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The United Way of Wyoming Valley is a nonprofit whose mission is to bring together individuals and businesses in our area, help them invest in our community and in turn, make it stronger. One third of all children under age 5 in Luzerne County is growing up below the poverty line. It doesn't get much better for all youngsters under age 18; nearly 29 per cent of them live in poverty. Our goal is to reduce those statistics, by creating a movement that engages all of us to bring passion, creativity, and philanthropy to the fight against childhood poverty. Please join us!

Making a greater impact in the local community
We bring everyone together and build on our collective strengths to provide solutions to issues within our community.
Together, we can do more.

  • Labor Participation

    The United Way of Wyoming Valley and the Local Labor Movement have had a long standing partnership, which was officially forged in 1948, with the creation of a Labor Participation Department within United Way of Wyoming Valley.

    Through this partnership, United Way, the Greater Wilkes-Barre Labor Council (AFL-CIO), and other labor organizations work cooperatively in helping to address and meet a variety of human service needs. This partnership has flourished over the years, since both groups have similar missions and concerns "in helping to improve the quality of life of people."

    The local labor movement has proudly joined in with other caring segments of the community to do its part in helping the United Way of Wyoming Valley in carrying out its mission. Acting as a responsible and concerned partner of one's community has evolved, in part, as a result of organized labor's history and basic principles of caring established through their AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor & Congress of Industrial Organizations) Community Services Program.


    View a Labor History & Fact Sheet, CLICK HERE (PDF)

    For additional information you can contact: info@unitedwaywb.org

  • Day of Caring
    United Way of Wyoming Valley has sponsored its annual Day of Caring. See these great volunteers at work!

    In a record-setting volunteer turnout for United Way of Wyoming Valley’s Day of Caring on May 25th, 2016, over 949 volunteeers from 68 organizations completed 56 community projects at 41 local agencies. Those volunteers were supported by an additional 200+ who did preparation work for Day of Caring projects. Those volunteers included local school students who created items for children’s preschool literacy kits and assembled hygiene kits for distribution to organizations who help the homeless. When all Day of Caring efforts are combined, a total 1,168 volunteers contributed 5,845 volunteer hours with an estimated value of $137,708.


    If your business, industry or organization would like to join the Day of Caring effort and help you're community,

    Please contact:

    Rae Baldino
    United Way of Wyoming Valley
    Email: RBaldino@unitedwaywb.org

  • Christmas in July Food Drive

    United Way of Wyoming Valley's Christmas in July Food Drive Competition

    The Christmas in July Food Drive Competition started in 1989 as a way to reduce the "summer slump" in donations to area food banks. Since that time 1,268,065 lbs. of food has been collected for Wyoming Valley residents. In 2014, more than 90,000 pounds of food was collected, and all-time high for the drive.

    As the "Christmas in July" Food Drive evolved, members of the business community and other groups began to compete to see who could collect the most food, or raise dollars in kind. Many groups sponsored special events like Trion Industries "Pie in the Face" Fundraiser to raise additional funds.


  • Tocqueville Society

    "When an American asks for the cooperation of their fellow citizens, it is seldom refused; and I have often seen it afforded spontaneously, and with great will" -- Alexis de Tocqueville, 1835

    United Way of the Wyoming Valley Tocqueville Society

    Leadership, Generosity and Compassion to Advance the United Way's Movement to Cut Childhood Poverty

    The National Tocqueville Society

    The United Way Tocqueville Society was formed in 1984 to deepen individual understanding, commitment and support for United Way's work in advancing the common good by creating opportunities for a better life for all. The Tocqueville Society recognizes local philanthropic leaders and volunteer champions who have devoted time, talent and funds to create long-lasting changes by tackling our communities' most serious issues.

    Membership to the Tocqueville Society is granted to individuals who contribute at least $10,000 annually to a member United Way.


    For more information please contact Bill Jones at bjones@unitedwaywb.org

  • Dorothy Darling Society
    Dorothy Darling Society

    Established in 2004, the Dorothy Darling Society was created to honor people who serve their community at extraordinary levels - giving immensely of their time, talent and resources. This distinguished membership recognizes donors who generously contribute $5,000-$9,999 annually to the United Way of Wyoming Valley.

    Dorothy Darling is an area native who has continued her family's legacy of generosity to support children and family programs throughout the Wyoming Valley.


    For more information please contact Bill Jones at bjones@unitedwaywb.org

  • Emerging Leaders
    Emerging Leaders represent the next generation of business and community leaders

    Emerging Leaders represent the next generation of business and community leaders giving back to the Wyoming Valley Area.

    United Way of Wyoming Valley is in the process of fostering a network of philanthropic young professionals committed to reducing childhood poverty in the region, with the focus on supporting and volunteering with Early Education projects and initiatives for youngsters in our area under our "Poverty to Possibility" Movement.


    To identify yourself as an Emerging Leader and get more information on how you can join the United Way's "Poverty to Possibility" Movement, contact Matt Ceruti at mceruti@unitedwaywb.org

  • Impact Council & Investment Committee Volunteers

    The United Way of Wyoming Valley Impact Councils
    United Way of Wyoming Valley Impact Councils

    United Way of Wyoming Valley Impact Councils identify needs and improvement strategies for the community in the areas of Education, Income, Health, and Safety Net.

    Impact Council volunteers represent United Way donors, clients and partners in the process of identifying and achieving the results necessary to address Wyoming Valley's most critical human service needs. Impact Council volunteers actively engage in a range of activities designed to create community impact around a broad set of community goals and more specific community objectives, all of which support the overall mission of United Way to reduce the number of children and families living in poverty in Wyoming Valley.


    For more information, or to volunteer, contact Jennifer Deemer, Vice President of Community Impact, at (570) 829-6711 extension 1235 or jdeemer@unitedwaywb.org