2018 -2019 Bradford United Way Campaign Ends in Two Exceeded Goals

“Thank you and Congratulations to Bradford, Port Allegany and Smethport!”, says MaryAnn Quinn, a member of the 2018 -2019 “Be the Change” Campaign Team.  To Live United means we must Work United to reach this level of success in our communities. 

The United Way of the Bradford Area exceeded the goal for two of their three campaigns.  The Bradford campaign goal was $340,000.00 coming in at 101%.  The Port Allegany campaign also exceeded their goal of $17,500.00 arriving at 104%.  Because we have met these goals our funded agencies will not go without and will continue to make lasting impacts on the individuals they serve.

In Smethport, our goal was not met this year.  The goal was $17,500.00 and we finished out at 70%.  “This is not a loss”, says Executive Director, Paige LaBrozzi.  “These are still funds that will go back into the Smethport community to support their initiatives in the coming year.  It may not be 100% but we are still able to provide resources to the agencies for funding, and that is something to be proud of!”

“I would like to thank everyone who helped and gave during this year’s annual campaign, says Campaign Chair, Theresa Funk. “Because of you, you have changed so many people’s lives for the better.  I have learned so much about the community and the organizations the United Way funds.  Volunteering is a lot of hard work and I have a great respect for anyone who gives their time and/or money to this area:.

Karen Costello-Pecht, Board President says, “On behalf of the UWBA Board of Directors, we would like to thank this year’s Campaign Team: Theresa Funk, Jill Henry, Nikki Wiseman, Jean Keltz and Mary Ann Quinn, along with the entire 2018 office staff, Kelly Case (Interim Executive Director), Paige LaBrozzi (current Executive Director), Sarah Lonzi (Administrative Assistant) and Mandi Wilton-Davis (former Executive Director), for all their hard work throughout this campaign.  In addition, we want to thank our communities for their support, whether it was through volunteering, donating or participating in one of our fundraising events, you’ve made a positive impact to the UWBA and to this campaign.  We are extremely grateful and want to thank everyone for helping the UWBA continue their mission, “to raise and distribute funds for the purpose of community building and enhancing the quality of life in the areas we serve”.

On Thursday, February 28th, 2019, the United Way of the Bradford Area will be hosting their Red Feather event in conjunction with their Report to the Community.  It is the first time these events will share the spotlight and we are hopeful for a great turnout. 

For more information on the local United Way, contact the office or visit www.uwbanews.org.


We recently hit 1000 likes on Facebook and we couldn’t have done it without you! To celebrate your support, we asked our followers to “like, comment and share” our Facebook post and one lucky winner would be picked to receive a United Way gift basket .

And the winner has been drawn…

Congratulations TRUDY WARNICK! Thank you for your continued support of the United Way of the Bradford Area, Inc. and of your community!

Community Impact and Innovations Applications Now Available

Community Impact and Innovations Applications now available online (under the application tab) for 2019! Head over to our website at www.uwbanews.org to print and return by January 4th, 2019.
Should you have any questions please know you are welcome to call us at 814-368-6181 between the hours of 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM or send us an email to paige.labrozzi@uwbanews.org.

Soup Lunch Thank You

Thank you to everyone for their help on Friday November 16th at the United Way Soup Lunch.  It was a record year and would have not been possible without our 2018 Campaign Team, Board of Directors, Student Ambassadors, dedicated UWBA Volunteers and staff.  Most importantly, thank you to the Bradford community for your support.  It is the support from our hometown that makes this event and all we do a success.

Pizza Hut Day!

Have a lunch break at work or need a quick dinner? Stop by, order out or delivery on Wednesday, November 14th from 11am- 8pm and 20% of your bill amount will be donated to the United Way of the Bradford Area, Inc. Support your community and #bethechange


Indoor Cornhole Tournament

Sign-up for for our first Indoor Cornhole Tournament that will take place on Saturday, November 10th at the Masonic Lodge from 4pm – 9pm.

Registration Deadline is November 8th- Registration forms can be completed at the Bradford YMCA, 59 Boylston Street, or at the United Way of the Bradford Area, 161 Main Street. If you cant stop in feel free to email your form to admin@uwbanews.org or fax to 814-368-5300.

Come help support YOUR community and have a night of FUN! (must be 21 years old- BYOB)

Indoor Cornhole Tournament

Indoor Corn Hole Tournament!

We are excited to announce the United Way’s first Indoor Corn Hole Tournament!

The tournament will require a two-person team, MUST be 21 years old to participate, and will follow a double elimination format with cancellation scoring. 50% of the proceeds will be provided to support the United Way of the Bradford Area and the remaining 50% will be awarded to the winning team along with additional prizes.

Food will be provided to the players and it is a BYOB event- pack your coolers teams!

Entry Fee is $40 per team ($20 per individual)

Registration Deadline: Register at the Bradford YMCA or the United Way of the Bradford Area located at 161 Main Street by Thursday, November 8th by 5:00 pm

Business Blitz Coming Soon!

Watch for the United Way and our Student Ambassadors on November 3rd  from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM around the Bradford Area to visit local businesses for our Annual Business Blitz to collect heart-warming donations to the United Way’s 2018 Campaign.