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Their View: Events Make For Busy Summer At United Way
A couple of weeks ago, my niece from North Georgia got married, and I took some time off to spend an enjoyable week with family.
Of my three siblings, two live out of state, and it is hard for the four of us to get together as often as we would like to. Yet, when we do, it is non-stop laughing, teasing, reminiscing and, of course, eating. When we are together, it is always about the food! No sooner do we get done with one meal, we are planning the next. While I hate to admit it, my plate was always full and, given my new love affair with grits, I easily went up a few pounds that week.
Read more at https://www.timesleader.com/opinion/op-ed/711438/their-view-events-make-for-busy-summer-at-united-way
United Way, YMCA Partner To Bring Food And Books To Local Kids
Clutching a “Firehouse Tales” children’s book, a wide-eyed, smiling and clearly excited 3-year-old Zack Perez bounded over to his great-grandmother to show her his new treasure. Zack was followed shortly by his grinning brother, Zane, 4, who was eager to show her his copy of a “Phineas and Ferb” tome based on the Disney Channel animated series.
Read more at https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/united-way-ymca-partner-to-bring-food-and-books-to-local-kids-1.23608561
United Way Salutes Outgoing Board Chairman
United Way of Wyoming Valley recently thanked Pat Endler, outgoing chairman of the United Way of Wyoming Valley Board of Directors, for his years of service. From left, are Bill Jones, United Way’s president/CEO; Pat Endler, outgoing board chairman, and Troy Standish, incoming board chairman.
Read more at https://www.citizensvoice.com/arts-living/united-way-salutes-outgoing-board-chairman-1.2357071
Their View: Sordoni, Henry Were Truly In A League Of Their Own
In 1992, a new movie featuring a well-known cast was released and instantly became a fan favorite. Most of us would recall “A League of Their Own,” a fictional account of the real life Rockford Peaches of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League during the 1940s, starring Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Madonna, Rosie O’Donnell and others.
Read more at https://www.timesleader.com/opinion/op-ed/708220/their-view-sordoni-martz-were-truly-in-a-league-of-their-own
Mohegan Sun Arena, Grotto Pizza Partner to ‘Lay the Smackdown On Hunger’
The SMG-managed Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township, announced today that it has partnered with Grotto Pizza in support of the United Way Wyoming Valley’s Christmas in July Food Drive.
Read more at https://www.timesleader.com/features/709524/mohegan-sun-arena-grotto-pizza-partner-to-lay-the-smackdown-on-hunger
More Than $182G Going To Local Food And Shelter Programs
Eight local programs that serve at-risk individuals and families will receive needed funding through the Luzerne County board for the national Emergency Food and Shelter Program.
Read more at https://www.timesleader.com/news/707618/more-than-182g-going-to-local-food-and-shelter-programs
Community Comes Together To Stop "Summer Slide"
The choices seemed endless. There was everything from fables to humorous fiction.
Samiyah Burke was one of the many students at Kistler Elementary School who had the chance to add up to six books to their personal reading collection for free.
Watch the video at http://www.pahomepage.com/news/community-comes-together-to-stop-summer-slide-/1208783283
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United Way Announces Grant Recipients
More than 21 area nonprofits will receive grants from the United Way of Wyoming Valley, totaling more than $1.2 million dollars worth of aid.
Read more at https://www.timesleader.com/news/705863/united-way-announces-grant-recipients
Their View: A Renewed Appreciation Of Parents
A couple of weeks ago, I had a rare opportunity to tour the Susquehanna Power Plant in Salem Township.
This was a fascinating experience for me because I know very little about the generation and transmission of electricity. I am the kind of guy that walks into a room, flips the switch and expects the light to go on. If it doesn’t, I know enough to change the light bulb and barely enough to check the circuit breaker, but beyond that, it is time to call an expert.
Read more at https://www.timesleader.com/opinion/op-ed/704699/their-view-a-renewed-appreciation-of-parents
Hundreds Take Part In Anuual Day of Caring
The United Way of Wyoming Valley held it's 26th annual Day of Caring on Thursday. More than 900 volunteers from 70 local businesses and organizations helped out at 62 locations across Wyoming Valley.
Read more at http://citizensvoice.com/news/hundreds-take-part-in-annual-day-of-caring-1.2338559
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Their View: Still Learning Lessons From Mister Rogers
I was a few months shy of my 5th birthday when I started kindergarten in 1968.
At that age, I had no idea that 1968 was such a troubling, but influential, year. I was too young to know who the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. or Sen. Robert Kennedy were and what their assassinations would mean to our nation.
Read more at https://www.timesleader.com/opinion/op-ed/700078/their-view-still-learning-lessons-from-mister-rogers
‘Dinners for Kids’ Honors Two At First Annual Event
A “Dinners for Kids” celebration at Misericordia University on Wednesday raised money to feed area children while bringing supporters together for a good meal and great time.
“Dinners for Kids” is a nonprofit founded by Edna and David Tevet, former owners of Ollie’s Restaurant in Edwardsville. The group provides balanced meals to at-risk children six days a week.
Read more at https://www.timesleader.com/news/local/699812/dinners-for-kids-honors-two-at-first-annual-eventl
Berwick United Way Slates $120G For Area But Likely Missed Goal
Supporters of the Berwick Area United Way celebrated the end of their last campaign as an independent chapter Wednesday night, along with their new partnership with United Way of Wyoming Valley.
Read more at http://www.pressenterpriseonline.com/daily/032218/page/1/story/berwick-united-way-slates-120g-for-area-but-likely-missed-goal
Their view: A Little Kindness Can Go A Long Way
American novelist, Henry James, once said, “Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.”
If you are like me, you might be wishing there was a bit more kindness going around. I am increasingly frustrated with what is making the news these days and sick and tired of the senseless violence, crime, abuse of power, divisive politics, and the never-ending blame game at all levels of government. Sometimes there are moments when I am just about ready to stop watching the news and shut off my social media accounts.
Read more at https://www.timesleader.com/opinion/op-ed/696756/their-view-a-little-kindness-can-go-a-long-way
United Ways of Wyoming Valley and Berwick to merge
The Berwick Area United Way will officially merge with the United Way of Wyoming Valley with a few signatures on a document Thursday.
Under the merger agreement, Berwick Area United Way will become a division of United Way of Wyoming Valley. Details of the merger will be released at that time.
Read more at https://www.timesleader.com/news/local/696310/united-ways-of-wyoming-valley-and-berwick-to-merge
Front Porch Project Tackles Child Absue
The United Way of Wyoming Valley partnered with Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance and NAACP of Wilkes-Barre for this presentation at Wilkes University. "You don't have to be a social worker to be involved. You can just be an interested individual. You see something at the grocery story or at the church, you can be involved and diffuse the situation," said NAACP Wilkes-Barre President Guerline L. Laurore.
Read more at http://www.pahomepage.com/news/front-porch-project-tackles-child-abuse/1021810114
The United Way of Wyoming Valley sponsors the local program. It has registered 3,184 youngsters since its launch in 2014. Keira was eligible as a pre-kindergarten student and now that she is 5 years old and headed to kindergarten in the fall, she graduates from the Imagination Library.
Read more at http://www.pahomepage.com/news/front-porch-project-tackles-child-abuse/1021810114
Shopping Spree Winner Gives Haul To Women’s Shelter
Ann Opiela pushes a shopping cart on a 2 minute shopping spree at Wegmans, Wilkes-Barre Township , Pa., Tuesday February 27, 2018. Opiela was a donor to United Way of Wyoming Valley's 2017-2018 Community Campaign, Opiela's name was entered into a raffle to win a number of campaign incentive prizes. Opiela's name was pulled as the winner of a $500 Wegmans shopping spree, but Ann a had better, more generous idea. She decided to donate everything she would collect during her spree to the local women's shelter, Ruth's Place. When her employer, Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Insurance heard about her generosity, it offered to match the value of her spree.
Read more at http://m.citizensvoice.com/news/shopping-spree-winner-gives-haul-to-women-s-shelter-1.2307505
Their view: Plenty Of Room Left On This Bandwagon
Many years ago, I got a chance to spend a little time and had a few conversations with Andy Reid, the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles at the time. Coach Reid’s humility and genuine kindness caught me by surprise, and I instantly became a fan. Ever since then, I found myself rooting for the two Pennsylvania teams – the Pittsburgh Steelers, my childhood favorite, and, because of Reid, the Philadelphia Eagles.
Read more at https://www.timesleader.com/opinion/op-ed/693255/their-viewplenty-of-room-left-on-this-bandwagon
Misericordia Employees Get Training On Alcohol and Opioid Abuse
The numbers sound truly “mind-blowing,” as Janine Olshefski put it more than once: 85 out of every 100 Luzerne County residents had an opioid prescription in 2016. The opioid overdose death rate in the county was 43.6 per 100,000 people, higher than the state rate of 36.5, and more than double the national rate of 16.3.
Read more at http://www.timesleader.com/news/691171/misericordia-employees-get-training-on-alcohol-and-opioid-abuse
Program Encourages Children to Read
The United Way of Wyoming Valley launched the Real Men Read program Tuesday at K.M. Smith Elementary School in Nanticoke. Real Men Read connects volunteer MENtors from the community with kindergarten classes in schools with high-risk student populations in an effort to encourage reading and learning in young children.
Read more at http://citizensvoice.com/news/program-encourages-children-to-read-1.2293720
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Wyoming Valley United Way and Berwick United Way Join Forces
A small non-profit that's made a big difference in one community is taking steps to stop a potential financial bleed.
The Berwick United Way is in the process of merging with the much larger United Way of Wyoming Valley in Wilkes-Barre.
Read more at http://www.pahomepage.com/news/wyoming-valley-united-way-and-berwick-united-way-join-forces/925100321
Their View: A Remarkable Story of Generosity
A couple of days before Christmas, I got to witness and be part of something remarkable.
Each year, there are thousands of individuals from throughout the Wyoming Valley who support the powerful work of the United Way. We are grateful to every single donor and, for decades, we have held an incentive drawing to recognize and thank all those who support our annual campaign.
Read more at http://www.timesleader.com/opinion/op-ed/688709/their-view-a-remarkable-story-of-generosity
Change In Tax Code In 2018 May Affect Nonprofits
While many analysts expect changes to the tax code in 2018 will lead to a drop in charitable donations, officials from some local nonprofits hope the effects won’t be as dire as predicted. “Will there be an effect? Perhaps. Will it be as big as people fear? I’m not sure,” Bill Jones, president and CEO of United Way of Wyoming Valley, said Tuesday.
Read more at http://citizensvoice.com/news/change-in-tax-code-in-2018-may-affect-nonprofits-1.2283678
United Way Donor Walks Away With New Car
Tatiana Simmons, of Wilkes-Barre, walked away from Mohegan Sun Pocono a big winner on Friday thanks to the United Way of Wyoming Valley.
Read more at http://www.timesleader.com/news/local/686444/united-way-donor-walks-away-with-new-car