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2016-17 Annual Report

United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties


OUR MISSION To improve the quality of life for the people of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties and surrounding communities by serving as a catalyst for community problem solving and by conducting an efficient, encompassing volunteer fund raising effort to positively impact the community’s most compelling social problems.

Students from Triboro Christian Academy join the fight and roll up their sleeves to make a difference at Telespond Senior Services during the Nancy Jackson Memorial Youth Day of Caring.

UNITED WE FIGHT. UNITED WE WIN. The United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties fights for the education, financial stability and health of every person in our community. But, we need your help! Together, we fight for a quality education that leads to graduation, stable employment and steady, sufficient income to support a family’s financial stability while enjoying good physical and mental health, all with a solid safety net in times of crisis. Where gaps exist in educational opportunities, financial stability or health services, we distribute funds to programs helping to address these issues or create innovative initiatives and develop collaborative partnerships that do. Join the fight today!

Partner Agencies American Red Cross of Lackawanna County • The ARC of NEPA • Boys and Girls Clubs of NEPA • Catholic Social Services • Day Nursery Association • Girl Scouts in the Heart of PA • Greater Carbondale YMCA • Greater Scranton YMCA • Jewish Community Center • Jewish Family Service of NEPA • Lackawanna Blind Association • Meals on Wheels of NEPA • Northeastern PA Council, Boy Scouts of America • St. Joseph’s Center • The Salvation Army • Scranton Primary Health Care Center • Serving Seniors • Telespond Senior Services • United Cerebral Palsy of NEPA • United Neighborhood Centers of NEPA • Voluntary Action Center of NEPA • Women’s Resource Center Wayne County grantees are listed on page 17.

happy families successful students

healthy aging

JOIN THE FIGHT FOR... food, clothing & basic necessities

safe neighborhoods

a better life for all

safe shelter

self-sufficient families


quality childcare

regular school attendance

healthy living school readiness bullying prevention graduating teens independence for older adults opportunities for people with disabilities

good physical and mental health help in times of crisis healthy readers


4-Star Charity for Five Consecutive Years


Message to Our Community

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A student at Day Nursery Association

Fighting for Education Fighting for Financial Stability

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Fighting for Health

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Fighting for Wayne County

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Join the Fight

Krystal Levitt, VITA student intern

Give Advocate / United Way and Organized Labor Volunteer

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A resident with Serving Seniors, Inc.

Statements of Financial Position United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties

Board of Directors / Staff

Front Cover: Jamie Johns, Ryan McGowan and Layne Crothers of M&T Bank volunteering at The ARC of NEPA during last year’s Nancy Jackson Memorial Day of Caring. Back Cover: Students from All Saints Academy volunteering at The ARC of NEPA’s Robinson Park during the Nancy Jackson Memorial Youth Day of Caring.

Children at United Neighborhood Centers of NEPA’s Bellevue Center help us celebrate our 4-star designation from Charity Navigator for the 5th straight Year.

UNITED WAY NAMED 4-STAR CHARITY FOR 5TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR The United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties has attained the highest possible 4-star rating for demonstrating strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency by Charity Navigator for the 5th consecutive year. Only six percent of charities perform at this level nationwide, indicating our United Way far exceeds industry standards and outperforms most other charities in America. Using objective analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating. These Accountability and Transparency metrics, which account for 50 percent of a charity’s overall rating, reveal which charities operate in accordance with industry best practices and whether they are open with their donors and stakeholders. We are proud of this designation and pledge to continue our faithful stewardship of the resources entrusted to us. 1 | United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties 2016-17 Annual Report

WHO WILL TACKLE THE PROBLEMS MOST SHY AWAY FROM? UNITED, WE WILL. JOIN THE FIGHT. Dear Friends, Since the first Community Chest fundraising drive in 1921, the United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties has been at the forefront of the fight for the education, financial stability and health of every person in our community. But, we are more than fundraisers. We are hand-raisers. We raise our hands not only to lead the fight, but to reach out to people who need help. And hope. We all have a stake in creating safe, healthy and prosperous communities in Lackawanna and Wayne Counties. With your help, we’re working to ensure each child has access to high-quality education, every family has the tools they need to be financially stable, and health and human services are readily available for all. Side-by-side—United—we tackle the problems people don’t talk about at cocktail parties. Together, we win the fight by tackling the problems most people shy away from by forging unlikely partnerships…. by finding new solutions to old problems… by mobilizing the best resources. And, by inspiring individuals like you to join us in the fight against our community’s most daunting social crises. You see, we don’t just fight against our region’s toughest challenges… we fight for the preschooler who doesn’t have books, for the teenager unsure of where his next meal will come from, for the senior who can’t afford her medications and for the domestic violence survivor who can’t face another day. We fight for those who need a voice. We fight for Linda and Rosie and Joe and Mariela and for all those whose names we’ll never know. Thank you for joining the fight and helping us be problem-solvers for the issues that are difficult to face—and impossible to ignore. Warmest regards, Tom Donohue Chairman of the Board

Gary Drapek President and CEO

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We’re fighting for... 33School readiness 33Academic achievement 33Quality out-of-school time 33Development of new skills and knowledge Children at Connors Park in Scranton enjoy a “Lunch and Learn” session last summer featuring activities based on classic books such as “Where The Wild Things Are.” 3 | United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties 2016-17 Annual Report

The United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties’ work in Education began more than 16 years ago with the inception of Success By 6 and the original mission to improve the quality, affordability and accessibility of early care and education programs for children so they enter school ready to learn and achieve. That work has evolved to reach deep into the community with effective partnerships and targeted programs to address situational and long-term family and early childhood needs; public awareness campaigns; school attendance; summer learning loss; school readiness; Pre-K - 3rd grade family engagement; healthy growth and development; literacy and enhanced Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) opportunities for students. The United Way is fighting to provide all area children and teens with opportunities for quality learning and skill development. Attendance Awareness. A student missing an average of just two days of school monthly, whether excused or unexcused, is chronically absent and at risk of academic failure. Children with high risk factors such as poverty, homelessness, frequent moves and chronic health issues can least afford to miss school. The United Way is working with schools, families and the community to identify and overcome barriers to attendance as early as preschool. The United Way partnered with the Lackawanna County Office of Youth and Family Services (OYFS) on a full-scale, communitywide campaign to heighten awareness of the importance of regular school attendance. The Every Student, Every Day (ESED) Campaign launched in mid-August to coincide with Attendance Awareness month in September. The goal was to reach families with a consistent, foundational message whether visiting an early learning center, elementary school, middle school or high school and shared across the community. We leveraged our media (social, print and broadcast) and community partners, all 10 Lackawanna County school districts and 28 early learning centers. A unique Twitter account (@ESEDNEPA / #schooleverydayNEPA) was created. T-shirts were available along with customized parent materials and yard signs prominently placed at 90 K-12 public and charter schools; 28 Head Starts and other quality early learning centers and an additional 20 placed in high traffic/high visibility areas such as Courthouse Square in downtown Scranton. Lamar Outdoor Advertising donated poster and digital billboards touting

the ESED messaging and WNEP produced a Public Service Announcement featuring popular morning anchor Mindi Ramsey with local elementary school students. We hosted an ESED launch event in mid-August at PNC Field during a Scranton/ Wilkes Barre Railriders game. In addition, staff members from the United Way and the Lackawanna County OYFS joined school staff at a local elementary school for a Welcome Back Pep Rally as students arrived for the first day of school and were greeted with high-fives, cheers and music! The United Way offered mini-grants to help Lackawanna County schools develop systems and strategies to address and lower chronic absence rates within their student body. The grant recipients were: Abington Heights School District (South Abington and Waverly Elementary Schools; Carbondale Area Elementary; North Pocono School District (Moscow Elementary) and Scranton School District (John Adams Elementary, McNichols Plaza Elementary, South Scranton Intermediate, West Scranton High School, John G. Whittier Elementary and Charles Sumner Elementary.)

Welcome Back to School Pep Rally at Riverside East Elementary School.

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Summer Learning. The United Way continued its pledge to Keep Kids Learning and healthy in the summer so they can thrive in the school year ahead. Through generous support from HarperCollins Publishers, we expanded our summer learning initiative to offer a variety of high-quality learning opportunities to help stem summer learning loss. In 2016, over 200 children participated in a four-week Lunch & Learn program where volunteers read with the children and then led fun and creative learning activities based upon the books as 675 books were distributed at 11 participating sites. Eleven neighborhood elementary schools opened their libraries once per week for six weeks. Librarians hosted story time and activities with 351 children and their families.

We also hosted two professional development trainings for 78 district/community preschool teachers. Last year, the F.A.S.T. Student Academies in McNichols Plaza and Kennedy Elementary schools served 80 families with regular afterschool sessions to improve literacy and academic skills. The F.A.S.T. Family Academies focused on educational programs to foster family engagement. The 12 programs were held outside of regular school hours and included “Bedtime Stories” with children and their families in pajamas reading with teachers; Welcome to School programs for children entering school for the first time; super-hero themed Be a Learning Hero nights and “Movie Night” where families read a book together and a movie based on the book was shown on the district’s outdoor big screen.

New this year, F.A.S.T. Family Resource Centers were established in McNichols Plaza and Kennedy Elementary Children’s Produce Markets/Neighborhood Under One Schools as a space within the school library dedicated to student Roof. The United Way continued its partnership with the and family support. Filled with literacy kits, games, activity books Commission on Economic Opportunity (CEO)/Weinberg Food and other tangible learning materials, the space also includes Bank to offer monthly mobile food pantries hosted by Adams, community service information and many parental information/ Tripp and McNichols Plaza Elementary schools in Scranton. educational tools. Children are allowed to sign-out materials to With the addition of Adams Elementary school last year, this take home and share with their families, and the families can program now reaches families in each of the elementary schools also access the materials at the school. in the Scranton School District. In addition to nutritious, fresh foods offered by CEO, the United Way organized volunteers and The F.A.S.T. P3 Collaborative and Transition team initiated ensured community organizations are on hand to educate families “Kindergarten Dialogues” in which Pre-Kindergarten teachers about the many services being offered. Last year 45 community share information and work toward continuity of curriculum and services. agencies were present and 2,563 families were served. Families and Schools Together (F.A.S.T.) Academy. The United Way continued the three year $225,000 Community Innovation Zone grant through Pennsylvania’s Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge to help close the achievement gap and improve student outcomes for disadvantaged children from birth through 3rd grade through a unique community collaboration led by the United Way, McNichols Plaza and Kennedy Elementary Schools in Scranton and Freckles and Frills Early Learning Center. A high priority was placed on professional development as five principals and teachers attended the Improving School Performance Conference in Pittsburgh while eight collaborative members attended the P3 Governor’s Institute in Harrisburg. F.A.S.T. Student Academy members from McNichols Plaza Elementary School. 5 | United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties 2016-17 Annual Report

Children participate in the Children’s Produce Market/ Neighborhood Under One Roof last summer at McNichols Plaza in Scranton. Kindergarten Transition and Registration Outreach. We continued our proven Kindergarten transition program with custom “What Do You Wonder About Kindergarten” books for nine schools within the Carbondale Area, Dunmore, Lakeland, North Pocono, Old Forge, Riverside and Valley View School Districts. In addition, Kindergarten registration information for all Lackawanna and Wayne County school districts was posted on the United Way’s website and distributed throughout the early learning community as well as billboards courtesy of Lamar Advertising reminding area families it was “Time to Register for Kindergarten!” Transforming Children’s Futures. All of our work in education is coalesced in a newly formed coalition—Transforming Children’s Futures (TCF). The United Way is proud to lead this coalition of community agencies centered on core educational focus areas of school readiness; regular attendance; summer learning loss; family engagement and healthy growth and development. TCF is taking our lead from the Campaign for Grade Level Reading—a national initiative which strives to improve third grade reading proficiency. Essentially, children are learning to read from

birth through third grade, but from fourth grade on, children are reading to learn. When a child misses this key milestone, the trajectory for future success is much less likely. The TCF initiative will launch with a carnival at McNichols Plaza Elementary in June, 2017. However, our partners have already begun creating public awareness around these key issues. Dr. Steven Scheinman, president and dean of Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine and Kelly Scheinman, health care consultant and United Way board member, authored several columns and op-eds in the Scranton Times-Tribune to encourage growing healthy readers. Dr. Scheinman also used the weekly “Wisdom of Wellbeing” 60-second health vignette on WNEP to highlight the life-long importance of grade level reading as he noted, “One of the healthiest things you can do for your young child is to read a book to them and encourage them to make reading a life-long habit.”



Members of the TCF Coalition: • United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties • The Advocacy Alliance • Commission on Economic Opportunity (CEO)/ Weinberg Regional Food Bank Learn more at UWLC.NET | 6

• Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine • Lackawanna County Library System, Children’s Library • Lackawanna County Office of Youth and Family Services, STARS Truancy Program • Lackawanna Susquehanna Behavioral Health Intellectual Disability Early Intervention • Marywood University • Scranton Lackawanna Human Development Agency (SLHDA), Head Start • Scranton Primary Health Care Center • Scranton School District

154 children participated in an afterschool Arts program with 111 enjoying Robotics and 92 learning Environmental Education. We also supported 21 children through United Neighborhood Centers’ Shutterbugs Photography program. Nineteen of those children had group gallery showings of their photographs during First Friday and 10 had individual showings. The group supported the PROSPER craft event by hosting “Photos with Santa,” and one student completed senior pictures for five of her peers. The United Way also leveraged the Pre-K tax credits to provide tuition assistance to 140 children from four counties. Tax Credit Supporting Businesses: FY 2016-17 »» M & T Bank »» AAA North Penn »» NBT Bank »» Brown Brother »» PNC Bank, NA Harriman & Co. »» PNC Financial Services »» Community Bank, N.A. »» PPL Electric Utilities »» Dempsey Uniform & »» Times Shamrock LP Linen Supply »» UGI Utilities »» The Dime Bank »» UHS of Fairmont, Inc. »» Fidelity Bank »» UPMC Diversified Services »» FNCB Bank »» Waste Management »» Gentex Corporation »» Gertrude Hawk Chocolates »» Wayne Bank »» The Honesdale National Bank »» Weis Markets »» Lackawanna Casualty Co. »» Lenahan & Dempsey

STEM Training and Competition. Through the United Way’s Community Investment Council which annually reviews special requests for grant-based funding to address emerging community needs, the United Way sponsored a STEM training hosted by Abington Heights for 56 teachers representing eight area school districts. We also offered six mini-grants of $250 to Kennedy Elementary, Forest City Regional High School, Lackawanna Trail Elementary Center, Valley View Middle and High School and Mid Valley Elementary to further their STEM curriculum. Then, in April, we sponsored a unique STEM competition for middle school girls which was attended by 54 students from Abington Strengthening Outcomes in Education. In the second year of Heights, Forest City Regional, Delaware Valley and the Scranton a special grant funding cycle to enhance partner agency program School District (South Scranton, West Scranton and Kennedy). outcomes in our pillars, we turned our focus to Education with a Request for Proposals to those Partner Agencies with Education Educational Tax Credits. For the past 11 years, the United programs supporting quality out-of-school time and STEM Way has been approved by the Pennsylvania Department activities. of Community and Economic Development (PA DCED) as a Pre-Kindergarten, Educational Improvement, Scholarship and Grants were awarded to: Boys and Girls Clubs of NEPA for Opportunity Scholarship organization. Each year, dozens of an enhanced version of Summer Brain Gain during Day Camp generous companies obtain tax credits through the PA DCED and to prevent summer learning loss in STEM and literacy; Day contribute them to the United Way. Thanks to this generosity, the Nursery Association to expand educational outcomes and United Way awarded 49 scholarships for students attending fee- help prepare preschoolers for Kindergarten by incorporating based schools last year. We supported afterschool programs in a natural outdoor play environment and outdoor classroom Robotics, Environmental Education and the Arts for 41 children with STEM curriculum; Greater Carbondale YMCA to at the Wayne County YMCA. At the Greater Carbondale YMCA, provide opportunities for group learning through technology

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in preschool classroooms by utilizing a portable , interactive whiteboard and compatible computer. The YMCA was also awarded a grant to create and maintain a youth-driven blog centered on their afterschool program; Greater Scranton YMCA to create a STEM Gardening program for children ages 3-5 in their early education programs; United Neighborhood Centers of NEPA to incorporate an Introduction to Coding component for girls in the Leaders-In-Training (LIT) program to encourage participation in the Girls Who Code initiative at the University of Scranton; Voluntary Action Center to add a school-based, academic structured component with a focus on literacy to their Big Brothers/Big Sisters program, matching students from Frances Willard Elementary School with West Scranton High School students.

A family enjoying the Every Student, Every Day launch event for Attendance Awareness at PNC Field.

Partner Agencies and Programs :: Education Boys and Girls Clubs of NEPA • After School Shuttle Program and Financial Aid • Summer Day Camp Day Nursery Association • Child Care - Financial Aid Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania • Financial assistance for girls with economic needs in traditional troops Greater Carbondale YMCA • Day Camp - Financial Aid • Preschool • Quality Out-of-School Time Greater Scranton YMCA • Day Camp - Financial Aid • Day Care - Financial Aid Jewish Community Center of Scranton • Day Camp - Financial Aid • Day Care - Financial Aid NEPA Council, Boy Scouts of America • Scouting - Financial Aid United Cerebral Palsy of NEPA • Lekotek United Neighborhood Centers of NEPA • Day Care - Financial Aid • Leaders in Training • Project Hope Voluntary Action Center of NEPA • Big Brothers/Big Sisters


Partner Agency Program Impact: Education

76% of children improved their academic achievement

96% of preschoolers are ready for school success

64% of children developed new skills and knowledge

of children 74% participated in quality out-of school time programming

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We’re fighting for... 33Financial competency 33Workforce development 33Community benefits 33Family sustaining employment

33Income supports 33Savings & assets 33Manageable expenses 33Affordable housing

Angela Bassani, CPA, VITA Program Coordinator (standing, far left) and Dillon Collarossi Lukus, Enrolled Agent, assist tax preparers Krystal Levitt and Laura Krout, Lackawanna College interns, as they prepare taxes for VITA clients free of charge. 9 | United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties 2016-17 Annual Report

The future success of our community is directly tied to the financial stability of hard-working families and individuals. To that end, we’re proud to help local people and families achieve their dreams by increasing income, building savings and gaining assets through careful budgeting and sound financial decision-making greater independence. The United Way annually distributes over $600,000 to address basic emergency needs such as food, clothing and shelter as the number of families living in poverty hovers around 14 percent and more than 20 percent of area children are impoverished. While addressing emergent needs is critical, we know that to begin to break the cycle of poverty, there is much more we can do to help area families and individuals build a sold financial plan for long-term financial stability and economic independence. The United Way is fighting to help hard-working area families and individuals thrive—not just survive. Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA). The 2016 tax season marked the 10th Anniversary of the United Way’s VITA program that provides free local, state and federal income tax preparation for low to moderate income wage earners. In the past decade, we’ve worked with the University of Scranton to mobilize the VITA program and reach numerous communities across Northeastern Pennsylvania. In recognition of our VITA program’s growth and expansion, we were once again awarded an IRS grant to support our work. Last year, our VITA program prepared taxes at eight mobile sites in Lackawanna and Wayne Counties, and opened a VITA satellite office in the United Way’s conference room. Our VITA volunteers also traveled to New Milford at the request of the United Way of Susquehanna County to assist tax clients in their community and offered our tax preparation services on-site to patients at Clarks Summit State Hospital.

This program simply wouldn’t be possible without the dedication of our volunteers and students – new and veteran – some with us from the very beginning 10 years ago. 2016 VITA Team • Angela Bassani, CPA VITA Program Director, United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties Business Faculty, Lackawanna College • Dillon Collarossi Lukus, MBA Enrolled Agent, DCL Accounting • Joe Hammond, CPA VITA Coordinator, University of Scranton

• • • During the 2016 tax season, the VITA program saved our • tax clients $357,750 in fees as we filed 2,385 tax returns for free with $872,165 in Earned Income Tax Credits • (EITC) and $2,759,100 in federal refunds being returned • to the community—and the budgets of hard-working area • • families. • This year marked the first time the VITA program utilized a team • of interns–a dedicated group of bright and talented students from • Lackawanna College who balanced a full course-load with full- • • time work and each VITA session during the 2016 tax season. • • • • •

Lisa Bothwell, Esq., Myers Brier & Kelly LLP Barbara Burkhouse Will Craven, Lackawanna College Intern, Scranton Campus Richard Fallon, Lackawanna College Intern, Scranton Campus Jane Farr, Greeter Kris Fendrock, Esq., Myers Brier & Kelly LLP Maureen Flynn, Greeter Frank Kincel, United Way Ricky Kokas, Citizens Savings Bank Peg Kopko, United Way Laura Krout, Lackawanna College Intern, Scranton Campus Krystal Levitt, Lackawanna College Intern, Scranton Campus Marie Loftus Joe Manley Vic Milani Dan Nowakowski, United Way Edie Sicher / Metlife Olivia Suhr / Lackawanna College Intern, Lake Region Center Learn more at UWLC.NET | 10




free tax returns filed

$15,499,210 in federal refunds returned to the community and area families

$2,339,500 $5,164,252 saved in tax preparation fees

My Free Taxes. To augment our VITA program, the United Way received a grant from United Way Worldwide to expand our promotion and usage of My Free Taxes. Powered by H&R Block, this website is available to those with household income of $64,000 or less who are comfortable filing their taxes themselves online. As part of the grant parameters to offer this program to a large employer, we worked with Commonwealth Health Moses Taylor Hospital, Regional Hospital of Scranton and Emergency Medical Services to offer this service to their employees. In addition, we created personalized flyers and posters for more than 40 other workplace companies to promote our VITA and My Free Taxes programs within their worksites. Nearly 130 tax returns were completed through My Free Taxes with an average EITC of $2,268 and an average federal refund of $2,100.

in Earned Income Tax Credits

business leaders and individuals are encouraged to give the Gift of Warmth in lieu of holiday gifts and tokens to vendors, clients, and friends. With this generous support and that of several area foundations, Gift of Warmth funds are used to provide emergency fuel/utility assistance or emergency furnace repair. Nearly 129 families in Lackawanna and Wayne Counties received the Gift of Warmth in 2016 and overcame emergency heating situations during the coldest months of winter. Illustrating the scope and breadth of the program, the youngest recipient of the Gift of Warmth was a newborn infant and the oldest was 89 years old. State and Federal Aid Programs. The United Way continued its role as local administrator for the State Food Purchase Program (SFPP) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). We leveraged $350,805 in SFPP funds to provide nearly 267,000 pounds of food and assist 11,512 households through nine agencies. The FEMA dollars provide supplemental funds for emergency food and shelter needs. During Phase 33, more than $103,000 in federal funds were awarded to six local organizations to help meet those needs.

Family Savings Accounts. As part of the United Way’s commitment to improving the financial stability of area families in need, we offered Family Savings Accounts through a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. Enrolled, eligible families residing in Lackawanna or Wayne Counties receive a dollar-for-dollar match for savings up to $2,000. Program participants must use the funds for specific Partner Agencies and Programs :: Financial Stability Catholic Social Services savings goals: purchase of first home; postsecondary education • Latino Affairs Program or small business start-up. In addition to meeting monthly savings • Relief Assistance/Counseling goals in a custodial savings account at PNC Bank, Wayne Bank • St. Anthony’s Haven Men’s and Women’s or The Dime Bank, the savers must also attend a minimum of 10 Homeless Shelter hours of financial training in budgeting, credit repair, loans and St. Joseph’s Center personal financial planning. To date, 10 savers are enrolled in • Mother/Infant Home the program. The Salvation Army • Comprehensive Emergency Assistance Gift of Warmth. The Gift of Warmth program was established in 2008 by former United Way board member Patrick McMahon United Neighborhood Centers of NEPA • Community Services of One Point to raise additional funds for the United Way’s • Heating and Utility Assistance Emergency Heating program. Through this innovative initiative, Womens’ Resource Center • Domestic Violence 11 | United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties 2016-17 Annual Report

Pictured: VITA volunteers after completing more than 80 tax returns at our mobile outreach site in Carbondale.


Partner Agency Program Impact: Financial Stability

94% of households in need

100% of households

received income supports (i.e. food, heat, etc.)

improved their saving and assets

96% of families

68% of households

learned how to better manage expenses

secured employment

of households in need 99% secured affordable housing

89% of households

87% of individuals

were referred for appropriate benefits

participated in programs to improve their financial stainability and safety

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We’re fighting for... 33Safe homes and healthy communities 33Healthy eating and physical activity 33Development of healthy behaviors 33Access to health care Nicholas Wendt, TIPS University of Scranton student technician, monitors the blood pressure of a TIPS participant at United Neighborhood Center of NEPA’s West Side Active Adult Community Center.

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The United Way is committed to promoting healthy behaviors and ensuring residents of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties have access to quality physical and mental health care. Together with numerous partners, we’re helping thousands of people in our community lead healthier, safer, stronger and more productive lives. The United Way is fighting to ensure the good physical and mental health, well-being and safety of everyone in Lackawanna and Wayne Counties. Telehealth Intervention Program for Seniors (TIPS). As part of our ongoing commitment to community health, the United Way began the ground-breaking TIPS initiative to help older adults self-manage chronic health conditions while avoiding unplanned or emergency medical visits, improving overall health, reducing healthcare expenses and minimizing stress on caregivers while helping seniors remain active and independent in their own homes. Funded by a grant from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, TIPS uses non-invasive, FDA-approved medical devices to assess the health of more than 200 seniors at the Jewish Community Center of Scranton and United Neighborhood Centers’ Active Adult Community Centers in Carbondale, Jessup, South Scranton and West Scranton. We received a grant from the AARP to temporarily expand the program to St. Catherine’s Manor in Dunmore and include FitBits and Conductorcise—an exercise program set to music. Trained student technicians from the University of Scranton measure the seniors’ blood oxygen levels, blood pressure, pulse and weight at least twice weekly. The readings are transmitted to a nurse who reviews them remotely and will contact the senior directly at the first sign of concern. In a study completed last summer, 37 TIPS participants reported having been frequent visitors to area emergency rooms due to chronic cardiovascular or pulmonary conditions prior to entering TIPS. Since joining TIPS, these same 37 participants have reported zero visits to the ER or readmissions to local hospitals.

Rosie’s Story

For Rosie, the TIPS program was not only lifechanging—it was life-saving. Rosie is a member of the United Neighborhood Center’s West Scranton Active Adult Community Center and a regular TIPS participant. Last year, when Rosie’s TIPS results were transmitted, Donna Redmon, RN, TIPS Nurse and UNC’s Community Health Program Coordinator, noticed a problem immediately. Rosie’s heart rate had begun to dip and Donna knew that this fluctuation was very unusual in Rosie’s case. The nurse quickly reached out to Rosie and urged she see her doctor. After a battery of tests, Rosie underwent a cardiac catheterization which detected two badly blocked arteries. Within 10 days of her abnormal TIPS readings, Rosie was admitted to Commonwealth Health Regional Hospital of Scranton for surgery to remove the blockages. “I’m fine now, but if not for this program, it could’ve led to a stroke, a heart attack or God only knows what would’ve happened,” she said. Rosie is now among our strongest advocates and makes sure to encourage everyone at the center to participate in TIPS!

Heroes in Bullying Prevention. Thanks to a grant from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, we continued our work with the Innovative Learning Institute and renowned

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bullying prevention expert Dr. David M. Hall to develop a Bullying Prevention Teacher’s Guide for Kindergarten 4th grade. Written by Dr. Nicole Yetter and Mrs. Meg Burke, the guide provides complete lesson plans at each age level and integrates literacy skills into bullying prevention. The lessons are aligned around learning standards to improve critical thinking and positively impact standardized test scores. To introduce the guide, we held a full-day Bullying Prevention Workshop as more than 20 educators from the Scranton and Wallenpaupack Area School Districts and the Diocese of Scranton attended the workshop led by Dr. Yetter and Dr. Hall as well as Alyssa Walloff, literacy specialist. The Bullying Prevention Teacher’s Guides and the corresponding children’s books were distributed at the workshop and also to each elementary school in the Scranton and Wallenpaupack Area School Districts. The Bullying Prevention work will be further expanding into the Wallenpaupack Area School District with a grant from the John and Helen Villaume Foundation and into area Christian Academies, Diocesan and other faith-based schools through a grant from the William McGowan Foundation.

Partner Agencies and Programs :: Health. American Red Cross of Lackawanna County • Disaster/Emergency Services The Arc of NEPA • Adult Day Care • Advocacy Services Boys and Girls Clubs of NEPA • Core Program • Park it Program Catholic Social Services • General Counseling Purchase of Service Greater Carbondale YMCA • Youth Greater Scranton YMCA • Program/Membership - Financial Aid Jewish Community Center of Scranton • Education & Recreation - Adults • Senior Adults • Youth Jewish Family Service of NEPA • Counseling Purchase of Service • Free Dental Clinic • Older Adult Services and Casework Management

FamilyWize Prescription Discount Program. The United Lackawanna Blind Association Way continued to offer FamilyWize Prescription Discount cards • Client Support Services • Prevention of Blindness for people in Lackawanna and Wayne Counties with little or no • Radio Reading Service prescription coverage. FamilyWize cards are free and distributed • Social Activity Program broadly throughout the community and can also be downloaded from our website at or by texing Family to 700700. Meals on Wheels of NEPA • Fast Track Home-Delivered Meals (Message and data rates may apply.) Through this free program, residents of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties saved $402,562 last year. St. Joseph’s Center •

Maternity Services

Dental Health Project. Through the kindness of a generous Scranton Primary Health Care Center • Unemployed/Uninsured Program - Financial Aid community sponsor and in partnership with the Scranton Primary Health Care Center, the United Way distributed more than 1,000 Serving Seniors • Community Services dental health bags free of charge to people of all ages in need in our community. The bags included a free dental exam for all Telespond Senior Services • Adult Day Care recipients and were packed by student volunteers from Our Lady • Dementia Care/Respite Services of Peace School. •

Senior Companion Respite

Community Investment Council. The United Way’s Community United Cerebral Palsy of Northeastern Pennsylvania • Assistive Technology Investment Council awarded a grant to help support the Pediatric • Home Services and Neonatal Intensive Care Family Rooms at Commonwealth Health Moses Taylor Hospital which had 10,000 visits last year. United Neighborhood Centers of NEPA • Center Services - Teens/Adults The fully-furnished rooms are designed to be a warm and Voluntary Action Center of NEPA welcoming respite for families with hospitalized children. •

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Volunteer Services Program

Womens’ Resource Center • Crisis Intervention Hotline

Dr. Nicole Yetter leads the Bullying Prevention Workshop as more than 20 educators were trained in effectively utilizing our Bullying Prevention Guide in their schools and elementary classrooms.

BY THE NUMBERS 72% of individuals

Partner Agency Program Impact: HEALTH


of individuals

had access to physical and behavioral healthcare

had access to safe homes and healthy communities

95% of individuals

63% of individuals

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Representatives from the 2016 Wayne County Grant recipient organizations gather at the Hotel Wayne with Campaign Co-Chairs Gary Beilman, CEO of The Dime Bank and Lew Critelli, CEO of Wayne Bank (center) and Gary Drapek, United Way president (top right) at the kick-off to last year’s Wayne County Campaign. 2016 Grant Recipients. The United Way’s Wayne County Fund Distribution Committee is comprised entirely of individuals who live and work in the county. Last year, this dedicated group of volunteers met during the summer to review funding requests and awarded more than $47,000 in grants to 14 Wayne County organizations. The funds were raised through workplace campaigns, corporate gifts, individual donations and foundation awards during the prior year’s campaign.

Day of Caring. As part of last year’s 22nd Annual Nancy Jackson Memorial Day of Caring, more than 40 volunteers rolled up their sleeves to make a difference. The volunteers completed a variety of projects in Wayne County at Goose Pond Scout Reservation in Lake Ariel, Telespond Senior Services’ Adult Day program in the Robert Drake Community Center in Hawley; and Victims’ Intervention Program, the Wayne County Public Library and Wayne County YMCA in Honesdale.

The grant recipients are: The Arc of NEPA • Catholic Social Services • Devereux Pocono Center • Hawley Public Library • Honesdale Communities That Care • Hose Company No. 1 - Honesdale Fire Department • The Salvation Army • Victims’ Intervention Program • Wallenpaupack Area School District • Wayne County Area Agency on Aging • Wayne County Food Pantry • Wayne Pike Adult Literacy • Wayne County Public Library • Wayne County YMCA

Community Investment Council. The United Way’s Community Investment Council awarded a grant to Telespond Senior Services to help support the opening of an Adult Day Service program in the Robert Drake Community Center in Hawley. The grant was utilized for equipment and supplies as the program opened in February of this year and is licensed to serve 42 clients.

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For more than 10 years, the United Way has worked side-by-side with business and community leaders, local government officials and nonprofit organizations in Wayne County to fight for the residents of this vibrant community. In excess of $550,000 in grant funds has been distributed to more than a dozen community organizations providing critical services in the county. But the impact of the United Way in Wayne County is even more far-reaching as we’ve leveraged those dollars with direct and in-kind services such as educational tax credits, VITA, the Gift of Warmth and more for a sum total of approximately $1.2 million in the last decade. The United Way is fighting for the education, financial stability and health of everyone in Wayne County. Education. During the 2016 annual campaign, 24 area companies including The Dime Bank, The Honesdale National Bank and Wayne Bank contributed to the United Way’s Educational Tax Credit program. These funds helped 40 Wayne County families and one family in Pike County send their children to quality preschools in the area.

Health. The United Way continued its commitment to helping people with little or no prescription coverage access needed medications by distributing free FamilyWize prescription discount cards. Last year, Wayne County residents saved $133,637 through this program.

Thanks to a grant from the John and Helen Villaume Foundation, In addition, the tax credit dollars were also used to provide a the United Way expanded our Bullying Prevention program summer program of robotics and environmental education for aimed at arming educators with the tools necessary to combat 130 children and a spring arts, environmental and robotics this serious issue. Scholarships were awarded to allow teachers program for 41 children at the Wayne County YMCA. from the Wallenpaupack Area School District to complete a threecredit graduate course online with Delaware Valley University Financial Stability. During the seventh year of the Gift in Bullying Prevention and Diversity. Additionally, five educators of Warmth program in Wayne County, 22 families in need from the district attended the Bullying Prevention for Educators received emergency fuel/utility assistance last winter. workshop led by the Innovative Learning Institute and Dr. David Hall which trained the teachers on a newly created Bullying In the 8th year of our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Prevention Guide for teachers. program expansion into Wayne County, volunteers prepared 125 tax returns for Wayne County residents with another 14 tax returns filed online through My Free Taxes. Volunteers spruce up the Goose Pond Scout Reservation in Lake Ariel during the 2016 Nancy Jackson Memorial Day of Caring.

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2016-17 United Way Campaign Chairman, Justin Davis, announces the final total raised at the 2016 Campaign Community Celebration in November. 2016 Campaign Highlights. With the support of thousands of generous donors, the United Way is fighting for our community one life at a time and one gift at a time. Led by Justin Davis, CEO of Commonwealth Health Moses Taylor Hospital, Commonwealth Health Regional Hospital of Scranton and Commonwealth Health Emergency Medical Services, this year’s Campaign Cabinet was comprised of more than 65 dedicated volunteers. They joined forces to raise $3,478,016 and announced that total at this year’s Campaign Community Celebration which took joining the fight to a new level and featured a “Rocky” theme. This success was once again due in large part to the thousands of individuals that donated and hundreds of area companies made corporate contributions and many also conducted employee campaigns at their workplaces. The Pillars. As the final figures were tallied, 10 companies emerged as the highest grossing campaigns, combining employee giving with corporate support. Honored for their incredible generosity at the Annual Awards Breakfast in April, these companies joined forces to contribute more than $1 million during the 2016 campaign. They are: Commonwealth Health Moses Taylor Hospital • Gentex Corporation • Gertrude Hawk 19 | United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties 2016-17 Annual Report

Chocolates • PNC Bank • PPL Utilities • The P&G Paper Products Company - Mehoopany Plant • The Scranton Times-Tribune • TMG Health, Inc. • United Parcel Service • Wayne Bank. Spirit of Caring Chairman’s Awards. Also presented at the Awards Celebration, these awards are the highest honor the United Way bestows annually for support that rises above and beyond. The employees of Commonwealth Health Moses Taylor Hospital, Regional Hospital of Scranton, Physicians Health Alliance and Emergency Medical Services were honored for an increase of more than $30,000 above their already generous support. HarperCollins Publishers was honored for their generous support of our Summer Learning program to help children stay healthy, active and learning all summer-long, as detailed on page five. Kiewit Power Constructors/ Lackawanna Energy Center and their employees received the award for their first-ever United Joyce Tressler flexes her muscles during the 2016 campaign! Way campaign in 2016 which

Being a loyal United Way donor is about more than simply signing a pledge card or writing a check. It’s about being a crucial part of the community and fighting to make a difference. It’s about being a fund-raiser. A game changer. A life saver. It’s about being part of the caring network of individuals and businesses whose leadership and generosity has the power to address the most complex our community faces. Because of you, children have better opportunities for successful futures. Families are becoming stronger and more financially secure. Neighborhoods are thriving. Seniors are supported as they age with dignity and independence. And, we stand with those rebuilding their lives when disaster strikes. yielded truly fantastic results. People’s Security Bank & Trust Company and their employees were honored as their campaign surged to new levels with an increase of nearly 75 percent over their already generous giving from the prior year which was further bolstered by the company’s corporate match. Joyce Tressler received the award for her committed leadership across all areas of the campaign and the enthusiastic and competitive spirit she shares. The final Chairman’s Award was presented to the employees of Wegmans Food Markets as their generous campaign increased by more than 45 percent. 21st Annual Mike Munchak Charity Golf Classic. The United Way was honored to welcome Scranton native Mike Munchak, 2001 Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinee, former all-pro Guard From left: Mike greets the 2016 Mike Munchak Community Services Scholarship Award winner, for the Houston Oilers and current Offensive Line Coach for the Collin Cooper and his parents, Shannon and Dwaine. Pittsburgh Steelers, for the 21st annual golf tournament bearing his name. Held at the Country Club of Scranton, the 2016 tournament featured our first sell-out since expanding the field to a 27 hole format to accommodate more foursomes as 194 golfers teed it up and raised in excess of $51,400.

Sources of Revenue :: 2016 Campaign ional t a c u Ed its d e r C Com Tax mun ity I .1% 4 1 n i t ia 8 .9%

tive s Bequests & Misc. 6.8%

ving i G e t a Corpor % 18.2

Employee Giving 32.3%

Individual Givin g 8.3%

To honor Mike’s enduring commitment to the people of Northeastern Pennsylvania, the United Way established the Mike Munchak Community Services Scholarship in 2012 to be awarded to a graduating high school senior from Lackawanna or Wayne Counties. The one-time award of $6,300 honors Mike’s #63 that he wore throughout his playing days and which was retired by the Houston Oilers. Last year’s recipient was Collin Cooper, a 2016 graduate of Lakeland Jr/Sr High School. Mr. Cooper was an active volunteer with Meals on Wheels and is currently studying Business Management at Campbell University.

Non Corp. Fdtn. Giving 11.4%

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JOIN THE FIGHT :: ADVOCATE Legislative Priorities. United Way President Gary Drapek joined nearly a dozen colleagues from the United Way system throughout Pennsylvania in March to meet with legislators about key issues and community priorities relating to the Commonwealth Budget. Among those priorities is advocating for an increased investment in high quality, early childhood education programs such as Pre-K for PA and Head Start as well as maintaining sufficient funding for the newly proposed consolidation of four, key state agencies into a singular Department of Health and Human United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties president Gary Drapek (left) and United Services. We also urged the Governor and General Assembly to Way of Wyoming Valley president Bill Jones (right) meeting with Senator Lisa Baker avoid additional cuts to human services in the Commonwealth (center) during United Way of Pennsylvania’s Capitol Hill Day in Harrisburg. Budget and advocated for a fair budget to be passed by July 1 so that nonprofit service providers are not hampered in their service also activated during times of crisis for effective and efficient delivery by another devastating state budget impasse. disaster response, help with disseminating public information, rumor control, volunteer and donation coordination and non2-1-1. Every hour of every day, people need essential human emergency contacts. Whether for regional disaster response or services. But what happens personal crisis, 2-1-1 is available 24 hours a day, seven days when they don’t know where a week and 365 days per year. The information comes from a to turn? 2-1-1 is an easy to single, comprehensive database and is accessible online, via remember three-digit telephone phone call or text. number assigned by the Federal Communications Commission 2-1-1 is currently available to more than 90 percent of residents in to provide quick and easy access to information about locally the United States and last year more than 16,000 Pennsylvanians available health and human services in the region. As such, we accessed 2-1-1. However, because 2-1-1 service is available on a also lent our collective voices in support of HB 211, sponsored very limited basis in Northeastern Pennsylvania, our United Way by Representative Stephen Bloom of Cumberland County which is working with neighboring United Ways, nonprofit organizations seeks a first-time appropriation of $1.5 million in state funding to and information and referral programs in our region to transform begin implementation of a statewide 2-1-1 system. 2-1-1 Northeast into a robust resource for people in need. We 2-1-1 strives to be a public-private partnership for information and referral via all communication channels. By calling 2-1-1, texting your zip code to 898211 or accessing, people in need connect to a wide range of services from disaster relief to utility assistance, programs for senior citizens, emergency food, youth programs, income tax filing assistance and a host of other vital services. 2-1-1 systems are 21 | United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties 2016-17 Annual Report

have secured a grant from the Margaret Briggs Foundation for 2-1-1 in our community and have augmented those funds with a grant from our Community Investment Council. Despite the limited availability of 2-1-1 in our region, there were nearly 2,500 calls in the past year seeking information or requesting help with 92 different categories of need. Information about housing and rent assistance were the most frequently sought by callers/ texters to 2-1-1 Northeast in the past year.

The United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties knows that to truly fight for our community means to galvanize our voices and advocate for needed changes at the local, state and federal level. Policy change can be big or small. It can mean collaborating with area school boards and teacher’s unions to help educators better combat bullying. It can be urging state government to invest more in education, social services or 2-1-1.Or it can be mobilizing to speak out with one voice on a critical cause, in person or online. As a leader in community collaborations, the United Way is amplifying individuals’ voices on the most important issues in our community by providing a platform for people to take meaningful action and make a difference. Together, we will advocate for children, families, veterans, older adults and those facing illness or disability. We will give a voice to those without one, hope to hopeless and strength to the powerless. Advocacy in Action :: How You Can Join Us. Share your passion for the education, financial stability and health that makes our community a better place for all of us! Champion the cause! Visit us online at to learn more, sign up

for email updates and connect with us on social media through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for up-to-the-minute updates on the issues that matter most in our community.

United Way and Organized Labor: Working Together to Fight For Our Community Department of Labor Participation. During the past year, the United Way’s Department of Labor Participation continued successful partnerships with the Lackawanna and Pocono Workforce Investment Boards. The Department also continued its work with the Northeast Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center to promote manufacturing in our region, retain jobs and create new employment opportunities for displaced workers. The Department continues to be an integral part of the Commonwealth’s Rapid Response Team—meeting immediately with displaced workers to quickly help them access important services during unemployment, including the distribution of an informational “Services for the Unemployed” brochure, available through the rapid response team, online and at the CareerLink of Lackawanna County. The Department was pleased to once again support the Letter Carrier Branch 17’s successful Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive to help fill the shelves of area food pantries and supported our local veterans through the Scranton Lackawanna Human Development

Agency’s creation of a Veteran’s Resource Council to help our nation’s veterans here at home. The Department proudly carried on the tradition of honoring an individual or group from the ranks of organized labor with the William E. Cockerill, Sr. award, presented this year to Rick Schraeder, IBEW Local 81. Rick has taken a leading role in the United Way’s campaign for more than 10 years. As chair of the Electrical Contractors Division, he personally reached out to every member of Local 81 and was instrumental in supporting the firsttime campaign at Kiewit Power Constructors in Jessup. Rick has also served as a member of the United Way’s Board of Directors and is active in a number of other community organizations.

Justin Davis, Campaign Chair, and Bill Cockerill, United Way’s Labor Liaison, present Rick Schraeder with the William E. Cockerill Sr. Award during the Annual Awards Celebration in April.

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JOIN THE FIGHT :: VOLUNTEER Nancy Jackson Memorial Day of Caring. The hallmark of the United Way is a deep rooted belief that by reaching out a hand to one, we can effectively influence the condition of all. Day of Caring takes that one step further and helps our volunteers see first hand the work of the United Way and our partners throughout the community. On September 1, 2016 more than 350 volunteers rolled up their sleeves to make a difference United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties president Gary Drapek (left) and Campaign Chair during the Nancy Jackson Memorial Day of Caring. A tradition Justin Davis (right) present Kathie Gaughan with the Joseph Mahon, Esq. Volunteer Award. since 1994, this marked the 22nd annual event as the volunteers - representing 30 area companies - completed 45 simultaneous Joseph A Mahon, Esq. Volunteer Award. Attorney Joseph projects throughout Lackawanna and Wayne Counties. Mahon’s tireless efforts on behalf of those in need was unparalleled. He served for three years as the United Way’s That evening, more than 200 people enjoyed our 9th Annual Chairman of the Board and became a daily fixture in the United Campaign Kickoff Clambake at Cooper’s Seafood House in Way office until only days before his passing in 1987. Joe Scranton. exemplified the volunteer spirit at the heart of the United Way movement. In tribute, the Joseph A. Mahon, Esq. Volunteer Nancy Jackson Memorial Youth Day of Caring. To encourage Award was established in 1988. This award is not given annually volunteerism among area young people and empower the next but rather is reserved for those rare individuals who personify generation of young leaders, the United Way hosted the 16th the ideals exhibited by Attorney Mahon. At the 2017 Awards Annual Nancy Jackson Memorial Youth Day of Caring in May. Breakfast, Kathie Gaughan, Commonwealth Health Moses More than 150 students from All Saints Academy, Carbondale Taylor Hospital, received this award. Kathie exemplifies Attorney Area High School, Northeast Scranton Intermediate, Old Forge Mahon’s credo of service over self. She has served in a number High School, St. Clare/St. Paul’s School and the Triboro Christian of volunteer capacities including coordinating Moses Taylor Academy rolled up their sleeves to make a difference at 14 Hospital’s participation in the United Way’s Home Run Team and sites within eight United Way partner agencies doing various Day of Caring as well as successfully serving as the Employee volunteer projects from supporting the Children’s Produce Campaign Manager for the hospital’s generous employee Market/Neighborhood Under One Roof at Adams Elementary to giving campaign. Additionally, Kathie has served on the United clean-up/spruce-up work and client interaction. Way’s Campaign Cabinet and in every volunteer leadership role available as part of the Community Impact Fund Distribution Both Days of Caring are sponsored by NBT Bank and were process. Last year, she was elected to the United Way’s Board renamed to honor the memory of the Day of Caring founder— of Directors and was recently named Vice Chair of Community Nancy Jackson Matthews—who passed away in March, 2016 Impact. after a valiant battle with cancer.

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Meaningful community solutions require more than successful fundraising or new programs and policies. The kind of real and lasting change that benefits everyone is only possible when people from all walks of life are willing to roll up their sleeves and go where their time and talent is most needed. The local United Way movement was created in 1921 by a passionate group of Kiwanis volunteers who galvanized to fight for our community. We owe our existence to those visionaries. We remain a powerful change agent nearly a century later because of the thousands of volunteers carrying on the fight today. On the frontline of the fight for our community are thousands of volunteers in Lackawanna and Wayne Counties who bring LIVE UNITED to life by giving selflessly of their time and talents to create lasting solutions and improve the quality of live for all of us. Get Connected. If you’d like to join the fight as a volunteer, the United Way invites you to Get Connected! Accessed through our website (, users create a profile and search for local opportunities to make a difference, including signing up to volunteer with our Day of Caring. In 2016, there were more than 3,330 visits to the Get Connected site with over 2,500 of those being unique. We added 368 new, registered users last year with nearly 13,000 page views. Join us today and Get Connected! Community Impact Fund Distribution Volunteers. The United Way’s Community Impact Fund Distribution process helps ensure that the Partner Agency programs receiving United Way funds are creating measurable results. While page 17 details the process in Wayne County, in Lackawanna County last year, more than 40 volunteers dedicated hundreds of hours of service as they carefully reviewed client data, units of service, budgets, outcomes and other crucial metrics to scrutinize effectiveness and determine appropriate funding levels. This annual citizen review process truly sets United Way apart. Because of these dedicated volunteers, you can be assured that your gift to United Way will be well spent to have maximum impact in our community.

$24.14 per hour

Estimated Value of Volunteer Time for 2016

FUND DISTRIBUTION VOLUNTEERS Community Bank, NA • Commonwealth Health Moses Taylor Hospital • Commonwealth Health Regional Hospital of Scranton • The Dime Bank • Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine • Gentex Corporation • Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield • Johnson College • Lackawanna County • Loveshaw • Marywood University • NBT Bank • Penn Foster • PNC Bank • PNC Wealth Management Group • Quadrant EPP • SLHDA • TMG Health, Inc. • UM Tech •

Partner Agency Program Fund Distribution ITY L I TS AB AL % I C N 25 96 A N ,5 FI 3 0 $4

EDUCATION 22% $356,723

HEALTH 53% $894,725

The dollar amounts and percentages shown were awarded to our partner agency programs by the Community Impact Fund Distribution Committee volunteers for Fiscal Year 2017-18.

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For the Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2016 with summarized comparative information for Fiscal Year 2015.




Cash - unrestricted Cash subject to donor restrictions Cash and cash equivalents $ Pledges receivable, net of allowance for uncollectible pledges of $199,902 and $207,845 Investments Fixed assets, net of accumulated depreciation Prepaid expenses Other receivables Beneficial interest in assets held by a community foundation

$ 3,619,139 11,245 3,630,384 $

$ 3,709,125 6,752 3,715,877

725,857 2,625,568

694,450 2,814,735

$ 7,100,863

Total assets

10,152 19,981 40,153

30,187 9,360 9,209


51,100 $ 7,324,918


LIABILITIES AND NET ASSETS Liabilities Accounts payable Accrued payroll and payroll taxes Allocations payable Agency funds Due to designated agencies Reserve for community service Total liabilities Net assets Unrestricted Board designated Undesignated Net investment in land, buildings and equipment Total unrestricted net assets Temporarily restricted Time restricted Purpose restricted Total temporarily restricted net assets Total net assets Total liabilities and net assets



66,437 10,432 749,125 201,387 146,628 12,336 1,186,345


92,708 1,309 823,136 172,773 181,896 22,744 1,294,566

2,762,314 1,380,939

3,044,912 1,145,299

58,498 4,201,751

72,533 4,262,744

1,079,057 633,710 1,712,767 5,914,518 7,100,863

1,118,968 648,640 1,767,608 6,030,352 $ 7,324,918

An independent audit was completed by McGrail, Merkel, Quinn and Associates for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2016 and is available for review at the United Way office. The official registration and financial information of the United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties may be obtained from The Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free, in Pennsylvania, 1(800) 732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.

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Tom Donohue Lamar Advertising

Senior Vice Chair

Anne Salerno Scranton School District

Vice Chair, Resource Development Alex Fried The P&G Paper Products Company, Mehoopany

Vice Chair, Community Impact Bernadette Montefour Gentex Corporation

Vice Chair, Community Impact Marketing George Lynett, Jr. The Scranton Times-Tribune


Dr. Ann Pipinski Johnson College


Kelly Scheinman Healthcare Consultant

2016 Campaign Co-Chair

Justin Davis Commonwealth Health Moses Taylor Hospital, Commonwealth Health Regional Hospital of Scranton and Commonwealth Health Emergency Medical Services

Honorary Lifetime Members Richard C. Marquardt Judith Graziano

Tracy Bannon, St. Joseph’s Center Foundation The Honorable Michael Barrasse, Lackawanna County President Judge

Gary Beilman, The Dime Bank Dr. Stanley Blondek, Physicians Health Alliance

Barbara Bossi, Geisinger-Community Medical Center

STAFF Angela Bassani, CPA,

Director of Financial Stability / VITA Program Coordinator

Lisa Berardelli,

Director of Education Programs

Bill Cockerill,

AFL/CIO Community Services Liaison

Gary Drapek,

Sandy Chickeletti, M & T Bank Lewis J. Critelli, Wayne Bank Christina Curran, McDonald’s Edward Dempsey, Boenning & Scattergood

President and CEO

P.J. Dempsey,

Director of Community Impact

Dempsey Uniform & Linen Supply

Kris E. Fendrock, Esq., Myers, Brier & Kelly, LLP

Kathie Gaughan, Commonwealth Health Moses Taylor Hospital

William King, Montrose Area School District Noelle Lynett, Community Volunteer Randy Palko, Community Volunteer Dr. Deb Pellegrino, University of Scranton Attorney Joe Price, Dougherty, Leventhal and Price, LLP

William Rosado, The Roasado Group Richard Schraeder, IBEW Local 81 Drew Simpson, Carpenter’s Union Local 645 Stephen Uliana, Quadrant EPP Dr. Marwan Wafa, Penn State University

Jack R. Evans,

Senior Vice President and CFO

Stig Fromm, Nikki Keller,

Vice President of Community Impact Marketing

Frank Kincel,

Campaign Manager

Peg Kopko,

Vice President of Community Impact

Maripat Kovalkoski,

Operational Systems Manager

Elena Kozloski,

Office Services Manager

Dan Nowakowski, Campaign Manager

John Orbin,

Vice President of Resource Development and Campaign

Worthington Scranton Campus

Jonathan Watt, Hendrick Manufacturing Scott Williams, Jack Williams Tire

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United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties' 2016-17 Annual Report  

The United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties (Scranton, PA) fights for the education, financial stability and health of every person in o...

United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties' 2016-17 Annual Report  

The United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties (Scranton, PA) fights for the education, financial stability and health of every person in o...