Two weeks into the 2012 Lycoming County United Way (LCUW) annual campaign, officials are optimistic with the first progress report: Since the Sept. 13 kick-off, $149,870 has been raised.
"The very beginning of the campaign has shown positive developments," said Virgil Probasco, LCUW campaign chairman. "We are pleased that our first report shows an encouraging response from the community."
It didn't just happen in two weeks, though. A network of volunteers laid the groundwork for "a successful campaign" during the past few months, he said.
"The campaign is led by a team of 16 volunteers who make up the 'campaign cabinet.' At our cabinet meeting today, it was evident each division leader is sincerely committed to meeting our community's human service needs," Probasco said. "It is a very diligent, passionate group of people."
Ron Frick, chairman of leadership giving for LCUW and vice-president of M&T Bank, said he is excited to see community leaders increasing their support of United Way.
"We've been working hard to let people know that United Way-funded programs change lives right here in Lycoming County," Frick said. "We've seen the campaign grow because we have more leadership givers than ever before. As community needs continue to increase, we deeply appreciate our neighbors stepping up to help one another."
Next up will be the start of employee workplace campaigns, which are just getting started.
"That is traditionally where the bulk of the donations occur, so we are looking forward to increased growth as the campaign continues," said Dennis Correll, chairman of the employee division and associate dean for admissions and financial aid at Pennsylvania College of Technology.
"We have donors who give through their workplaces and have $1 per week or $5 per paycheck or whatever amount suits their budget withheld from their paychecks. Many of our donors are very loyal and increase their gifts a little each year," Correll said.
"When we all pitch in, every dollar helps and is put to good use."
"We appreciate the loyalty and support residents and businesses have given United Way over the years," said Probasco. "It is a tribute to the compassion and kindness of the people of Lycoming County and their willingness to help others facing difficult times."
Proceeds from the United Way campaign help support 38 human service programs.
Last year those services were used more than 46,000 times by county residents.
The campaign runs through Nov. 30. To make a contribution or for more information, visit www.lcuw.org or call 323-9448.