Just past the half-way point of its twelve-week annual campaign, Lycoming County United Way (LCUW) officials have reported $341,594 has been raised.
“We have been optimistic throughout the early planning process and the beginning weeks of the campaign,” said Dr. Jim Campbell, LCUW volunteer 2010 campaign chair. “We’re happy to be ahead of where we were at the same point last year. We understand this year is still far from ‘business as usual’ for many families and small businesses and we are genuinely pleased to see the people of Lycoming County supporting one another and giving a helping hand to those in need.”
“We are continuing to ask for every citizen’s consideration to do what they can to contribute to this critical campaign,” explained Campbell. “Although we gladly accept donations any day of the year, our primary focus is September through November so that we can accurately allocate funds to our programs next spring. We want to thank those who have already contributed and encourage those who have not yet done so to make their donations by the end of November.”
Several local volunteers and businesses are planning special events open to the public to support the campaign, according to Campbell.
“The employees of Albright LIFE will host a dessert-tasting on November 5 from noon to 2:00pm where anyone with a sweet tooth can enjoy an array of desserts for just a $5 donation,” said Campbell. “Then on November 7, there will be a basket bingo at Old Lycoming Fire Hall at 1:00pm. Basket fans who attended previously know the baskets are filled with all kinds of added goodies and new this year, volunteer Diane Stine has added a ‘super bingo’ with one prize worth more than $800.”
“In addition, our friends at Larson Design Group are planning a ‘Kiss a Pig Contest’,” said LCUW executive director Scott N. Lowery with a chuckle. “Employees are voting by putting money in a jar for the senior manager that they would like to see kiss a pig – yes, a real pig. The so-called ‘winner’ will be kissing the pig on November 15. We appreciate LDG’s dedication to the community and sense of humor in supporting our mission.”
United Way encourages anyone who might be interested in developing a special event for the cause. Some organizations host dress down days, hold raffles or bake sales, or whatever suits the people involved. It can be a simple and fun way to raise funds and awareness for United Way.
“There are more people in need of human service programs this year as well as increasing costs to operate the programs. We’re most appreciative of the support our community is providing for our neighbors and we will remain diligent in our efforts to raise the funds so vital to keep 44 local human service programs functioning for Lycoming County residents,” concluded Lowery.
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, call 570-323-9448, or visit www.development.lcuw.org.