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LCUW honors volunteers

On Wednesday, December 8, Lycoming County United Way (LCUW) thanked the countless volunteers who diligently worked on the annual campaign this fall. More than 100 LCUW supporters gathered at the Holiday Inn for the event to honor the volunteers and celebrate the campaign efforts.

“We are fortunate to live in a community where neighbors care about one another and will pitch in a helping hand to someone in need,” said Dr. Jim Campbell, volunteer chair of the 2010 LCUW campaign. “We could not fund the most critical human service needs here in Lycoming County without the support we receive from residents and business leaders. Tonight, we honor and thank the volunteers who do the heavy lifting and help make it all come together.”

LCUW handed out a number of awards to outstanding volunteers throughout the evening’s program.

“Volunteers are the driving force behind the success of our United Way team. Our volunteers come to us from a variety of backgrounds, with a variety of skill sets,” explained Campbell. “This diversity provides a vast talent pool and expertise that would be impossible to obtain if it had to be paid for. The common bond they all possess is the desire to help others and make this community a better place for all of us to live, work, and play.”

Among the volunteers honored were:

Ron Frick – The Douglas Shangraw Memorial Volunteer Award. Shangraw was a passionate supporter of a variety of charitable causes in the community. He served as chair of the United Way campaign’s employee division prior to his death in 2008 at the age of 39. Frick was chosen as the recipient of the Shangraw Award for his diligent efforts and exemplifying Shangraw’s community spirit and was presented the award by Doug’s wife, Blair Shangraw. Frick has been involved with LCUW for decades and serves as the organization’s Peter Herdic Society chair. His United Way service includes past campaign chair, board member, loaned executive and a variety of special projects and committee assignments. Frick is vice president of middle market and healthcare banking at M&T Bank.

Three “Valiant Volunteers”:

Allen Kiessling – an enthusiastic new member of the board of directors, Kiessling has chaired the employee division of the campaign for two years. In 2010, he took the lead planning a golf outing to benefit United Way that generated $20,800. Kiessling is a financial advisor at Merrill Lynch.

Heidi Lozano – the ‘loaned labor leader’ from Penn DOT has been a dedicated volunteer for three years serving as the State Employee Combined Appeal (SECA) coordinator. In 2010, Lozano also organized a bowling fundraiser and other creative ways for employees to donate.

Sherry Paulhamus – a loyal volunteer for many years, Paulhamus has served as the in-house coordinator for the City of Williamsport’s United Way employee campaign and efficiently ran the kitchen for basket bingo fundraiser for two years. Paulhamus is the administrative aide for the Williamsport Bureau of Fire.

Diane Stine – a current LCUW board member and devoted volunteer, Stine has organized a basket bingo fundraiser for three years, generating more than $15,800. She also serves on the steering committee for the funds distribution process and is a former loaned executive volunteer. Stine works for L-3 Communications as a buyer.

 LCUW executive director Scott Lowery lauded campaign chair Dr. Campbell as a champion. “Jim worked tirelessly with us on this campaign and as a result of his efforts and the efforts of the many volunteers under his leadership, the campaign is growing.”

 Campbell in turn was quick to thank the network of volunteers that worked on the campaign from in-house employee campaign associates to division leaders. “Our volunteers forged ahead to raise funds in an economic climate that was far less than optimal,” said Campbell.  “I am proud of the teamwork exhibited by hundreds of volunteers and grateful for the generous spirit of local families and businesses. The need for human services is great and it is heartwarming to see so many people get involved to help our neighbors.”

 “We are indebted to the dedication of our volunteers, the professionalism of our service providers, and the confidence of our donors, without whose collective support and talents we would be unable to conduct our mission of service to the residents of Lycoming County,” concluded Lowery.

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