Doing A Good Deed

A few short minutes ago a woman came into my office looking for help with transporting items from a relative’s home to a deserving agency.  She was concerned with the amount of things they had cleaned from the home, and with how, where and when to get as many of the items into deserving hands as possible.  After making a couple of quick phone calls, the woman spoke with one of our local agencies, and her problems were solved.  After she thanked me for my referral and the use of my phone, she left my office saying, “You’ve done your good deed for the day.”

So, a couple of things come to mind.  First, I’m happy to promote the UWBA as more than a fundraising organization (although that is our primary function).  We are here to assist – to the best of our abilities – anyone in need.  Whether it’s referrals, the use of a telephone, or a band-aid if you’ve fallen off your bike, we’re proud to be able to serve our community – our neighbors – any way we can.

The second thing that came to mind was the notion of doing a good deed.  How many times do we, as community members, do a good deed for someone?  What do you consider a good deed?  Should we be cognizant of the fact that we have done something nice for someone, or does that take away from the idea of “just doing it because it was needed?”

Hmmmm…and now we ponder…

Third-Quarter CI Grants

The United Way of the Bradford Area has awarded more than $6,000 to five local organizations through community innovations grant funding for the third quarter of 2013.

The recipients are:  Bradford Ecumenical Home, Inc.’s outdoor summer picnic; Bradford Regional Little League for safety nets; CARE for Children’s “Best Babies Series”; Dickinson  Mental Health holiday events; and The Salvation Army’s food pantry.

Local non-profit, 501 (c)3, health and human service agencies may submit a request for up to $1,500 per quarter.  The category supports programs independent of those benefitting from monthly allocations that have the potential to impact the local community, encouraging innovative approaches to meeting health and human service needs, and produce specific and measurable outcomes.

The deadline for the fourth quarter grant application is October 1.  Applications may be received by visiting, the United Way office, or by request to  All applications are reviewed by a committee comprised of United Way board members, with recommendations being presented to the full board for final approval.