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Butler, Southwestern Pennsylvania United Ways merge

Stephen Huba
| Monday, April 2, 2018, 10:18 a.m.

The United Way just got a little more united.

A merger between the United Way of Butler County and the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania will lead to more programs, growth opportunities and information sharing, officials said.

The Butler County board approached the United of Southwestern Pennsylvania about the merger, said board Chairman Dan LaVallee.

“Our respective dollars and efforts will remain in our local community, and together we can make a greater impact by growing programming, partnerships and assistance in the local Butler community,” LaVallee said.

The United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania, which itself is the result of a merger between the Westmoreland and Allegheny United Ways three years ago, will maintain an office in Butler County.

The organization is searching for a permanent regional director. The transition will take place over six months.

The merger has already resulted in the expansion of the 100,000 Books and Build-a-Bike programs into Butler County and in the formation of a Women's Leadership Council in Butler County, a news release said.

In addition to Allegheny and Westmoreland, the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania also serves Fayette and southern Armstrong counties.

Stephen Huba is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-850-1280, or via Twitter @shuba_trib.

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