United Way allocates $95K to five new vital community service programs


WEST CHESTERUnited Way of Chester County welcomes five new service programs to an existing network of over 60 funded  programs under the Community Impact Fund.  $95,000 has been allocated to support the new programs each year for a two year period, under United Way’s education and health initiatives. United Way’s network is extensive but the work is local providing education, health, and financial services that help approximately one in four Chester County residents. The following new program additions will provide valuable new tools and resources to help Chester County children and their families/caregivers build the foundation for a successful future.liveunited


  • Youth Mental Health First Aid Program of Brandywine Health Foundation- Trains adults working with Chester County youth about the risk factors and warning signs of teen mental health issues like anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and addictions to promote early detection and intervention.
  • New Directions Program of Charles A. Melton Arts and Education Center- After school program that helps children in elementary and middle schools practice academic skills through tutoring and homework assistance; develops socialization and coping skills; positive self-image; and relationship building between students, counselors, and parents.
  • Service Corps Program of Coatesville Youth Initiative- field-tested program that serves 40 low-income young people, ages 14-18 by combining 8 weeks of paid employment with a challenging leadership development curriculum and a day of volunteer service.
  • Family Movement Program of Chester County Women’s Services- free incentive-based classes for at-risk parents that includes two main curriculums: Parenting 101 and Essentials of Discipline. Participants earn points for attendance and participation which goes towards material support such as diapers, wipes, clothes, formula, or a crib, stroller, or car seat.
  • Friend Fitness Program of Youth Mentoring Partnership- physical fitness and goal setting program matching volunteer mentors with at risk youth grades 6-12 of varying fitness levels, personal backgrounds, and life circumstances.


“We’re excited about expanding our reach and impact to further help our youngest residents,” added Claudia Hellebush, United Way of Chester County CEO. “Every child deserves the building blocks and support system of the collective community to help overcome obstacles and achieve success.”  United Way of Chester County requires that every program under the Community Impact Fund is comprehensively vetted to ensure not only the program’s success but the success of the individual and ultimately the community at large. More than 50 volunteers from across the county review agency budgets, programs, and measurement outcomes to ensure that invested dollars have the most impact. For more information on United Way of Chester County and how you can support the Community Impact Fund visit www.liveunitedchestercounty.org

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