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News & Updates

2017 Centre County United Way Campaign Celebration

Celebrate with Centre County United Way on February 12, 2018 at The American Philatelic Society in Bellefonte as we mark the conclusion of the 2017 Centre County United Way Campaign!  Hear from campaign leadership and volunteers who worked so hard to make...

Portraits of Eric Barron and Ann Crouter.

A message from Eric Barron and Ann Crouter

October 24, 2017

University Park, Pa. — For over 40 years, Penn State has designated Centre County United Way as the charity of choice.

Penn State football player pushes wheelbarrow at PNC Day of Caring

Penn State Football volunteers for United Way Day of Caring

October 24, 2017

University Park, Pa. — With a bye this past weekend, the Penn State football team used its time off the field to tackle a volunteer project. A group of about 50 players gathered at Centre Furnace Mansion on East College Avenue on Thursday to participate in the United Way Day of Caring.

Penn State Student United Way sits for a group picture with greyhound rescues. Image Credit: Nicole Bienert‎

Penn State Student United Way recognized as national model

March 20, 2008

University Park, Pa. — The United Way of America has recognized the Penn State Student United Way as a national model for the formation of similar groups.

We Give

… and Live United with Centre County
January 31, 2018


Did you know that, each year, Penn State accounts for 40% of all donations raised for United Way?

Because Penn State & Centre County LIVE UNITED…

  • Over 6,500 adults have been trained to recognize the signs of child sexual abuse and how to report it.

  • 605 patients were seen in the Dental Clinic and 104 expectant mothers were served in the Maternal Child Program.

  • 2,855 people were provided a safe place to stay as they recovered from crisis.

  • Over 444,000 meals were distributed through food security programs.

We Advocate

Together, we fight for…

What matters more?


A Cup of Coffee


25 Meals for a Family of 4


A Mobile App


Books for 50 Preschoolers


A Pair of Movie Tickets


Financial Coaching for 65 Families


A Dinner Out


22 Nights of Shelter


A Jacket


A Year of Afterschool Enrichment

What could your dollar do?

We Get Involved

We Live United

What does it mean to Live United?

To better our community and be a part of a Gold Star Organization1


34 partner agencies have collaborated to accomplish incredible work.2


Thousands have supported our partner network and our special events – Col. Gerald Russell PNC Bank Day of Caring, Taste of the Town, Festival of Trees and, in conjunction with Penn State, Trash to Treasure – saving our partner network over $600,000 in operating expenses.


94% of the children and 88% of the adults enrolled in intensive literacy programs demonstrated measurable improvement in their reading skills.3 27% of those enrolled in programs designed to improve literacy demonstrated measurable improvement in their reading skills. 93% reported improved cultural understanding and knowledge. 100% demonstrated improved ability to appropriately access the legal system. Total served = 27,702 children and adults.

Financial Stability

96% enrolled in financial education, employment and support programs (11,316 people) demonstrated measurable improvement in their financial condition.


86% enrolled in CCUW partner network programs (19,334 people) were evaluated and demonstrated measurable improvement in their ability to deal with mental, physical and drug and alcohol related issues.

  1. Centre County United Way was given a gold rating in transparency by GuideStar in 2017.
  2. Learn more about our partner agencies.
  3. See what CCUW has accomplished on their fact sheet.