Two weeks into the 2011 Lycoming County United Way campaign, officials see signs of encouragement with the early returns. Since the September 15th kick-off at Loyalsock High School, $158,173 has been raised.
“The first two weeks of the campaign have seen some very encouraging developments,” said Virgil Probasco, Lycoming County United Way (LCUW) 2011 volunteer campaign chair and executive vice-president of Wirerope Works. “We are pleased that our first report shows a positive response from the community. Many of the employee workplace campaigns are just getting started and that is traditionally where the bulk of the donations occur so we are looking forward to increased growth as the campaign continues.”
“For the past few months, our network of dedicated volunteers put a great deal of effort into laying the ground work for a successful campaign,” explained Probasco. “We thoroughly evaluated the human service needs in the county and set a monetary goal in July. With the recent flooding disaster, we adapted and developed a way for donors to support local flood relief efforts as well as the pre-existing and ongoing community needs of the programs United Way funds. We are working diligently to meet the community’s human service needs both today and down the road.”
“The flood occurred in a few days and will take a few months or longer to complete the cleanup. During the flood, the multitude of human service needs in this county did not go away. They were there before the flood and they will remain after it, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 12 months a year,” added Scott N. Lowery, LCUW executive director. “In the past year there were 42,747 county residents whose lives were improved because the 43 human service programs operating under our United Way umbrella were there for them. That is why this year’s campaign is even more important than last years. The flood washed away so many important things. But, unfortunately, it didn’t wash away the daily challenges present in so many people’s lives.”
United Way supporters clearly understand the importance of the campaign’s success to the overall well-being of the quality of life county-wide, according to Probasco. “We appreciate the loyalty and support residents and businesses have given United Way over the years. It is a tribute to the compassion and kindness of the people of Lycoming County and their willingness to help others facing difficult times. If you have already sent your contribution, we thank you. If you haven’t sent it yet, now is the time. Every donation is greatly appreciated.”
LCUW is focused on five needs areas as identified by community survey: nurturing our children, serving those with special needs, caring for people in crisis, supporting our seniors, and strengthening our families.
Proceeds from the United Way campaign help support 43 vital human service programs county wide. Last year alone these services were used more than 42,000 times by county residents.
This year’s campaign runs through November 30. To make a contribution or for more information, visit development.lcuw.org or contact Lycoming County United Way, One West Third Street, Suite 208, Williamsport, PA 17701, or call 570-323-9448. LCUW is also now on Facebook.