Just past the half-way point of its twelve-week annual campaign, Lycoming County United Way (LCUW) officials have reported $431,277 has been raised.
“We have been optimistic throughout the early planning process and the beginning weeks of the campaign,” said Virgil Probasco, LCUW volunteer 2012 campaign chair. “We’re happy to be making progress and seeing the donation totals increase week to week. We are genuinely pleased to see the people of Lycoming County supporting one another and giving a helping hand to
those in need.”
The majority of campaign contributions come through workplace giving and several local companies have reported increased support of United Way.
The biggest employee campaign in the county is held by Kellogg Company in Muncy. The bakery there produces Pop-Tarts, Nutrigrain bars, and extremely generous employees.
“We are absolutely thrilled to have $85,718 contributed by our team members this year,” reported Kellogg plant manager Tim Bair. “We had 75% of our employees participate in the United Way campaign and we couldn’t be more proud of their compassion for our community. We also did some special fundraisers and our corporate office matches the employee giving so we were able to give United Way a total of $180,500!”
“The employees at Kellogg have a very significant impact on our campaign and ability to fund human service programs and we are extremely appreciative of their kindness,” said Dr. William Martin, senior vice-president of Pennsylvania College of Technology and LCUW volunteer vice-chair of the campaign.
Earlier this week, Kellogg celebrated Tony the Tiger’s 60th birthday and invited the LCUW team to the Muncy bakery for cake and a check presentation.
“It is exciting to see the passion and enthusiasm the Kellogg team has for supporting our community,” added Martin.
Other companies reporting positive employee campaigns this week included Macy’s, where two-third of the employees participated in campaign and giving increased 19% over last year. The Tech Group in Williamsport has reported a 38% increase in giving.
“We are grateful for the support of so many local businesses hosting campaigns with their employees. When people can donate a few dollars per paycheck through payroll deduction, it is more convenient for them and that increases participation,” said Probasco.
“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.”
“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 38 local human service programs functioning for Lycoming County residents,”
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.lcuw.org.