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United Way News

David Stone: The Johnny Cash Experience

david-stone-headerToday is the day!! Tickets go on sale for David Stone: The Johnny Cash Experience on Friday, November 13, 2015 at 7:30pm at the CAC! This is a wonderful fundraising event for Lycoming County United Way and a great night of entertainment. Hope to see you there!

Need a vacation?

Your donation of $104 or more to Lycoming County United Way will make you eligible to win a 7-Day cruise of your choice on the Norwegian Gem Line, Gem from New York, from AAA North Penn. Increase your donation for more chances to win! See below for official rules and details.


This sparkling cruise ship is the perfect choice for year-round cruises from New York; taking our guests to the Bahamas & Florida, the Caribbean, up the coast of Canada and New England, and to the cool summer breezes of Bermuda. From a chic, four-lane bowling alley to tons of dining choices and Freestyle Cruising, Norwegian Gem has it all. Chill out by the pool, get lucky in the casino, unwind at the spa, and make the kids happy with our water slides, Wii games and lots more. Accommodations range from the luxurious multi-room or romantic suites to spacious and affordable staterooms.


Package Includes:                                                                

  • 7-Day Cruise of your choice on the Norwegian Gem, based on the restrictions stated below
  • Port Charges & Taxes
  • All meals and entertainment aboard ship


Not Included:

  • Transportation to the pier
  • Gratuities
  • Parking fees
  • Shore excursions
  • Soda and alcoholic beverage
  • Items of a personal nature



  • Winner must be 21 years of age or older
  • No cash value
  • Package is based on availability at time of booking
  • Non transferrable and non-changeable after reservations are booked
  • May not be sold or traded
  • Must travel between May through November 2016, excluding holidays.
  • Must be booked no later than April 30, 2016.

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Get ready! September 9 will be here soon.Media Day logo 9.9.15

Annual allocations are announced

Lycoming County United Way recently completed its 2015-16 funding cycle by allocating $1.2 million to multiple human service providers.

“The initiative that was first launched in 1922 to engage the local community in raising sustaining funds that would be used right here at home to help human service organizations provide vital help to residents facing difficult times in their lives is every bit as important today as it was then,” said Dr. William Martin, agency president. “While costs, complications and circumstances have changed over the years, the consistent support of the Lycoming County community in providing this much-needed funding is truly a tribute to the compassion of so many who continually rise to the occasion of helping their friends and neighbors.”

The 2014-15 campaign raised $1,432,233, the fourth largest amount in the local agency’s history. It marked the 35th consecutive year of topping the $1 million plateau.

“To raise more than a million dollars annually takes the support of the community,” said Scott N. Lowery, agency executive director, who credited volunteers for raising the money and also allocating the funds.

“More than 400 volunteers are actively engaged in our yearly campaign,” Lowery said.

“During the past year, United Way funding provided human service agencies the means to help 25,433 county residents receive human service support,” he said. “That translates into about 21 percent of Lycoming County’s population.”

Still, competition for charitable dollars is stiff.

“This year the requests we were presented for funding were $40,393 more than we had to give,” said Tom O’Connell, chairman of the funds distribution committee. “Throughout the process, we were engaged in collaborative efforts with our program partners regarding the available funding and we are appreciative of their support pertaining to the funding decisions that had to be made.”

Funds were distributed to programs that meet needs identified in five community need impact areas: Caring for people in crisis, $415,000; nurturing children, $61,000; serving those with special needs, $203,729; strengthening families, $139,000; and supporting seniors, $12,500.

Additionally, the organization provided $36,202 in funding to a variety of countywide outreach programs that address the needs of specialized services.

It also provided $12,683 for 2-1-1, which provides information on how to obtain human services, and $14,000 to the Clearinghouse, a partnership with the American Rescue Workers that tracks and records services provided throughout the county. It enables providers to best meet requests they receive, while at the same time eliminating potential abuses of the system.

Another $40,000 was provided to three county programs through the agency’s Impact Funding process.

“The Impact Funding process is the entryway for human service programs to become United Way program partners,” said Carolyn Hawk, director of funding and community relations. “Programs are not just pulled out of a hat and given the title. They must meet specific requirements to be called program partners.”

Three new programs were added through the impact process: Sojourner Truth Ministries, $10,000 for a social service program; The Susquehanna Community Health and Dental Center, $15,000 for dental education; and Shepherd of the Streets, $15,000 for an oral surgery program.

In collaboration with a variety of additional funding sources United Way-administrated funding includes $213,722 to sub-recipients of federal grants and $97,746 in donor-designated contributions that are distributed to programs not affiliated with United Way.

Funding distributed in Wellsboro, southern Tioga County

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Representatives of Wellsboro and southern Tioga County human service programs received $21,396 in program funding from the 2014/2015 United Way campaign in their area. Carolyn Hawk, (front row, left) Lycoming County United Way Director of Funding and Community Relations presented allocation awards at a July 8 luncheon program. Tioga County United Way Board representative Brian Tevlin (back row second from left) assisted with the presentations.

Congratulations, Carolyn!

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Carolyn Hawk, LCUW Director of Funding and Community Relations

Congratulations to our very own Carolyn Hawk, Lycoming County United Way Director of Funding and Community Relations, on her recent graduation from this year’s Leadership Lycoming Class of 2015.

Rest in peace, Dr. Robert L. Shangraw


Dr. Robert L. Shangraw

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the recent passing of Dr. Robert L. Shangraw, a longtime Lycoming County United Way supporter.

Bob was best known for his love of the community. He spent the latter part of his professional career at Merrill Lynch as a financial consultant, assistant vice president, vice president and first vice president of investments, a role from which he retired in August 2001.

Recently named the 2014 Douglas C. Dickey Humanitarian Award recipient, Bob also was a member of the Lycoming County United Way Tocqueville Society.

“Lycoming County United Way recognizes that Bob’s activities have benefited many of the same programs supported by our organization, including the Children’s Development Center and Jersey Shore YMCA, as well as others such as Susquehanna Health, Lycoming College, Williamsport Area School District and Little League Baseball, Inc., all of which make positive impacts on the community,” said Scott N. Lowery, LCUW executive director.

Bob, you will be greatly missed.

It’s time!! Come treasure hunting with us!

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Congratulations to Robert L. Shangraw!

Congratulations to Robert L. Shangraw, the 2014 Douglas C. Dickey Humanitarian Award recipient. Robert was honored at our 2015 Annual Dinner meeting on April 16. We had a great time honoring our volunteers and celebrating the successes of the campaign!


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Rest in peace, Robert W. Grantier

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It is with great sadness that we share the news of the recent passing of Robert W. Grantier, a valued Lycoming County United Way Board Member and volunteer. Bob had been a board member since 2012, was an active campaign volunteer, and was a member of the LCUW Expansion Committee, as well as the Community Building Committee. He was honored in 2013 as the recipient of a Valiant Volunteer award.

A lifelong educator, Bob retired as the Loyalsock Township Superintendent in April 2014.

Private services were held at the convenience of the family. A memorial service is being planned for a later date.

The family has suggested that those wishing to make contributions in Bob’s memory may do so to the Lycoming County United Way, the Troy Area School District Foundation, the Loyalsock Township School District Lancer Foundation or the Boy Scouts of America.