Our community’s challenges are complex. Right now, many local families are forced to make impossible choices, such as deciding whether to buy food, pay for health care or make rent. We know that these types of economic barriers families face can affect a child’s ability to succeed in school - and ultimately their success in life. Your support of United Way of Lebanon County Campaign allows us to continue to provide and fund critical programs that help stabilize our most vulnerable friends and neighbors and solve the root causes to our complex challenges, not just address the symptoms.
United Way of Lebanon County's long-term goal is to permanently reduce the number of families and individuals below an affordable living standard in our communities. We will achieve this by:
- Connecting families to community resources and programs to help them improve their economic self-dependence.
- Removing barriers to learning for our most vulnerable children because education is the path to self-dependence.
- Giving all of Lebanon County children a strong start in life.
United Way can’t do this work alone. Through your support, United Way is uniquely positioned to bring resources together to help solve these challenges in our community. Donations from generous community members like you are used to create lasting change by bringing local agencies and resources together to improve family stability - neighbors helping neighbors.
Join us, and LIVE UNITED! UNITED for children, families and our future.
At United Way, the Lebanon County community is the reason behind everything we do.
The 211 health & human services resource hotline provides non-emergency information and assistance to residents of Lebanon County. Anyone needing help can dial 211, text their zip code to 898-211 or search online to get connected, and get help, with housing, food, utilities, health care, employment and so much more. Find out more about 211 here...
- A.L.I.C.E.ALICE represents the 27% of Lebanon County who work, but struggle to survive. ALICE stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. ALICE earns above the Federal Poverty Level (FPL), but makes less than what’s needed to afford basic essentials. ALICE often earns too much to qualify for government assistance, and there is no room in ALICE’s budget for emergency expenses. Find out more about ALICE here...
- Born Learning Trails
The two Trails currently in Lebanon County are at Northwest Elementary School and across from the Lebanon Community Library. The Trails are a series of 10 interactive signs that offer fun, active learning activities for young children and their families. They help parents, caregivers and communities create quality engagement opportunities.
- Community Schools
A community school is a set of partnerships between the school and other community resources. Community school coordinators work directly with students and families to connect them to resources both within the school system and the community that breaks the barriers the children may be facing that keep them from reaching their full potential in their education. Find out more about our community schools in Lebanon County here...
- Day of Caring
Each year, our Day of Caring connects hundreds of volunteers with local nonprofits to help improve Lebanon County. Volunteers perform various tasks including gardening, trail clean up, tree planting, painting, and more. This one-day event is an opportunity for us all to come together in support of the organizations that are supporting our community.
Little Free Libraries
We have placed a Little Free Library in a neighborhood within each school district in Lebanon County. Anyone is welcome to take a book or leave a book for others to enjoy. Little Free Libraries inspire readers, build communities, and expand access to books for everyone. Find out where your closest Little Free Library is here...
MyFreeTaxes is a free self-service tax preparation tool available to anyone in Lebanon County. Anyone who chooses the “By myself” filing option on the home screen can file their taxes for free. There are also additional options that may require a fee for those needing assistance or have complicated returns. Myfreetaxes.com
- School Supply Drive/Stuff the Bus
Many students and families are struggling in our community, leaving them unable to afford basic school supplies for their children. Each year we hold a school supply drive to provide these vulnerable students with a backpack full of supplies, so they can start the school year off with what they need to succeed.
- SingleCare Rx Discount Program
SingleCare, formally FamilyWize, is a free prescription discount card available to all Lebanon County residents. If fact, last. year our community saved $26,500 in prescription costs! Find out more about SingleCare here, and get your free card...
- Spring Into Reading Fest
Each year on our Day of Caring, we collaborate with other local stakeholders in early education to host a Spring Into Reading event. The event brings together local nonprofits to engage with families about their services while offering an interactive learning activity. There is live entertainment and book readings as well. Children leave with free books and tools that encourage a love of reading that they can carry with them throughout the summer and beyond.
- Volunteer Lebanon
We love volunteers! We're excited to share Volunteer Lebanon, a free online resource designed to connect local nonprofit organizations with individuals looking to help out the Lebanon County community. Find out more here to sign up as a volunteer or to sign up your agency to find volunteers...
United Way grants are an investment in community programs that work collaboratively in Lebanon County, and towards making an impact on the areas of focus we have committed to. The following programs are being funded through United Way grants for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2022.
- Child Advocacy Program
Child advocates provides efficient, quality care in a safe, child-friendly environment to support children who have been abused or neglected.
- Critical Help for Critical Moments (CHCM)
As the only provider of free civil legal services in Lebanon County, CHCM legal advocates work to stabilize the living situation of county residents who are in need legal help to preserve their housing and protect themselves from domestic violence. The work of CHCM is to help residents struggling with poverty and abuse to assert their legal rights for protection from domestic violence and sexual assault as well as prevention of homelessness.
- Domestic Violence Intervention of Lebanon County Emergency Shelter
The shelter provides a safe space for victims of domestic violence and their children offering trauma-informed care in order empower them to become self-sufficient and regain a life free from violence. Services include a 24-hour crisis hotline and first response team, emergency shelter, residential and non-residential counseling, legal and systems advocacy, and public education programs.
- FRESH Start Emergency Shelter and Resource Center
FRESH Start provides help with the basic, immediate needs of homeless families and individuals while also educating and empowering them to be able to confidently provide for themselves. By navigating the various challenges that led to homelessness, guests are able to move forward through work readiness programs, GED courses, parenting classes, cooking classes, and financial literacy classes, among other services, to ensure that they are empowered to find stability in their lives and are prepared to face life's challenges with a new and positive attitude.
- Palmyra Education & Health Collaborative
This collaboration seeks to break the barriers for children ages three through eighth grade to improve academic performance, ensure equal access to educational opportunities, and increase family security. Palmyra Public Library will provide Little Explorers Early Learning Outreach classes to children ages three -five including literacy, STEM, motor skills development, and social interaction skills as well as free lunch provided by The Caring Cupboard. In addition to providing nutritional food for the children, The Caring Cupboard serves as a community navigator for families in need to provide information and direct them to support services that can help their situation. Phoenix Youth Center offers after school homework help and informational workshops from children grades three through eight including guidance from staff and volunteers as well as a healthy snack for students who finish their work. The Center also works with students during the summer months with free, one-to-one tutoring to help prevent the summer slide.
- Pipelines and Pathways to Success
This collaboration focuses on members of our community who are struggling with self-sufficiency through a variety of services offered to support, empower, and create opportunities for them based upon their own unique situations. Services include family literacy for those with children under four; financial literacy; job networking/placement; career awareness, exploration and development; digital literacy; adult education services; parent education; and more.
- Volunteers in Medicine Walk-in Clinic
Volunteers in Medicine's Walk-in Clinic provides no cost medical treatment on a first-come, first-seen basis to treat injuries and illness for low-income and uninsured Lebanon County individuals and families.
Here you can find resources available for Lebanon County residents.
The Basics Principles are five science-based caregiving tenets of early childhood brain development, distilled from scientific literature with help from a national advisory committee of child development experts. The principles are:
- Maximize love, manage stress;
- Talk, sing, and point;
- Count, group, and compare;
- Explore through movement and play; and
- Read and discuss stories.
At United Way, we want to see The Basics applied with children at birth by their caregivers and within the community to help them develop healthy, stable relationships, which ultimately will help them reach educational milestones and lead happy, productive lives.
If your child turns five(5) before September 1, 2021, here's where to get the information you need to register for kindergarten:
- Annville-Cleona School District
- Cornwall-Lebanon School District
- Eastern Lebanon County School District
- Lebanon City School District
- Northern Lebanon School District
- Palmyra Area School District
Any questions about kindergarten registration should be directed accordingly to your child(ren)s school district.
Annville-Cleona First 10
Click here for a comprehensive list of local resources for families of children from conception to age 10.