As it has done for the past 95 years community funding made available by the Lycoming County United Way campaign and affiliated funding streams will assist Lycoming County United Way Program Partners and related organizations to address the human service needs of area residents. LCUW officials have announced the organization will provide various allocations totaling $1,117,527 during its upcoming 2017/2018 fiscal year commencing July 1.
“We are indebted to our donors, both individual and corporate, who recognize and support the leadership role our United Way plays in addressing our communities human service needs,” said Frank Guardini, LCUW Board President. “This is not only the 37th consecutive year we have been able to raise more than a million dollars; it is a testament to the efficiency, accountability and integrity of the community engaged process by which the funds are both raised and allocated.”
Annually hundreds of volunteers participate in the fall fund raising campaign. After each campaign is completed the process of determining how the funds are allocated is undertaken by 60-75 additional volunteers comprising five Citizen’s Review Panels. The panels meet individually with each funded program to determine achieved outcomes, community need and funding requests and then determine funding levels for each service provider.
“The allocation process we employ is unique to our United Way,” explained Scott N. Lowery, LCUW executive director. “I am not aware of any other United Way across the state that engages the community as aggressively as we do to insure that the funding provided by the community is then allocated back to the community in as open and transparent methodology by community volunteers. We sincerely thank those volunteers who gave of their time and talents to distribute our available funds in a manner that maximizes the positive impact we can provide on the lives of so many facing difficult times.”
During the past year, United Way funding provided human service programs the means to help 28,656 county residents receive human service support. Emphasizing the funding’s importance Lowery indicated those receiving help equates to about 22% of Lycoming County’s population.
LCUW funds will be distributed to the following programs comprising four community need impact areas.
Crisis Resolution/Hunger & Homelessness – $233,300
Diakon Family Life Services
Family and Individual Counseling – $85,000
YWCA of North Central Pennsylvania
Liberty House – $48,000
Wise Options – $49,000
Journey House – $20,000
Susquehanna Valley CASA- $15,300
Rent Match – $16,000
Children & Youth – $35,000
River Valley YMCA
Youth Program – $5,000
Childcare – $30,000
Special Needs Services – $267,000
Children’s Development Center
Pre-School/Autism – $80,000
Transportation – $15,000
North Central Sight Services
Prevention of Blindness – $11,500
Social Services – $20,500
American Rescue Workers
Comprehensive Emergency Assistance Program- $88,500
Saving Grace- $51,500
Strengthening Families – $115,500
James V. Brown Library
The Learning Center – $66,500
Nurse Family Partnership – $34,000
Jersey Shore YMCA
Brick House – $15,000
Additionally, LCUW annually provides funding to a variety of countywide Outreach programs that address needs of specialized services. $32,391.42 is being provided for the following Outreach programs.
American Red Cross (Service to the Armed Forces) – $1,927.50
American Red Cross (Disaster Services)-$5,000
Central Pennsylvania Food Bank – $12,779.89
School Health (Dental) – $1,104.00
Library – $1,257.63
School Health (Dental) – $1,104.00
Library – $1,000
Library – $3,316.60
East Lycoming Outreach
School Health (Dental) – $2,033.40
Library – $1,764.40
Jersey Shore Outreach – $1,104
Lycoming County United Way has been instrumental providing Lycoming County with PA 2-1-1 and Clearinghouse services to better serve the community. Those seeking information on how to obtain human services can 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 Lycoming County 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.
LCUW funding provided $15,948 for 2-1-1 and $14,000 to the Clearinghouse.
To further serve community needs, $33,000 is being provided to three county programs as part of LCUW’s Impact Funding process.
“The Impact Funding process serves a two-fold purpose”, explained Carolyn Hawk, LCUW Director of Funding & Community Relations. “It gives us flexibility to provide funding to programs meeting a vital community need outside our defined allocation process and it serves as a potential entryway for human service programs to become eligible for LCUW Program Partner status. In each case a three-year window is provided during which time future United Way relationships can be determined.”
This year, programs funded through the Impact process include Sojourner Truth Ministries, $10,000 for a social service program; The River Valley Community Health and Dental Center, $10,000 for dental education; and Shepard of the Streets, $13,000 for an oral surgery program.
Lycoming County United Way also works in collaboration with Sullivan and Tioga Counties to support the work of human service programs in those areas. Funds raised in those campaigns remain in their respective counties and are allocated via the same volunteer-driven allocation process used in Lycoming County. The funding distribution includes:
Sullivan County Food Pantry: $8,000
Sullivan County 4H: $9,000
Sullivan County Library: $5,140
Sullivan County Action: $9,000
Sullivan County Victim Services: $951
American Red Cross $2,605
Big Brothers Big Sisters $2,000
Foster Grandparents $2,000
Partnership for Community Health $1,500
Special Olympics $2,500
Tioga County 4H $4,000
Wellsboro Area Food Pantry $2,500
Wellsboro Montessori School $800
In collaboration with a variety of additional funding sources, LCUW-administrated funding includes $281,594.59 to sub-recipients of federal grants and $34,796.79 in donor-designated contributions that are distributed to non-LCUW affiliated 501.c programs.
These announced allocations will be distributed to the various programs beginning in July.
For more information about Lycoming County United Way, call 570-323-9448 or visit www.lcuw.org.