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Year-Round Engagement: Berks County Intermediate Unit

Year-Round Engagement: Berks County Intermediate Unit

BCIU Apple a Day 5K to beneifit United Way of Berks CountyThe Berks County Intermediate Unit (BCIU) provides programs and services to school districts and other human service organizations of Berks County. United Way is fortunate to work with the BCIU as an agency partner by supporting its child care program, and we are thankful to BCIU employees for contributing to United Way’s annual campaign. During the 2017 Campaign BCIU employees contributed over $25,000, making them a Top 5 organization in United Way’s education structure. The BCIU achieves such great success due to their commitment to making a difference in our community and sharing the LIVE UNITED spirit year-round.

One of the key factors of BCIU’s successful UW campaign is leadership. Dr. Jill Hackman, the Executive Director of BCIU and a Board member for United Way of Berks County, shares the importance of the relationship between BCIU and United Way: “The Berks County Intermediate Unit is proud to be an agency partner of United Way of Berks County and is grateful for the support the United Way provides to assist us in our efforts to offer child care and early childhood education to parents and families in need.” She also shared why BCIU contributes to United Way: “As a service organization, the BCIU is committed to increasing our campaign contribution this year. We thought the BCIU Apple a Day 5k and Family Fun Run/Walk was the perfect opportunity to raise additional campaign funds to serve the Berks County community while bringing individuals and families together for a health-focused morning.”

The BCIU Apple a Day 5k and Family Fun Run/Walk was the first event of its kind to be hosted by the BCIU; in the past they have hosted golf tournaments and various fundraisers, but Amelia Krotee, the Marketing and Web Design Specialist at BCIU and the race director, shared why they decided to host an event like this: “Since we are an educational service agency we wanted to get the children involved.” She also shared, “Our goal was to reach the families and bring them out to run the race, or do the fun walk, together in a healthy atmosphere, while supporting the work of United Way.”

The walk was hosted on April 28 at the Penn State Berks Campus. Dr. Hackman shared, “We would like to thank our race partners, Penn State Health St. Joseph and Penn State Berks, for their collaboration and generous contributions.” Other event partners included Tompkins VIST Bank, Appeeling Fruit, Inc., Berks Packing Co., Inc., and Austin Graphics. Because of their support, BCIU was able to raise $6,200 to benefit United Way of Berks County.

United Way is grateful to partner with organizations such as the BCIU and grateful for their LIVE UNITED spirit.