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United Way of Mifflin-Juniata
January 15, 2010
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As outside temperatures drop, the number of calls for assistance with heating and electricity pick up.  Alarmingly, more than a handful of worried callers report that they have not been successful finding assistance prior to contacting United Way.  Many of these callers voice concerns of keeping their children warm and safe this winter.  For some, it is a matter of life and death. 


The United Way links the community with resources that are available.  "We know who to call, what to do if someone's at their wits end, we know where to send them," says Marie Mulvihill, Executive Director.  "You know many people who are struggling - and maybe you are, too - but now more than ever the United Way of Mifflin-Juniata needs support," said Mulvihill. 


With seventy-five years of helping the community, United Way of Mifflin-Juniata established their campaign goal at $596,500.  "We knew at the beginning of the campaign that our goal was going to be a challenge and certain events beyond our control have made fundraising even more difficult," said Dick Calkins, 2010 Mifflin County campaign ambassador.  "But we increased our goal for a reason.  The needs in the community are greater, so it is our responsibility to adequately fund those organizations that attempt to meet those needs."


At the time of this press release, the United Way reports raising $417,550 or 70%.  As donations continue to trickle into the United Way office in the coming weeks, conservative expectations of those outstanding accounts still leave the overall campaign short of the goal, according to officials.  The campaign officially closes on March 15, 2010.  


"We believe this is doable if everyone gives a little bit," said Mark Partner, Juniata County campaign ambassador.  "Our volunteers will continue to work hard over the next few weeks to follow up with current donors and look for new donors who can help us reach our goal."


Adds Linda Calkins, Mifflin County campaign ambassador, "We need to thank everyone who has already given and we want to encourage those that haven't given to consider supporting the United Way.  We are asking everyone to LIVE UNITED."

Get Your Taxes Done for Free!!
If you made less than $49,000 in 2009, you may be eligible to get your taxes done for free!  IRS-trained volunteers will be available from February to April 15 to assist you with your federal and state taxes. For more information, contact Holly at 717.248.9636 or

Success By 6

Success By 6 is gearing up for a snappy spring season.  In observance of National Children's Dental Health Month in February, SB6 is collaborating with the Mifflin-Juniata Dental Clinic, Juniata Kiwanis, Mifflin County Kiwanis and Mifflin-Juniata CTC Practical Nursing students to give 55 presentations to over 1,000 children at local child care centers, head start programs, and kindergartens.  Representatives from SB6, the Dental Clinic, M-J CTC and School of Nursing will be talking about what to expect during a visit to the dentist, the importance of healthy foods on your mouth, and the proper way to brush and floss.  Each child will also receive a Dental Packet, containing a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, a timer, book, and information for parents. 


As 2010 moves into April, the Read Across the Counties program will be kicking off.  This year's book, What a Treasure! by Jane and Will Hillenbrand, will be read by community volunteers to children throughout Mifflin and Juniata child care centers.  As a special bonus this year, the Juniata County Library will be hosting a visit with the authors on Tuesday, April 27.

Success By 6 is continually working to see their vision, that every child enters kindergarten ready to succeed, become a reality.  For more information about SB6 programs, contact Cristy Yoders at 717.436.0212 or

Census 2010: It's Easy - It's Only 10 Questions! It's Safe - It's Confidential. It's Important - It provides funding for schools, clean water, roads, and low-income assistance.

Please take time to complete and return your census form when you receive it in March.

January is National Mentoring Month

Every day, mentors in communities across our Nation provide crucial support and guidance to young people. Whether a day is spent helping with homework, playing catch, or just listening, these moments can have an enormous, lasting effect on a child's life.


Did you know...

   Nearly half the population of youths between ages 10 and 18 (about 17.6 million young people) live in situations that put them at risk of not living up to their potential.

   Students who meet regularly with their mentors are 52% less likely than their peers to skip a day of school and 37% less likely to skip a class.

   Youth who meet regularly with their mentors are 46% less likely than their peers to start using illegal drugs and 27% less likely to start drinking.

   About 40% of teenagers' waking hours are spent without companionship or supervision. Mentors provide teens with a valuable place to spend free time.

(statistics taken from


This month, become a mentor to a child or adult in need and leave a lifelong imprint on someone else's life.  If you are interested in mentoring a child, contact Big Brothers Big Sisters, LUMINA Center (Mifflin County), DeLauter Youth Center (Juniata County), Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, MJ Special Needs Center, or the TIU's Project Yes program.  If you are interested in mentoring an adult, contact the TIU's PA Literacy Corps, Coalition of HOPES, or MJ Special Needs Center.  Or you can contact the UW office for more information.

Campaign Update
Employees at Calkins Pontiac-Buick-GMC- Subaru increased their giving by 19.7%.

Employees at
Comcast Cable Communications increased their giving by 60%.

Employees at Corvette America, Inc. increased their giving by 8.9%.

First National Bank of Mifflintown increased their employee giving by 11.5% and their corporate gift by 3.1%.

Employees at First Quality Baby Products increased their giving by 37.7%.

Employees at
Giant Food Burnham Store #55 increased their giving by 22.5%.

Employees at Juniata County Courthouse increased their giving by 202.1%.

Juniata Valley Bank increased their employee giving by 9.3%.  and their corporate gift by 5.7%.

Employees at Kish Bank increased their giving by 14.3%.

Employees at Lake Chevy/Lake Ford increased their giving by 36.6%.

Employees at
Lewistown Hospital increased their giving by 2.9%.

MCS Bank increased their employee giving by 18.4% and their corporate gift by 31.6%.

Employees at
MidPenn Legal Services increased their giving by 9%.

Members of the
Mifflin County Chapter of School Retirees community increased their giving by 3.6%.

Members of the New Holland Retirees community increased their giving by 23.9%.

Employees at Overhead Door Corporation increased their giving by 157.1%.

Employees at
Skills of Central PA increased their giving by 26.9%.

Martin Luther King, Jr Day of Service
January 18
*the only federally recognized day of service.  Make it a day on, not a day off!*

EITC Awareness Day

January 29

Sealant Saturday

February 20, 9am-4pm
Mifflin-Juniata Dental Clinic
*open to any child, age 6-14, in need of dental sealants.  The free event is by appointment only; call 242-7510*

Lip Sync Contest
February 20, 6pm
Lewistown Area High School
*M-J Special Needs Center's 23rd Annual Lip Sync Contest.  Tickets on sale at their office; call 248-6261*

Round Table of Christians and Jews Brotherhood Dinner
February 23, Time TBA
Lewistown Moose
*This year's recipient is Alta Lauver; cost TBA*

Talent Show
February 25, 7pm
*free and open to all area children ages 8-18.  register by  2/11*

UW Campaign Celebration
March 25, Time TBA
Location TBA

Census Day
April 1

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