United Way of York County has been a pillar of our community for the past 100 years! We are excited to have you join us as we celebrate our centennial and we look forward to having you join us as we launch into our next phase of service to York County.
As we reflected upon our first 100 years, we felt that was the perfect time for us to engage in a two-year strategic planning process. Through that process, we engaged hundreds of community partners and members to provide us with feedback. This interactive process has empowered us to develop a comprehensive strategic plan that positions United Way to be even more responsive to the needs of York Countians.
Hopefully the COVID-19 pandemic is behind us, although we recognize that the impacts will be long felt. Over the last year, York Countians supported the United Way of York County’s COVID-19 Response Fund by donating more than $1,195,000 to support our community. These funds supported over 93,000 households by providing emergency food assistance and provided over 680 families with rental assistance among other vital services. Regardless of what the future holds, United Way of York County remains committed to serving our community during times of need.
In January of 2021, United Way of Pennsylvania issued an updated report that details the struggles of Pennsylvania’s low-income families — considered ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) — who earn more than the federal poverty level but still are unable to afford the basics for survival, essentials such as housing, food, transportation and child care.
United Way of York County continues to support the 32% of York County households that live below the ALICE threshold. We do so by focusing on funding high-impact programs that provide affordable and accessible high-quality child care and basic needs supports for housing and food, as well as supporting the PA 211 health and human services helpline that connects our community members with critical resources.
United Way of York County is only as strong as our Partner Agencies, staff, supporters, and volunteers. Your ongoing support and commitment to United Way of York County is the key to our success during our next 100 years. Together, we can continue to improve the quality of life for our neighbors.
I look forward to working with our committed volunteers, staff and board members as we continue to improve lives by inspiring and uniting our One York Community. We are all better when we stand UNITED for a stronger community.
Dr. Scott Deisley
Red Lion Area School District