The Sallie Mae Fund Awards Grant to the United Way of Wyoming Valley

  The Sallie Mae Fund Awards Grant to the United Way of Wyoming Valley

Business Wire

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. -- June 26, 2013

The Sallie Mae Fund, a charitable organization sponsored by Sallie Mae,
awarded a $22,000 grant to the United Way of Wyoming Valley in Wilkes-Barre,
Pa. The grant will help fund education-related community outreach charities of
United Way.

“Year after year, The Sallie Mae Fund puts their values in action through
their generosity and commitment to our community,” said William M. Jones,
president and CEO of United Way of Wyoming Valley. “The United Way is honored
to work with such a dedicated partner.”

The grant will support education programs throughout the year to assist
children, youth, and seniors to achieve their potential in early learning and
personal development. These programs include:

  *The Jump Start Program of Luzerne County is a Head Start initiative,
    providing  early entry into the school year for three- and four-year-old
    children. It accelerates the establishment of Head Start services for
    selected children referred by other community agencies with diagnosed
    disabilities or other family challenges.
  *The Prevention Program in Wyoming Valley Alcohol and Drug Services
    addresses specific needs for four at-risk populations – senior citizens,
    parents, college students, and young children – that exhibit at-risk
    factors for drug and alcohol abuse.
  *Sexual Assault Prevention Program in Victims Resource Center provides
    students with information about sexual abuse and strategies to promote
    safety and reduce risk. Additional support services and counseling are
    offered for children who indicate they have experienced violence or abuse.

Since 2001, The Sallie Mae Fund has contributed more than $125 million to
increase access to higher education and support local communities, including
$8.6 million in Pennsylvania.

The Sallie Mae Fund, a charitable organization sponsored by Sallie Mae,
achieves its mission — to increase college access for America's students — by
supporting programs and initiatives that help open doors to higher education.
The Fund also supports employee volunteerism and community service in the
communities where Sallie Mae employees live and work. For more information,
visit www.salliemaefund.org.

The United Way of Wyoming Valley is the community leader in addressing human
service needs that make a lasting impact on lives for the region’s most
vulnerable citizens. United Way was founded in 1921 on the premise of people
helping people.

Contact:

Sallie Mae:
Nikki Lavoie, 302-283-4057, Nikki.Lavoie@SallieMae.com
or
United Way of Wyoming Valley:
Amy Zawada, 570-829-6711, AZawada@unitedwaywb.org