In the spirit of the season Lycoming County United Way officials are reporting more treats than tricks as the fall campaign begins to heat up with the arrival of cooler weather.
"The campaign continues its early positive trend and is running ahead of last year's pace," said Dr. William Martin, campaign chairman. "As of this week's report, we've raised $317,195, equating to a 4-percent increase over where we were last year at this time. While we are a month into the campaign, the real heavy lifting is just getting underway with the larger workplace campaigns. As 60 percent of the annual campaign is realized from these sources what we are reporting is just the tip of what we hope will be a much larger iceberg."
Contributions from community residential and small business campaigns have been encouraging, officials report. The Jersey Shore and Muncy business campaigns are well ahead of last year's pace. Residential campaigns in South Williamsport, Jersey Shore Montgomery, Trout Run and Montoursville have all surpassed 50 percent of their community goals.
"Each year our campaign is a team effort throughout the entire county. While the larger workplace campaigns are just getting organized, many small business have achieved wonderful results," said Scott N. Lowery, LCUW executive director. "In Jersey Shore Christ Farm's campaign is up 150 percent and Norcen Industries had a 133-percent increase. In Muncy Trojan Tube Sales & Fabrications is up an astounding 900 percent, and Belsford Motors, 100 percent. In South Williamsport, Plumbing Masters is up 16 percent and the South Williamsport Area School District had a 14-percent gain."
"We've got a long way to go to reach our $1,725,000 need but these are all positive signs to build on," Lowery said.
For information on this year's campaign, or to make a contribution, contact the LCUW office at 570-323-9448 or via its website, lcuw.org.