Five weeks into the 2010 Lycoming County United Way campaign, officials have reported $275,481 has been raised.
“The first five weeks of the campaign have gone really well,” said Dr. Jim Campbell, Lycoming County United Way (LCUW) 2010 campaign chair. “We are encouraged by the donations coming in from the residential divisions throughout the county and we are looking forward to more employee workplace campaigns coming in over the coming weeks. The bulk of our campaign is from donations by employees who give through payroll deduction at their workplaces and the timelines are a little different for each company,” explained Campbell. “Those gifts as well as corporate gifts will start showing up soon.”
“We are going to continue to be diligent in our volunteer efforts following up with donors,” added Campbell. “We have a dedicated network of volunteers supporting the campaign and we know the community is counting on us to support many human service programs at a time when the need continues to grow.”
“It is in challenging times like this that the work of United Way is most important,” explained Scott Lowery, LCUW executive director. “We thank those who have already made a contribution and ask those who have not yet done so to make a gift to this extremely important campaign that helps our neighbors right here in Lycoming County. 97% of the funds raised stay in Lycoming County.”
To supplement the annual campaign, some volunteers and community leaders host special events or workplace projects. For example, Merrill Lynch recently hosted a golf outing in memory of a former coworker and United Way volunteer, Doug Shangraw. The golf outing raised approximately $20,000. In partnership with the Williamsport Crosscutters, Home Run Team sponsors donated $5,580 at the conclusion of the baseball season. Welded Construction also hosted a golf outing and raised approximately $7,000. Wegmans invited shoppers to make a donation upon check-out to United Way last month and raised $4,469. In addition, a United Way volunteer is planning a Basket Bingo on November 7 to raise money for campaign.
“Every dollar counts,” concluded Lowery. “We are appreciative of the volunteers and community leaders who go the extra mile to help raise funds for our community. From dress down days to ‘throw-a-pie-at-your-boss contests,’ we have a lot of kind and generous people who have some fun and support our neighbors at the same time.”
Proceeds from the United Way campaign help support 44 vital human service programs county-wide in five identified critical needs areas: nurturing our children, serving those with special needs, caring for people in crisis, supporting our seniors, and strengthening our families.
This year’s campaign runs through November 30. To make a contribution or for more information, contact Lycoming County United Way, 1225 Clayton Avenue, Williamsport, PA 17701, visit www.development.lcuw.org or call 323-9448. LCUW is also now on Facebook.