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...
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 Community Impact Grants for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2023.
Big Brothers Big Sisters: Youth Mentoring in Lebanon County
United Way of Lebanon County’s funding will support Big Brothers Big Sisters in providing customized, one-to-one mentoring to children of Lebanon County through community-based and school-based programs. Referred to as Bigs and Littles, both programs match an at-risk child with a mentor who meets with the child two to four times per month and receive ongoing support for the life of the match.
Impact: Through mentorship, positive relationship development and consistent role modeling alongside simple, everyday activities, each mentor empowers a child to reach their full potential in spite of challenges and obstacles they may face.
Chalkboard Financial: #Preventdebt Workshop
United Way of Lebanon County's Community Impact Grant will support Chalkboard Financial's #preventdebt workshops, which are presented to local high school students to empower and equip them with personal financial education and career guidance.
Impact: By educating school-aged students about how to manage their personal finances, they will be set up to break generational cycles of poverty and ultimately help build a stronger, more prosperous Lebanon County.
Community Health Council of Lebanon County: Lebanon County Youth Advisory Board
The Community Impact Grant provided by United Way of Lebanon County will support the Youth Advisory Board, a youth driven group of local high school students who seek to improve the health and wellness of all Lebanon County youth and families through awareness campaigns and events for their peers; and to act as a formal sounding-board for use by community coalitions that design programs and interventions for youth and families.
Impact: The Youth Advisory Board will design and produce at least two research-informed health campaigns to benefit their peers, neighbors, and community focused on social beliefs; decreasing 30-day usage of various substances; and connecting more community members with providers/their programs.
Girls on the Run: Empowering Girls in Lebanon County to lead Healthy Lives
United Way of Lebanon County funding will inspire Lebanon County girls in third through eighth grades to be joyful, healthy, and confident through an afterschool curriculum that is fun, experienced-based and creatively integrates running. With the guidance of volunteer coaches, girls train to complete a 5K, by running or walking alongside their running buddy, and they connect and build confidence on their journey.
Impact: The challenges and life disruptions of the pandemic has increased behavioral health concerns and unhealthy copy mechanisms, with a severe impact to girls ages 12 through 17. Girls on the Run's unique curriculum stresses how a healthy lifestyle can be empowering and offers guidance on how to prevent risky lifestyle choices that can be prevalent during these vulnerable years.
Lebanon County Christian Ministries: Free Noon Meal
United Way of Lebanon County’s Community Impact Grant will support The Free Noon Meal program, which offers a daily meal to residents of Lebanon County that is prepared and served by community volunteers.
Impact: Beyond helping to address issues of food insecurity for residents of Lebanon County, the Free Noon Meal offers participants a daily opportunity to enjoy fellowship and make personal connections, avoiding isolation and offering a sense of normalcy.
Lebanon County Libraries: Summer Learning Program
Community Impact Grant funding will support the Summer Learning Program being offered at all six Lebanon County public libraries. Children set reading goals, earn incentives when they meet those goals, and continue the habit of reading during summer break. Families attend programs at the libraries with storytellers, musicians, STEM activities, and more, engaging them with the library and library staff, and with each other as they explore new ideas and try new activities at home.
Impact: The driving force behind the Summer Learning Program is for children and families to build a love of reading, not just read to pass a test or satisfy curricula. Through a combination of reading goals and incentives, plus family engagement programs that encourage kids to read and learn over the summer, the Summer Learning Program helps prevent summer learning loss. The Summer Learning Program also reduces the risk of increased social isolation, decreased physical activity, and a loss of the basic skills and habits necessary to learning.
Click here for more information about the Summer Learning Program.
Lebanon Family Health Services: The Basics Lebanon Valley
Community Impact Grant funds through United Way of Lebanon County will support expansion of The Basics Lebanon Valley, the first Basics community in the state of Pennsylvania. The Basics is an evidence-based strategy to support learning and brain development among infants and toddlers. This strategy will be incorporated more broadly into programs and services offered through Lebanon Family Health Services.
Impact: Eighty percent of brain growth happens in the first three years of life. This early learning initiative for both parents and children is a vital step to provide equitable care and opportunities for youth in Lebanon County regardless of their race, ethnicity or socioeconomic status.
Click here for more information about The Basics Lebanon Valley.
Lebanon Valley Family YMCA: Freer Family Youth Center
United Way's Community Impact Grant funding will support the Freer Family Youth Center at the YMCA, which serves youth in sixth through twelfth grade after school from 3:00pm to 6:00pm. The youth have a designated area in the YMCA that includes classrooms, a commercial grade kitchen, a large open space for meeting, games, and activities, as well as access to the gymnasium. Additionally, the youth play an integral part in planting, harvesting, and caring for our community garden.
Impact: Offering this safe space for youth will give them the opportunity to connect with others who are facing similar experiences and challenges. Through these connections and relationships with peers and the youth mentors, healing, empowerment, and resilience can take place.
Luthercare: System Aligned in Learning (SAIL)
United Way of Lebanon County funding will support efforts to close the school readiness gap that exists between preschool-age children who benefit from high-quality, center-based learning environments and those who are cared for by in-home providers. Through the Community Impact Grant, SAIL will be able to maintain relationships with current in-home providers, increase the number of in-home providers served in Lebanon County and ensure that SAIL's mentors can continue to offer needed support to many lower income in-home providers. SAIL is helping these small business owners remain in business, increase the quality-of-care children receive, and help to close the Kindergarten readiness gap.
Impact: The SAIL Program works to make sure all children, regardless of their socioeconomic background, has the chance to thrive in school. SAIL serves families who need the most help in Lebanon County.
Click here for more information about SAIL.
Power Packs Project: Milk Matters!
United Way of Lebanon County funding will support the Milk Matters! program in providing one quart of 1%, fresh milk to every family in Lebanon County enrolled in Power Packs.
Impact: Providing milk, along with food and all the items necessary for a family to cook and enjoy a healthy meal together each week is essential to children being able to learn and thrive in school. The educational component of Power Packs is critical to achieving the goal of systemic change and changing behavior among the participating children and their families.
Supportive Housing Improving Foster Transition (SHIFT): Home Creators
United Way of Lebanon County funding will help young adults at risk of homelessness, particularly those aging out of foster care, by providing affordable housing and supporting their transition to adulthood. The Home Creators program supports these individuals by meeting their basic needs while they focus on working towards their long-term goals, including employment and education.
Impact: Research shows that without stable housing, young people face challenges with staying in school, gaining employment, accessing physical and mental health services, and reaching self-sufficiency. The Home Creators program focuses on providing safe and stable housing first and then supports the remaining areas of need through mentorship and partnerships with other local organizations.
Click here for more information about the Home Creators program.
WEPA Empowerment Center: Grandmother's Council - Abuelas Consejo
Funding through United Way of Lebanon County's Community Impact Grant will support the Grandmother's Council - Abuelas Consejo. This outreach and supportive services program offered by WEPA Empowerment Center cultivates investment and understanding of cultural roots and traditions. It serves as a moral conscience and guiding light for family members in their interactions at home, school, work and in the community.
Impact: Monthly workshops and community events will tap into the valuable resource that grandparents, in general, are to families and create a connection point to address barriers families are experiencing on a daily basis.
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.