Holiday Hours

The UWBA office will be closed Monday and Tuesday, December 25th and 26th in observance of the Christmas holiday, but will re-open at 8:30 am on Wednesday, December 27.

UWBA $50,000 Short with Three Weeks to Go

The conclusion of the United Way’s 2017 campaign is just over three weeks away, and the local efforts are currently $50,000 short of the $340,000 goal.

 

“We’re seeing a great response from the community daily,” said Executive Director Mandi Wilton Davis.  “We’re getting there.  A lot of work will have to go into the next three weeks, however, to ensure this campaign meets goal.”

 

The Board of Directors, serving as campaign co-chairs, are looking to thank all of this year’s donors, but also encourage those who’ve given in the past to consider committing a financial gift today. 

 

Davis says a contribution to the United Way is a great way to make an impact on our local community. 

 

“This year’s efforts will be used to fund 23 programs and services provided by 17 local non-profit agencies with monthly allocations beginning on January 1, 2018.  If you include what we’re able to allocate in quarterly awards, the UWBA funds more than 40 programs and services annually,” said Davis.

 

The 2017 campaign will officially close on January 5th.  If you haven’t made a pledge, but would like to, please contact the United Way at (814) 368-6181, via e-mail at admin@uwbanews.org, or online at www.uwbanews.org.  The office will be closed Monday and Tuesday, December 25th and 26th in observance of the Christmas holiday, but will re-open at 8:30 am on Wednesday, December 27.

UWBA Accepting Quarterly Apps

The United Way of the Bradford Area is currently accepting applications for the first quarter of Community Innovations and Community Impact funding for 2018.

 

Eligible non-profit agencies may submit a request for up to $1,500 for Community Impact funds.  Awards will be given to programs or initiatives with the potential to make an immediate impact on the local community while being essential to the agencies mission.  Priority will be given to those who have not received prior funding, who have supplied all necessary documentation, and request funding for programmatic costs.

 

The Community Innovations funding stream is designed for new and innovative initiatives to:  meet health and human service needs; produce measurable outcomes; and be sustainable within a two-year period.  There is not a limit as to what can be requested.

 

Both Impact and 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.

Smethport Campaign at 60 Percent

Support continues for the Smethport Campaign for United Way, with officials announcing that 60 percent of the $17,000 goal has been raised since solicitation efforts began in August.
Executive Director Mandi Wilton Davis says she and the United Way Board of Directors decided to increase the campaign goal this year, as they’ve seen an increase in need from the area’s agencies.

“We see the need through the requests submitted by the agencies which are providing the programs and services to the Smethport community.  Not only are the monetary requests increasing, the number of entities applying for funding is also. 

“But, the Smethport community should be very proud of what they’ve provided to their friends and neighbors by way of United Way giving,” Davis said.  “It’s been greatly appreciated by us here at the UWBA office, but most importantly by the funded agencies.”

Fundraising will continue until January 5, 2018.  The applications for funding will be available to eligible non-profit organizations beginning February 1, with the submission deadline being March 1 and September 1 with the allocation of funds scheduled for April 1 and October 1, respectively.

 

Davis said she and the Board are looking forward to not only meeting, but surpassing that $17,000 goal this year.  Anyone interested in supporting the Smethport Campaign for United Way can mail their contribution to PO Box 504 (Bradford); call 814-368-6181; or email admin@uwbanews.org

Port Allegany Campaign at 50 Percent

Support continues for the Port Allegany Campaign for United Way, with officials announcing that nearly 50 percent of the $15,000 goal has been raised since solicitation efforts began in August.

 

In the second year for efforts managed by the United Way of the Bradford Area, Executive Director Mandi Wilton Davis says a driving force up to this point in the new donors.

 

“We are considering ‘new donors’ to be those who did not give to the 2016 appeal, but have this year,” says Davis.  “Currently, there have been 12 new donors who have contributed $1,145, which is a significant amount!

 

“We’re reminded of how generous the donors in Port Allegany are, and how strongly they feel of the programs and services supported by their commitments to this campaign,” said Davis.

 

Fundraising will continue until January 5, 2018.  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.

 

Davis said she and the Board of Directors are looking forward to not only meeting, but once again surpassing that $15,000 goal this year.  Anyone interested in supporting the Port Allegany Campaign for United Way can mail their contribution to PO Box 504 (Bradford); call 814-368-6181; or email admin@uwbanews.org

United Way Campaign Approaches 45%

Members of the United Way of the Bradford Area’s Board of Directors say they’re “proud of the giving that our community has provided us so far”, announcing that this year’s campaign is approaching 45 percent of the $340,000 goal.

The Board, collectively serving as this year’s co-chairs, is still quick to stress the importance of giving.

 

“’Catch the Giving Spirit’ could not be more appropriate for a campaign theme this year,” says Jodie Wagner.  “We need everyone to join us in our efforts until we reach our monetary goal…which will enable so many of our local non-profits the opportunity to continue to provide the programs and services they do with support from the UWBA.”

 

Wagner says this time of year is difficult, as the Board is in the process of reviewing the Request for Proposals submitted by the local agencies for funding during the next calendar year.

 

“I can tell you that currently – just in applications submitted from two of our four funding streams – we have requests totaling nearly $400,000.  As you can see, we (the Board) are already faced with tough decisions; not reaching our goal this year could be detrimental to some.”

 

The local United Way will continue solicitation efforts through December 15th, and will utilize the time until January 5 to make follow-ups and conclude the campaign.

 

“I hope to be announcing to you all that we not only met our monetary goal, we surpassed it,” said Mandi Wilton Davis, executive director.  “That is obviously what we strive for, because the need is so great.”

Davis said she is in the midst of employee workplace presentations right now, but will be concluding those in the next couple of weeks.  The office will then focus on follow-ups heading into the Thanksgiving holiday.

 

“I would like to tout our new donors this year,” she said.  “We have received $1,800 from 16 new contributors, which is wonderful!”

 

The United Way is also preparing for its annual Soup Lunch, which is scheduled for Friday, November 10th.  Hungry supporters may order a 12 ounce bowl of soup, which also comes with crackers and a homemade treat, for $5.  Orders may be placed until the end of the day on Wednesday (November 1st).  Davis encourages placing orders by emailing admin@uwbanews.org or calling 814-368-6181.