Port Campaign More Than 60% of Goal

Support continues for the Port Allegany Campaign for United Way, with officials announcing that more than 60% of the $15,000 goal has been raised since solicitation efforts began in August.

This year’s appeal is the first to be managed by the United Way of the Bradford Area, and Executive Director Mandi Wilton Davis said the local personnel could not be more pleased with the status of the campaign, or the transition, so far.

“Our efforts have really been embraced by the generous donors in the Port Allegany community,” said Davis.  “We are so appreciative of the support we’ve received over the past several months as we’ve worked closely with current and former volunteers, as well as agency representatives, to continue the campaign successes that people have been used to.”

Davis said the fundraising will continue until January 5, 2017.  The application for funding will be available to eligible non-profit organizations beginning February 1, with the submission deadline being March 1 and the allocation of funds scheduled for April 1.

“We’re looking forward to not only meeting, but surpassing, that $15,000 goal this year,” Davis said.  “We’re really on a good pace, so thank you to those who’ve already made their contribution.  For those who haven’t, there’s still time, and you’ll be hearing from us again soon.”

More information regarding this year’s United Way campaign can be found at www.uwbanews.org/campaign/port-allegany.

4th Qtr. Community Impact Grants

The United Way of the Bradford Area recently disbursed more than $6,000 to local organizations through the fourth quarter Community Impact grants.

Receiving funds were:  Bradford Ecumenical Home, Inc. – Veterans’ Day Tribute; CARE for Children – safety supplies; Dickinson Center, Inc. – holiday activities; Habitat for Humanity – new home build; McKean County Conservation District – “My Growing Tree” program; The Salvation Army – utility assistance.

The next deadline for applications to be received is January 1, 2017.  Community Impact and Community Innovations applications may be received by visiting United Way’s website at www.uwbanews.org, the United Way office, or by request at admin@uwbanews.org.  Along with the application, it is being requested of applicants that a detailed budget of planned expenditures be included.

All applications are reviewed by a committee comprised of United Way Board members, with recommendations being presented to the full board for final approval. For more information regarding the application process, please contact the United Way.

2016 Campaign Reaches 40% of Goal

Two months into active solicitations has brought the 2016 United Way campaign to 40% of the $340,000 goal.

This appeal – “Color Our World A Better Place” – has garnered great responses from across the nine divisions that make up the campaign structure. One of the primary focuses, according to campaign co-chair Heather Bell, has been the employee workplace presentations.

“Visiting local business and industries has opened mine and (campaign co-chair) Andy’s eyes and introduced us to even more incredible people that we didn’t know before.”

“We are overjoyed at having raised as much as we have so far,” said Andy Bell. “We are truly blessed to be surrounded by so many people who really care about others. It’s been a wonderful experience so far, and we’re excited for the next couple of months.”

Executive Director Mandi Wilton Davis said one message she’s carried this campaign has been how far-reaching the impact of the United Way is in our area.

“I cannot stress enough the importance of giving to the local United Way,” said Davis. “Please do so knowing that you are able to have the greatest impact with one contribution; it’s an easy way to change a life.”

Efforts will continue for the next two months, continuing with employee workplace presentations, and individual and business solicitations. Local businesses who contribute by then will be recognized on WESB’s LiveLine program on Monday, October 24th.

Also in the works is the annual Soup Lunch, which will be filling some bellies on Friday, November 18th.

“We are so proud to be a part of this great community that shows compassion and gives back to others,” said Heather Bell. “We thank those who’ve already made their financial commitment, and are excited about what’s to come.