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 Sarah Lonzi by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (814) 368-6181.
Partner Impact Stories
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..
Growing with Grace Christian Preschool is blessed to receive grant money from the United Way to help our families who are on the cusp of the financial cut-offs of receiving services, but do not qualify. We currently assist 5 families weekly with tuition assistance. Without the United Way support some of our students wouldn’t have the opportunity to attend our facility, receiving the chance to learn and grow socially and academically in a safe, fun environment. We incorporate community awareness into our curriculum. We collect items for Destinations, the Operation Shoebox kits, the Friendship Table, cards to the shut-ins, and the Scholastic Pajama drive.This year we will be adding a coin collection for the United Way “Be the Change; campaign. Through these programs , our students learn to care for and about others. This attitude of kindness will hopefully carry through their adult lives in being service citizens of Bradford. Thank you to the United Way and the community that gives! We are very blessed by your generosity!
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 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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.