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To improve lives by bringing citizens and resources together to identify and respond to human service needs in Lancaster County.


Underneath everything we are, underneath everything we do, we are people. Connected, interdependent, united. And when we reach out a hand to one, WE INFLUENCE THE CONDITION OF ALL. 


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United Way News
2-1-1 Training
2-1-1 training available for all health & human service providers. Nonprofits such as United Way, various government agencies and churches provide excellent programs to support people in need. The problem: The people who need these programs often don’t know they exist. That is where 2-1-1 come into place. 2-1-1 is a health and human service hotline number that is available 24/7. This will be a great way to connect the needs of our County with the resources that can help. If you’re interested in receiving referrals for the programs that you provide then we’d like to invite you to our 2-1-1 training. RSVP’S are required. United Way of Lancaster County is hosting a training on Friday, March 28th at noon at the Lancaster County Library. The library is located at 313 S. White Street in Lancaster. The training should last no longer than hour. Please RSVP by calling the office of United Way of Lancaster County at 803-283-8923.
Day of Caring 2014

Our DAY OF CARING is where we reach out to our partner agencies to see if they or their clients have a need that we can get volunteers for. Most of the request are for painting a room, washing windows, cleaning a car, cutting grass, landscape beautification, book drives, etc. The person making the request is responsible for supplying all materials necessary for the volunteer to complete the project. INDIVIDUALS CAN ONLY SUBMIT A PROJECT REQUEST FORM THROUGH ONE OF OUR PARTNER AGENCIES, this is not open to the general public.

We in turn find volunteers to adopt the projects that have been requested. If you are interested in helping with this DAY OF CARING. Please let us know. We invite everyone that would like to volunteer. This is the 4th year now that we've hosted the DAY OF CARING and everyone receives a blessing from it. You can form a volunteer team with your work group, church group, friends or family.

This is a day of volunteerism!!!

Announcing a Volunteer Tutoring Program!

In an effort to help children develop better reading skills at an early age as they make the transition of "learning to read" to "reading to learn," we will launch a pilot program to bring volunteer reading tutors to Brooklyn Springs Elementary. 

Trained, caring volunteers will visit our pilot school weekly to work one-on-one, to enhance students' reading skills.  Volunteers will be expected to give at least 1 hour of service each week as they develop a relationship with the students and encourage the children's enthusiasm for reading. 

"One of our goals is to make sure children have every opportunity to succeed in school," said Melanie Outlaw, Executive Director of United Way of Lancaster County.  "It's a great way to make a difference in someone's life."

Children will read books at their own reading level.  If a child gets to an unknown word, the tutor will help the child learn strategies to decode the word.  The extra reading practice and strategies will help the child become a better reader. 

All volunteers must complete a School Volunteer Application and attend an orientation of the program.  The tentative date for the orientation is February 28, 2014.

Potential tutors will need to visit our office at 109 S. Wylie to complete the volunteer application. All applications must be approved by the LCSD so please complete the application early.  It typically takes 30 days for approval.  We'd like to see the volunteers in the classroom by March 1, 2014.  Please contact our office by phone at 803.283.8923 for questions.




 March 15 - April 15


You may have seen them sleeping in abandoned homes or warehouses. Some have been spotted in tents in Lancaster County’s woods or fields. But no one is sure how many are living out there.

A group that calls themselves the Lancaster County Homelessness Task Force hopes to shed some light on the population with a count in Lancaster County. Read More...







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