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United Way completes allocation process

Lycoming County United Way (LCUW) has completed its funds distribution process, allocating $882,578 to human service programs serving Lycoming County.

Beginning in late April, 7th 4 volunteers, divided among five community needs panels, met with representatives of service providers. Each program was evaluated for its efficiency of operation, financial accountability, and impact within the community. Recommendations for funding to those programs were presented to the LCUW Board of Directors at its May meeting. The Board approved the recommendations, putting to work the generosity of LCUW’s donors.

“Each year, contributors to the LCUW campaign entrust us with their dollars to distribute them in a manner that will do the most good within our Lycoming County community,” said Tom O’Connell, volunteer chair of the LCUW funds distribution committee. “Once again, the volunteers charged with this difficult task of allocating limited resources did a tremendous job, especially considering the current economic climate.”

“The requests for funding we received totaled $171,266 more than we had to give. The various programs we fund are all providing valuable services to the residents of Lycoming County, but it is impossible to meet 100% of each request,” explained O’Connell. “I continue to be impressed with the volunteer’s thoroughness and thoughtfulness when evaluating the programs. They understand they represent the thousands of individuals who generously donate to United Way and they take the responsibility seriously to effectively put those dollars into positive action.”

LCUW funds are distributed to more than 40 programs comprising five community needs Impact Areas.

Caring for people in crisis – $299,562

American Rescue Workers

Comprehensive Emergency Assistance Program – $71,562

Diakon Family Life Services

Family & Individual Counseling – $86,000

North Central PA Chapter of the American Red Cross

Disaster – $45,000

YWCA of North Central Pennsylvania

Court Appointed Special Advocate – $18,000

Liberty House – $27,000

Wise Options – $52,000

Nurturing our children – $165,011

Campbell Street Center

Education – $36,000

Recreation – $46,511

Diakon Family Life Services

Girls on the Run – $10,000

River Valley Regional YMCA

Childcare – $50,000

Youth Program – $12,500

Susquehanna Council Boy Scouts of America

Youth development – $12,111

Valley Prevention Services

Youth education on substance abuse – $10,000

Serving those with special needs – $214,386

Children’s Development Center

Autism – $14,985

Health – $34,039

Pre-school – $41,850

Speech Therapy – $43,376

Hope Enterprises

Transportation – $60,136

North Central Sight Services

Prevention of Blindness – $6,000

Social Services – $14,000

Strengthening our families – $129,500

James V. Brown Library

The Learning Center tutoring program – $26,500

Jersey Shore Branch YMCA

Brick House Program – $41,000

STEP, Inc.

Linkage Lycoming – $37,000

Susquehanna Health

Nurse Family Partnership – $25,000

Supporting our seniors – $38,117

Albright LIFE

Transportation – $10,000

North Central PA Chapter of the American Red Cross

Health & Safety – $5,617

Office of Aging

Congregate Meals – $6,000

Meals-on-Wheels – $7,000

River Valley Regional YMCA

Seniors Program – $9,500

In addition, LCUW funds the following outreach programs:

American Red Cross (Service to Armed Forces) – $5,000

Central Pennsylvania Food Bank – $5,709

East Lycoming (Children’s Literacy, School Dental Health) – $2,000

Jersey Shore (Children’s Literacy) – $875

Montgomery (Children’s Literacy, School Health) – $2,040

Montoursville (Children’s Literacy) – $950

Muncy (Literacy, Recreation) – $1,897

Shepherd of the Street (Emergency Dental) – $5,000

Williamsport Home – $420

“We understand the complex needs of our community and under the careful scrutiny of local volunteers, we provide funding to a network of effective program partners to address those needs – or we launch new impact initiatives that will,” said John Brunette, president of LCUW’s board of directors. “We strive to get to the heart of problems and create lasting change. We very carefully consider how to best invest our donors’ money in progressive programs to address the county’s issues.”

While the focus of LCUW funding has an outcomes-based emphasis, its’ mission to “mobilize resources to improve lives” and utilization of community volunteers has not changed.

“The volunteer panel review of our Program Partners still remains vital to the United Way concept,” added Brunette. “It ensures accountability among the programs we help fund, transparency in the funding process, and the careful stewardship of donors’ investments in United Way. It is an important responsibility that is taken very seriously by all involved.”

LCUW in partnership with the Lycoming County Criminal Justice Advisory Board has also recently allocated $47,000 in “Impact Initiatives”- grants for programs that provide a new service or enhance an existing program. Based on the 2009 Community Needs Assessment and the Pennsylvania Youth Survey, this year’s Impact Initiatives focused on programs serving middle-school age children and family stability. Programs funded this year are:

The Salvation Army –  Building Strong Families – $15,000

Susquehanna Health Family Center For Reproductive Health – $10,000

Journey House – transitional housing – $8,000

CASA – Child Custody Advocate Program – $7,000

CAPPA – Neighborhood Network – $7,000

The announced allocations will be distributed to the various programs monthly beginning in July, O’Connell indicated.

The $882,578 allocation and the $47,000 Impact Initiatives Grant brings the current total of LCUW assisted financial support to Lycoming County to $1,337,913 for the 2010-2011 fiscal year. Other LCUW-administered funding includes $308,335 to sub-recipients of federal and state grants and $100,000 in Act 137 funds to address homelessness. Additionally, $25,071 in donor-designated contributions are distributed to non-LCUW affiliated non-profit programs.

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