Schuylkill County has one of the highest rates of per capita giving in Northeast/Central Pennsylvania. People here make it their priority to give back and help others in need.

Helping those in need is what the human service agencies in the county do best. From healthcare to childcare to counseling, agencies work hand-in-hand with organizations in the private sector to ensure that everyone needing help gets it. The Schuylkill County Human Services Department provides comprehensive services for mental health and mental retardation, programs for the disadvantaged and the elderly, drug and alcohol counseling.

Extending the outreach in the county is the Schuylkill United Way. The Schuylkill United Way supports 16 human service agencies that reach half of all county residents with services ranging from youth activities and senior programs to counseling and healthcare. Each is a dedicated, viable member of the Schuylkill County community.

Agencies such as Avenues, Child Development, Inc., Big Brothers Big Sisters, Rape and Victim Assistance Center and Tamaqua Meals on Wheels are all part of the United Way family. Each member agency is committed to reaching every person in the county who needs help.

Volunteers are an integral part of life in Schuylkill County. Whether it is delivering meals to homebound residents, participating in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life or educating the community about emergency preparedness, volunteers give tirelessly of their time and talent to improve the quality of life in the county. Schuylkill County has received national recognition for involvement in Make A Difference Day, the national day of volunteering sponsored by USA WEEKEND and the Points of Light Foundation.

Other community partners serving the county's needs are the American Cancer Society, the American Lung Association and the American Heart Association.