United Way of Allegheny County http://wesa.fm en Pennsylvanians Advocate for Afterschool Programs http://wesa.fm/post/pennsylvanians-advocate-afterschool-programs <p>Wilkinsburg High School students want an afterschool program -- but they can’t afford one.</p><p>About two years ago, the students created the Gym after Dark program but lost funding and had to cancel it after only a year.</p><p>That is why they joined a group of 58 children and adults in Harrisburg Tuesday as part of the United Way’s Allegheny Partners for Out-of-School Time (APOST) for the first Afterschool Advocacy Day.</p><p>The event aimed to raise awareness of the importance of academic afterschool programs for students of all ages in the commonwealth.</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 21:43:54 +0000 Jessica Nath 25666 at http://wesa.fm PA 2-1-1 to Give Pennsylvanians 'Holistic' Help http://wesa.fm/post/pa-2-1-1-give-pennsylvanians-holistic-help <p>The United Way announced a more “holistic” way to assist PA 2-1-1 Southwest callers Tuesday.</p><p>PA 2-1-1 is a free human service helpline that connects Pennsylvanians with basic needs such as utilities, housing, employment and food.&nbsp; It also helps connect people to agencies that can answer questions about the Affordable Care Act or help with free tax preparation.</p><p>Bob Nelkin, United Way of Allegheny County president, said people who call 2-1-1 need help navigating what he called a “confusing maze.”</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 18:38:32 +0000 Jessica Nath 24247 at http://wesa.fm United Way Offering Free Tax Help for Pittsburghers http://wesa.fm/post/united-way-offering-free-tax-help-pittsburghers <p>A local organization is making tax season a little easier for residents.</p><p>United Way of Allegheny County (UWAC) is providing free tax preparation service to low-and-moderate income individuals, families, and seniors.</p><p>Individuals who make less than $20,000, and households with an income of less than $40,000 are eligible for the Money in Your Pocket Coalition (MYPC). They also have a self-assistance tool to help families that make a little more.</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 19:17:46 +0000 Jess Lasky 23930 at http://wesa.fm 21 and Able Enters Third Year Helping Bridge Gap from Youth to Adulthood for Those with Disabilities http://wesa.fm/post/21-and-able-enters-third-year-helping-bridge-gap-youth-adulthood-those-disabilities <p>The United Way’s 21 and Able campaign kicked off in early 2012 with the goal of streamlining the service system for people with disabilities and their families.</p><p>A person living with disabilities is eligible for a wide range of supportive services until they turn 21. When they enter adulthood, available services can be hard to secure, and unemployment for people with disabilities remains an issue, despite laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act.</p> Wed, 25 Dec 2013 20:30:00 +0000 Deanna Garcia 20944 at http://wesa.fm United Way Looking For Tax Preparation Volunteers http://wesa.fm/post/united-way-looking-tax-preparation-volunteers <p>The United Way of Allegheny County is looking for more than 200 volunteers for this year’s Free Tax Preparation Campaign.</p><p>Last year, 149 volunteers helped prepare more than 5,800 tax returns for low-income families and individuals, getting $10 million in refunds.</p><p>Angela Reynolds, director of programs for financially struggling adults and families for the United, said no prior tax experience is necessary to volunteer.</p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 08:30:00 +0000 Michael Lynch 21129 at http://wesa.fm United Way Report: Elderly Needs on the Rise http://wesa.fm/post/united-way-report-elderly-needs-rise <p>Fewer funds and resources for elderly and disabled people along with a growing aging population are creating problems of “epic proportion,” according to a new report from the United Way of Allegheny County.</p><p>United Way President Bob Nelkin said that with new medical advancements people are now outliving their spouses and caregivers more than before, and their needs are increasing.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 21:35:59 +0000 Tim Camerato 18617 at http://wesa.fm Local Education Leaders Take on Attendance With 'Be There' Campaign http://wesa.fm/post/local-education-leaders-take-attendance-be-there-campaign <p>Ninety percent of success in school is showing up — that’s what the United Way and its partners believe.</p><p>The United Way launched its “Be There” campaign Monday aimed at making attendance a priority at schools across Allegheny County.</p><p>“The concept is very simple, it’s how do you get the people outside of the schools, the community agencies, the faith-based organizations, the youth workers who have a great relationship with young people, to encourage 100 percent attendance,” said Bob Nelkin, United Way of Allegheny County President.</p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 13:49:27 +0000 Jessica Nath 15113 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh Mentor Program Expands http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-mentor-program-expands <p>The largest mentoring program in Pittsburgh area is getting a little bit bigger.</p><p>The “Be a 6<sup>th</sup> Grade Mentor” program has become “Be a Middle School Mentor.”</p><p>Due to the program’s success in the last four years, the United Way of Allegheny County is expanding it to include children in grades six through eight.</p><p>Damon Bethea, mentoring projects director at the United Way, said the mentors asked for the program's expansion.</p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 07:00:00 +0000 Michael Lynch 14799 at http://wesa.fm Discount Card Helps Families Get Prescriptions http://wesa.fm/post/discount-card-helps-families-get-prescriptions-0 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two organizations want uninsured and underinsured households to stop skipping prescriptions due to cost.</span></p><p>For a third year, the United Way of Allegheny County and FamilyWize Community Service Partnership are providing free prescription discount cards to help struggling families and individuals.</p><p>Cardholders can save 44 to 75 percent off their prescriptions at all chain pharmacies and grocery stores nationwide.</p> Sun, 28 Jul 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Jessica Nath 13682 at http://wesa.fm United Way Funds 15 Youth Programs http://wesa.fm/post/united-way-funds-15-youth-programs <p>United Way of Allegheny County announced its funding allocations for children and youth programs this week, giving $2.4 million to more than 15 programs.</p><p>United Way focused its attention on after school programs, summer programs, future leaders programs, college preparation programs and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs.</p><p>Alicia Chatkin, United Way’s director of programs for children and youth, said the funding is meant to help children in two age groups.</p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 14:26:28 +0000 Michael Lynch 11717 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh Symposium Focuses on Returning Female Veterans http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-symposium-focuses-returning-female-veterans <p>Chris Cieslak, a lieutenant colonel with the Army Reserves, returned from Kabul, Afghanistan in 2012 after a year’s duty there.</p><p>Cieslak went through what she described as a "minor depression," and only now does she feel she’s made the transition from military to civilian life. She considers herself lucky — she had a good support system in place. Not all women veterans can say the same.</p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 18:09:01 +0000 Deanna Garcia 11207 at http://wesa.fm United Way of Allegheny County Breaks $33 Million http://wesa.fm/post/united-way-allegheny-county-breaks-33-million <p>The United Way of Allegheny County filled a ballroom in a downtown hotel Wednesday with supporters and then announced it exceeded its 2012 fundraising goal. The total from the campaign hit $33,211,190, which is 2.7 percent more than last year’s total.</p><p>“Our record over the last five years prior to this year is that our community, the Pittsburgh community, has out raised the rest of the nation,” said local United Way President Bob Nelkin. “During that period of time we went up 12.7 percent. The rest of the big United Ways in the nation were down 4.4 percent.”</p> Wed, 29 May 2013 19:36:29 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 10416 at http://wesa.fm