Two weeks into its 2013 campaign, Lycoming County United Way officials are encouraged by the $212,202 raised in the early going.
"Just as a marathon runner does in preparing for a race, we've spent the summer months training for the campaign," said Bill Martin, campaign chairman. "While the emphasis is on the finish line, a good start in any race helps position you for success. At this point the campaign is running ahead of recent previous years, and that is very encouraging."
This year's campaign goal is $1.7 million. Last year's campaign raised a record $1.6 million, but it fell short of the needs faced by the 37 Lycoming County human service programs working under the United Way umbrella.
"It is our continuing goal to provide our service providers with the funding needed to maintain the human services so vital to the lives so many Lycoming County residents," Martin said, noting that 97 percent of the funds raised stays in Lycoming County.
"It is truly people helping people right here at home," Martin said.
Scott N. Lowery, agency executive director, attributes the early campaign success to a trio of factors.
"We've had an active group of volunteers who conducted several special events this summer that have added significantly over last year's events," Lowery said. "Many of our Leadership Givers have made their contributions earlier than they did last year, and we've been pleased with the response from our early appeal to residential donors throughout the county."
Among residential campaigns showing positive signs are South Williamsport at 48 percent of goal; Williamsport, 40 percent; Jersey Shore, 31 percent; Montoursville, 27 percent, and Montgomery, 25 percent.
"Understanding the bulk of our employee and corporate campaigns have yet to get started, the early signs are a positive note. With the support of the public, the goal is realistic and attainable," Martin said.
For more information, call (570) 323-9448 or visit lcuw.org.