United Way News
LCUW’s Adrienne Wertz, center, Director of Resource Development and Communications, recently attended the grant reception of First Community Foundation Partnership. She is seen with Frank Pellegrino, vice chair of First Community Foundation… Partnership, and Grace Mahon, member of the Southern Tier Regional Advisory Board, as well as FCFP. Thank you, FCFP, for your support of Lycoming County United Way through gifts from the Louise Goodman, Helena Davis and LaRue Thompson grants.
February is an exciting month for Lycoming County United Way! We are both excited and honored to have been chosen by Barrel 135, 135 W. Third Street, as the 2015 Mardi Gras charity. The establishment is planning some great events, including a live auction, happy hour/meet and greet, the debut of the Live United drink, and a family brunch. For more details, see below. Hope to see you there!
* Happy Hour with LCUW staff and volunteers, 5 to 7 p.m. February 19.
* Family Brunch, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. February 22. Pancake bar and coloring contest, with 10% of proceeds being donated to LCUW.
* Auction items available to view on Facebook, February 23.
* Live auction to begin, 7 a.m. February 26.
* Live auction to end, 7 a.m. February 27.
* Hurricane of Hope, contest, February 27.
* Family Ties, band, February 28. Cover charges donated to LCUW. Time TBA.
* Gumbo cook-off, noon to 4 p.m. February 28.
* King and queen announcements, 5:30 p.m. February 28, downtown Williamsport. Make sure you vote for Barrel’s Meghann for Mardi Gras queen!
Thank you to our Target friends for making the holidays of two local families even more special. The Muncy store recently donated two glittering Christmas trees to Lycoming County United Way. Seen in the photo, Carolyn Hawk, LCUW Director of Funding and Community Relations, left, receives the trees from Erika D. Embriani, Target Human Resources, right, and Justine Stanley, Target Lead Manager, center.
For the seventh year in a row, Lycoming County United Way volunteer Diane Stine, left, along with her mother, Evelyn Free, right, has worked tirelessly to plan the popular LCUW Basket Bingo event. This year, the event, which was held at the Pennsdale Civic Center, raised a record amount of $11,922.70. Diane has served as a member of the LCUW Board of Directors, as well as co-chair of the Allocations Committee. Evelyn has been involved with the allocation process for the past several years as a panel member. We thank both Diane and Evelyn for all of their hard work on the Basket Bingo project, as well as their volunteer work for Lycoming County United Way. Diane and Evelyn are seen with Scott N. Lowery, executive director, and Adrienne Wertz, director of resource development and communications.
For the third year, the American Association of Drilling Engineers (AADE) Appalachian Basin hosted the Ironman Shootout to raise funds for Lycoming County United Way. This year’s event, held September 19, raised $20,000 for the nonprofit, which, in 2014, provided funding to 32 human service programs in Lycoming County. Presenting a check to Adrienne Wertz, LCUW director of resource development and communications, second from right, and Scott N. Lowery, LCUW executive director, second from left, are Sarah Johnson, Aveda Transportation and Energy Services, and Brent Fish, Fish Real Estate. Organizers who are not pictures include Michael Arispe, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation; Josh Jones, Precision Drilling; Jarrad Turner, Stallion Oilfield Services; and Keith Houseknecht, Mountain Oilfield.
For the third year, the American Association of Drilling Engineers (AADE) Appalachian Basin hosted the Ironman Shootout to raise funds for Lycoming County United Way. This year’s event, held September 19, raised $20,000 for the nonprofit, which, in 2014, provided funding to 32 human service programs in Lycoming County.
According to organizers, more than 300 people were in attendance, including volunteers, company representatives, and 156 shooters on 39 teams.
“This year’s Ironman Shootout was a tremendous success, and we’re already counting the days until next year’s event,” said Mike Arispe, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation. “AADE has supported the United Way for a number of years, and we are very proud of this event’s success. We are so fortunate to work in an industry that provides essential energy resources for modern life, and we recognize that we have neighbors, friends, and families in our communities who are in need. The United Way is an amazing resource for so many, and it means a lot to be able to contribute in a meaningful way to support the United Way in helping folks meet their basic needs, like healthcare, education and housing.”
For more information, or to make a donation to this year’s Lycoming County United Way campaign, visit www.lcuw.org or call 570-323-9448.
The Lycoming County United Way (LCUW) and Lycoming-Clinton Counties Commission for Community Action (STEP) Inc. are partnering to complete a comprehensive Community Needs Assessment with support through the Lycoming College’s Center for the Study of Community & the Economy. Each organization is mandated to perform a Community Needs Assessment on a three-year cycle and rather than duplicating efforts, they are collaborating. For the Lycoming County United Way, the responsibility of allocating resources to organizations and agencies is based on needs identified as critical in Lycoming County. Similarly, as the Community Action Agency for the county, STEP, is required to perform a community needs assessment to ensure services offered are aligned with them. This collaborative approach will allow for the Community Needs Assessment to be more comprehensive than ever before. The partners intend for the Community Needs Assessment to be used as a community-wide tool for planning, development, and sustainability of programs.
Four main outreach methods are being used to gather information from the community on the needs of Lycoming County. Partner Surveys have been distributed to local non-profit agencies and their staff. These organizations serve as the eyes and ears most closely involved in understanding the needs of our residents. Their knowledge and perceptions of the human service needs faced by residents of our county are vital to this process. Customer Surveys will be available through various organizations to better understand the needs of our residents receiving services. Telephone Surveys will occur through the partnership with Lycoming College’s Center for the Study of Community & the Economy. Registered voters will be called and asked a series of questions similar to the partner and customer surveys. The timeframe for the telephone surveys is the week of September 20th.
Focus Groups will be held to validate and provide more in-depth understanding of initial data from the three survey tools. The timeframe for the focus groups is late fall, early winter.
Upon analysis of the data, a final report of the Community Needs Assessment will be published and distributed throughout Lycoming County in early 2015. If you have any questions or concerns or would like to receive a copy of the results of this survey, please contact Carolyn Hawk at (570) 323-9448 at the United Way or Rachelle Abbott at (570) 601-9501 at STEP or check the agencies respective websites, www.lcuw.org or www.stepcorp.org