Port Allegany Campaign for United Way Begins

The Port Allegany Campaign for United Way has begun with solicitation and allocation efforts being managed by the United Way of the Bradford Area, after local officials announced the transition earlier this year.

“The residents of Port Allegany and the surrounding areas have shown how generous they are, and we know they feel very strongly about impacting the lives of their family, friends and neighbors through the agencies which will in turn be funded from this annual appeal,” said Executive Director Mandi Wilton Davis.

The monetary goal for the campaign is $15,000.  The money raised from now through January 5, 2017 will be allocated to eligible non-profit, tax-exempt organizations in Port Allegany during the 2017 calendar year.

An information meeting is scheduled for tonight from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm at the S.W. Smith Memorial Library.  The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss questions or concerns agencies may have regarding the funding application, campaign funds raised, or inquiries about the mission of the Port Allegany Campaign for United Way and its service in the Port Allegany area.

“Being that this is our first involvement with servicing the Port Allegany area, we want to be available for conversation about our allocation process and address any inquiries about the current campaign,” said Davis.  She, along with UWBA Board  Member (Port Allegany representative) Gwen Rush, will be available.

More information about the Port Allegany Campaign for United Way can be found at www.uwbanews.org/portallegany, or by calling the United Way office.

 

UWBA Accepting RFPs

The United Way of the Bradford Area is currently accepting Request for Proposals (RFP) for the 2017 calendar year.  Local 501(c)3 health and human service organizations which would like to receive funding can submit an RFP by 4:00 pm on Friday, September 23, 2016.

The applications are divided among Community Essential and Community Building programs.  Community Essential programs or organizations are such that provide direct services for food, shelter, clothing, health, emergency services and protection from abuse/violence; Community Building programs respond to community needs and issues.

All applications are reviewed by committees comprised of United Way Board members, with recommendations being presented to the full board for final approval.

For more information or to receive an application, please contact Mandi Wilton Davis, Executive Director at admin@uwbanews.org or 368-6181.  The application is also available at www.uwbanews.org/applications-for-funding.

Color Our World A Better Place

The 2016 United Way campaign has officially begun, and local officials are encouraging residents to Color Our World A Better Place – and contribute to the $340,000 goal.

This year’s efforts are being chaired by Andy, Heather and Tenley Bell.  Andy and Heather, both educators in the Bradford Area School District, said they are passionate about the children and families of our community.

“We feel we share a responsibility for the future of our society,” they said.  “The United Way brings people together to turn the stories around for those most in need right here in our own community.  That’s why we choose to give.”

The Bell family, along with other volunteers, staff and board, will continue the momentum that the community has seen from the local office, aiming to not only reach the monetary goal, but to raise awareness through the community that giving to the United Way is still the easiest way to touch the greatest number of lives.

The campaign is already at four percent of the monetary goal, according to Executive Director Mandi Wilton Davis.  The efforts continue through December 15, with money raised being allocated to local agencies during the 2017 calendar year.

The community is encouraged to help celebrate this year’s campaign at the 18th annual pig roast/clam bake, presented by Northwest Savings Bank, which is scheduled for September 1st at the West Branch Community Center.

Advanced reservations are $35 per person (walk-ins will be $40 per person), and include a buffet dinner, desserts and beverages.  A cash bar, 50/50 tickets and raffles are also available.  Additional sponsorship has been provided by Penn Laurel Realty, as well as in-kind contributions from Sheetz and Bradford City Beers.  Proceeds from the event benefit the United Way. Those wishing to attend can reserve their tickets online at www.uwbanews.org or by calling the office.

Davis Selected for UWW LEAD Program

Mandi Wilton Davis, United Way of the Bradford Area executive director, has been selected as a participant for the United Way Worldwide’s (UWW) Leaders Engaged in Accelerated Development (LEAD) program.

According to UWBA Board Treasurer Jodie Wagner, this program is designed to develop the high-performing/high-potential talent within the United Way system.

“According to what we’ve been told, this program provides its members a place to interact and engage with each other—sharpening their skills, sharing knowledge and building the United Way network’s leadership for the future,” says Wagner.  “Members of LEAD have access to exclusive professional development opportunities, publications, resources and various other learning opportunities.

“The members of the UWBA Board are proud of Mandi for being selected for a program of this caliber.  She will grow professionally for herself and for our local United Way,”

Selection for the program was based on aspiration, ability and competencies.  Davis was one of the top 30 nominees for this round.  The LEAD network now includes 250 participants.  There are roughly 11,000 employees within the United Way system.

“I look forward to this experience, and I appreciate the support of the Board of Directors,” said Davis.  “This will be an excellent opportunity, and I’m excited to get started.”

Davis has been the Executive Director of the UWBA since January, 2013.  Prior to her current role, she served as the Development and Marketing Coordinator at CARE for Children from 2010-2013, and the Assistant Executive Director at the United Way from 2004-2010.  She resides in Bradford with her husband, Mark, and their two children Austen and Maranda.  She is the daughter of Jack and Laura Wilton of Bradford.

 

 

Where Does Time Go?!

We finished round 2 of school clothes shopping this weekend for my two children – one going into 8th grade, one going into 2nd.  Throughout the entire three-hour experience, all I kept hearing was “why does summer have to go by so quickly?!?”  Amen, kids.  Amen.

The end of summer means the start of the annual UWBA campaign.  Oh, and Pig Roast prep.  Have you made your reservations yet?

So, time goes by quickly.  More quickly with each passing year.  It can’t be scientifically proven, but let’s face it, it’s true.  So much changes with time.  And there are many more things that get left behind because they just can’t keep up with the increased speed at which it goes.  Time, that is.

What doesn’t change is need.  Needs themselves change.  But the fact that there is need doesn’t.  Nor does the fact that the UWBA is there to provide for the need.  So, as we kick-off the campaign in 6 short days, be reminded as you’re making your pledge this year that you’re doing good.  We can’t get a grasp on time, but we can get a grasp on our impact during our time.

Color Our World A Better Place.  There’s still time.

Port Allegany Informational Meeting

United Way of the Bradford Area will be holding an informational meeting for non-profit, 501(c)3 organizations in the Port Allegany community at the S.W. Smith Memorial Library from 6:00 – 7:00 pm on Tuesday, August 23rd.  The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss questions or concerns agencies may have regarding the funding application, campaign funds raised, or inquiries about the mission of the Port Allegany Campaign for United Way and its service in the Port Allegany area.

“Being that this is our first involvement with servicing the Port Allegany area, we want to be available for conversation about our allocation process and address any inquiries about the upcoming campaign,” said Mandi Wilton Davis, executive director.

Davis will be available, along with UWBA Board Member (Port Allegany representative) Gwen Rush.

“We respect what the Port United Fund has provided to the residents of that area for so long, and recognize the continued need for the services and programs supported by the annual appeal.  We are looking forward to working collaboratively with the community on continuing a successful fundraising effort,” said Davis.

The 2016 Port Allegany Campaign for United Way will kick-off on August 15th.  More information can be found at www.uwbanews.org/portallegany, or by calling the United Way office.