The mission of the United Way of the Bradford Area, Inc. is to raise and distribute funds for the purpose of community building and enhancing the quality of life in the areas we serve.
Who we are
The United Way of the Bradford Area, Inc. is proud of the successes of our annual campaigns, but did you know there are other ways to support the organization? Your gift to the UWBA can have an immediate impact in our community by delivering vital services to your neighbors and friends in need.
Help us to raise and distribute funds for the purpose of community building and enhancing the quality of life in the areas we serve. For more information on the campaign or volunteering, contact Paige LaBrozzi by email at email@example.com or call 368-6181.
Partner Impact Stories
Alcohol & Drug Abuse Services receives funding from United Way of the Bradford Area to help with our prevention efforts in the area.
The generous contributions from the community allow us to provide evidence based programs that promote positive life skills in our schools. We are also able to provide education to community groups.
Without the support of United Way, we would not be able to impact the large number of people we do.
Through the generous donation from the United Way of Bradford Area, A Partnership in Housing has been able to successfully provide Financial Literacy education to householders that have limited income. Successful participants have learned better money management to prevent eviction. A quote by one of our participants sums up our program, “ I have learned there is a fine line between getting what you want and getting what you need. This has helped me so much.”
Through the generous partnership of the United Way of the Bradford Area, inc. Bradford Ecumenical Home, Inc. is able to provide programming and activities that reinforces older adults contributing to the life of their community. Avenues for lifelong learning via the Arts, programming that honor our Veterans, or senior wellness initiatives, our residents enjoy a quality of life that serves as an outlet for creative expressions and increased social interactions.
Meals on Wheels serves individuals who are homebound and/or unable to prepare meals for themselves. Without the support of the United Way, we would not be able to provide this service to our community members in need. “What a blessing it is to have those wonders meals prepared for us. The volunteers who deliver our meals are friends and caring, taking time to visit with us. We look forward to seeing them each day. We appreciate all that Meals on Wheels has done for. “ (Note from a participant)
The United Way works to support families in obtaining evidence based early learning opportunities for children by supporting Parents as Teachers, a home-based early learning program, and the Bradford Family Center Parent-Child group.
Growing with Grace Christian Preschool is blessed to receive grant money from the United Way to help our families who are on the cusp of the financial cut-offs of receiving services, but do not qualify. We currently assist 5 families weekly with tuition assistance. Without the United Way support some of our students wouldn’t have the opportunity to attend our facility, receiving the chance to learn and grow socially and academically in a safe, fun environment. We incorporate community awareness into our curriculum. We collect items for Destinations, the Operation Shoebox kits, the Friendship Table, cards to the shut-ins, and the Scholastic Pajama drive.This year we will be adding a coin collection for the United Way “Be the Change; campaign. Through these programs , our students learn to care for and about others. This attitude of kindness will hopefully carry through their adult lives in being service citizens of Bradford. Thank you to the United Way and the community that gives! We are very blessed by your generosity!
McKean County Special Olympics is a year-round program of sport training and competition for individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities. The United Way of Bradford sponsors the aquatics program held at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford with the support of volunteers from the university’s swim teams. In addition to aquatics, programs are offered in softball, track and field, basketball, golf, bowling, equestrian and skiing.
The Greater Bradford Senior Activity Center is a vital part of the senior community. With the help of the United Way we are able to offer individuals aged 60 and older several age related programs, a place to socialize with their peers, to continue being independent, and other various activities.
All Bradford United Way monies are used to fund the Toddler Program which is facilitated through Catholic Charities Counseling and Adoption Services. This program is designed to aide struggling or low-income families with children ages 1-3/ The goal for this program is for each client to leave with a better understanding of their child’s needs, development and be able to better meet those needs and provide a better life for their child and themselves.
Futures Rehabilitation Center, Inc. provides resources for individuals with disabilities to maximize their ability to become participating members of the community. Over 170 individuals from throughout McKean County receive vocational training activity services and extended employment at Future’s Bradford facilities. Services are also provided at community settings to assisting individuals to maintain their independence and to be successful at work and at home. Support the United Way enables individuals with disabilities to be active and contributing members of our community.
Meet the team
Board of Directors
|Karen Costello – Pecht||President|
|Jodie Wagner||Vice President|
|Gwen Rush||Port Allegany Representative|
|Heidi Scrivo Passmore||Smethport Representative|
Theresa McGinnis Funk