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.
United Way 2020 Campaign Video
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 Sarah Lonzi by email at email@example.com or call (814) 368-6181.
Partner Impact Stories
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)
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.
The Bradford YMCA cannot thank the United Way of Bradford enough for their generosity in supporting our mission of building strong kids, strong families, and strong communities. The funding that comes from the efforts through the UW Annual Campaign directly support and sustain many programs and services here at the Y that truly impact so many members of our community . Funds from the United Way support families in our Early Learning Center to be able to afford high quality child care, who would otherwise be unable to afford it. Funding also supports our 6th Grade Initiative Program where all 6th graders receive a free YMCA membership, allowing them to take advantage of opportunities at the Y, including health initiative programming in our Wellness Center, enrichment activities with other peers in our After School Programming, and allows them to participate in other member benefit programming. We cannot thank the United Way enough for all thy do for our community and the Bradford YMCA.
All Bradford United Way monies are used to fund the Toddler Program which is facilitated through Catholic Charities Counseling and Adoption Services. This program is designed to aide struggling or low-income families with children ages 1-3/ The goal for this program is for each client to leave with a better understanding of their child’s needs, development and be able to better meet those needs and provide a better life for their child and themselves.
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!
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.
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.”
The Mckean County Historical Society, located in Smethport, Pennsylvania, is a volunteer organization dedicated to preserving and sharing the stories of McKean County. One of the purposes of the Society is to promote and encourage the interest of our community in its history and to also share that history with visitors. This is achieved through the museum and public programs sponsored by the Society.
The Society is a nonprofit organization. The funding received from United Way is used to help us conserve artifacts so they can be used to provide displays and humanities programs to tell our story.
With the support of the United Way of the Bradford Area, CARE is able to provide distinct and vital pediatric services in McKean County and the surrounding region and truly make a difference in the lives of children..
Through the generous partnership of the United Way of the Bradford Area, inc. Bradford Ecumenical Home, Inc. is able to provide programming and activities that reinforces older adults contributing to the life of their community. Avenues for lifelong learning via the Arts, programming that honor our Veterans, or senior wellness initiatives, our residents enjoy a quality of life that serves as an outlet for creative expressions and increased social interactions.