United Way News
Lycoming County United Way will hold its first-ever 5K Run/Walk. The 5K will be held as a part of First Friday events, September 5, and will begin at 5 p.m. at Fourth and Hepburn streets. The run will be followed by a Campaign Kick-Off celebration on the Susquehanna Bank Stage, located between the Community Arts Center and Williamsport Sun-Gazette.
The cost to sign up for the run is $15 through August 29 and $20 from August 29 through noon September 3. All proceeds will benefit the Lycoming County United Way campaign.
The Brickyard Restaurant and Ale House, Barrel 135 and Stonehouse Wood Fired Pizza and Pasteria will offer all participants one free beer if they show their running bibs.
The first meeting of the newly established Lycoming County United Way Executive Club was held August 6 at Kellogg Co., Muncy. The group was able to take an exclusive tour of the plant, while networking with fellow community business leaders. Businesses who attended included Wirerope Works Inc.; Backyard Broadcasting; Anthony H. Visco, Jr. Architects; L-3 Communications; Range Resources; Parente Beard; Northwest Savings Bank; Merrill Lynch; Susquehanna Health; Northwest Savings Bank; United Postal Service; PPL Corporation; and Kelly Services. The Executive Club will meet regularly throughout the year with the intent to work together to make positive changes for the community. If you are interested in joining, contact Adrienne Wertz, Director of Resource Development and Communications, at 323-9448 or at email@example.com.
The annual United Way Basket Bingo will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, November 2 at the Pennsdale Civic Center, 261 Village Road, Pennsdale. The doors will open at 11:30 a.m., with Early Bird games beginning at 12:45 p.m. The cost is $20 in advance and $25 at the door.
As in past years, Save the Date cards will be mailed out to those who have attended in the past.
Anyone interested in attending should call 323-9448.
PHOTO PROVIDED BY FCFPP
Many thanks to First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania! Scott Lowery, Lycoming County United Way Executive Director, right, receives a grant through the Tree House Fund at the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania, from Marshall Welch, FCFPP Board Chair, at a recent reception held in the Capitol Lounge at the Community Arts Center. The Tree House Grant will support the Imagination Library project of the United Way Women’s Leadership Council of the Susquehanna Valley River Region. Imagination Library provides books for children infant through 5 years old on a monthly basis to encourage early literacy. To support the project, call 570-323-9448 or e-mail Carolyn Hawk.
The United Way Women’s Leadership Council of the Susquehanna Valley River Region presents Sandy Vee Anderson in a Dolly Parton Tribute to benefit the Imagination Library in a six-county region. Sandy is a Dolly Parton impersonator from Las Vegas who traded in working 9 to 5 for singing 9 to 5 when she began her award-winning tribute to the country music icon.
“We wanted to have a fun event to benefit solutions to a very serious issue,” said Alicia King Redfern, Chair of the six-county United Way Women’s Leadership Council of the Susquehanna River Valley. “Young children reading early and often is an important part being ready for kindergarten and a foundation for excellent literacy skills later in school.”
“Folks that like Dolly Parton and country music will enjoy this show,” said Scott N. Lowery, Lycoming County United Way executive director. “As the proceeds of the show will support the work of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library right here in our own backyard, we thought it would only be fitting to bring this show to the Community Arts Center. Sandy Anderson’s Dolly Parton tribute has played to rave reviews in Las Vegas; Branson, Missouri; Atlantic City; and around the world. Dolly Parton has paid tribute to Anderson’s performance by stating ‘she is so good, she even fools my family.’”
Sandy will take the stage Friday, September 12 at the Community Arts Center in Williamsport. The show begins at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $25/person and can be purchased by calling the box office at (570) 326-2424 or online at www.caclive.com.
All proceeds benefit Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, a program supported the Women’s Leadership Council that puts books into the hands of children ages 0-5 in six central Pennsylvania counties. The average cost of books and mailing is $25/child per year, and is paid for by donations so that the program is free to the kids. By mailing high quality, age-appropriate books directly to the homes of children, the Library helps to create a love of reading books. Moreover, it helps to insure that every child has books in their home, regardless of their family’s income.
Ms. Redfern added, “We have the event fully paid for by five generous sponsors so that 100% of what is raised in ticket sales will benefit the Imagination Library directly. If we can sell out and raise $20,000, 800 kids will receive books every month for a year.” Sponsors of the Dolly Parton Tribute are: Albright Footcare Center LLC, The Eye Center of Central PA, FNB Wealth Management, PPL Corporation, and the Soroptimists International Chapter of the SUN Counties.
The Women’s Leadership Council is an initiative of United Way Worldwide to mobilize the caring power of women throughout the world. Any woman donating $500 to her local United Way in the Valley is automatically a ‘member’ of the local Women’s Leadership Council. The Councils advocate for issues important to them, and taking a leadership role in the work of United Way. The local Women’s Leadership Council is focused on Early Childhood Literacy and administers Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library for Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, and Union counties.
For more information on the United Way Women’s Leadership Council of the Susquehanna Valley River Region or to make a donation to Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, go to pawlc.weebly.com .
Like to enjoy good food? Looking for ways to help your friends and neighbors? Join Lycoming County United Way as we join forces with Buffalo Wild Wings to “Eat Wings and Raise Funds.” On July 28 and July 30, Buffalo Wild Wings will donate 10% of all pre-taxed food and drink sales from any guest who presents or shows one of the these tickets. Please join us!
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.lcuw.org.
United Way partners with local colleges, radio group to turn ‘Trash 2 Treasure’
Pennsylvania College of Technology, Lycoming College, and Backyard Broadcasting have teamed up to support Lycoming County United Way, the community, and the environment through the 10th annual Trash 2 Treasure yard sale.
Central Pennsylvania’s largest yard sale, Trash 2 Treasure will take place on Saturday, May 17, in the Field House on the campus of Pennsylvania College of Technology. There is no admittance fee for the general public from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. However, “early bird” customers can enter the sale at 7 a.m. for first choice of the merchandise for a donation of just $5 per person. There is also a $1 per bag special that will begin at noon.
The first nine sales have raised more than $35,000 for Lycoming County United Way.
“This event really brings the community together,” said Adrienne Wertz, Director of Resource Development and Communications for LCUW. “Trash 2 Treasure has helped us raise additional funds that support our program partners and outreach programs. We welcome the opportunity to team up with local college students who are interested in community service, while providing low-cost merchandise for our friends and neighbors.”
Students who recently began heading home for summer break from Williamsport’s local colleges, as well as members of the community, have graciously donated things they no longer need or want to the sale. Items include books, clothing, furniture, electronics, home décor, toys, kitchen items and more.
An electronics recycling drop-off site also is planned as part of Trash 2 Treasure.
“Every year we are left with televisions and computer monitors that just don’t sell very well these days,” Wertz said. “Lycoming County Resource Management has worked with us by providing a bin for people to drop off their old electronics for recycling during the hours of the event. Volunteers will be available to provide heavy lifting from 8 a.m. to noon on May 17.”
All proceeds from the sale will benefit Lycoming County United Way in support of its efforts to address critical human service needs such as nurturing children, strengthening families, caring for people in crisis, supporting seniors, and serving those with special needs. Any items remaining unsold at the end of the event will be donated to the American Rescue Workers, a United Way program partner.
“The Trash 2 Treasure concept is truly a win-win for all involved,” said Scott N. Lowery, LCUW Executive Director. “By partnering with Penn College and Lycoming College, college students, when departing for home for the summer, leave behind a variety of items they don’t want to take home. Those donated items are paired with a wide variety of items received from the staff of the two colleges and the general public. The public is able to get some good buys at very reasonable prices with the proceeds going to benefit the human service programs receiving United Way funding.”
For more information on Trash 2 Treasure or United Way, visit www.lcuw.org or call the LCUW office at 570-323-9448. Lycoming County United Way also is on Facebook. For directions to the event and a map of the Pennsylvania College of Technology Campus, visit www.pct.edu/visit.
Lycoming County United Way held its annual dinner meeting April 10, with about 200 supporters in attendance. Above, Thomas M. O’Connell congratulates Dr. Oscar W. Knade, 2013 Douglas C. Dickey Humanitarian Award recipient. O’Connell was the agency’s 2012 Dickey Award honoree. To view all photos from the annual dinner meeting, click here:
PHOTOS COURTESY OF MARK NANCE/Sun-Gazette