Lonzi named executive director of the United Way

The United Way of the Bradford Area Inc. has announced Sarah Lonzi has been named the new executive director of the organization. Lonzi succeeds Paige LaBrozzi, who resigned earlier this year.

Lonzi most recently served as the administrative assistant for the organization and brings a unique understanding of the role the UWBA plays in addressing the most pressing needs of the community.

“The UWBA board of directors is pleased to announce this appointment,” said Karen Costello-Pecht, UWBA board president. “Sarah’s performance in her previous role as the

UWBA administrative assistant has been exceptional and she has exceeded the board’s expectations in her performance of duties and responsibilities. Her leadership, energy and creativity along with her deep sense of commitment to our community are qualities Sarah possesses and we are confident she will do an outstanding job serving as our executive director.”

Lonzi is a Bradford native and holds a bachelor’s degree in sports medicine from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and a master of science in clinical health and physical activity. Lonzi assumed her new role on Tuesday.

“I am elated to have been granted this unparalleled opportunity and to be put into a position that is of extreme value,” Lonzi said. “Being able to help the community I was raised in and to bring education to its individuals of the needs of this area is of grave importance to me. This area has a unique way of coming together to help its own and I cannot be more proud to be a part of such a supportive community. Thank you to the board of directors as well as the supporters of the United Way. Without your support, the United Way would not be possible.”

The mission of the United Way of the Bradford Area is to raise and distribute funds for the purpose of community building and enhancing the quality of life in the areas it serves.

Successful Campaign for the United Way

February 10, 2020 — The theme was “Invest In Your Community” and that is exactly what many generous community members did over the last few months.  The United Way of the Bradford Area, Inc. has completed their 2019 – 2020 “Invest In Your Community” campaign, led by Christy Graham, Jennifer Fitton and Kendra Pantuso. 

Executive Director Paige LaBrozzi says “I want to thank the community for their continued support to the United Way of the Bradford Area, Inc., without them our mission would not be possible.  I also want to thank the campaign team, board of directors and the office staff for their dedication in making this campaign a success.”

Karen Pecht, President of the Board of Directors of the United Way of the Bradford Area, Inc., is pleased to announce we will be fulfilling our funded agencies’ requests this year in Bradford, Smethport and Port Allegany. She says, “On behalf of the UWBA Board of Directors, we want to thank the Bradford, Smethport and Port Allegany communities for their contributions to our 2019-2020 United Way campaign(s).  We had an outstanding Campaign Team working diligently to support our agency this year and we want to thank them all for their time and service.  Our Mission is important and we have a lot of agencies and programs that depend on the UWBA’s funding and it’s because of your continued generosity we are able to support their efforts.” 

Funds raised through the United Way campaign provide vital resources to 26 partner agencies who are then able to carry out upwards of 40 community programs across Bradford, Smethport and Port Allegany. 

Campaign Chair, Christy Graham shared, “This was a great experience and it was an honor to help.  There are so many programs that would not be possible without the funds we raise. I am grateful to live in a community that is so giving and I look forward to seeing all of the amazing things that the United Way continues to do.”

United Way Campaigns Rising into the New Year

December 20, 2019 — The United Way of the Bradford Area, Inc. facilitates an annual campaign for Bradford, Port Allegany and Smethport.  We are in our final days to meet our goals for each of these three areas.  There is still time to be a part of the great service the United Way provides to our community and we are asking you to help.  The theme of the campaigns this year has been, Invest In Your Community.  So while you are making final preparations for your holiday celebrations, don’t forget how you can help others in the year ahead.  Make your Investment today – your community will be better for it tomorrow.

The current campaign standings for the campaign are as follows:  Smethport – 62% | Bradford – 78% | Port Allegany – 90% | Help us reach 100% of our goal and Live United.

2019 Holiday Hours

Hours at the United Way Office will not follow our regular schedule over the holidays. We urge you to call the office at 814.368.6181 before stopping by to ensure someone is here and you can also reach us by email at admin@uwbanews.org
(Our mailing address is P.O. Box 504 Bradford, PA 16701)

We want to be available to our donors and our community during this time while enjoying time with our family and friends.

Today (12/20/2019) we will be closing at noon
Monday (12/23/2019) open by appointment only
Tuesday (12/24/2019) Christmas Eve – closed
Wednesday (12/25/2019) Christmas Day – closed
Thursday (12/26/2019) – closed
Friday (12/27/2019) open by appointment only
Monday (12/30/2019) 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Tuesday (12/31/2019) New Years Eve – closed
Wednesday (01/01/2020) New Years Day – closed

Will resume normal hours Thursday 1/2/2020 @ 8:00 am

If at any time you are in need of immediate resources, please call 2-1-1 and they will help you locate the service you need.

United Way Campaigns Nearing the End

The 2019 – 2020 Invest In Your Community Campaign Team
From Left: Campaign Chair, Christy Graham; Cabinet Member, Jennifer Fitton; Cabinet Member, Kendra Pantuso

The annual campaigns for the United Way of the Bradford Area are wrapping up but there is still time to make your pledge and Invest In Your Community!  The United Way of the Bradford Area, Inc. runs a campaign in Bradford, Port Allegany and Smethport.  The funds raised are distributed to non-profits serving these three communities we all call home.  Making a donation to the United Way of the Bradford Area, Inc. should be seen as making a contribution to your community because those dollars reach far and wide making a lasting impact on the lives of our family, friends and neighbors.    

The Campaign Team, Staff and Board of the Directors of the United Way of the Bradford Area, Inc. are proud of the work that has been done!  The current standing of each campaign is as follows; Bradford 74%, Smethport 61% and Port Allegany 80%; there is still work to be done.  Please help your community reach their goal to ensure our partner agencies will be able to continue their tremendous work in the coming year.  Join us, Invest In Your Community to Live United

Please contact the United Way office located at 161 Main Street at 814.368.6181 and we will be happy to help you with your investment.  The United Way of the Bradford Area, Inc. will continue solicitation efforts through December 15th, and will then utilize the time until January 5th to make follow-ups and conclude the campaign.

Pizza Hut Fundraiser for Campaign

Starting tonight and for the next two months on the second Wednesday of the month, Pizza Hut will be donating a portion of their sales back to the United Way. Participation is simple, print these coupons and present them with your bill — Pizza Hut will take it from there!

They will donate back 20% of each sale by presenting the physical coupon to be attached to the bill. This is eligible for take-out and dine-in!

Thank you and enjoy your pizza!!!

Business After Hours

Join us on October 17th for a Business After Hours hosted by Northwest Bank and the Bradford Chamber of Commerce! There will be food, drinks and a door prize — be sure you bring your business card to be entered in the raffle.
We look forward to seeing you there and sharing the United Way of the Bradford Area’s 2019 – 2020 campaign – Invest In Your Community.
If you didn’t know, we run three separate campaigns — Port Allegany, Bradford and Smethport!

See you on the 17th