OUR WORK

We envision a community where people thrive, live healthy lives, and everyone has the opportunity to reach their full potential.

The United Way of Indiana County is working to address root causes and provide long-term solutions to the obstacles facing our community; that is why we are investing in the building blocks to a healthy life.  Education, financial stability, health and basic needs are the foundation to healthy lives and families, creating pathways for a strong, supportive community.

We are investing in programs and local organizations who are equipped to help us meet our collective community impact goals.  Our partners who are on the ground delivering programs that align with our mission allow us to leverage the expertise and results-driven impact present in our community.

Our work continues to serve the needs of our community, helping to strengthen and improve the lives of our neighbors.  UNITED, we are caring for one another and creating a healthy, safe and strong community for all!

 

 

 

 

Focus Areas

 


 

ADVOCATING FOR ALICE

The United Way of Indiana County is at work helping our ALICE community.

ALICE stands for asset limited, income constrained, employed.  The United Way of Pennsylvania Report revealed that on average 30% of households in our county have income which falls below what is needed to pay for basic necessities such as housing, food, childcare, healthcare, technology, and transportation.  

What is the United Way of Indiana County doing to help ALICE?

Click here to learn more.

ALICE

 


 

volunteer

MOBILIZING THE CARING POWER OF OUR COMMUNITY

The United Way works to build communities of stable households and thriving children, and volunteers are critical to this mission.  We connect individuals, corporate teams and community groups to meaningful volunteer work, giving every person a way to give back year-round in ways that enhance their lives and the lives of our neighbors.

When you volunteer through the United Way, you are joining people who are giving back so others can get ahead.  Use your time and talent to create social change where you work and live - join our community of game changers!

Sign up to volunteer today!

ADDITIONAL COMMUNITY RESOURCES

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211

The United Way of Indiana County supports 211, a free confidential service that helps people find the local resources they need 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Every day people across our county turn to 211 for information and support - whether financial, domestic, health or disaster-related.  211 is a free, confidential referral and information helpline and website that connects people of all ages and from all areas to the essential health and human services they need.

211 can be accessed by phone or computer.  A toll-free call to 211 will connect you to a caring community resource specialist who can put you in touch with local organizations that provide social services that can help.

Visit here for more information.

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EFSP

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) was established on March 24, 1983, with the signing of the "Jobs Stimulus Bill".  That legislation created a National Board, chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that consisted of representatives of the American Red Cross, Catholic Charities USA, The Jewish Federations of North America, National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, The Salvation Army and United Way Worldwide.

EFSP funds are intended to respond to the changing hunger/homeless needs; not to maintain the status quo.  The intent of EFSP funding is to address hunger/homeless needs to make a difference - not to simply spread dollars among all eligible applicants.  Additionally, the National Board encourages Local Boards, the decision-making local bodies, to place special emphasis on the identification of and the assistance to the elderly, families with children, Native Americans and Veterans.

EFSP funds are typically available yearly.  United Way of Indiana County publishes a press release once the National Board notifies us regarding the availability of funds.  The press release will explain how to apply for funding.  Funding comes directly from the federal EFSP fund and is managed locally by the United Way of Indiana County.

Funding is currently not available.  For more information, please contact us at 724.463.0277.

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summer grants

The United Way of Indiana County offers summer funding through its micro-grant program for eligible non-profit organizations that demonstrate a solid programmatic plan for meeting human service needs.  

A United Way grant project can be defined as one that addresses health, education, financial stability or basic needs in Indiana County.

Summer grant opportunities are currently open.  Deadline for application submission is July 2, 2021 at noon.

For more information and access to guidelines and application, visit here.

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Prescription Help

Prescriptions aren't much fun.  Doctors.  Insurance companies.  Crazy prices.  And that's on top of whatever drove you to the pharmacy in the first place.

United Way teams up with SingleCare to offer a super-smart system and close relationships with big pharmacies that mean lower prices on tens of thousands of drugs.

So with or without insurance, anybody showing the SingleCare card to your local pharmacist means you can save big time on the stuff that really matters.  Join the millions of people saving billions with the Rx savings card.

Click here to access your savings card today.

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My Free Taxes

Don't pay someone to get your taxes done.

The United Way provides a secure, do-it-yourself service available for individuals and families.  This service is easy and 100% free for those filing a simple tax return.

Get the assistance you need.

File online by visiting their website.  Need help, call 1-866-698-9435.

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Debt

Nearly 45 million Americans have student debt.  These debts burden household budgets, keep borrowers from achieving their financial goals and can even lead to wrecked credit scores and garnished tax refunds.

The good news is help is available.  The United Way is partnering with Savi, an online student loan debt management platform, to help people freely and easily access student loan debt relief.  Users receive individualized student debt recommendations, can easily enroll in government repayment and forgiveness programs, and help resolve student default challenges.

The average Savi user reduces their loan payment by $156 per month and saves an average of $28,000 over the life of their loans.

Get relief today!

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