The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

Local News

December 26, 2013

United Way at 68 percent of campaign goal

HERMITAGE — At a recent board meeting, United Way announced that fundraising has reached  $679,050 or 68 percent of the goal.

Campaign volunteers from Greenville Area and Mercer Area school districts have been leading the effort, United Way said in a news release.

The fund drive also has received generous corporate donations by CN, Bill McCandless Ford, First National Bank of Pennsylvania, Mercer County Bar Association and UPMC Horizon hospitals in Greenville and Farrell.

Local donations also have been received from the Anderson Family Foundation, Eva C. Lindsey Foundation, Kirila Family Fund, Strimbu Memorial Foundation, and the T. James Kavanagh Foundation, the new release said.  

Donations benefit 27 non-profit agencies in our communities. Last year alone, donors’ generosity enabled United Way to help more than 42,000 individuals in need.

UWMC is also working on other initiatives to improve lives in our communities, including:

ä Poverty Reduction, a program development tool that creates an issues-based United Way.

ä 2-1-1 Helpline, a toll-free call center staffed with specially trained resource navigators who provide referrals for issues like foreclosure, loss of utilities, and problems feeding their family, to name a few. This service is especially helpful for senior citizens in need.

ä Success By 6, which was expanded by three classrooms this year, two in public school districts, and one at the Children’s Center of Mercer County, specifically for students with special needs.   

ä Stamp Out Stigma, a collaboration between United Way of Mercer County and area health care and social service providers, to educate the public about mental illness. Despite 90 percent of mental health issues being highly treatable, only 30 percent of those with behavioral disorders seek treatment.  

ä The FamilyWize Prescription Discount Program, where uninsured individuals save from 10 percent to 70 percent on prescription drugs.

Every contribution stays local providing lasting change and a brighter future for children, families and individuals in our community.

Followup phone calls and solicitations are being made to all businesses and individuals that pledged last year but have not pledged yet this year.

Donors may call the United Way office at 724-981-1884 with their pledge amount, fax their pledge card to 724-981-4838, or mail their card to United Way of Mercer County’s office at 493 S. Hermitage Road, Hermitage, PA 16148.

Donations received before Dec. 31 will meet the deadline for tax-deductible charitable contributions in 2013.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Dontae Rashad Pinkins Man arrested for April gunfight

    Federal marshals and local police arrested Dontae Rashad Pinkins Thursday on a warrant accusing him of involvement in an April gunfight with another man in a Sharon alley.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hearing changed in starving case

    The time and place for the preliminary hearing of a Greenville mom accused of starving and beating her 7-year-old young son has been changed.

    July 26, 2014

  • Schell working on mural Drawn to Mexico

    Jason Schell probably is not exaggerating when he says that millions of people have seen his art.

    July 26, 2014 4 Photos

  • Farrell man, 24, arrested on warrant in connection with April shooting

    Federal marshals and local police arrested Dontae Rashad Pinkins Thursday on a warrant accusing him of involvement in an April shootout in Sharon.


    Pinkins, 24, of Farrell, is in Mercer County Jail after failing to post bond on gun charges.

    Additional details to follow.
     

    July 25, 2014

  • Firm will study timing of traffic signals

    Hermitage commissioners on Wednesday hired Whitman, Requardt and Associates LLP to study the timing scheme of traffic signals along parts of Hermitage Road and East State Street.

    July 25, 2014

  • 3 area fire depts. awarded grants

    Three area fire departments will share in more than $590,000 in grants meant to help Pennsylvania’s rural communities guard against the threat of fires in forests and other undeveloped areas, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Ellen Ferretti announced.

    July 25, 2014

  • One suspect in home shooting is jailed

    The first of three suspects police say were involved in an attempted robbery that ended in a shooting is in jail.

    July 25, 2014

  • Dancing kids K.I.D.S. day

    Hoping to reach children at just the right age, when they are old enough to understand but not past the point where it may be too late, Mercer County Behavioral Health Commission counselors held an “alternative activities” day at the courthouse Thursday, complete with music and dancing, hot dogs and treats, games and T-shirts.

    July 25, 2014 2 Photos

  • Better security Grant available to boost security in district courts

    County officials are looking to quickly upgrade security systems in the five district judge offices, not due to an increase in risk, but because current systems are antiquated and there is a short window to apply for some financial help with the costs.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Officials split over selling older monitors

    What to do with a pile of older LCD computer monitors, keyboards and mice remains up in the air until the third, and often absent, county commissioner makes a decision.

    July 24, 2014

  • Police anxious to talk with victim

    Sharon police want to talk to a West Hill man about several other men who came to his house shortly before he was shot and critically wounded Tuesday.

    July 24, 2014

  • AED presentation Heart-friendly pool

    The Lackawannock-Shenango-West Middlesex Pool has some pretty obvious changes from when it was opened almost 46 years ago.

    July 24, 2014 4 Photos

  • Sharon man 'stable' after being shot in his West Hill home

    A Sharon man was in stable condition this morning after being shot by one of several men he had let into his West Hill home, police said.

    July 23, 2014

  • GJR killer not eligible for parole, court rules

    State Superior Court on Tuesday reversed a local judge’s decision that the sentence for one of two men who killed a night supervisor at George Junior Republic, Pine Township, was unconstitutional.

    July 23, 2014

  • Duplicated files, former worker confesses

    A Mercer woman accused of stealing customer lists, billing information and other data from her former employer headed off trial Monday by pleading guilty to a charge of unlawful duplication.

    July 23, 2014