With the finalization of the annual funds distribution process, Lycoming County United Way (LCUW), through its various funding programs, has provided $1,325,736 to support the work of human service programs benefiting Lycoming County residents.
“While many view the work of Lycoming County United Way through the eyes of the annual fall campaign, we are engaged in a 12-month process that continually collaborates with a variety of sources to maximize funding streams in support of the vital work being done by the human service network throughout our area,” said Scott N. Lowery, LCUW executive director. “This past year has been one of daunting challenges, significant successes and true testament to the resolve of the human spirit. We greatly appreciate the public’s trust and volunteer spirit that has enabled us to forward our mission in mobilizing resources to improve lives right here in Lycoming County.”
Beginning in late April, more than 70 volunteers, divided among five community needs panels, met with representatives of service providers to complete the funds distribution process, allocating $959,425 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, putting to work the generosity of LCUW’s donors.
“It is a testament to the integrity and transparency of our funds distribution process that community volunteers comprise the decision making panels in allocating funds. Their dedication to a difficult task best assures that donor dollars entrusted to our United Way are put to work in our Lycoming County community in the most efficient manner. They are to be thanked and commended for their time and dedication to the process,” said Tom O’Connell, volunteer chair of the LCUW funds distribution committee.
“We had $78,604 less than last year to allocate, and the requests for funding we received totaled $70,362 more than we had to give. Although the programs that we fund provide valuable services to our community, it is impossible to meet 100 percent of each request,” O’Connell added.
LCUW funds were distributed to the following programs, comprising five community need Impact areas.
Caring for people in crisis – $436,236.00
Diakon Family Life Services: Family and Individual Counseling – $93,868
YWCA of North Central Pennsylvania: Liberty House – $46,868; Wise Options – $58,000
North Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Red Cross: Disaster - $35,000
Journey House: $30,000
Susquehanna Valley CASA: $40,000
American Rescue Workers: Comprehensive Emergency Assistance Program- $82,500; Saving Grace- $50,000
Nurturing our children – $90,750.00
Campbell Street Family and Youth Center: Summer of Fun- $22,000
River Valley YMCA: Youth Program – $8,750; Childcare – $60,000
Serving those with special needs – $222,545.00
Children’s Development Center: Early Learning Program – $125,000
Hope Enterprises: Transportation – $63,545
North Central Sight Services: Prevention of Blindness – $12,000; Social Services – $22,000
Strengthening our families – $150,000
Lycoming County Library System: The Learning Center – $75,000
Susquehanna Health: Nurse Family Partnership – $45,000
Jersey Shore YMCA: Brick House – $30,000
Supporting our seniors – $17,500.00
River Valley Regional YMCA: Seniors program – $17,500
Additionally, LCUW annually provides funding to a variety of countywide Outreach programs that address the needs of specialized services. $35,479.35 was provided for the following Outreach programs:
American Red Cross (Service to the Armed Forces) – $5,000
Central Pennsylvania Food Bank – $14,416
Shepherd of the Streets Dental – $1,591.14
Muncy Outreach: School Health (Dental) – $1,500; Library – $3,042.72
Montgomery Outreach: School Health (Dental) – $1,100; Library – $1,300
Montoursville Outreach: Library – $1,500
East Lycoming Outreach: School Health (Dental) – $1,500; Library – $2,606.42
Jersey Shore Outreach – $1,923.07
During the past year, LCUW leadership was instrumental in strengthening information services supporting the human service network.
“To assist individuals facing times of need often both the individual seeking help and those providing services do not know where to turn to get the help they need,” explained Carolyn Hawk, LCUW director of funding and community relations. “We are very pleased to have been able to address these issues by bringing 24-hour a day 2-1-1 telephone service to Lycoming County and upgrading the assimilation of information used by the Clearinghouse program. It is an added bonus that we were able to upgrade these services at a cost savings of several thousand dollars.”
“Those seeking information on how to obtain human services can now easily do so by dialing 2-1-1, which is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at no cost to the caller. Calls are answered by trained personnel who can direct individuals to those providing the services they are seeking.”
“The Clearinghouse program is a partnership forged with our United Way and the American Rescue Workers which tracks and records services provided throughout the county. It enables providers to best meet requests they receive, while at the same time eliminating potential abuses of the system,” Hawk explained.
LCUW funding provided $12,948 for the 2-1-1 service and $14,000 to the Clearinghouse.
These announced allocations will be distributed to the various programs on a monthly basis beginning in July.
“While the main focus of our funding process is to assist our Program Partners, we pay close attention to programs outside our umbrella that are addressing emerging community needs,” added Bill Martin, LCUW board president. “Through our Community Building committee this year we are pleased to be able to provide $15,650 in funding to Family Promise of Lycoming County. The money will be used for a Rental Assistance program which enables previously homeless families to begin their climb back to stability. As Homelessness has been identified as a growing community problem, this expenditure of funds is most justified.”
In collaboration with a variety of additional funding sources LCUW-administered funding includes $207,708 to sub-recipients of federal grants and $122,919.65 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.