United Way Impact Councils hard at work

SUNBURY – Impact Councils have been hard at work within the Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way to create positive programs for Northumberland, Snyder and Union Counties.  President and CEO of the United Way Keri Albright says one of the initiatives they are working on is a “Potty Poster.”

“There are about 4 or 5 recovering addicts on our drug and alcohol impact council, and they have all shared a very similar experience.  When they were young and living with substance abuse in their home, they all thought it was normal.  It got me thinking ‘how can we start talking to kids to give them another frame of reference?’  So we came up with this potty poster idea,” Albright said.

Albright says the posters will hang in elementary school restrooms to encourage kids to discuss their home life.  “So what we came up with is a bunch of questions that we could ask kids, that if they answered yes to any one of them it would be indicative of a problem in the home,” she said.  “We have it titled, ‘Be your own superhero, tell a teacher.’  The questions would be simple and there would be graphics with little kids in superhero costumes being happy and taking control of their lives.  A lot of these kids feel like they are not in control.”

The potty posters are just one of the many initiatives created through the United Way Impact Councils.   The six Priorities for Impact include alcohol and drug abuse, poverty, public transportation, accessibility to quality early childhood education, diversity and the need for social opportunities for at-risk teens.  Albright was a guest on WKOK Sunrise Monday.  You can hear more of her comments here.  You can also get more information about the United Way at www.gsvuw.org. (Codi Jade)

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