Quarter Two - United Way's History
Thank you to Ted Schmidt and PNC Bank for being a Presenting Sponsor for our Centennial Celebration.
We truly appreciate your generous support to make an impact in our community.
"It's amazing United Way has been involved for 100 years in this community. PNC goes back for my entire career here, over 30 years, and most recently as the Board Chair," says Ted Schmidt.
PNC Bank is one of four Presenting Sponsors for the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley's Centennial Celebration. Schmidt currently serves as our Board Chair, but PNC's support goes above and beyond this special year.
Since its start in 2009, PNC has been the main sponsor of United Way's Success By 6 program. This initiative serves children getting ready to enter kindergarten in the fall. The 4 week summer program started out in two school districts and now serves 19 school districts and nearly 700 children each summer.
"PNC is very passionate about early childhood education." says Schmidt. "With our Success By 6 program, partnering with our United Way staff and volunteers is a great way really to accelerate the growth potential of our students before they enter kindergarten."
PNC is also the title sponsor for our annual Champions Among Us Event in which we bring in sports celebrities to help us raise money for our programming.
Schmidt encourages everyone to get involved with United Way in three ways.
"Financially, if they can give that's a great way to start. Volunteer, there are so many things you can do if you don't have the financial wherewithal to do it." says Schmidt. "And lastly, just advocate for the United Way. Be a voice out there. We see all the great things we do within the community and we just want to share that and continue to grow and succeed."