2017 AREAS OF SERVICE
CHILDREN & YOUTH
Youth Mentoring Program (Williamsport Branch RVR YMCA) – The youth mentoring program targets youth ages 9 to 16 who are from economically disadvantaged families living in the immediate area served by the Williamsport branch of the River Valley Regional YMCA. Participants take part in a variety of fun and educational activities through which they learn healthy lifestyle choices, gain leadership skills, increase socialization, and acquire the tools needed to make positive decisions that will shape their success. The program is free of charge and offers a variety of age-appropriate activities to participants. Physical activities include basketball, dodge ball, and volleyball, and topics of workshops include healthy life choices, substance abuse prevention, career development, and nutrition.
Child Care Program (RVR YMCA) – The child care program at the Williamsport branch of the River Valley Regional YMCA is responsive to providing comprehensive, high-quality child care services to low- to moderate-income families who cannot afford the full cost of care.
Transportation/Special Needs (Hope Enterprises, Inc.) – Hope provides multiple services to people with intellectual disABILITIES from infancy through adulthood. United Way funds support the agency’s transportation program, which is critical to linking clients to appropriate service. Vehicles transport clients to and from group homes, the rehabilitation workshop, and other day programming on a daily basis. The transportation component is critical in a rural area to insure individuals with disabilities are able to lead productive lives.
Hope Early Learning Program (Children’s Development Center, in collaboration with Hope Enterprises, Inc.) – The agency provides diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation services to developmentally delayed and physically handicapped children. United Way funds support autism and therapeutic preschool programs that are not funded by insurance or client payment. Clients are not denied services because of their inability to pay. The Children’s Development Center’s preschool program is one of the few preschools based on a “reverse mainstreaming” model, which provides an opportunity for both typical children and those with developmental disabilities to interact, accept, and value human diversity in an inclusive classroom setting. One classroom is specifically designed to meet the needs of children beginning at two years of age who have exhibited severe communication disorders and/or are at risk for being diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Social Services/Vision Impaired, Prevention of Blindness (North Central Sight Services) – The North Central Sight Services Social Service Program provides the tools necessary to help clients remain as independent as possible and allow them to remain in their own homes through transportation and escort services, support groups, life skills and education, rehabilitation, and support services. Life skills education provides adjustment and counseling to persons who are blind or visually impaired and their families. The NCSS Prevention of Blindness Program includes pre-school and adult vision screening, public education about good eye health and safety, and treatment. The educational programs promote good eye health and safety, as well as sensitivity training about vision loss. The program’s vision screenings are designed to detect symptoms, which may indicate visual problems.
Crisis Resolution/Hunger & Homelessness
Emergency Program (American Rescue Workers) – United Way funds are provided to this agency for the delivery of the Comprehensive Emergency Assistance Program (CEAP). CEAP provides emergency material assistance in the form of food, shelter, prescription medication, fuel, rent assistance, clothing, medical equipment, and other essentials to needy persons when no other funding, resources and/or help is available.
The Saving Grace Shelter (American Rescue Workers) — provides temporary emergency housing for individuals and homeless families. The shelter offers 8,760 bed nights of lodging annually. The 14-day emergency transition shelter is for individuals, families, and veterans.
Counseling Services (Diakon Family Life Services) – The counseling program at Diakon provides outpatient mental health and psychiatric services dedicated to the strengthening and preservation of families experiencing stress. Counseling is provided to individuals, couples and families through the Benevolent Care Fund, with the goal of equipping them with the necessary tools to maintain stability, increase their level of functioning, and learn proactive methods of resolving life’s challenges. This is done by providing supportive counseling and crisis intervention to children and adults living in at-risk environments and/or in crisis situations.
Transitional Housing (Journey House) – Journey House is transitional housing that offers programs that address the needs of homeless families and provide the tools to reach self-sufficiency. The four-unit building houses families as they work with a support team consisting of a case manager, budget coach, mentors, and the Housing Alliance.
Liberty House, Wise Options (YWCA Northcentral PA) – The Liberty House program at the YWCA Northcentral PA is a housing program that provides shelter to female-headed families and transitional housing for single women. Participants receive individual case management services that detail how they will meet their identified goals that include economic stability, emotional regulation, and educational needs. This program offers a structured curriculum for self-improvement with several agencies assisting in this effort. The Wise Options program at the YWCA provides confidential services to victims who have experienced, witnessed, or had a family member involved in domestic and sexual violence, and other violent crimes. The victim center is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year and includes a 24-hour crisis hotline for intervention and support and emergency shelter with 17 available rooms.
Court-Appointed Child Advocates (Susquehanna Valley CASA) – The Susquehanna Valley CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) program provides specially trained volunteers to advocate in the best interest of abused and/or neglected children, which will lead to placement in a safe, nurturing, permanent home.
Rent Match Program (Family Promise of Lycoming County) — The Rent Match Program provides a 50% match of an eligible family’s accumulated money to be used towards payment of first and last month’s rent and/or security deposits. Families are required to complete the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University training and participate in weekly budgeting sessions.
Social Services Program (Sojourner Truth Ministries) — Sojourner Truth Ministries provides a soup kitchen, clothing and an emergency pantry to individuals and families in need.
PA 2-1-1 – Pennsylvania 2-1-1 is a comprehensive database that includes information regarding the availability of health and human services. The system can be accessed by telephone or the Web and provides the caller with service information in their local area. 2-1-1 is free and confidential.
Emergency Dental (Shepherd of the Street) – The emergency dental program provided through Shepherd of the Streets provides emergency dental surgical care to the economically disadvantaged.
Clearinghouse (American Rescue Workers) – The Clearinghouse service ensures that low-income families or individuals in crisis receive appropriate, unduplicated assistance for items such as rent, heating, energy, food and personal items. Clearinghouse administrators coordinate a partnership of 64 human service provider organizations that directly provide emergency material assistance. In addition, the Clearinghouse also coordinates data collection in order to access and report upon the extent of homelessness in Lycoming County.
Brick House Youth Program (Jersey Shore Brach RVR YMCA) – The Brick House program at the Jersey Shore branch of the River Valley Regional YMCA prepares youth and teens for success in life through activities that build self-esteem and teach important life skills. Building competence and confidence in youth is accomplished by enhancing literacy, educational skills, emphasizing physical activity, service learning, and teaching healthy behavior and positive values. The Brick House program seeks to prevent violence, criminal activity, educational failure, substance abuse and teen pregnancy through its positive activities.
The Learning Center (Lycoming County Library System) – The adult literacy and basic education program, housed at the James V. Brown Library, is an adult education program under the umbrella of the Lycoming County Library System that provides one-on-one tutoring services in reading, writing and math skills. Tutoring is provided by trained volunteers and staff members of the Literacy project. GED, parenting, early childhood education, and parent and child together time classes are available.
Nurse Family Partnership (Susquehanna Home Care and Hospice) – Nurse Family Partnership assists first-time, low-income mothers by providing maternal/child education enabling a healthy pregnancy and increasing the bond between mother, father and baby. The program also helps first-time, low-income mothers continue on a positive life course by encouraging them to remain in an educational program or gain employment. NFP home visitors visit these families from the time that the woman first discovers that she is pregnant until the child is two years old.
Dental Care Education Program (River Valley Health & Dental Center) – The Susquehanna Health & Dental Clinic in collaboration with the Williamsport Area School District provides transportation for students to and from the clinic for dental care such as cleanings, restorative care, sealants and exams. Educational programs are also provided to children focusing on the importance of oral health and how it relates to overall health.
2017 OUTREACH PROGRAMS
Service to the Armed Forces (American Red Cross) — Service to Armed Forces (SAF) program – The Red Cross acts as the liaison for military personnel and their families when an emergency occurs – either at home or throughout the world. The Red Cross is the only organization authorized to do so. United Way funds to this program also support educational materials for military personnel and their families and to support families in the event of an “active duty” death through transportation and support.
Disaster Services (American Red Cross) – The American Red Cross Emergency Preparedness and Response program provides emergency relief to fire victims by providing financial support for food, clothing, medication, and shelter.
Food Distribution Center (Central PA Food Bank) – The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank is the country’s distribution center for local food pantries and other non-profit programs. The Food Bank reported helping more than 8,000 individuals in Lycoming County in 2012.
EAST LYCOMING OUTREACH
Summer Reading Program – United Way funds provide support for the children’s literacy program, which includes a story hour for children and a summer reading program for children and high school students.
School Health – United Way funds are used for a school dental health program administered by the school nurse. Services are provided for low-income students residing in the East Lycoming School District who have been identified through the 7th grade dental screening.
JERSEY SHORE OUTREACH
Summer Reading Program – United Way funds support the summer reading program for children and youth, which is part of the children’s literacy program.
Summer Reading Program – United Way funds support the children’s literacy program, which includes a summer reading program for children of all ages and the story time program for preschoolers through second grade.
School Health – United Way funds support the school health program for students with dental care needs. Referrals follow the yearly state mandated dental exam schedules. Eligibility is based on the needs of the student and his/her family circumstances.
Summer Reading Program – United Way funds support the children’s literacy program, which includes a year-round story/craft program available to children ranging from three to six years of age.
Summer Reading Program – United Way funds support the literacy program, which includes the purchase of current library materials for all ages for its summer reading outreach.
School Health – United Way funds support the school health program for low-income students with dental care needs identified through screening programs.