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United Way campaign entering final month

Just past the half-way point of its twelve-week annual campaign, Lycoming County United Way (LCUW) officials have reported $299,610 has been raised.

“We have been optimistic throughout the early planning process and the beginning weeks of the campaign,” said Virgil Probasco, LCUW volunteer 2011 campaign chair. “We’re happy to be making progress and seeing the donation totals increase week to week. 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 Probasco. “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.”

 While the majority of campaign contributions come through workplace giving, several local volunteers and businesses are planning special events open to the public to further support the campaign, according to LCUW.

 “The employees of Albright LIFE have partnered with several local nursing homes to host a dessert-tasting on Friday, November 4 from 12:00 noon to 2:00pm where anyone with a sweet tooth can enjoy an array of delicious desserts for just a $5 donation. This is the third year for the unique event at Albright LIFE on Memorial Avenue,” said Kate Pacacha, director of resource development and communications for LCUW. “Then on Sunday, November 6, there will be a basket bingo at Old Lycoming Township Fire Hall at 1:00pm. Longaberger Basket fans who attended previously know the baskets are filled with all kinds of added goods and merchandise, plus this year volunteer Diane Stine has created a ‘super bingo’ with one prize worth more than $1,200.”

United Way encourages and welcomes 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.

“Past events even included employees purchasing whipped cream pies to throw at their bosses or making a donation to have the boss kiss a pig,” Pacacha added. “We are happy to see volunteers coordinate these extra efforts with such creativity and a sense of humor for a good cause.”

“There are more people in need of human service programs this year as well as increasing costs to operate the programs and less government funding. We’re very 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 43 local human service programs functioning for Lycoming County residents,” concluded Pacacha.

This year’s campaign runs through November 30. To make a contribution or for more information, contact Lycoming County United Way, One West Third Street, Suite 208, Williamsport, PA 17701, call 570-323-9448, or visit www.development.lcuw.org.

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