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United Way campaign needs additional support

Lycoming County United Way (LCUW) officials have reported $805,838 has been raised in the annual campaign to date.

 “Contributions have picked up in the last few weeks,” said Virgil Probasco, LCUW volunteer chair of the 2011 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 upswing in contributions is encouraging but the human service programs we support throughout the year need more funds than we have collected so far,” Probasco added. “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. We thank those who have already given and ask those who have not donated yet to do so now.”

 97% of funds raised stay here in Lycoming County and are used to help support 43 vital human service programs throughout Lycoming County. In the past year, 42,747 county residents have been helped by an LCUW-funded program.

“We have been especially pleased with many of the employee workplace results we have seen the last few weeks,” explained Probasco. “The majority 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 AutoTrakk is up 86%, Kellogg’s 28%, Wirerope Works 23%, and M & T Bank 20%.”

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

 “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 Probasco. “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 are extremely grateful for their time and the enthusiasm they are showing towards this campaign. We all believe in these programs and we are working hard to raise the funds to help meet their needs. Every dollar we raise helps,” added LCUW executive director Scott N. Lowery.

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

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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