A person gives a dollar to the Lycoming County United Way campaign. Another person does the same. The dollars add up.
They become the fund that helps meet the needs of many people in Lycoming County.
That's the theory behind the United Way fundraising campaign that was kicked off at St. John Neumann Regional Academy Thursday.
The campaign has a very necessary goal of $1.72 million. The campaign last year raised a record $1.55 million but still fell $170,000 short of meeting the needs of United Way's program partners. So every dollars counts if the campaign is to meet great needs in Lycoming County - needs that involve the elderly and the very young, the handicapped, the disadvantaged, those struck by sudden tragedy or emergencies, those suffering from domestic abuse, those lacking in education and literacy.
These needs won't be going away anytime soon. If anything, they will become greater in a world that has grown more stressful by the day. There simply isn't the time available to create a lifestyle to meet most of these needs, even for those families with the desire and capability of meeting them. So the United Way campaign can't go away, either.
The campaign needs everyone, including those whose family economy only allows a minimal donation. Those minimal donations add up and are the heart and soul of the campaign.
Consider this our first plea for you to consider some donation to the United Way campaign.