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2015 Community Building Grant Available

Last year, Lycoming County United Way (LCUW) announced the establishment of a new community grant program through which grants are awarded on an annual basis. The purpose of a Community Building grant is to fund one or more 501(c)(3) human service program(s) which has or will have a significant impact on a need in our community. This new grant process provides an avenue for qualified human service programs to become potential LCUW Program Partners.

Interested agencies should submit a Letter of Intent, not more than two pages in length, describing a program that addresses one or more of the critical needs facing Lycoming County as established in the 2012 Community Needs Assessment Survey or as identified by your agency as a current need even if not illustrated in the needs assessment. The Letter should also include an approximate funding request. Funding priority will be placed on those programs addressing higher priority needs. The program must be outcome-based and show clear performance measures. The program can be proposed or existing, but cannot be an existing LCUW funded program.

The Community Needs Assessment Survey is conducted every three years by LCUW to identify emerging human service needs within the county. Polling is done independently by the Center for the Study of Community and Economy at Lycoming College. The survey is available at, and is accessible by clicking on the Who We Help tab and scrolling to the bottom of the page.

Letters of Intent will be reviewed by a committee of community volunteers, and those programs addressing community needs and showing measurable outcomes will be invited to submit a full application.

Organizations should submit their letters of intent for the 2015 Community Building Grant no later than October 17, 2014. Letters must be submitted via email to Carolyn Hawk, LCUW Director of Funding and Community Relations, at Late submissions will not be reviewed.

For more information, e-mail or call Carolyn Hawk at 570-323-9448.

Lycoming County United Way launches annual campaign

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Michelle Huey speaks about overcoming her drug addiction and homelessness with the help of the Journey House program, funded by Lycoming County United Way, while her son, Gabriel, looks on.


Lycoming County United Way kicked-off their 2014/2015 fundraising campaign via the energy of its first-ever 5K run through the streets of Williamsport and the passion of a recipient of service, for whom the United Way was a literal lifesaver, during activities held in conjunction with the September 5 First Friday event in downtown Williamsport.

“Both events are symbolic of our daily United Way mission,” said Tim Bair, who along with wife, Jill, are the co-chairs for this year’s United Way campaign. “Those who are willing and able volunteer their services to help us raise the needed funds that improve the lives of Lycoming County residents facing difficult times. Our campaign volunteers help us run a four-month campaign race that last year enabled 25,433 local folks to get the help they needed. “

“While the 5k run/walk is a first for us it is a ‘jump in and get involved’ activity that provides both a fun and healthy emphasis on the importance of our mission,” Jill Bair added. “Serious runners and casual walkers alike gain a better understanding of the important work our United Way does, while at the same time having a good time.”

For ‘Michelle’ United Way is much more than a good time. The United Way’s financial support of Journey House changed the direction her life was headed.

“Addiction to heroine ruins lives. I know it was ruining mine,” explained Michelle. “When I decided to go into rehab it was both the best and worst day of my life. But thanks to United Way and the Journey House program, I was able to do what was needed to kick the habit and get my life going in the right direction. I am now drug free, have my children back and have found employment. United Way and Journey House saved my life. I don’t know what would have happened to me without their help and support.”

“Michelle’s story is the ultimate result of why we do what we do every year,” emphasized Bill Martin, LCUW board president. “The funds we receive each year are put to work via the 33 human service programs working under our umbrella that positively change people’s lives. Our campaign is truly ‘people helping people’ and we are asking for everyone’s help to help us achieve this year’s campaign goal of $1,750,000. It is a big number that is requiring a big effort, but without United Way, Lycoming County would be the big loser”.

The United Way campaign will run through the end of the year. Contributions can be made by calling the United Way office 570-323-9448, via the website,, or at workplace campaigns throughout the county.

5K-Kick Off a success!

Thanks to the efforts of our volunteers, our first-ever 5K was a huge success! Visit our Facebook page to see if you can find yourself in any of the photos!

Lycoming County United Way holds first-ever 5K Run/Walk

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.

To register, visit

United Way CEO Club Kicks Off with Kellogg’s Breakfast


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

NEW LOCATION: 7th Annual 2014 United Way Basket Bingo

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.

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LCUW receives FCFPP Tree House Grant

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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.

Shop for a Cause

Join us as we “Shop for a Cause” at Macy’s, Lycoming Mall, August 23. Those who are interested should call the office at 323-9448 for tickets. For a $5 donation, shoppers will receive 25% off all day on items, including clearance.


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Dolly Parton Tribute to Benefit Imagination Library in Six Counties

dolly 4The 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

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 .

Eat Wings. Raise Funds. It Pays.

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!

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