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United Way 2014 Campaign Co-Chair Bill Sordoni reads a book to kids visiting the Osterhout Free Library Thursday morning.

United Way of Wyoming Valley
Launches Dolly Parton Imagination Library!

Published: August 28, 2014, Timesleader




United Way 2014 Campaign Co-Chair Bill Sordoni reads a book to kids visiting the Osterhout Free Library Thursday morning. Bill and his wife Jennifer co-chair the United Way's upcoming campaign and they were at the library to kick off a new program called the "Dolly Parton Imagination Library" — an early literacy initiative that provides new, high quality, age appropriate books each month to kids from birth to age five free of charge.

Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County "Llama Llama likes to sing. Gilroy laughs at everything," read Jennifer Sordoni. She and her husband, Bill, were front and center Thursday for children's story time at the Osterhout Free Library in Wilkes-Barre. The co-chairs of United Way of Wyoming Valley's latest fundraising campaign read the book "Llama Llama and The Bully Goat". It's one of the books available for free to kids in the Wyoming Valley who register for a newly launched program called the "Dolly Parton Imagination Library". "This is really a characteristic of a change in the organization where we're moving from pure fundraising and distribution to actually investment," said United Way of Wyoming Valley Chairman of the Board Carl J. Witkowski.

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United Way-Sponsored Imagination Library
to Provide Free Books to Kids


Air Date: August 28, 2014, PA Homepage



Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County -- "Llama Llama likes to sing. Gilroy laughs at everything," read Jennifer Sordoni. She and her husband, Bill, were front and center Thursday for children's story time at the Osterhout Free Library in Wilkes-Barre. The co-chairs of United Way of Wyoming Valley's latest fundraising campaign read the book "Llama Llama and The Bully Goat". It's one of the books available for free to kids in the Wyoming Valley who register for a newly launched program called the "Dolly Parton Imagination Library".

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United Way of Wyoming Valley's Poverty to Possibility 2014 Campaign Kick Off

Poverty to Possibility Campaign Kick Off!

Join us Thursday, September 4th from 5:30PM-7:30PM as we launch our Poverty to Possibility Movement, and kick off our 2014 United Way Campaign at the Keystone Ballroom Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.

The United Way of Wyoming Valley has changed the way it helps the community. It's become an "issue-driven" organization, and research shows a leading problem in the Wyoming Valley is children living in poverty. Through its "Poverty to Possibility" movement, the United Way is focused on making lasting change by reducing poverty among children and their families in our community.

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United Way of Wyoming Valley would like to thank the King's College freshman how helped with our plesge forms.

Kings College Volunteers, Thank you!

Talk about King's Power! This roomful of King's College freshman is doing some community service, by helping assemble more of United Way of Wyoming Valley's 30-thousand campaign pledge forms. Thank you and go King's College, Pennsylvania!


United Way of Wyoming Valley would like to thank all the great volunteers from Mondelez International.

Thank you to all the volunteers from Mondelez International!

A huge thank you to these volunteers from Mondelez International, who helped make a dent in the 30K! pledge forms we have to assemble for next month's United Way Campaign! They did a great job, and yes, they were running on pizza fuel...


United Way of Wyoming Valley CEO Bill Jones


United Way of Wyoming Valley takes aim at childhood poverty.


Published: August 13, 2014, Citizen’s Voice

I am not much of a gambler, and because all the rules are a bit challenging to remember, I never play poker. Yet, as the United Way of Wyoming Valley's 2014 campaign is set to kick off on Sept. 4 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, I am confident in our hand and I am "all in."

Over the years, as most already know, social service need in the Wyoming Valley has been rapidly growing. Since 2012, the United Way's board of directors has been studying the issues that are fueling this growth and evaluating ways to more strategically invest our donors' dollars to reduce the ever-increasing need.

Our research has been thorough and our planning has been extensive. We have surveyed hundreds of residents, hosted dozens of conversations throughout the community, and convened scores of volunteers to bring a clearer focus to our work and partnerships. We have looked at our area's crime and safety factors, academic achievement levels, economic development and workforce quality issues, government spending trends, health barriers and other key concerns.

One common denominator negatively impacting all of these areas is the complicated issue of poverty. Breaking the cycle of poverty, however, requires more than just money. It requires community understanding, engagement and leadership. By being united and working together, we can all play a role in bringing real and lasting change to our community.... READ THE ENITRE STORY


prekforpa.org/100day


High quality Early Childhood education is essential to United Way of Wyoming Valley's Poverty to Possibility movement.


Please check out and support Pre-K for PA!

We're just under 100 days until Election Day on Nov. 4. Join our 100-days push to make high-quality pre-k a priority issue in the elections for governor and general assembly: prekforpa.org/100days

From now until Election Day, Pre-K for PA will demonstrate the deep and broad support Pennsylvanians have for making high-quality pre-k accessible to all children. We will lift up the stories of Pennsylvania parents, educators, businesspeople, law enforcement professionals and community leaders who know firsthand the importance of high-quality pre-k and want to see candidates for office make it a priority during the campaign season.

And we will roll out ways for early learning supporters to take action on behalf of our children – because kids can't vote, but we can.


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