Summer ’17 Rewind!

This was another eventful summer for United Communities! Check out our program recap!

Career Exposure – Forty rising 8th-grade Middle School students worked hard to prepare for their futures this summer by participating in the Career Exposure Program at George Sharswood School. The youth explored a variety of post-secondary and career path options and shared their findings with their family and peers during their culminating event held at the Fleisher Memorial Art Museum. The youth also had the opportunity to meet with Mayor Kenney at City Hall this summer, where they had the chance to talk to the Mayor about his political career and toured City Hall.




Read by 4th – Once again our Elementary summer program sites participated in the Read by 4th Campaign, a summer literacy initiative that is part of the Free Library of Philadelphia. This program targets youth in grades K-3, with the goal of helping to make sure that will be reading at grade level by the 4th grade. Our summer camp staff and the literacy coaches provided by Read by 4th worked collaboratively in ensuring that program youth were engaged in fun and interactive literacy activities that would both assist in developing a love of reading and strengthen their literacy skills over the summer.



Work Ready High School Programming – Our Work Ready summer programming was very successful! Once each week, the youth took a break from their Work Ready job sites and Service Learning activities to meet as a group and engage in informative career and post-secondary themed workshops and to work on their culminating projects. At the end of the summer program, the youth and their instructors celebrated the diligent work, efforts, and achievements made by the youth at South Bowl. A great time was had by all!





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Risk of Insufficient Sleeping Habits for Children and Youth

Risk of Insufficient Sleeping Habits for Children and Youth Getting good sleep is vitally important at any age, but especially for growing children. When children don’t get enough sleep, they’re at increased risk for: obesity hypertension (high blood pressure) mood swings behavioral issues such as aggression, depression, anxiety, inattention, and hyperactivity over-tiredness poor response inhibition/self-control poor response time and…

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5th Annual Spring Fundraiser!

Last week, United Communities celebrated its 5th Annual Spring Fundraiser at South Bowl! Attendees had a blast, partaking in unlimited bowling, food, drinks, and a silent auction. This year, we highlighted the work that United Communities has been doing with the Girls Today, Leaders Tomorrow Program, a United Way initiative aimed at preparing young women in middle and high school for college and career readiness.

We are proud to report that we sold over 160 tickets and raised over $10,000, our highest ever!! We would be remiss not to thank our incredibly generous sponsors and donors, without whom this fundraiser would not have been possible:


Spruce Street Real Estate


Firstrust Financial Resouces

The Law Offices of Kline Spector



Beneficial Bank


Royer, Cooper, Cohen, Bruanfield LLC

Palmer & Margaret Dalesandro

Firstrust Bank

Ken & Roselee Feinour

Linda & Paul Harrington

Creative Characters

Jerome Glickman

Diane Levy

Richard "Chip" Capelli

Nora Lictash

Committee to Elect Bill Keller

Rob Diliberto



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