Following the most productive two weeks of the fall campaign, Lycoming County United Way officials have reported raising $587,498.
"We have been especially pleased with the employee workplace results we have been seeing lately," said Dr. Jim Campbell, 2010 campaign chairman. "Typically about 60 percent of our gifts come through workplace giving. As local companies complete their in-house campaigns, many are reporting increased giving over last year.
"More employees are participating and many are giving at higher levels than last year," he said, calling attention to the results of some of the businesses that have completed employee campaigns.
They include: Lonza, up 75 percent; Highmark, up 34 percent; Frito-Lay, up 23 percent; Target, up 16 percent; Kellogg Co., up 11 percent; and The Tech Group-Williamsport, up 10 percent.
"What a pleasure it is to be able to say 'up' that many times," Campbell said. "We are also pleased to see increased giving among some of the school district employees."
Those include Montoursville, up 31 percent, and South Williamsport, up 25 percent.
In addition, several program partners have turned in positive results, including North Central Sight Services, up 32 percent.
"Our partners understand the importance of working together to accomplish more," Campbell said.
"We are looking forward to additional positive results as more in-house campaigns are completed and results are provided to our office," said Scott N. Lowery, executive director. "There are many other employee campaigns still in progress the next few weeks and, with indicators like these, we are optimistic."
To make a contribution or for more information, contact Lycoming County United Way, 1225 Clayton Ave., Williamsport, PA 17701, or call 323-9448.