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Lycoming County United Way completes funding process

UW logoLycoming County United Way recently finalized its 2013 Funds Distribution process and, through its various funding programs, has provided $1,404,340 to support the work of human service programs benefiting Lycoming County residents.

“As is becoming increasingly evident the challenge of trying to meet growing human service community needs with a shrinking pool of available resources makes it nearly impossible for ‘go it alone solutions,’” said Scott N. Lowery, LCUW Executive Director. “Meaningful solutions require collaboration from a variety of sources to make things work. That is what Lycoming County United Way is all about, mobilizing resources to improve lives. We are most grateful to the donors who have placed their trust in us, our volunteers who give unselfishly of their time to support our mission and to our Program Partners who provide the direct services our fundraising efforts make possible. We will continue with our attempt to expand our collaborative efforts that in turn will improve the quality of life for those who call Lycoming County home.”

More than 60 volunteers trained to review programs within five community needs panels met with representatives of service providers to complete the funding process, allocating $1,041,886 to human service programs serving Lycoming County. Each program was evaluated for its efficiency of operation, financial accountability, and impact within the community. Recommendations for funding to those programs were presented to the LCUW Board of Directors at its May meeting. The Board approved the recommendations, allowing Lycoming County United Way to successfully put to work the generosity of its donors.

“Our volunteers take on a very challenging task when they sign up to be a panel member with Lycoming County United Way,” said Tom O’Connell, volunteer chair of the LCUW funds distribution committee. “Not only are our volunteers taking personal time from their own jobs to review the information provided by our funded Program Partners, but they are also faced with the task of determining if a program outside of their own familiarity is functioning at its best.”

The challenge, O’Connell added, is that Lycoming County United Way does not fund agencies, but rather programs within human service agencies.

“This means volunteers must really decide whether a funding request from a local human service organization is falling within our guidelines of administering a program that is meeting the needs of the community,” O’Connell said. “We cannot simply fund an agency for its operational costs. But if that agency brings to us a valid program that can demonstrate measurable outcomes, that’s when we are able to really see our dollars put to good use.”

“The Allocations process is unique because it gives our volunteers an opportunity to interact with our Program Partners and have a very thoughtful discussion regarding the needs of the community and how to address them,” said Allen W. Kiessling, LCUW Vice President. “This dialogue benefits our Program Partners by offering them ideas and solutions to issues they may not have thought of and benefits our volunteers, including me, by giving them a much greater appreciation for the needs in the community and the urgency to address them.  Together, that is a huge benefit to our community and the beneficiaries of these services.”

The 2013-2014 beneficiaries, comprising the five community needs Impact areas include:

Caring for people in crisis – $277,000

Counseling Services – $88,000

Diakon Family Life Services

 

Liberty House – $40,000

Wise Options – $56,000

YWCA Northcentral PA

 

Susquehanna Valley CASA – $40,000

Pennsylvania CASA

 

Disaster Services ­- $25,000

North Central Pennsylvania Chapter American Red Cross

 

Transitional Housing – $28,000

Journey House

 

 

Nurturing our children – $151,600

After-School Program

Summer of Fun – $36,000

Campbell Street Center

 

Girls on the Run – $10,000

Diakon Family Life Services

 

Youth Mentoring – $15,000

Childcare Program – $58,000

Williamsport Branch RVR YMCA

 

Youth Substance Abuse Education – $32,600

Valley Prevention Services, Inc.

 

 

Serving those with special needs – $353,623.00

Autism/Therapeutic Preschool Program – $125,000

Children’s Development Center

 

Transportation/Special Needs – $66,623

Hope Enterprises, Inc.

Prevention of Blindness – $12,000

Social Services/Vision Impaired – $20,000

North Central Sight Services

 

Emergency Program/Shelter – $130,000

American Rescue Workers

 

 

Strengthening our families – $135,000

The Learning Center – $70,000

Lycoming County Library System

 

Nurse Family Partnership – $40,000

Susquehanna Home Care and Hospice

 

Brick House Youth Program – $25,000

Jersey Shore Branch RVR YMCA

              

Supporting our seniors – $25,295

Senior Wellness Program – $10,000

Williamsport Branch RVR YMCA

 

Senior Transportation – $15,295

Albright LIFE

 

In addition, LCUW funded $41,368.16 to the following Outreach programs:

 

  • Service to the Armed Forces (American Red Cross) – $5,000

 

  • Food Distribution Center (Central Pennsylvania Food Bank) – $13,821.43

 

  • Emergency Dental (Shepherd of the Streets) – $9,191.70

 

  • Summer Reading Program

East Lycoming – $1,386.33

Jersey Shore – $1,506.28

Montgomery – $1,265.45

Montoursville – $2,105.50

Muncy -$2,151.01

 

  • School Health

East Lycoming – $1,500

Montgomery – $1,089.45

Muncy – $2,351.01

These announced allocations will be distributed to the various programs on a monthly basis beginning in July.

 

While the focus of LCUW funding has an outcomes-based emphasis, its mission to “mobilize resources to improve lives” and the utilization of community volunteers has not changed.

 

“What opened my eyes is the idea that our resources are more than just dollars and cents,” Kiessling said. “Of course that aspect is essential, but we are mobilizing other resources through the Allocations process including the resources of time, talent and ideas to make our community better each and every day.”

LCUW also allocates an additional $32,244 in specialized grants for programs that provide a new service or enhance an existing program.

 

In collaboration with a variety of additional funding sources LCUW-administered funding includes $198,988 to sub-recipients of federal grants, $131,222 in donor-designated contributions that are distributed to non-LCUW-affiliated nonprofit programs.

 

For more information about Lycoming County United Way, call 570-323-9448 or visit www.development.lcuw.org.

 

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