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Prominent figures lead this year’s United Way campaign

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Following successful careers informing and educating the public, radio personality Ken Sawyer and educators John and Margaret Piper are applying their proven life skills to the vital volunteer efforts in leading this year’s Lycoming County United Way campaign. Sawyer, the 2015 campaign chair, and the Pipers, serving as co-campaign vice chairs, are ever-mindful of the important role the annual United Way campaigns play in improving the lives of thousands of Lycoming County residents facing personal crises in their daily lives.

“During my years on the radio I interviewed many individuals and leaders of causes who were dedicated to making positive changes in people’s lives. I was always impressed by their passion, yet sometimes dismayed by the obstacles cluttering their paths to success,” noted Sawyer. “I later learned, through my involvement on the Boards of North Central Sight Services and the American Red Cross, that no matter how noble the cause, that for the organization to succeed it was imperative that the general public had an understanding and a buy in to what the charity was trying to accomplish.”

“For me, the beauty of United Way is that it is not one cause. It is one organization with a mission to improve lives involving 34 very important human service programs all represented by a single cause. It’s been said ‘strength is in numbers’ and we are indeed fortunate to have hundreds of dedicated volunteers giving of themselves to improve the lives of others. I believe that is something the community can and should support. That’s why I got involved.”

Lifetime educators, the Pipers share Sawyer’s commitment to community. Margaret served as a Special Educator with the Loyalsock Township School District, Head Start and Hope Enterprises. John retired as Lycoming College Dean in 2007, an institution he served since 1969 and held pastoral positons at several local churches from 1975 – 2004.

They have established an impressive resume of volunteer service including Margaret’s presidency of the YWCA, Valley View Nursing Center, and the Loyalsock Township School District Board. She has also served as a high school Biology teacher and adjunct Biology instructor at Lycoming College and Pennsylvania College of Technology. John, a noted local historian, has served as Board chair for the Lycoming County Historical Society, the Children’s Development Center and the West Branch Drug and Alcohol Abuse Commission.

“We believe United Way is a crucial part of our community’s health and well-being. The sharing of dollars and services helps reach a multitude of people in need who could not be reached by our individual efforts. We’re proud to assist Ken and our many volunteers in raising these much needed funds; stressed John and Margaret.”

“We are extremely pleased to have their guiding hands leading this year’s campaign,” said Scott N. Lowery, LCUW executive director. “They have a wealth of knowledge of the Lycoming County community and are well respected by those who live here, they understand and support the mission we serve, and are undaunted by the challenges we face. We have more than 400 volunteers playing active roles in helping the campaign to achieve success. Ken, John and Margaret are providing positive leadership to the volunteer team as we all strive for the needed funding in support of the vital human service programs so necessary right here at home.”

Assisting Sawyer and the Pipers in campaign leadership roles are the members of Lycoming County United Way’s Campaign Cabinet who serve as Division Chairs in the campaign structure.

Combined Federal Campaign – Carolyn Hawk, Lycoming County United Way

Corporate Division – Amanda Wallace, Susquehanna Health

County Division – Anne Tiberia, M&T Bank

Education Division – Jeannette Carter, community volunteer

Employee Division – Dennis Correll, Pennsylvania College of Technology

Energy Division – Marty Muggleton, community volunteer

Human Service Division – Dr. James Campbell, Hope Enterprises, Inc.

Leadership Giving – Ron Frick, M&T Bank

Loaned Executive Division – Ashlie Gittens, Kelly Services

Professional Division – Michael Wiley, Esq., McCormick Law Firm

Public Service Division – Timothy Mahoney, community volunteer

State Employees Campaign Appeal – Deb Machamer, Lycoming County United Way

Special Accounts Division – Scott N. Lowery, Adrienne Wertz, Lycoming County United Way

Williamsport Small Business Division – Garrett Sanner, M&T Bank

Williamsport Residential Division – Mary Engel, community volunteer

Last year’s campaign co-chairs Tim and Jill Bair also serve on the Campaign Cabinet in an advisory capacity.

To gain further information about this year’s campaign or to make a donation, contact the Lycoming County United Way office, 570-323-9448 or visit their web page at



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