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Our Work

A positive impact on the Wyoming Valley Community.


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 percent 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!

Our work throughout the Wyoming Valley.


In 2012, United Way of Wyoming Valley looked back at its community-driven accomplishments of the past decade. Needs had been served, community resources had been invested wisely, and thousands of residents had been helped. But one thing was clear; rather than the need being reduced, the number of people in the Wyoming Valley turning to the community for assistance continued to grow, and at a rate that would continually outpace our ability to help. Faced with that reality, United Way of Wyoming Valley's Board of Directors began to look into the possibility of changing the way it had traditionally done its work. Following the lead of United Way Worldwide and a growing number of local United Ways across the country, it began researching a new operating model, Community Impact Investment.

Look out at the Susquehanna River on United Way of Wyoming Valley's Day Of Caring.The concept of Community Impact is simple: United Ways would evolve to become "issue-driven," aimed at coordinating resources to create lasting change in a community. United Way of Wyoming Valley initiated extensive research, study, and community conversation about the root causes of what was spurring an ever-increasing number of our community members to ask for help to simply survive.

The initiative identified an array of community problems, which ultimately, could be traced back to one fact: an increasing number of our residents, and in particular, our children, were living in poverty.

Based on the research, in January 2014, the United Way of Wyoming Valley, through its Board of Directors, adopted a new priority focus area: "Reduce poverty among children by creating pathways to self-sufficiency for at-risk families." At the center of this historic shift for the United Way is a new strategic plan and investment model to ensure that donor support is allocated in the most effective and impactful way.

With research showing that a reduction in the number of families living in poverty would improve life for everyone in the Wyoming Valley, the United Way launched the "Poverty to Possibility" movement, aimed at improving the odds for children and families with the goal of breaking the cycle of poverty in our community.

Making an Impact Locally

By focusing on these 3 issues, our community develops successful young people, contributes to healthy lives, and supports the independence and financial stability of our residents. Local programs are funded based on their role in impacting the community through one of our following Focus Areas:

Our work throughout the Wyoming Valley.


Investments in opportunities that provide children and youth with quality learning and skill development.


Investments in programs that help families and individuals achieve greater self-sufficiency.


Investments in systems that remove health barriers preventing area residents from achieving education and employment success.

United Way of Wyoming Valley helping our community.

See the positive effect the United Way of Wyoming Valley made in our community: Poverty to Possibility, Success by 6® Program, the Volunteer Action Center, Labor Participation Council, and the Regional HIV/AIDS Contractor - together, we are improving the quality of life for individuals and families in the Wyoming Valley.

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  • Emergency Food and Shelter Program

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    United Way of Wyoming Valley serves as the convener of the Local Emergency Food and Shelter Board which is made up of a body of volunteers dedicated to reviewing applications and recommending funding allocations to eligible organizations, as specified under the National Board guidelines. The EFSP Local Board is chaired by Jennifer R. Deemer, Director of Community Impact at United Way of Wyoming Valley.

    Local board members are representatives of constituencies and organizations as required by the national EFSP program, including Catholic Charities, Jewish Community Alliance, United Way of Wyoming Valley, The Salvation Army, the American Red Cross, Wyoming Valley Chapter, a local government agency, and a homeless advocate.

    In addition, the local board is also supported by representatives from businesses, local government, religious organizations and nonprofits. For more information about the national program, contact Jennifer Deemer, Vice President of Community Impact, jdeemer@unitedwaywb.org

  • Safety Net Programs

    Financial Programs at the United Way Wyoming Valley

    The United Way of Wyoming Valley funds 14 programs at 9 agencies that promote financial stability and independence.

    These programs are split amongst two separate impact areas:

    Housing & Financial Stability

    Priority areas include:

    • Housing & Homelessness
    • Poverty Intervention & Financial Assistance
    • Employment & Career Development

    Funded Programs:

    Mother Teresa's Haven - Catholic Social Services Material Aid/Emergency Services - Commission on Economic Opportunity Bridge Housing Program - Domestic Violence Service Center Finance Counseling & Debt Rehabilitation - Catholic Social Services Supporting Stronger Families - Volunteers of America
    Community Safety Net

    Priority areas include:

    • Abuse & Assault
    • Community Support & Improvement
    • Emergency Services

    Funded Programs:

    Help Line - Family Service Association; Emergency Services - American Red Cross Wyoming Valley Chapter; Traveler's Aid - Commission on Economic Opportunity; Food & Material Assistance - Salvation Army; Adult Counseling - Domestic Violence Service Center; Emergency Shelter - Domestic Violence Service Center; Sexual Assault Prevention Education - Victim's Resource Center; Sexual Assault Support - Victim's Resource Center; Surviving a Layoff - Consumer Credit Counseling

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  • Health

    United Way of Wyoming Valley's Health Programs.

    The United Way of Wyoming Valley funds 17 programs at 14 agencies that improve people's health.
    These programs are split amongst two separate impact areas:

    Independence for Vulnerable Populations

    Priority areas include:

    • Cognitive & Developmental Disabilities
    • Physical Disabilities
    • Chronic Health Conditions

    Funded Programs:

    Advocacy for People with IDD - Arc of Luzerne County Day Camp for Children with Special Needs - Jewish Community Center Early Head Start - Luzerne County Head Start Early Intervention - Wyoming Valley Children's Association Blood Services - American Red Cross Prescription Assistance - Commission on Economic Opportunity Guardianship - Family Service Association Transportation Reimbursement - Hemodialysis Patients' Association Life Skills - Creating Unlimited Possibilities Dial-a-Driver - Volunteers of America

    Wellness & Addiction

    Priority areas include:

    • Mental Health Needs
    • Addiction
    • Physical Health Needs

    Funded Programs:

    Adult & Family Services - Catholic Social Services Family & Adolescent Services Team (FAST) - Catholic Social Services Outpatient Services - Children's Service Center Professional Counseling - Family Service Association Counseling - Jewish Family Service Outpatient Service - Wyoming Valley Alcohol and Drug Prevention Program - Wyoming Valley Alcohol and Drug

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