2023-2024 Campaign Total Tops $1M

The United Way of Beaver County is thrilled and humbled to announce that our 2023-2024 Annual Campaign total has exceeded $1M!

First, I extend my heartfelt thanks to our Member Agencies and every non-profit organization in Beaver County. Your dedicated staff work tirelessly to provide essential services to those in need, and it is greatly appreciated.

Secondly, I express my profound gratitude to every individual, every employee who participates in a workplace campaign, and every corporation that donates to the UWBC. Without your support, we could not fund the critical programs that serve our community. You help to build the capacity needed for our county to thrive and grow, making it an even better place for all.

Last year, I introduced you to ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) and I shared my vision of raising enough funds to establish The ALICE Fund, aimed at awarding mini-grants to agencies supporting ALICE and those in poverty. I am delighted to announce that in March, we awarded a total of $70,000 in mini-grants to 12 organizations, with more to come. The significance of The ALICE Fund is even more pronounced now, as the percentage of ALICE and impoverished households has increased from 38% to 39% in just one year - an increase of 795 households in one year! This is a trend that we must work together to reverse.

There are many to thank for their generous contributions, but I must highlight a few who were instrumental in making The ALICE Fund possible: Shell Polymers Monaca, the Edwin D. Hill Charitable Trust, the NiSource Foundation, Eaton Corporation, Heritage Valley Health System Have a Heart Program, the Beaver County Board of Commissioners, the Housing Authority of the County of Beaver, Lincoln Learning Solutions, and the UWBC Board of Directors. We also received a grant that brings the total raised for The ALICE Fund to over $300,000 in just one year! This incredible amount will help sustain the Fund for several years, allowing us to continue supporting ALICE families and identifying ways to better serve them.

My goal is to ensure that the UWBC remains focused and well-positioned to help our Member Agencies and others serving ALICE and the impoverished well into the future. I hope you will continue to walk alongside us as we move forward together. 

Thank you for your unwavering support and dedication.

Warmest regards,

Mary Lou Harju, Executive Director


girl scouts western pennsylvania

Member Agency of the Year

Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania, Joanne Fagan

scouting america

Member Agency of the Year

Scouting America Laurel Highlands Council

housing authority

Spotlight Award

Housing Authority of the County of Beaver

kathy walters

Carol Ruckert Fiorucci Service Award

Kathryn Walter, Housing Authority of the County of Beaver                                                                                                                                                                                           

norm mitry

Community Leader Award

Norman F. Mitry, Heritage Valley Health System

john goberish

Labor & Trades Award

John Goberish, CCBC School of Industrial Technology & Continuing Education

job training

Labor & Trades Award

Rich Strother, Job Training for Beaver County, Inc.

charlie thayer

Campaign of the Year

Charlie Thayer, Lincoln Learning Solutions


New Supporter Award

Jim Graf, Harriet Washington, Will Cothen, Vistra Corp.

impact award

Impact Award

Steve Chandler, Shell Polymers Monaca

columbia gas

Extra Effort Award

Columbia Gas of PA and the NiSource Foundation, Laura Mann, Justin Coolbaugh, Mike Leindecker, Carla Parkes