Over 250 guests helped launch United Way of Berks County’s annual campaign at FirstEnergy Stadium. Joe and Dana Hartz, Campaign Co-Chairs, along with the 2022 Loaned Campaign Specialists, are leading the fundraising efforts to achieve a $10.5 million goal to meet community needs through 80+ United Way programs.
United Way programs help more than 150,000 people each year. “A successful campaign is a critical element to provide stability for programs and services focused on education, financial stability, health and safety net services,” said Tammy White, President, United Way of Berks County. “It’s all about people helping people.”
Day of Caring volunteers were out in full force for the day. The effort is the community’s largest single-day volunteer effort and is an amazing display of community spirit. This year’s event doubled the numbers of volunteers from last year. Over 400 dedicated volunteers completed 40 service projects throughout Berks County.
Approximately 30 local companies were represented with participating employees. The volunteers worked on beautification and fall clean-up projects, landscaping, painted murals, spent time with seniors, helped at food pantries and more. “Our Day of Caring volunteers share hard work and muscle-power, and most importantly a lot of heart. They make an incredible difference,” shared Darby Wiekrykas, Volunteer Engagement Program Manager at United Way.