Celebrating Success of Smethport Campaign

The United Way of the Bradford Area is celebrating the successes of the 2013 Smethport Campaign for United Way, and officials are inviting donors to join them on March 4th for an open-house event.

Light hors d’oeuvres will be served from 3:00 – 5:00 pm at the Hamlin Memorial Library community room at 123 South Mechanic Street in Smethport. Attendees are asked to RSVP if planning to attend.

Executive Director Mandi Wilton Davis is also encouraging non-profit organizations interested in applying for funds from the campaign to attend as, well.

“I will have copies of the application, and will be available to answer any questions or concerns from agency representatives.  We welcome previous recipients to join us, too, as the application is slightly different than last year’s.

“But, aside from the application assistance, this is a great way for our staff to acknowledge the dedication that the Smethport community has to the United Way movement.”

The United Way of the Bradford Area is pleased with the results of its second appeal in the Smethport area. The $10,000 goal was surpassed, with donations coming from individuals, businesses and employees from workplaces throughout the county.

For more information on the event, or to RSVP, call the United Way office at 814-368-6181.

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“The more that you read, the more things you’ll know!”

 

 

 

 

You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child.
You’re never too busy, too cool, or too hot, to pick up a book and share what you’ve got.
In schools and communities, let’s gather around, let’s pick up a book, let’s pass it around.
There are kids all around you, kids who will need someone to hug, someone to read.
Come join us March 3rd, your own special way and make this America’s Read to Kids Day!

What is Read Across America?

The National Education Association’s Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss.

Motivating children to read is an important factor in student achievement and creating lifelong successful readers. Research has shown that children who are motivated and spend more time reading do better in school. Poor reading levels can lead to academic problems, which can increase the likelihood of dropping out, substance abuse, teen and early pregnancy, and criminal behavior, which all contribute to the cycle of poverty.

Here are the United Way of the Bradford Area, we want to increase literacy skills for the children in our community. We hold our monthly First Chapter program at the Bradford Area Public Library on the second Wednesday of every month at 10:30am. First Chapter is a free program for children ages 5 and younger and for family members or guardians of the participants.

In addition to joining us for First Chapter every month, here are some easy, everyday ways to incorporate literacy into your everyday lives.

At Home:
• Set a good example as a reader – let kids see you reading every day.
• Get a subscription in your child’s name to an age-appropriate magazine for your child. When relatives and others ask for gift ideas, suggest magazine subscriptions, books, or a book store gift certificate.
• Set up an area in your home where a variety of reading materials are within easy reach. Encourage writing by including paper, crayons, pens and pencils.
• Let your child see you reading, whether it’s the newspaper, a magazine, or the latest bestseller.
• Encourage a love of words by playing rhyming and word games, singing silly songs, or writing poems and stories together.
• Talk about daily activities or tell stories about your family or culture to help children develop their language skills.

At the Library:
• Keep lots of books, magazines, and newspapers around the house. Visit the library often and shop for books at garage and yard sales, swap meets, and used bookstores.
• Visit your local library often. Get your children their own library cards. Try a story hour or other free event at the library.
• Create a library for your child of new or used books. Look for affordable books at yard sales, secondhand book stores, and library book sales.

Visit the NEA’s Read Across America site to get even more fantastic tips!

The Bradford Area Public Library is located at 67 West Washington Street in Bradford, and is open 6 days a week. Library hours are Monday and Wednesday from 10:00am to 7:00pm; Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00am to 5:00pm.

 

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United Way to Celebrate Campaign

The United Way of the Bradford Area is celebrating the successes of the 2013 campaign, and officials are inviting donors to join them on February 20th for an open-house event.

Light hors d’oeuvres will be served from 4:00 – 6:00 pm at the UWBA office at 161 Main Street.  Attendees are asked to RSVP if planning to attend.

The “Life Is Good When You’re United” campaign exceeded the $330,000 monetary goal, but Executive Director Mandi Wilton Davis says there’s a great deal to be touting.

“I’m so proud of everything that came from the 2013 appeal,” said Davis, “from the new donors, to increased contributions, to new agencies and programs being funded.  Even efforts that may not have necessarily gone as planned allowed us the opportunity to learn and grow, which only means bigger and better things for your local United Way.”

For more information on the event, or to RSVP, call the United Way office at 814-368-6181.

You + UWBA = Love

Whether Valentine’s Day conjures up warm and fuzzy feelings, a sense of dread and disdain for Cupid, or just excitement for heart-shaped boxes of chocolate, February 14 is all about celebrating love. And here at the United Way of the Bradford Area, we love some very special people – our supporters!

So here’s a declaration of our love for you, our dear friends.

We love you for the generous spirit throughout the year and during our annual campaign. When you show up to our events with a smile on your face and a spring in your step, we couldn’t be happier. From our spring Red Feather luncheon to our campaign kick-off pig roast and clam bake in September, we’re so happy you come to celebrate with us. We certainly felt the love when the 2013-2014 campaign Life is Good When You’re United surpassed its $330,000 goal.

We love you for all that’s made possible with your donations. Thousands of people benefit from the 30 programs and services of our 19 funded agencies. Think of the impact in the Bradford community – now that’s the sweetest thing!

We love you for all the volunteering time put into the United Way of the Bradford Area. Special events, the annual campaign, or even running our organization would not be possible without our trusty volunteers, campaign cabinet and board members.

So thank you, for being part of our organization through all of your support and generosity. This Valentine’s Day, we’re not just glad you “live united,” but we’re so glad your actions show that you “love united” as well!

UWBA Announces First-Quarter Recipients

Having completed another successful campaign, officials with the United Way of the Bradford Area announced the first-quarter recipients of the organization’s Community Innovations funding, which includes four agencies which have not received funding in the past.

“The committee was pleased to receive applications from, and allocate funding to, some new agencies – as well as previous applicants – through the Community Innovations program,” said Marcia Avey, UWBA board member and Community Innovations committee chair. “As a result, we were able to provide local agencies with financial resources to implement or expand special programming or services that might otherwise be unavailable in our community.”

The recipients are: Bradford Ecumenical Home Inc. – sweet treats gala; Bradford Family YMCA – youth after-school program; CARE for Children – parent/professional training; Children’s Advocacy Center of McKean County – outreach programming; Dickinson Mental Health – holiday events; Growing With Grace Christian Preschool – security update; McKean County 4-H – adult leadership training; McKean County Historical Society – community programs; and McKean County Special Olympics – aquatics program.

“We are so grateful to all our donors for their support, which makes programs like these possible,” said Avey. Local non-profit, 501(c)3 agencies may submit a request for up to $1,500 per quarter. The category supports programs independent of those benefiting from monthly allocations that have the potential to impact the local community, encouraging innovative approaches to meeting service needs, and produce specific and measurable outcomes.

Pictured, United Way of the Bradford Area Executive Director, Mandi Wilton Davis (l) recently spent time at the Children’s Advocacy Center of McKean County with Director Mikele Bay (c) and Forensic Interviewer Mindi Brown (r). The CAC is one of the newest agencies to receive funding from the local United Way.

 

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