Three weeks into the 2010 Lycoming County United Way campaign, officials see signs of encouragement with the early returns. Since the September 9 kick-off at South Williamsport High School, $220,901 has been raised.
“The first few weeks of the campaign have seen some very encouraging developments,” said Dr. Jim Campbell, Lycoming County United Way (LCUW) 2010 volunteer campaign chair. “We are pleased that our first report shows a positive response from the professional community as well as our small business and residential divisions in particular. Many of the employee workplace campaigns are just getting started and that is traditionally where the bulk of the donations occur so we are looking forward to increased growth as the campaign continues.”
“For the past few months, our network of dedicated volunteers put a great deal of effort into laying the ground work for a successful campaign,” explained Campbell. “They are really working diligently to meet the community’s human service needs.”
United Way supporters understand the importance of the campaign’s success to the overall well-being of the quality of life county-wide, according to Campbell. “We appreciate the loyalty and support residents and businesses have given United Way over the years. It is a tribute to the compassion and kindness of the people of Lycoming County and their willingness to help others facing difficult times. If you have already sent your contribution, we thank you. If you haven’t sent it yet, now is the time. Every donation is greatly appreciated.”
“We recognize that the local human service needs are increasing and we will continue to work hard to raise funds to support these critical needs right here in our community,” said Scott N. Lowery, LCUW executive director. “97% of the funds we raise stay here in Lycoming County. We’re here to help our very own neighbors in need and there are more families that need help from our human service program providers than previous years.”
LCUW is focused on five needs areas as identified by community survey: nurturing our children, serving those with special needs, caring for people in crisis, supporting our seniors, and strengthening our families.
Proceeds from the United Way campaign help support 44 vital human service programs county wide. Last year alone these services were used more than 47,000 times by county residents.
This year’s campaign runs through November 30. To make a contribution or for more information, visit development.lcuw.org or contact Lycoming County United Way, 1225 Clayton Avenue, Williamsport, PA 17701, or call 570-323-9448. LCUW is also now on Facebook.