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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call (814) 368-6181.
Partner Impact Stories
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.
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.”
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..
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 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.
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
Futures Rehabilitation Center, Inc. provides resources for individuals with disabilities to maximize their ability to become participating members of the community. Over 170 individuals from throughout McKean County receive vocational training activity services and extended employment at Future’s Bradford facilities. Services are also provided at community settings to assisting individuals to maintain their independence and to be successful at work and at home. Support the United Way enables individuals with disabilities to be active and contributing members of our community.
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.