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.
United Way 2020 Campaign Video
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 Sarah Lonzi by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (814) 368-6181.
Partner Impact Stories
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.”
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.
CASA of McKean County
McKean County 2-1-1
McKean County Arts Council
McKean/Potter American Red Cross
The Salvation Army
Hamlin Memorial Library
Smethport Memorial Recreation Center
Port Allegany Area Recreation Authority
Port Allegany Community Service
Port Allegany Fire Department
Port Allegany Youth Counselors
The United Way began in 1925 and to date has raised $21,024,508
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!
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 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.
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.
The beds at the YWCA Bradford’s Homeless Shelter are constantly full with a consistent wait list. The United Way supported our efforts to expand services include six additional beds and handicapped accessible space. With this support, services increased to include single men, nuclear families, and single fathers. Local dollars stay local when you give to the United Way.
United Way dollars have helped the YWCA provide for an elderly, homeless veteran sleeping under a bridge in Bradford; a woman who’s housing had been condemned, leaver her to live in a tent; a middle-aged veteran who lost his job and had no place to sleep; a young woman, with two young children, who were living in her car after her housing was condemned. Because of this support, these households were able to secure permanent housing while receiving services from the YWCA.
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.
With the support of the United Way of the Bradford Area, CARE is able to provide distinct and vital pediatric services in McKean County and the surrounding region and truly make a difference in the lives of children..