Job Opening at the United Way of the Bradford Area

The United Way of the Bradford Area, Inc. is seeking an Administrative Assistant. The successful candidate will provide administrative support to the Executive Director by maintaining the business and financial affairs; assisting in the preparation of the annual fundraising campaign and promotions; managing donor databases, pledge accounting, payment processing, and billing; and assisting the Executive Director with special event coordination.

Requirements include strong organizational, written, oral and listening skills; knowledge and application of accounting principles and procedures; knowledge of Quickbooks software and Microsoft Office programs; initiative, self-discipline and the ability to work without supervision. A high school diploma is required; an Associate’s Degree or Bachelor’s Degree in accounting or business and/or 2-4 years of relevant experience is preferred.

Interested applicants should forward letter of interest and resume to Mandi Wilton Davis, Executive Director, PO Box 504, Bradford, PA 16701 by June 6, 2014. EOE.

90 Days Until Campaign Begins!

Spring is finally in full swing, school will be out of session soon, and everyone is planning fun, relaxing weekends – though there is probably more on everyone’s calendars in the summer, it seems like a slower pace of living. After a long winter, nobody wants to think about summer ending or what they’ll be doing this fall. Here at the United Way of the Bradford Area, it’s just the opposite – we’re gearing up for a whirlwind four months of campaigning, with the official start date coming up on August 15!

A lot of “behind-the-scenes” work goes into making sure everything runs smoothly. Speakers Bureau volunteers are signed up for employee presentations; workplace coordinators are given all the materials they need; over 1,500 letters are sent out to local residents and donors! Even more preparation work is going on right now to make sure the 2014-2015 campaign is a success.

But before we dive into full-on fundraising mode, there are a few special events coming up that embody what the United Way is all about – helping people live a happier and healthier life in the Bradford area! And since our unofficial theme for the year is “embrace change,” here are some of the different approaches to our upcoming events:

Along with the first day of summer comes the 4th Annual Live United Day of Action, scheduled for Saturday, June 21st. You’ll notice a big difference at Callahan Park – a Born Learning™ trail will be installed!

Have you noticed the date change for the annual 5K? This year’s event will be held on Friday, September 12th. In the past, people of all ages and skill levels have participated, and we hope that will be the case again!

The date for the annual Pig Roast/Clam Bake (presented by Northwest Savings Bank) is still the Thursday after Labor Day – September 4th. This will be the 16th year for this fun event, but we will be incorporating some fresh new ideas to keep things interesting!

It will be nice to enjoy the sunshine and summer months, although our excitement for the campaign period will make the eventual return to cooler weather a bit more bearable. Right now, the UWBA office will spend time getting everything ready for special events, and putting a plan in place for August 15 – January 5, 2015. Along with the campaign cabinet, volunteers, agency representatives, and board of directors, we are sure that the Bradford community will once again be successful in helping us reach our fundraising goal!

 

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Day of Action Volunteers to Install Born Learning Trail

The longest day of the year will be an impactful one as well, with the United Way of the Bradford Area’s 4th Annual Live United Day of Action scheduled for Saturday, June 21st.

The event, sponsored by American Refining Group and the Philo and Sarah Blaisdell Foundation, will focus on providing an interactive learning experience for young children by installing a Born Learning trail at Callahan Park.  The trail will consist of 10 (12” by 24”) aluminum signs, placed throughout the park, and printed with engaging, early learning activities. Shapes, letters, and a 12’ hopscotch court will adorn the park’s sidewalks, which correspond with the signs’ activities. Although geared toward children up to age five, the trail also serves as a tool to help parents and caregivers find simple, yet clever ways, to incorporate education into a child’s daily life, beginning at the earliest possible stages.

“I am excited for our organization to be able to offer this to our local community,” said Executive Director Mandi Wilton Davis.  “I truly believe this will be a wonderful addition to our area’s main public park, and it’s another excellent way to boost early learning and literacy activities.

“And, I’m very thankful to not only our event sponsors, but to Parks Director Chip Comilla, Mayor Tom Riel and members of Bradford City Council for their support,” said Davis.

The 10 stations will focus on areas such as talking with your child about their surroundings; telling stories; being active as a family; and turning simple ideas into learning games, among others.

“We are going to be using the majority of the park, starting at the main entrance by the high school parking lot, and continuing on past the ice rink and tennis courts, to the bridge which is located in between two of the three baseball fields,” said Davis.

The United Way is looking for interested volunteers to help for roughly four hours the day of the event, as well as before.

“We do need people to help us with painting the posts before June 21st, and then the day of we will be looking for help with affixing the signs to each post, digging the holes and cementing the posts there, painting the graphics on the sidewalks, and guiding park visitors around the areas where work will be taking place,” said Davis.

Those interested in participating should contact the office at 368-6181, or register here.  Davis suggests that those interested do sign up by Friday, May 30th.

This year’s event will coincide with United World Wide’s national Day of Action activities. Volunteers from the Bradford area will be joining thousands of other volunteers across the country aiming to “live united”.

Established by United Way Worldwide, Born Learning is part of a public engagement campaign to help parents, grandparents, and caregivers explore ways to turn everyday moments into fun, learning opportunities for area youth.

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4th Annual Live United Day of Action

The United Way of the Bradford Area’s 4th Annual Day of Action is scheduled for Saturday, June 21. For this year’s initiative, United Way will be installing a Born Learning Trail at Callahan Park. Born Learning is a public engagement campaign established by United Way Worldwide to help parents, grandparents, and caregivers explore ways to turn everyday moments into fun, learning opportunities for our youngest population.

The trail will consist of ten 12” by 24” aluminum signs, printed with a unique, playful, engaging activity based on early learning outcomes. The trail will also include sidewalks adorned with shapes, letters and a 12’ hopscotch court, all which will related to the sign activities. Although geared toward children up to age five, the trail also serves as a tool to help parents and caregivers find simple yet clever ways to incorporate education into a child’s daily life, beginning at the earliest possible stages.

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Lisa Minich Honored at Red Feather Event

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The United Way of the Bradford Area hosted the annual Red Feather Volunteer recognition luncheon on Thursday, honoring Lisa Minich.

The event, which took place at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, is held to honor outstanding individuals and/or businesses who have made an impact on the United Way of the Bradford Area, and the local community as a whole, through their day-to-day selfless attitudes and commitment to exemplifying the organization’s mission of enhancing the quality of life in the greater Bradford Area.

Minich was presented her award by close friend, Jeannine Schoenecker, and her son, Dan Minich.

“Over the last three years, Lisa has been the driving force behind the success of the leadership division, during which time giving in this category went from a little more than $40,000 in 2011 to more than $57,000 in 2013,” said Schoenecker.

Dan Minich referenced his grandfather – Lisa’s father – as being her philanthropic inspiration.  “My mom would tell me stories about my grandfather and how he persevered to provide for his wife and eight children almost entirely on his own, but how he always made sure to help someone in need.  That mentality has been her driving force in the ways in which she gives back today.

“And, although my mom has made financial contributions to impact local organizations, the power isn’t always just in the pen, and how many checks one can write.  I’ve seen her dedicate endless hours to volunteerism, always placing her personal time aside to benefit the many needs of this community which she loves,” he said.

Lisa said that while she was truly appreciative of the recognition, she feels more comfortable being the behind-the-scenes volunteer.

“I am so proud to be part of this community, because it’s true what they say – we are a small town with big hearts,” said Minich.  “But, I know there’s a lot of work that can still be done, and I am confident that by working together, we’ll achieve those goals and make this an even better place to call home.”

Minich also congratulated the Excellence in Representation recipients; Tom Miller, Ashley Peterson and Mike Walter.

“I am so honored to be sharing this day with these three wonderful people, who are true representatives of the power of paying it forward.

In accepting his award, Miller said that volunteering his time for the UWBA’s Speaker’s Bureau is one of his favorite things to do.

“I really enjoy talking to all of the people about Futures and about the United Way, and I can’t wait to do it again!”

For her part, Peterson thanked everyone for taking time out of their day to celebrate with them.  “And, I thank you all for your support of the United Way,” she said.

Walter talked about the 20 years he has spent volunteering for the Speaker’s Bureau, and said he’ll be doing some “arm twisting” come the fall to make sure that the annual campaign meets its goal.

“Tom’s personality is as infectious as they come, and I personally enjoying watching his love and excitement in everything he does,” said Executive Director Mandi Wilton Davis.  “Ashley’s professionalism is to be commended.  She truly loves public speaking, and it shows.

“And, Mike and I go way back.  We became friends in 1997, and have remained friends since.  No one has a heart like Mike’s,” said Davis.

The United Way is preparing for the 4th annual Day of Action, scheduled for June 21st, as well as the 2014 campaign, which will kick-off in 107 days.

 

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