United Way of Berks County held their 2021 Campaign Kickoff at FirstEnergy Stadium on Tuesday, September 14. Nearly 200 attendees showed their support for the organization’s work and cheered on Campaign Co-Chairs, Dick and Angela Ehst, as they announced the campaign goal of $10.5 million. To date, nearly $1.75 million has been raised thanks to a few early gifts and other efforts.
The 2021 Loaned Campaign Specialists were also introduced at the event. These individuals are loaned by local companies and help raise the campaign funds and serve as ambassadors. The campaign continues through November 17. United Way invests in 80+ programs, initiatives and grants that provide children with the right start to achieve academic success, help families become financially stable and help older adults live fuller and more independent lives. Over 150,000 Berks Countians receive help from United Way programs each year.
“Berks Countians share incredible support and care for their fellow citizens and most vulnerable neighbors. We know there is more work to be done as the community recovers from the challenges presented by the pandemic, and United Way’s annual campaign provides stability for crucial programs and services. It’s only by working together that we can make sure families have a stable place to live, food to eat and have support in place during these challenging times,” says Tammy White, President of United Way of Berks County.
Following the Kickoff event, more than 260 volunteers participated in 20+ Day of Caring projects throughout the county. Projects included painting, gardening and maintenance projects, as well as helping at food pantries and serving meals at area shelters.