PROGRAMS SUPPORTED THROUGH UNITED WAY 2020-2021 FUNDING IN OUR
IMPACT AREAS: HEALTH, EDUCATION, INCOME & SAFETY NET:
Life's Challenges provides clients with financial assistance for various life essential needs including: rent/mortgage, heat and other utilities, temporary lodging, transportation, car repairs, gasoline, medical/prescription expenses and other miscellaneous expenses. This idea is to support community residents who are living paycheck to paycheck but may not qualify for other types of poverty assistance.
The Early Childhood Education program operates year-round from 6:30am-5:30pm. This program identifies and enrolls low income families in an effort to improve the pre-kindergarten education of children enrolled while allowing parents to work, thereby alleviating poverty and strengthening the family unit. Children follow an established curriculum that is aligned with the kindergarten curriculum provided by the school district to provide the best preparation for successful and seamless transition to kindergarten.
Beyond Violence, Inc. has presented the "Breaking the Cycle" program to the Berwick Middle and High School students since 2015. The three modules used include information on self-esteem, self-confidence and self-worth; dating rights and responsibilities, understanding components of healthy relationships; and defining warning signs of unhealthy relationships. Through a partnership with Geisinger, they also include a module addressing the opioid crisis and how it parallels healthy and unhealthy relationships; further enhancing students' skills for responsible decision making and conflict resolution, called Too Good for Drugs.
It is important that Beyond Violence can continue to provide shelter for physically and/or emotionally battered women and children. The shelter provides a safe haven for women and children so they can reassess their lives and begin the healing process.
Central Susquehanna Sight Services, Inc. offers preschool vision screenings (lay screenings, not intended to take the place of a professional eye examination) and educational programming on good eye health and good eye safety for preschoolers and first graders. This program will help to identify those preschoolers that may be at risk for vision problems. Follow-up is crucial to this program should a preschooler be referred. Follow-up is made encouraging parent/guardian to seek the professional comprehensive eye exam.
Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) is an evidence-based, proactive approach to behavior developed from applied behavior analysis and child-centered approaches to learning. PBIS helps parents to understand the purpose of challenging behavior and use positive strategies to change or prevent those behaviors. PBIS supports different methods of assisting children and families with PBIS strategies. Individualized support through Family Support Staff (FSS) demonstrate a need based on the child's classroom behavior and parental needs. FSS establish a family goal plan and meet weekly to provide support based on needs, helping to develop and implement PBIS strategies.
With BAUW allocated dollars, the Columbia County Family Center serves 8 families with the evidence-based Parents as Teachers Model (PAT). PAT has four components: personal home visits, group connections, screenings and connections to resources. During each home visit a parent-child activity was completed, developmental information was presented, parenting topics were discussed and family well-being was reviewed. Enrolled children receive an annual health screening to make sure they are up to date on immunizations, no hearing or vision concerns are present, good dental hygiene practices are in place, etc. The group connections are held monthly and provide families with socialization opportunities and an increased awareness of community resources.
Family Services Association of NEPA: 2-1-1 Help Line - $2,000
Help Line is an information and referral service and first response point for crisis calls in Bradford, Clinton, Columbia, Lackawanna, Montour, Northumberland, Pike, Snyder, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union, Wayne and Wyoming counties. It operates twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year, staffed by trained caseworkers as a program of the Family Services Association of NEPA.
For The Cause Teen Center: Education Expansion Development - $12,500
For The Cause Teen Center’s Education Expansion Development will include an extensive tutoring program, a “How To” life-skills and soft-skills class as well as a Healthy Living Initiative. Tutoring services will be available for reading, math, science, English composition and comprehension, as well as the Spanish language. The “How To” Series will provide 18 real-world skills/classes consisting of financial literacy, budgeting, goal setting, time management, organization, personal hygiene and self-care, coping skills, interview skills, resume building, mock interviews, food shopping, nutrition, car maintenance, social skills, survival skills, community resources, career fairs and workforce development workshops. The Health Initiative Services will help youth explore, develop and extend their skills through the exploration of the creative process, giving the opportunity for teens to improve their self-esteem, confidence and overall quality of life, helping to increase their confidence and relieving anxiety and depression as well as strengthen their minds, bodies and spirits.
UNITED WAY PROGRAMS:
Saturday Soup Kitchens
Berwick Farmers Market (Crispin Field)
Beyond the Blend Market (137 West Front Street, Berwick)
Read Across America Day
Dolly Parton Imagination Library
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
2-1-1 Information Line
Stuff the Bus Drive