Thanks to thousands of loyal and generous donors, the Lycoming County United Way (LCUW) annual campaign has raised $1,431,445 to meet local human service needs, the highest amount in the organization’s history.
“The heightened awareness and compassion of our donors, both individual and corporate, for the county-wide critical missions of LCUW program partners drove the success of this campaign,” said Dr. Jim Campbell, LCUW 2010 campaign chair. “The people of Lycoming County understand the growing needs of the human service programs and trust United Way to be a good steward of their investments. We are very pleased with these results and we want to thank each and every donor who participated in the campaign.”
United Way provides funding for more than 40 programs in Lycoming County that meet the community’s most critical needs nurturing children, caring for people in crisis, strengthening families, supporting seniors, and serving those with special needs. LCUW officials point out that 97% of funds raised stay in Lycoming County.
“This opportunity to serve as campaign chair has been a humbling, yet rewarding experience. We are indebted to the hundreds of volunteers who gave of their time and talents to assist us; and to the thousands who contributed to the campaign. Their efforts and support will truly make a positive difference in the lives of their neighbors all across the county,” added Campbell.
“With each year’s campaign, new stories reflecting the generosity and caring spirit of Lycoming County residents are exhibited. This year, in the face of some difficult times, that heart-warming compassion reached new levels,” said LCUW executive director Scott N. Lowery. “This campaign’s achievement exceeded the amount raised in any previous campaign. That is a remarkable effort that would not have been possible without Jim’s leadership and the tremendous effort of our volunteer network.”
While the amount raised is the largest amount in the organization’s history, LCUW officials point out it is likely still not enough to meet the needs of the programs partner’s requests.
“Last year we looked at the amount we had to allocate to our partners and the amount they had requested. The amount we needed to be able to fulfill their requests was $1,535, 885, and while we are pleased to have had a campaign increase of about 5% over last year, we will likely still not have enough to meet every program’s request,” explained Rosann Pelleschi, director of funds distribution and community building for LCUW. “All programs that receive LCUW funding must demonstrate measureable results. Our volunteers are very thoughtful in how the dollars are allocated. They meet with every program partner to learn about the programs and ensure that the money is invested addressing the most pressing community needs through proven programs. It is never a simple process and we appreciate the volunteers’ efforts in making difficult decisions.”
“Plus, our United Way mission extends beyond the needs of our program partners. Recent community needs assessment surveys have identified areas of concern that we are addressing though our Impact Funding Initiative,” added Pelleschi.
In April, community volunteers will review presentations made by program partners and allocate the funds available.
To make a contribution, for more information, or to volunteer for funds distribution, contact Lycoming County United Way, 1225 Clayton Avenue, Williamsport, PA 17701, or call 323-9448, visit www.development.lcuw.org or look for the organization on Facebook .