United Way News
7/30/2014
The NEW Digital Resource Center is here! We've worked to create a new enhanced resource center to provide you with the tools you need to run a successful United Way campaign.
7/24/2014
The 2014 Day of Caring will be held on September 11, 2014. Volunteer registration opens on August 11, 2014.  Learn how to register for a project.
7/17/2014
United Way's Day of Caring is an annual event that connects YOU to volunteer projects in the Lehigh Valley. The 2014 Day of Caring will be held on September 11, 2014. This year's project list is now accessible on the Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley's website.
 
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United Way Alliance on Aging

Working Together To Change Lives and Community Condition
 

Our Promise

The United Way Alliance on Aging (UWAA) is a volunteer organization convened by United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley to address the needs of older adults in our community.

The Alliance's mission is to advance community strategies designed to ensure that comprehensive long-term care and supportive service systems meet the existing and emerging needs of all older-adults in our community.
 

Our Plan

  • Mobilize the Lehigh Valley region for the purpose of making the emerging issues, preferences, and options/opportunities for our older adult population a public priority for planning and investment.
  • Develop a comprehensive, regional, long-range plan for improving the organization, access, and delivery of long-term care and supportive services for older adults.
  • Develop a regional networking, data collection/dissemination, and information sharing system for improving communication and resource development to be used by consumers, service providers and community planning organizations.

Our Results 

UWAA regularly publishes Status Updates on the state of older adults in the Lehigh Valley. Click here for our list of publications.

In addition, UWAA has achieved the following:

  • Screen 2,700 more adults since 2008. Once screened, a person continues to receive benefits. Utilizing Benefits Checkup, participants saved on additional $2 Million over the course of the last three years. 
  • Benefits screening provided $2 Million additional dollars for older adults in the Lehigh Valley, not previously available to us without this screening initiative. 
  • Held eight conferences to improve the skills of direct care workers (such as home health aides, long-term care facility workers and adult day care staff). UWAA offered conferences on a variety of topics such as "how to cope with loss when your client dies" and "stages of Alzheimer's". The initiative had an average of 48 direct care workers per conference.
  • Unveiled a Universally Designed Home, accessible to people both with and without disabilities. Built by Lehigh Career and Technical Institute, the project allowed UWAA to train over 200 students, 20 faculty, 50 members of the builders' association and countless community members in July 2008.