Lycoming County United Way has announced the appointment of Adrienne Wertz as the organization’s Director of Funds Distribution and Community Building, effective February 1. Wertz has previously served as the Assistant Lifestyle editor at the Williamsport Sun-Gazette.
In her new position, Wertz will direct United Way’s annual allocation process distributing funding to county human service organizations, serve as the liaison with the 43 Program Partners operating under the local United Way umbrella, work with and develop collaborative efforts with human service and community organizations, assist with the annual campaign and participate in trainings for the many volunteers assisting with United Way led projects.
“My work at the Sun-Gazette put me right in the heart of a community that is full of life and hope, but also one that houses individuals who suffer greatly and are in need of assistance. I am excited to take a step deeper into that community and serve with the Lycoming County United Way to understand and help eliminate the hardships of our neighbors,” Wertz stated.
“My work as an In-House Campaign manager for the Sun-Gazette’s annual United Way employee campaign opened my eyes to what a vital organization the United Way is for the community. Having worked with many of the Program Partners receiving United Way funding, I have grown to appreciate how important the support of these non-profit groups are to our community members across the board – the young and old, rich and poor. It is with great pleasure and excitement that I begin my work with United Way.”
Wertz, who resides in South Williamsport with her husband and two children, was with the Sun-Gazette for ten years. While there she was instrumental in significantly increasing the company’s United Way campaign. She has also served in volunteer capacities for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the American Cancer Society and recently with Favors Forward, helping to deliver food to those in need.
Wertz replaces Rosann Pelleschi, who will end an 11-year United Way career with her retirement on January 31.
“Operating with a small staff, which must be responsive to the changing human service needs of the Lycoming County community, the Funds Distribution and Community Building role is vitally important. The search process we undertook was detailed and deliberate, aimed at locating a person with energy, understanding, drive and commitment. Our search committee was convinced that Adrienne possesses the capabilities and desire to both continue and grow the positive leadership role our United Way has developed in the community,” said Scott N. Lowery, LCUW executive director. “We welcome Adrienne to our team and look forward to working with her.”