United Way of Bedford County Projects

Women United

Altoona First Savings Bank

Women United of Bedford County (Women United) is a newly formed organization whose mission is to empower others to empower themselves by utilizing community resources and local networking opportunities. This organization was developed by a group of women passionate about assisting individuals and/or families to overcome their challenges.

Almost 14% of our community and neighbors live below the poverty level and lack the financial resources and support to help them and their families succeed. For example, individuals may have employment opportunities but lack the financial resources to purchase the necessities for their work. Women United has provided these necessities, such as pants, non-slip shoes, and socks.

With your help, Women United can continue this effort, as well as expand our ability, to assist individuals and families with the costs associated with employment, school, or community activities that they are unable to afford. Additionally, Women United will connect individuals and families with the community resources that will enable them to succeed and improve their lives.


dolly parton imagination libraryAltoona First Savings Bank

United Way of Bedford County, in partnership with Altoona First Savings Bank, are proud to announce the launch of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library for young children in Bedford County. They will be serving as the Local Champions and coordinating efforts in the county. As the Local Champions, they are responsible for enrolling children who live within Bedford County, the geographical area where the program is offered. They will be promoting the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program online and at various events in the county. While the Imagination Library negotiates wholesale pricing for the books, Local Champions will be raising and securing funds to cover the cost of the books and the shipping fees. Books are 100% free to enrolled children in Bedford County.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book-gifting program that mails free, high-quality books to children from birth until they begin school, no matter their family’s income.

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119 East Penn St. Bedford PA 15522

Area Recognition

At United Way of Bedford County, we are proud to have received the following recognition of our service to the community as a premier provider of services for the Bedford area.

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