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Campaign Chairman's Message

Dan Santaniello, CEO of Fidelity Bank, 2017 United Way Campaign ChairDear Friends,

At the United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties, we believe that everyone deserves a quality education from cradle to career, a job that pays a family-sustaining wage and good health. That’s why, through our Community Impact Fund, we invest in the building blocks of a good life - education, income and health – and provide community members with opportunities for better lives.
Our United Way is focused on results to ensure that YOUR gift will make the greatest difference possible. The following highlights a few examples of how your gift is used in our communities:
EDUCATION – For many children in our area, their education is the greatest economic equalizer they will ever know. At United Way, we are fighting for school readiness, academic achievement, quality out-of-school time and the development of new skills and knowledge. This has evolved to reach deep into the community with effective partnerships and targeted programs to enhance long term family and early childhood needs, school attendance, summer learning opportunities, and so much more.
FINANCIAL STABILITY – United Way helps working adults gain financial stability through education, family sustaining employment and asset development through careful budgeting and sound financial decision making. In addition, more than $600,000 is distributed annually to assist with basic emergencies such as food, clothing and shelter.
HEALTH – At United Way, we believe that everyone deserves access to the resources and options they need to lead healthy lives at any age. We also believe that our growing senior population has the right to age in good health, with dignity in their homes and communities. Healthy eating and physical activity, safe homes and healthy communities and access to health care continue to be our focus for Lackawanna and Wayne Counties.
When you give to our United Way you can rest assured that your gift will be used effectively.  In fact, nearly 99 cents of every dollar donated to United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties stays local and nearly 86 cents goes directly to fund programs and services.  Our United Way was named a 4-STAR CHARITY for the 5th consecutive year by Charity Navigator because of our transparency and efficiency in utilizing your charitable dollar.
Please join us in being part of the solution by making your contribution now because great things happen when we all LIVE UNITED!  Thank you in advance for your commitment and support!
Dan Santaniello - Signature
Dan Santaniello
President & CEO, Fidelity Bank
2017 United Way Campaign Chair
PS   Because of your generous support 49,651 people in the Lackawanna and Wayne Counties area were helped by a United Way funded partner agency program in the last year.