Q: Why should I
give to United Way instead of another agency?
A: Supporting the United Way is
the best way to make the greatest impact and help the most people.
The United Way has the unique ability to bring people and resources
together to invest in solutions for our community’s most critical
needs. These solutions not only solve problems but actually work to
The United Way adds value to every dollar you invest. By combining
your gift with thousands of other generous donors, every dollar of
your contribution is leveraged to provide more than 100 vital
programs and services.
Community volunteers carefully review the programs provided by
United Way’s network of 24 partner agencies. This citizen review
process is what truly sets the United Way apart from other
nonprofits and ensures that your contribution is invested in
agencies that consistently provide quality programs and do the most
good for all of us who call this community home!
Q: Who determines agency allocations?
Each year nearly 60 individuals,
representative of the total community and themselves investors in
the United Way, voluntarily hold budget conferences and visit the
agencies to study the actual work of all partner agencies. Initial
funding recommendations are then made and reviewed by the Board of
Directors. VOLUNTEERS MAKE ALL FUNDING DECISIONS!!!
Q: Are labor and management both behind the United Way
A: Yes, labor organizations and members work with management to make the campaign a success. All levels of business and labor are represented on United Way committees and the United Way employs a Labor Liaison.
Q: What happens if I give through payroll deduction
and lose or change jobs?
A: When you use the payroll-giving plan
where you work, deductions stop if you are laid off and only begin
again after you are back on payroll. If you lose your job
permanently, your deductions stop. Please note that there are a
variety of services available to assist you through this difficult
time. If you change jobs, please speak with the Human Resources
department about beginning your pledge again.
Q: I work in Lackawanna
County and live elsewhere - where do I give?
A: Many times individuals may work in one County and
reside in another. Naturally a contributor is free to designate his
or her contribution to the United Way of their choice. The process
is simple. One need only to check the name of their United Way in
the community in which they live and re-write it in the space
provided on their pledge card. The United Way of Lackawanna and
will make sure that the contribution goes to the United Way of their