goldsworthy
    Phone: (570) 823-7161
    Email: bill.goldsworthy@redcross.org
    Website: redcross.org

     

    Catholic Social Services
    Mother Teresa’s Haven
    $34,500

    Mother Teresa’s Haven provides emergency shelter and supportive services to adult males experiencing homelessness in Wyoming Valley. The program offers intake and assessment services, transportation assistance to shelter sites and free health clinics, and referrals for transitional and permanent housing. Funding will be used to support direct service staff.
    Contact Person: Mike Kendra
    Phone: (570) 822-7118 ext. 343
    Email: mkendra@csswb.org
    Website: cssdioceseofscranton.org

     

    Commission on Economic Opportunity
    Emergency Temporary Housing
    $35,000

    The Commission on Economic Opportunity (CEO) Emergency Temporary Housing Program connects at-risk individuals and families in Wyoming Valley with case management services that can assist in obtaining emergency shelter, rent/mortgage assistance for eviction prevention, and utility assistance.
    Contact Persons: Gene Brady, Dave Ritter
    Phone: (570) 826-0510
    Email: ceo@sunlink.net
    Website: ceopeoplehelpingpeople.org

     

    Commission on Economic Opportunity
    Material Aid
    $20,625

    The Commission on Economic Opportunity (CEO) Material Aid Program is a unique service that delivers much-needed relief to income-eligible individuals and families in Wyoming Valley. Through this grant, support is available to address a wide range of material aid needs such as shoes, clothing, school supplies, household items, and other goods necessary to maintain health and safety codes and standards.
    Contact Persons: Gene Brady, Dave Ritter
    Phone: (570) 826-0510
    Email: ceo@sunlink.net
    Website: ceopeoplehelpingpeople.org

     

    Commission on Economic Opportunity
    Prescription Assistance
    $5,000

    Prescription Assistance is a collaborative effort between the Commission on Economic Opportunity, Wilkes University’s Nesbitt School of Pharmacy, and free health clinics operating in Wyoming Valley. Through case management services, the program connects un/underinsured families with access to immunizations and single course treatments for acute episodic conditions to reduce the number of school days or work days missed due to illness or injury.
    Contact Persons: Gene Brady, Dave Ritter
    Phone: (570) 826-0510
    Email: ceo@sunlink.net
    Website: ceopeoplehelpingpeople.org

     

    Commission on Economic Opportunity
    Traveler’s Aid
    $10,000

    Funded by United Way of Wyoming Valley, Traveler’s Aid connects at-risk income-eligible residents in need of public transportation and other means to locations within Wyoming Valley to maintain employment or access other necessary services. In addition, some funds will be used to provide a bus ticket to a home or intended destination outside of Wyoming Valley for transients who would otherwise be unable to access.
    Contact Persons: Gene Brady, Dave Ritter
    Phone: (570) 826-0510
    Email: ceo@sunlink.net
    Website: ceopeoplehelpingpeople.org

     

    Domestic Violence Service Center
    Crisis Counseling
    $20,000

    Funds will be used to support the Crisis Counseling Program at Domestic Violence Service Center. The 24-hour hotline for crisis intervention and counseling program serves individuals of all ages who have experienced domestic violence or assault. Counselors are specially trained to address the safety needs and concerns of domestic violence survivors. Individual counseling is available and victims can also be assisted with protection from abuse orders, shelter resources, and referrals for other health and human service needs.
    Phone: (570) 823-7312; 1-800-424-5600
    Website: domesticviolenceservice.org

     

    Domestic Violence Service Center
    Emergency Shelter
    $34,500

    Domestic Violence Service Center will use funds to support the Emergency Shelter Program, one of the few operating 24-hour emergency shelters to harbor battered women and other homeless women and their children. The shelter is a gateway to crisis intervention resources including adult counseling, safety planning, protection from abuse hearings and parenting education. Special emphasis is placed on children who are able to continue their schooling, receive counseling, and are offered a variety of supportive activities to help them to feel safe and secure during a challenging time.
    Phone: (570) 823-7312; 1-800-424-5600
    Website: domesticviolenceservice.org

     

    Family Service Association of NEPA
    Help Line/PA 2-1-1
    $100,000

    United Way funding will be used to support Family Service Association’s Help Line/PA 2-1-1, a comprehensive health and human services information and referral program in Wyoming Valley. Help Line/PA 2-1-1 provides residents with access to information and referral services via an 800 number and website. Help Line/PA 2-1-1 is free to anyone with telephone or Internet access.
    Contact Person: Tom Foley
    Phone: (570) 823-5144
    Email: tfoley@fsanepa.org
    Website: helpline-nepa.info

     

    Jewish Community Alliance
    Dinners for Kids
    $10,000

    Established in 2011, Dinners for Kids is a mobile food program for children. Nutritious meals packaged by volunteers are delivered to at-risk children throughout the community on a weekly basis. Funding will be used to purchase food items.
    Contact Person: David Tevet
    Phone: (570) 262-7839
    Email: dotevet@epix.net
    Website: jewishwilkes-barre.org

     

    The Salvation Army
    Food Assistance
    $5,000

    The Salvation Army’s Food Assistance program operates three days per week from its Wilkes-Barre and West Pittston locations to deliver 5 days of food to screened income-eligible clients. Funds will be used to purchase emergency food supplies.
    Phone: (570) 824-8741
    Website: http://pa.salvationarmy.org/wilkes-barre/

     

    Victims Resource Center
    Sexual Assault Support Services
    $40,000

    Victims Resource Center’s (VRC) Sexual Assault Support Services is a multi-pronged approach to addressing sexual assault in Wyoming Valley. VRC maintains a 24-hour crisis and support hotline and trained certified counselors are available to provide counseling to assault victims, as well as to non-offending parents and partners, accompaniment to law enforcement and court offices, prevention education and information and referrals for additional support, as needed.
    Contact Person: Janet MacKay
    Phone: (570) 823-0765
    Email: jmackay@vrcnepa.org
    Website: vrcnepa.org

     

    Volunteers of America
    Dial-A-Driver Program
    $10,000

    Funding will be used to support the Dial-A-Driver program, which provides door-to-door transportation services to help older or disabled adults who live independently continue to meet their basic needs. Dial-A-Driver transports individuals to medical appointments to ensure they maintain medical compliance, and they help with shopping for groceries to ensure nutrition needs are met.
    Contact Person: Kristen Topolski
    Phone: (570) 825-5261
    Email: ktopolski@voapa.org
    Website: voapa.org

     

    Volunteers of America
    Ruth's Place
    $34,500

    Established in 2003, Ruth's Place provides safe, short-term emergency shelter and case management services for women experiencing homelessness in Luzerne County. Funding will be used to support personnel for intake and assessment, case management and referrals to other community service providers.
    Contact Person: Kristen Topolski
    Phone: (570) 825-5261
    Email: ktopolski@voapa.org
    Website: voapa.org

     

    Volunteers in Medicine
    Patient Centered Comprehensive Care
    $100,000

    The Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) Clinic serves the working uninsured of Wyoming Valley. Funding is being used to support personnel costs associated with expanding the program and to increase the existing inventory of pharmaceuticals, and medical and diagnostic testing supplies for un/underinsured children and their families facing immediate threats to their well-being.
    Phone: (570) 970-2864
    Website: http://www.vimwb.org/

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