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United Way of Mifflin-Juniata
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ENEWS FROM YOUR LOCAL UNITED WAY
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Greetings!
Each year, volunteers for the United Way review the applications of agencies asking for support.  The Community Investment Committee's (CIC) primary responsibility is to make sure that it is responding to the existing, developing, and long term needs of the community. Twenty-two volunteer team members devoted 205 hours to the review of the programs because funding decisions are often difficult. This year was even more challenging because there was a 5% shortfall in the annual campaign. The United Way Board of Directors has committed to containing their own costs, including holding employee salaries, in order to allocate the same amount of funding to the community as last year - $395,000.

The CIC makes their decision after completing face to face interviews and scrutinizing each agency's financial history and development plans. Volunteers looked closely at the quality of services delivered, not simply at the number of people served, always asking the hard questions, "Are we giving people a hand up or a hand out?" "Are agencies moving people toward self sufficiency or deeper into dependency?"  "Are the agencies applying for funding operating in a cost efficient manner - are we getting the best bang for the buck?" "Are they seeking foundation grants or other sources of funding to complement United Way funding?"

Three new programs were added this year, Telephone Advice Project - MidPenn Legal Services, Coalition of HOPES (Help Offering Programs & Essential Services) - Shelter Services and the MJ Community Clinic Project. These organizations met strict "operational" and "financial" guidelines required by all United Way partners. Some requirements are whether the organizations meet a critical community problem, whether their services were duplicated by other non-profits, and whether United Way funding would "significantly increase or improve the services they offer."

Donating to United Way is the best and most effective way to give for several reasons; one donation addresses a wide range of critical health and human service needs, funding is invested only in service programs that are proven to be effective and efficient, the funding decisions are made by knowledgeable community volunteers and backed by current, quality data. "I would like to thank the people of Mifflin and Juniata counties for their continuing support of the United Way during these difficult economic times when fuel and food costs continue to rise," said Chris Warfel, volunteer Community Investment Chair.

To see which programs received United Way funding, please visit our website.
Day of Caring registration deadline: Wednesday, August 12.  Visit www.mjunitedway.org/doc for more information.
Free Summertime Lunches for Students
Schools letting out for the summer can spell trouble for many poor and hungry children who no longer can get school lunches and breakfasts.  During the school year kids typically receive at least one-third of the nutrients they consume each day from school lunch.  Unfortunately, for many children school vacation represents a hungry time because school lunch in no longer available.
During the past school year, Lack-Tuscarora Elementary School witnessed 47.5% of the students receiving free or reduced lunches (the overall average for Juniata County being 33%).  Buchanan Elementary School is even higher, with 67% eating lunch for free or at a reduced rate (Mifflin County's overall average was 41%).

United Way sponsors the Summer Food Service Program, in an attempt to fight down the number of hungry kids in the summer.  Through the PA State of Education, we can provide free, healthy meals to children at our partner sites.  Each site has the option of serving two meals, choosing from breakfast, lunch, or snack.  This year, our efforts have expanded to 12 sites, bringing lunches to the Mifflin-Juniata Special Needs Center, JC Summer Academy/Lincoln Intermediate Unit, Seven Mountains Academy, Project Yes, LUMINA Center, and both SUPER WHY! Camps.  This program would not be possible without the kind donation from the Lewistown Paper Company, and the efforts from the Mifflin-Juniata Food Services and Lewistown Giant, who order and prepare the meals.
By summer's end, 619 kids will have been fed almost 17,000 free, healthy meals.
SUPER Readers to the Rescue!
During the week of June 22nd-26th, thirty children attended the SUPER WHY! kindergarten readiness camp at MT View Elementary.  Based on the popular children's PBS program SUPER WHY!, the camp provided the children with the opportunity to work on letter recognition, letter sounds, simple sight words, self-help skills, social skills and more.  The camp also prepared the kids for kindergarten, by having them ride the bus to school and practice getting food through a lunch line.  Camp began each day with breakfast at 8:00am and finished up at noon. A healthy breakfast and snack were provided all week for the campers through the Summer Food Service Program.  On the last day of camp, families were invited to spend the morning with their children for a Camp Celebration including a visit from SUPER WHY! himself.  The next SUPER WHY! Camp will be held at Highland Park Elementary from August 3rd-7th.
 
Thank you to everyone involved for helping to make the camp a success!
Sponsored By:
SUCCESS BY 6 &
WPSU Raising Readers
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You can LIVE UNITED by lending a hand to those who need one.  Contact the United Way office to offer your help!

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Upcoming Events
July 16
Blood Drive
1pm-7pm
Brown's United Methodist Church, McAlisterville

July 16
Book Club
6:30pm
Juniata County Library
*come prepared to discuss The Painted Drum by Louise Erdrich*

July 21
Stories in the Garden
11am
Juniata County Library
*all ages welcomed*

July 25

FREE Child Seat Inspections
10am-2pm
Lewistown Hospital
*call 242-7438 for more information*

July 25
Community Concert
1pm-5:30pm
Victory Park, Lewistown
*hosted by Communities That Care and South Hills*

August 6
Stories in the Park with Rosie
10am-11am
East Waterford Park
*all ages welcome*

August 6
Friends of the Juniata County Library meeting
7pm
Juniata County Library
*call 436-6378 or visit www.juniatalibrary.org for more information*

August 12

Deadline for Day of Caring Team and Project registration

August 13
FREE Child Seat Inspections
10am-2pm
Lewistown Hospital
*call 242-7438 for more information*

August 19
Adult CPR/AED and First Aid Class
8:30am-3:30pm
ComPASS Center, Lewistown
*sponsored by Red Cross, for more info, call 1-866-311-3832*

August 27
First Aid Class
6pm-9:30pm
ComPASS Center, Lewistown
*sponsored by Red Cross, for more info, call 1-866-311-3832*

September 16

Day of Caring

September 16
Adult CPR/AED Class
6pm-10pm
ComPASS Center, Lewistown
*sponsored by Red Cross, for more info, call 1-866-311-3832*

September 17

Book Club
6:30pm
Juniata County Library
*come prepared to discuss To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee*

For more events, visit the calendar on our website.

United Way of Mifflin-Juniata     (717) 248-9636 (Mifflin County)
13 E. 3rd St                                (717) 436-0212 (Juniata County)
Lewistown, PA 17044               (717) 248-5648 (fax)
                  www.mjunitedway.org

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