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Campaign continues to grow

Lycoming County United Way (LCUW) officials have reported $ 715,173 has been raised in the annual campaign to date.

 “We are having a good year,” said Dr. Jim Campbell, LCUW volunteer chair of the 2010 campaign. “It is heartwarming to see our friends and neighbors donate to United Way to help one another. Their generosity is showing through each week as the campaign progresses and grows. The people of Lycoming County understand that there are critical needs for quality human service programs and they trust United Way to invest their gifts wisely in proven programs that are meeting the most pressing needs right here in our community. ”

 97% of funds raised stay here in Lycoming County.

“We have been especially pleased with many of the employee workplace results we have seen the last few weeks,” explained Campbell. “Many of our gifts come through workplace giving and as local companies complete their in-house campaigns, many are reporting increased giving over last year. For example, employee giving at Wirerope Works is up 53% and Woodlands Bank is up 27%. We’re also happy to see several significant new employee campaigns this year. One is Anadarko Petroleum Corporation that hosted an employee campaign and matched each gift 100%, doubling what the employees donated.”

 In addition, individual leadership giving has shown positive increases this year, according to Campbell.

 “Not only are more people giving, but many of the donors that have participated in the past are increasing their gifts over last year,” said Campbell. “It makes me proud to be a part of our community and a part of our United Way to see such compassion for others in Lycoming County.”

 “LCUW has a solid network of dedicated and experienced volunteers who are working diligently on this campaign. We believe in these programs and we are working hard to raise the funds to help meet their needs. Every additional dollar we raise helps,” added LCUW executive director Scott N. Lowery. “During this holiday season of giving, we are asking those who have not yet donated to consider doing so and thank those who have already given.”

 Campbell and Lowery remind donors that while contributions are welcomed throughout the year, individuals who have not yet contributed are encouraged, wherever possible, to make their donation now.

 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.

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