I am honored to assume the role of Chair of United Way of York County’s Board of Directors, especially at such an exciting time for our organization. After a very successful first-year transition with our new President, Anne Druck, the Board of Directors is launching a strategic planning process focused on growing and strengthening our local United Way.
We recognize the challenges in our changing donor landscape, but I am confident in our team, our volunteer leadership, and the strength of our Partner Agencies. Our goal and commitment through the strategic planning process is to ensure that United Way of York County is strong, healthy and able to serve the community for the next 100 years and beyond.
In June, United Way of York County, in partnership with United Way of Pennsylvania and dozens of other United Ways across the state, released a financial hardship report focused on ALICE® (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed). This often-overlooked group is composed of hardworking households that are employed, but are living paycheck to paycheck and struggling to make ends meet. In York County, 32% of our neighbors, families, co-workers and friends live below the ALICE threshold.
At United Way of York County, we bring resources, people and organizations together to help build a stronger, caring community. The report’s findings are a powerful opportunity to initiate conversations on the structural challenges that ALICE faces in child care, transportation, health care and other areas, and the community solutions that can help.
York has a long history of generosity and supporting one another. It is thanks to our community, our committed Partner Agencies, our donors and our dedicated volunteers that United Way can carry forward our work to make the greatest impact for those in need. Thank you for your energy, commitment and partnership.
I look forward to what’s to come and to working with our Board and United Way staff to stand UNITED for a strong community.