The mission of the United Way of the Bradford Area, Inc. is to raise and distribute funds for the purpose of community building and enhancing the quality of life in the areas we serve.
Who we are
The United Way of the Bradford Area, Inc. is proud of the successes of our annual campaigns, but did you know there are other ways to support the organization? Your gift to the UWBA can have an immediate impact in our community by delivering vital services to your neighbors and friends in need.
Help us to raise and distribute funds for the purpose of community building and enhancing the quality of life in the areas we serve. For more information on the campaign or volunteering, contact Paige LaBrozzi by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 368-6181.
Partner Impact Stories
The Greater Bradford Senior Activity Center is a vital part of the senior community. With the help of the United Way we are able to offer individuals aged 60 and older several age related programs, a place to socialize with their peers, to continue being independent, and other various activities.
McKean County Special Olympics is a year-round program of sport training and competition for individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities. The United Way of Bradford sponsors the aquatics program held at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford with the support of volunteers from the university’s swim teams. In addition to aquatics, programs are offered in softball, track and field, basketball, golf, bowling, equestrian and skiing.
Through the generous donation from the United Way of Bradford Area, A Partnership in Housing has been able to successfully provide Financial Literacy education to householders that have limited income. Successful participants have learned better money management to prevent eviction. A quote by one of our participants sums up our program, “ I have learned there is a fine line between getting what you want and getting what you need. This has helped me so much.”
CASA of McKean County
McKean County 2-1-1
McKean County Arts Council
McKean/Potter American Red Cross
The Salvation Army
Hamlin Memorial Library
Smethport Memorial Recreation Center
Port Allegany Area Recreation Authority
Port Allegany Community Service
Port Allegany Fire Department
Port Allegany Youth Counselors
The United Way began in 1925 and to date has raised $21,024,508
Did you know your donation dollars to the United Way stay local help many of your neighbors, friends, family, and co-workers? Evergreen Elm knows. With United Way funding, we at Evergreen Elm are able to offer a Supportive Living Program to some of those neighbors and friends. Some of them may now have a place to live, their medication montieod, food in their bellies or the support and guidance they need to function successfully as a member of the community. The United Way has also made it possible for Evergreen Elm to implement a successful Therapeutic Aquatics Program for our Clients and Individuals showing a significant important to their mental and physical stability. Your contribution to the United Way helps Evergreen Elm, Inc. and organizations like us make an impact on the lives of the people you see in your day to day lives. We envision Bradford as a place where all thrive. United Way is reaching their goals and accelerating solutions because of you. Thank you for choosing to LIVE UNITED!
The beds at the YWCA Bradford’s Homeless Shelter are constantly full with a consistent wait list. The United Way supported our efforts to expand services include six additional beds and handicapped accessible space. With this support, services increased to include single men, nuclear families, and single fathers. Local dollars stay local when you give to the United Way.
United Way dollars have helped the YWCA provide for an elderly, homeless veteran sleeping under a bridge in Bradford; a woman who’s housing had been condemned, leaver her to live in a tent; a middle-aged veteran who lost his job and had no place to sleep; a young woman, with two young children, who were living in her car after her housing was condemned. Because of this support, these households were able to secure permanent housing while receiving services from the YWCA.
The United Way works to support families in obtaining evidence based early learning opportunities for children by supporting Parents as Teachers, a home-based early learning program, and the Bradford Family Center Parent-Child group.
Meals on Wheels serves individuals who are homebound and/or unable to prepare meals for themselves. Without the support of the United Way, we would not be able to provide this service to our community members in need. “What a blessing it is to have those wonders meals prepared for us. The volunteers who deliver our meals are friends and caring, taking time to visit with us. We look forward to seeing them each day. We appreciate all that Meals on Wheels has done for. “ (Note from a participant)
Alcohol & Drug Abuse Services receives funding from United Way of the Bradford Area to help with our prevention efforts in the area.
The generous contributions from the community allow us to provide evidence based programs that promote positive life skills in our schools. We are also able to provide education to community groups.
Without the support of United Way, we would not be able to impact the large number of people we do.
The Port Allegany Campaign for the United Way sponsors family engagements and early literacy in our community by funding Story Hour at the S. W. Smith Memorial Public Library. Children and adults learn through play stations and group activities at our library!
Meet the team
Board of Directors
|Karen Costello – Pecht||President|
|Jodie Wagner||Vice President|
|Gwen Rush||Port Allegany Representative|
|Heidi Scrivo Passmore||Smethport Representative|
Theresa McGinnis Funk