September 13, 2023

United Way of Pennsylvania

Changes Are Coming for the

Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) in 2023

The 2024-25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is undergoing major alterations in attempts to streamline and simplify the filing process for students. The application, which typically opens in October, is anticipated to debut in December 2023.

The changes to the FAFSA include a general design update and the introduction of the Student Aid Index (SAI), in place of the Expected Family Contribution (EFC), to determine federal aid eligibility more accurately. The new FAFSA will also require all contributors (individuals whose information appears on the application) to obtain a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID and will require all contributors wishing to utilize the IRS data retrieval tool to provide consent and approval.

Stay tuned for additional information and resources about the 2024-25 FAFSA application. For an in-depth look at all changes expected to occur, please click the link below.

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September is National Suicide Prevention Month

September is National Suicide Prevention Month.

All month long, mental health advocates, prevention organizations, survivors, allies, and community members are uniting to promote suicide prevention awareness.

If you are struggling, you're not alone. Please call or text the Lifeline at 988 for help.

Find out How to Help Save A Life with #BeThe1.

September 15th is the Start of National Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month is Friday, Sep 15, 2023 to Sunday, Oct 15, 2023.

United Way recognizes and celebrates the many contributions, diverse cultures, and extensive history of the Hispanic American and Latin American communities. We encourage everyone to learn more about the importance of National Hispanic Heritage Month by visiting NHHM events near you and visiting the link below.

Happy National Hispanic Heritage Month!

Learn more About National Hispanic Heritage Month

Find Your Local United Way in Pennsylvania

United Ways across the Commonwealth bring people together in purpose. Together we mobilize communities to close gaps and open opportunities for everyone, everywhere. We know improving access to education, health, and family-sustaining financial stability can help all our community members thrive.


This is why local United Ways have volunteerism, workplace campaigns, and financial contribution opportunities, for us all to come together with thoughtful intention to support local solutions in the communities where we live, work, and commune together.


Are you or your company ready to be united in purpose with a local United Way in your area to make a positive difference in your community?


We have just the tool for you!


Find your area's local United Way by using UWP's "Find Your United Way" tool below to access information on your local United Way such as ways to contribute, learning about the impact of their work in your community, and upcoming events.

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September 19th is National Voter Registration Day

Each year in the United States, millions of eligible voters find themselves unable to vote because of easily prevented issues like missing a registration deadline, forgetting to update their registration after a name change, moving, or simply because they aren’t sure how to register.

National Voter Registration Day was created in 2012 to help address such issues by serving as a nationwide nonpartisan rallying point to promote voter registration and help eligible voters across the country get #VoteReady to participate in our shared democracy.

Since 2012, more than 5 million citizens have registered to vote on the annual holiday.

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PA 211 Fall Seasonal Resources

As summer comes to an end, PA 211 knows the anxiety that utility bills, the beginning of the holiday season, and food resources the fall season brings.

Get help with basic needs, holiday resources, and recreational activities for the whole family this fall season with PA 211!

To find resources in your area, click a link below and enter your zip code. Please contact individual agencies to check on program availability.

Find Fall Resources Near You

Reminder to Sign Up Early for Holiday Programs

Did you know that local holiday gift programs traditionally fill up well before the holiday season?

Now is a good time to start looking into available programs, as most of these will not have availability in November and December.

Search local resources by clicking the button below and filtering by your zip code.

Learn About Holiday Resources Near You

PA 211 Immunization Resouces

Are you interested in learning more about the immunization resources in your area?

Learn more about the child and adult immunization opportunities within your area of Pennsylvania by searching local resources by clicking the button below and filtering by your zip code.

Find Immunization Resources Near You

Support Your Community

Will you help PA communities improve their financial stability, health, and education? Choose to support your local United Way, efforts to improve life for people who work and struggle to survive (ALICE), or our program to connect people to the help they need (PA 211.) Give, advocate, or volunteer today.

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