Coalition of Business, Labor, Children’s Advocates, United Way Calls on Legislators to Pass a Tax Credit for Working Families

                                                                                                Media Contact: Jeanette Krebs                                                                                                 Cell: 717-418-6106                                                                                                 Email: jk@krebs.solutions June 7, 2022 Coalition of Business, Labor, Children’s Advocates, United Way Calls on Legislators to Pass a Tax Credit for Working Families United Way of Pennsylvania says tax credit will boost job growth, help tackle poverty HARRISBURG, PA – An alliance of leaders from…

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New research: 73% of Pennsylvania’s Black Children Lived in Financial Hardship Pre-Pandemic

New report and interactive tools reveal that federal poverty data undercounts how many children of all races are growing up amid financial insecurity. HARRISBURG, PA – The majority of Pennsylvania’s Black and Hispanic children — 73% and 69% respectively — lived in households that couldn’t afford the basics in 2019, compared to 33% of white children, according…

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More than One Million Pennsylvanians Utilized PA 211 Services Since the Beginning of the Pandemic; 211 Launches Statewide Web Chat for Pennsylvanians Who Prefer to Connect Online

Harrisburg, PA – On February 11, PA 211 Day, United Way and the Pennsylvania 211 network are celebrating the ability to connect from Hello to Help for more than one million individuals who sought help since March of 2020 via phone, text, or web search, and launching a new website chat-for-help available across PA. “PA…

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United Way Calls for a Refundable Earned Income Tax Credit in Pennsylvania, Backed by New Economic Impact Study Demonstrating a Seven-Fold Return on Investment

Lemoyne, PA – United Way of Pennsylvania is calling for state legislators to join 28 other states that currently offer individual working taxpayers some tax relief in the form of an Earned Income Tax Credit. A new economic impact study commissioned by United Way of Pennsylvania and released today shows that for every $1 in…

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United Way of Pennsylvania Reminds Faith-Based and Nonprofit Organizations that Grants are Available to Help Vaccinate Children, in addition to First, Second Doses and Boosters

Lemoyne, PA – United Way of Pennsylvania is administering a grant program to help nonprofit and faith-based organizations connect hard-to reach populations statewide with COVID-19 vaccinations, including boosters and vaccines for children. The Local Innovations in Vaccine Equity in Pennsylvania project (LIVE PA) is a partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Health reduce vaccine hesitancy…

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United Way of PA and the Early Learning Investment Commission Release Child Care Report on Working Families and Businesses

Harrisburg, PA – United Way of Pennsylvania (UWP) in partnership with the Early Learning Investment Commission (ELIC) releases a report which demonstrates that both employers and workers recognize child care is essential to Pennsylvania’s economic rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Child Care is Essential for Working Families and Businesses report combines the results from ELIC’s survey of business leaders in Pennsylvania, and UWP’s survey of…

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United Way of PA Second COVID-19 Impact Survey Results Illuminate the Difficult Road towards Financial Recovery

Harrisburg, PA – United Way of Pennsylvania (UWP) conducted a second COVID-19 Impact Survey one year after the Governor’s Emergency Declaration, with returns showing that many households continue to struggle, including working families. Pennsylvanians have greater concern about mental health and well-being, and responses show a 10 percent increase in low to middle income households’…

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Resilient PA Grassroots Network Launches to Help Pennsylvania Communities Grow and Flourish Beyond Trauma

Harrisburg, Pa. (March 16, 2021) — United Way of Pennsylvania announces today that it is launching a statewide network to connect local organizations who want to help support individuals through a trauma-informed approach which recognizes various forms of trauma and adverse events. This coalition, called “Resilient PA – Growing and Flourishing Together”, strives to foster…

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Record-Breaking Numbers of Pennsylvanians Turned to PA 211 Network for Help in 2020

Harrisburg, PA – On February 11, PA 211 Day, United Way and the Pennsylvania 211 network are celebrating the ability to connect from hello to help for more than 430,000 individuals who sought help via phone, text, or web search, and re-committing to be there for Pennsylvanians as our state builds back from the pandemic….

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Record Number of ALICE Families Struggled to Afford Household Essentials as COVID-19 Hit

These families have little to no savings and are most concerned about their ability to afford housing costs Before COVID-19 hit, almost 1.4 million Pennsylvania households were already one emergency away from financial ruin — a 10-year record high — setting the stage for the unprecedented economic impact of the crisis, according to the latest…

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