The Power of Local Philanthropy

November 9, 2023

The Power of Local Philanthropy: Uniting for a Stronger Pocono Mountains Community


As the President/CEO of Pocono Mountains United Way, I am privileged to witness the incredible impact of local, place-based philanthropy on our community every day. We firmly believe that strengthening our local community begins with a collective effort, and it’s you, our neighbors and supporters, who make it possible. Giving Tuesday, observed annually on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, serves as a poignant reminder of the potential for positive change right here at home.

At Pocono Mountains United Way, our mission revolves around uniting for the health, education, and financial stability of every individual in our community. With the holiday season upon us, we’re reminded of the power of giving back and the significance of events like Giving Tuesday, which emphasize the importance of supporting local causes. This year, United Way has several match donors that will match your contributions $1 for $1 up to $1,000. You can maximize your gift!

Local philanthropy offers several key advantages that can transform our community:

A DIRECT IMPACT: When you donate locally, you can see the tangible results of your generosity. Your contribution goes directly toward addressing the needs and issues right here in the Pocono Mountains, making it a real and personal investment in the betterment of our community.

STRENGTHENING LOCAL PARTNERSHIPS: We collaborate with local organizations, schools, and businesses to maximize the impact of your donations. By giving locally, you help create a unified front that can address a broad range of challenges, from hunger and education to economic stability.

RESPONDING TO LOCAL NEEDS: Pocono Mountains United Way is deeply attuned to the unique challenges faced by our community. By supporting us and other local organizations, you ensure that resources are allocated where they’re needed most, tailoring our efforts to address specific issues in our region.

FOSTERING A SENSE OF COMMUNITY: Local giving creates a sense of togetherness and solidarity within our community. It not only strengthens social bonds but also instills a sense of pride in knowing that we can make a difference in the lives of our neighbors.

This Giving Tuesday, I invite you to join us in making a difference right here in the Pocono Mountains. Your support will enable us to continue our work in advancing education, promoting financial stability, and improving the overall health and well-being of our community. Every dollar you contribute helps build a stronger, more resilient Pocono Mountains.

In addition to supporting Pocono Mountains United Way, I encourage you to explore other local organizations and causes that resonate with you. By coming together and giving generously, we can create a brighter and more promising future for all residents of the Pocono Mountains.

Visit our website ( or contact us (570-517-3953) to find out how you can make a difference today. Your generosity is the key to our collective success, and we are profoundly grateful for your support.

With heartfelt gratitude and best wishes for a giving season filled with hope and compassion,


Michael Tukeva

President/CEO, Pocono Mountains United Way