Our Community Impact Partner Programs:
Providing Fundamental Building Blocks for a Better Quality of Life
UWCCC’s Mission: To unite people and resources to build a stronger, healthier Carlisle & Cumberland County.
United Way looks to impact the areas of greatest need within our community. You will find the our partners (centered & bold) along their programs and descriptions, categorized into one of four impact areas served: Income (I), Education (E), Health (H) & Safety Net (S)
Amelia S. Givin Library
Children’s Services (E)
The pre-school storytime program presents structured storytime sessions to children ages 0-5 and their families that build an interest in reading and develop literacy and social/motor skills. These skills include group participation, drawing/writing activities, and spoken vocabulary development through the use of rhymes, songs, and games. Another program, “Ready, Set, Go!” is a kindergarten readiness program. Those sessions are designed to help prepare rising kindergartners with the skills necessary to have a successful beginning school experience and to develop reading skills. An important part of the program is also to involve the parent in the process and show them how to work with their child at home to build literacy skills.
American Red Cross
Disaster-Emergency Services (S)
Disaster teams are prepared to deliver basic necessities such as food, shelter and recovery supplies, as well as critical health and mental health services, at a moment’s notice. In the Carlisle area, the most frequent local disaster occurs with house fires. Volunteers meet emergency basic needs in the face of disaster, educate individuals and businesses on how to be prepared for the next disaster, and assist those affected by disaster with a complete recovery plan. Also, preparedness outreach programs specifically help targeted populations maintain their health and wellness by preventing the deadly transmission of communicable diseases.
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Children facing adversity need a mentor. Those children are carefully matched by professional match support specialists with a community volunteer whose interests and expertise closely align with that of the child. Most children served come from poor/unstable homes, and they are vulnerable to substance abuse, juvenile delinquency, and academic failure. Big Brothers Big Sisters provides them with a mentor who can inspire these “Littles” to achieve. The match support specialists interview the child, the community volunteer, and the custodial parent or guardian and use that information to make the best possible match, for both the Little and the Big. Support staff also regularly contacts Bigs, Littles, and parent/guardians to monitor the success of the match and to offer assistance and feedback.
Bosler Memorial Library
Preschool Youth Services Programs (E)
Bosler Memorial Library’s Preschool Youth Services Programs feature high-quality, developmentally and educationally appropriate early learning experiences and opportunities for children and their parents/caregivers from infancy through kindergarten. Programming at the Library begins at birth, as the earliest years are the most critical. The Library’s programming objectives are to both engage and inspire young minds and to mentor and model for parents and caregivers how best to make the most of these early formative years.
Resource Center (S)
The main goal of the Resource Center is to assist the homeless in overcoming their unique obstacles to obtaining and maintaining housing. All clients are assigned a Supportive Services Coordinator. Depending on individual circumstances and needs, the Coordinator will then connect the client to the appropriate services, such as educational and employment programs, medical, legal, or veterans’ services. The center also provides a home base, a place to take a shower, wash clothes, store backpacks, make and receive phone calls, and receive mail.
Carlisle Early Education Center
Childcare Scholarships (E)
Child care programs include full-time care offered to infants through preschool age. The children receive breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack. One of the goals at Carlisle Early Education Center is to offer quality care to the children who would be considered at risk if they did not have the proper start in education. United Way funds are used to provide scholarships for low-income families.
CONTACT Helpline (E)
Listening, Information & Referral Hotline
CONTACT Helpline provides a 24-hour listening, information and referral service. The helpline is answered by highly trained volunteers. By dialing 2-1-1, callers are assisted with finding health and human services resources in our community such as food, clothing, counseling, and addiction services. The phone workers use a comprehensive database which lists over 900 agencies and 2,000 programs for the tri-county community. In addition, callers are provided with the opportunity to discuss any issue or concern. The phone workers listen without judgment or giving advice, allowing callers to share their most difficult problems in a safe environment. The helpline services are free, anonymous, and available 24 hours a day.
CPARC – The Arc of Cumberland & Perry Counties
The program goals are to advocate for necessary supports to allow individuals with intellectual disabilities to live successfully in the community, and to provide education that will enhance the family’s or individual’s ability to be more self-sufficient. The program assists families and people with intellectual disabilities to access services and supports by understanding and using the laws and regulations implemented for this purpose. Advocates also provide direct and indirect education to the community to help them understand that people who have intellectual disabilities are deserving of respect and entitled to the same rights as everyone else.
Residential Program (H)
The residential program provides supervised living arrangements for people with intellectual disabilities. The mission is to assist each individual to gain independent skills and become involved in community life. Living arrangements include group homes, apartment living, family living, and a community support program, which provides individualized service to people in their own home.
Domestic Violence Services
Emergency Shelter (S)
The emergency shelter program provides for a 30-day stay in a sixth-month period for adult victims of domestic violence and their dependent children. Both individual and group counseling use an empowerment, supportive and educational model and is available to both resident and non-resident clients. Legal advocacy is available to all victims as well. Individual case review is conducted on a weekly basis, and the needs of the guest are addressed. The main goal of the program is to create a safe place for women to stay by providing confidential shelter and supportive living environments that allow them to make informed choices about their future.
Employment Skills Center
GED Program (E)
Anyone over the age of 17 who does not hold a high school diploma or a credential is eligible for the program. The program operates year-round, with four class locations in Carlisle. Classes are offered both during the daytime and evening hours. Participants may also be paired with a private tutor if requested, particularly for those students whose schedules may not be conducive to classroom hours or who may have certain barriers/feel discomfort in a classroom environment. Case management is provided for all participants to help ensure that they meet their academic and employment goals. Instruction is specific to the five GED content areas of writing skills, literature and the arts (reading), mathematics, science, and social studies. Official practice tests are given to determine readiness for the GED exam. All programs are free of charge.
ESL classes provide learners with the English skills that are necessary to advance their educational and employment levels and/or become citizens of the United States. Classes are offered on a beginner and an intermediate level to address the needs of all learners. In addition, an emerging speakers class is offered that is open to anyone who falls below the beginner level. Private tutors are available to those who are unable to attend classroom sessions.
The literacy program provides fundamental skills in reading, writing, and math. Two classes are available: one for learners who are at or below a 3rd grade reading level, and one for learners who tested between a 4th and 6th grade reading level. Once students advance past the 6th grade level, they are eligible for the GED classes. Private tutors are also available. Without basic literacy skills, adults are unable to move forward in many aspects of their lives. The program teaches the skills that allow the learners to participate in community activities, employment, and further training if appropriate.
Habitat for Humanity
Home Again- Low Income Home Repair (S)
Program provides essential home repairs to houses owned by low- to moderate-income families in Cumberland County. The homeowner must be income qualified, own their home, and be current on taxes, utilities, and insurance. There are three basic types of work: beautification (landscaping, painting, etc.), weatherization (construction, insulation, windows, doors), and mechanical (electrical, plumbing, heating).
Kids’ Café (E)
The program intends to enrich the lives of our neighborhood’s children and youth, enabling them to succeed in becoming self-sufficient adults, contributing positively to the community in the future. The goals include: preserve and increase self-esteem, promote healthy lifestyles, promote a community service orientation, promote the values of good citizenship, expand youth’s awareness of our ever-changing world and technology, help them choose positive goals for their future, and support them in achieving those goals. Kids’ Café provides free after-school meals through the school year, and free breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snacks in the summer. The children also receive education about nutrition and African-American history.
Hospice of Central PA
Palliative Care & Music Therapy (H)
Palliative care is a new medical field that helps patients find relief from symptoms associated with a serious chronic illness. Palliative care also assists patients and families with treatment decisions and emotional issues related to serious illness. Palliative care can improve quality of daily life by providing relief from physical symptoms including pain, fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite and shortness of breath. By lessening physical symptoms, individuals may be better able to tolerate medical treatments. Palliative care can also lessen the level of emotional stress and can help to better match treatment plans to individual and family goals.
Music Therapy is another complimentary therapy that is well received by many hospice patients and their families. Music Therapy for end-of-life patients is typically provided with stringed instruments as the vibrations can have a positive impact on the body and can be very comforting. The positive effects of music therapy at the bedside may include decrease in labored breathing, decreased physical discomfort/pain, decreased anxiety, decreased restlessness and improved sleep. It can also be an emotional experience for patients and families to reminisce, do life review and physically connect while the music is playing.
Maranatha – Carlisle
Financial Management Services (I)
The program actively manages finances for clients, ensuring that basic needs are met and expenses are covered throughout the month. A spending plan is developed in coordination with the client, their creditors, and, if appropriate, a case manager. The client’s income is directed to Maranatha’s office, and the plan is implemented. Client bills are paid directly from Maranatha’s accounts set up for this purpose, and spending checks are mailed weekly to clients for food and out of pocket expenses. After basic needs are met, and if funds allow, debt repayment is also addressed. Clients, who are able, are encouraged to assist in the management of their funds and eventually assume full control of their income.
MidPenn Legal Services
Critical Help for Critical Moments (S)
A multi-faceted project with four components: housing, family, consumer, and income maintenance. MidPenn provides legal representation and advice to low-income tenants to enable them to secure and maintain safe, affordable housing. They also provide legal advice and representation to low-income individuals in custody and divorce matters where a child’s safely is at risk; a parent is denied contact with his/her child; or where a child has been taken from a primary caregiver without permission. Low-income consumers facing unfair debt collection or predatory lending practices are also given advice and representation. Finally, MidPenn helps those who need help in public benefits such as Unemployment Compensation, Food Stamps, access to health care and other programs.
Domestic Violence Services (S)
This program provides legal advice and/or representation to domestic violence survivors in the Greater Carlisle Area. The goal is to provide the support and legal expertise necessary to aid the clients to obtain a life free of abuse. MidPenn assists survivors with obtaining a Protection from Abuse (PFA) order from the Court of Common Pleas, which gives the survivor a legally enforceable way to protect him/herself from further abuse. Options also include counseling and the issuance of warning letters to abusers when appropriate. Representation is provided without regard to income.
Core Programs (S)
Project SHARE’s main program is access to nutritious food boxes for low-income people. Food boxes contain approximately 60-65 nutritious fresh, frozen, and canned food items, approximately one week’s worth of groceries for a family of four. Food distribution occurs four days per month over the course of one week. A weekly clothing distribution provides free clothing and household items on non-food distribution weeks. Teams of volunteers also deliver food to homebound recipients. Project SHARE provides food-filled bags on Friday afternoons to students who are unsupervised during the weekend and need help with non-cook food items. The bags are picked up again on Monday and refilled for the following weekend. Volunteers and program recipients also glean/harvest at over 30 local farms and orchards to reduce food waste. Fresh fruits and vegetables are given away at Project SHARE’s farm stand year round. “Food for Life” and “Kids in the Kitchen” programs offer nutrition and cooking education.
The RASE Project
RASE of Carlisle (Recovery, Advocacy, Service & Empowerment) (H)
The Carlisle RASE house offers transitional housing and recovery-oriented programming to women. It offers continuous monitoring and comprehensive, holistic recovery-based support services to the residents that include assessments, referral, recovery planning, updates, weekly face-to-face sessions, day-to-day service monitoring, weekly life skills classes, weekly Recovery-101 groups, weekly house meetings, financial management classes, urinalysis screening, and mandatory 12-step meeting attendance. Residents are required to work, pay rent, and purchase their own food. The ultimate goal is for the women who complete the RASE project to have gained the skills to remain in sustained, long-term recovery, to maintain employment, to navigate life successfully, and to become productive, contributing members of society. United Way funding assists with the coordination of a “job bank” for residents to utilize, helps facilitate vocational and job readiness groups, and helps provide guidance to each resident to determine the best type of employment.
Sadler Health Center
Nurse-Family Partnership (H)
Nurse-Family Partnership is a free and voluntary service where highly educated Registered Nurses visit income-eligible women in their homes during their first pregnancy and throughout the first two years of that child’s life to accomplish three goals:
- A healthy pregnancy outcome
- Improved child health and development and
- Improvement of economic self-sufficiency
James Wilson Shelter Program (S)
This program provides housing and support services designed to create a connection between temporary shelter and permanent housing. The temporary shelter at the James Wilson facility is available to homeless individuals and families. The assistance offered to residents attempts to disrupt the cycle of homelessness and help them increase their emotional and physical stability, life and employment skills, and self-esteem. By providing a safe environment, counsel, and community agency references, Safe Harbour helps residents so that they no longer must live “crisis to crisis”.
My Brother’s Table (S)
Program serves hot, nutritious meals every day to the displaced, homeless, and low-income children and adults in the Greater Carlisle area, including the Salvation Army’s residents. Many clients have to choose between paying for food and paying for such things as medicine or medical care. My Brother’s Table relies on community volunteers from community service groups, college and high school students, and churches.
Senior Action Center (S)
The Senior Action Center (SAC) was designed to provide services to the elderly population of Cumberland County by offering a wide variety of programs, activities, and congregate meals. Programs include exercise, travel, the visual arts, computer literacy training, and health updates which are designed to meet the educational, social, and spiritual needs of today’s seniors. The primary goal of the SAC is to prolong independent living as long as possible.
Social Services (S)
The social services program provides assistance to men, women, and families living in poverty or on a fixed income who are faced with a crisis situation caused by loss of income, relocation, illness, or other unforeseen circumstances. In any of the aforementioned situations, a persons’ ability to meet basic needs such as food, clothing, or medical issues becomes complicated. We address these areas by providing access to an emergency food pantry, transportation, referrals to other agencies, and offering vouchers for clothing, household items, and prescriptions.
Summer Program for Youth
Summer Program for Youth (SPY) (E)
SPY enriches the lives of children who are in need, both socially and economically. The SPY program reaches out to children who have been identified by their school guidance counselors as pupils “at risk” who need structure and educational enrichment during the summer. The program provides educational and recreational activities that develop reading and other skills, enhance community awareness, heighten self-esteem and instill positive character traits. SPY campers enjoy educational activities, arts and crafts, recreational games, breakfast and a well-balanced lunch as well as afternoon snack. Field trips in and around town are scheduled weekly.
UCP of Central PA
Neighbors Adult Day Programs (H)
The Adult Day Programs are designed to meet the unique social, emotional, and educational needs of individual adults with a wide range of disabilities. At the same time, each of the day programs provides a safe, secure, and stimulating environment where adults with disabilities can learn, grow, nurture relationships with their peers, and actively participate in the community around them. Neighbors Adult Day Programs offer a more contemporary approach with a greater emphasis on community-based activities. Daily outings provide program participants with either recreation or volunteer opportunities. The Neighbors programs are held in three locations.
Family Services (H)
A family-driven program for parents, siblings, and extended families of children with disabilities. The goal is for parents and family members to feel less overwhelmed and alone; acquire the skills and knowledge needed to be better advocates for their child; and reduce family stress. This is accomplished via a multi-tiered system of support that includes information and referral, family activities, and various additional services that are designed to strengthen and support families.
Early Intervention (H)
Program is designed to support, assist, and educate children from birth to 5 years of age who currently experience, or are at risk for, developmental delays. This occurs within the child’s home, community, and inclusive childcare program. A team consisting of a Developmental Therapist, Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Speech Therapist, and Registered Dietitian work together to meet the stated individual goals for each targeted child within the child’s natural environment.
Carlisle Victory Circle
Victory Circle for CASD Middle & High School Students (E)
Carlisle Victory Circle (CVC) programs are designed to teach minority and under-represented middle and high school students in the Carlisle Area School District to dream dreams, to set goals, to work to achieve those goals, to see themselves as necessary contributors to their community, and to see themselves as someone who is worthy. CVC achieves this through a four-pronged approach: in-school clubs, after-school homework assistance, cultural and educational activities, and community service.
Carlisle Family YMCA
Camp Scholarships (E)
YMCA camping services provides eleven weeklong sessions of day camp and four sessions of seven day resident camp, each age-specific. All camps are certified by the American Camping Association. Day camps include traditional camp activities such as arts and crafts, games, cooking, swimming, field trips, fishing, environmental education, and sports. Resident Camp provides a more unique outdoor experience and includes outdoor living skills, canoeing, low and high rope course work and leadership development. United Way funds are used to provide scholarships for low-income families.
Child Care Scholarships (E)
This four-star state licensed program provides a safe and affordable full-day care for infant to preschool children while their parents are at work. There are age-appropriate activities offered in a nurturing environment designed to stimulate the social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development of the children. United Way funds are used to help cover tuition costs for low-income families.
Community Youth (E)
The YMCA provides a variety of activities and programs for youth during the non-school hours where they build healthy, positive relationships with their peers and caring adults. The program fosters youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Full or partial scholarships are provided for youth, teen, sports and aquatic programs and membership services to low-income youth. Accessible services include youth fitness center, youth fitness classes, use of the youth center for homework assistance, computer access, and social opportunities.
Community Preschool (E)
Early Start Community Preschool specifically recruits children living in families with low incomes. The curriculum is designed to prepare them for kindergarten while providing them with a safe and stimulating preschool experience. Early Start teaches socialization skills, language development, cognitive development, and both large and small muscle skills coordination through a theme-based, loosely structured curriculum.
Counseling Services (H)
Program provides support services to individuals with a variety of social and emotional needs by offering therapy on a sliding fee scale and support groups. The goals of both therapy and support groups are to provide individuals with some emotional relief. In addition, clients learn skills they need to make more positive life choices and are guided to resources in the community which may help them.
Rape Crisis (S)
This program includes a 24-hour hotline, accompaniment to legal & medical proceedings, counseling and support groups, and advocacy on behalf of victim/survivors of sexual assault and their significant others. In addition, the staff presents prevention/education programs to students in Cumberland County schools and a summer day camp for adolescent girls who have been victims of sexual assault.
Youth Intervention (E)
After-school homework clubs – these take place in areas mainly populated by people living in subsidized housing. The major goal of the clubs is homework completion, so that children maintain good academic standing in school. Students also learn important social skills, such as problem solving, anger management, and diversity.
Girl Power (E)
Girl Power is a prevention program for potentially at risk, adolescent girls. It is designed to be a leadership program which promotes resiliency, connection, and academic achievement. Middle and high school girls set personal and academic goals for themselves, and group leaders help them identify strategies for moving forward and making healthy choices. Expert speakers are brought in to complement the curriculum.