In the midst of the devastation left behind from the September flood, the kindness and generosity of the human spirit has flourished, according to Lycoming County United Way officials.
"Our community has always found a way to be there for one another when it mattered most," said Virgil Probasco, campaign chairman.
"Just as a variety of flood relief efforts were being established to help with the most immediate needs, our United Way launched the annual campaign to sustain the funding for the 43 local human service programs that depend upon United Way contributions on a year-round basis," he said.
"Our campaign typically runs September through November. Out of respect for those urgent community needs due to the flood we delayed some of our early campaign efforts, but the multitude of human service needs in this county did not go away. They were there before the flood and they will remain after it, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 12 months a year."
In the past year, the lives of 42,747 county residents were improved because the 43 human service programs operating under the United Way umbrella were there for them, he said. LCUW officials calculate $1.7 million is needed this year to ensure the residents who need help have access to it and to keep local human service programs functioning.
To date, $389,104 has been raised for the campaign.
"Most of the feedback we are getting is very positive," said Probasco. "Because of the delay in our timeline, we simply do not have the donations today that we did at the same point last year in the campaign. We have a long way to go to meet the need and we're extremely proud of the diligence of our volunteers and the generous support from county residents and businesses."
For more information, contact the LCUW office at 1 W. Third St., Suite 208, Williamsport; call 323-9448; or log on to lcuw.org. LCUW also is on Facebook.