Our Partner Agencies
Pre-K Tax Credit
Our United Way remains grateful to the three local foundations that
continue to provide funding for repair and replacement of furnaces
as well as emergency energy assistance for people who just miss
eligibility for government sponsored programs.
Single parent families with marginal income and elderly residents
with limited, fixed income are the most common beneficiaries of this
life-saving program. In most situations, the circumstances are dire
and placement of an elderly persons or young children outside the
home is imminent. As the need for this program has escalated, it has
further been augmented by the
Gift of Warmth program.
Emergency Food and Shelter Program
For nearly 30 years, our United Way has served as the local
administrator for the FEMA program which provides funds to
supplement and extend current available resources for emergency
needs including rent, food and energy assistance. During the past
year the local Emergency Food and Shelter Board—chaired by the
United Way— awarded $94,925 in federal funds to
five local organizations.
As local administrator of the State Food Purchase Program, the
United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties leveraged $314,588 in grant monies
from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Department of Agriculture.
These monies were awarded to 12 local organizations
to assist area families with emergency food needs.
Through this vital program, approximately 167,000 pounds of food were
purchased to help 11,955 households.
For nearly 30
years, the United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties has managed a
separate fund to provide assistance during individual emergencies
above and beyond what can be funded through federal and state
dollars. This provision ultimately allows for a safety net to ensure
our most vulnerable residents receive help during times of dire need
and helps meet emergent
needs such as food, shelter, prescription medication and other