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Grocery store, Journey House help local family

PHOTO PROVIDED Employees at Wegmans, 201 William St., work with the Lycoming County United Way to donate to Journey House and to a family being assisted by the transitional living program.

The Lycoming County United Way and Wegmans have been partners in helping our community since the store opened in Williamsport, and for the second year, the team at Wegmans provided Christmas to a family in the transitional living program at Journey House; a ministry of the New Covenant United Church of Christ in Williamsport’s east end.

“When service manager Daniel Taylor reached out to me a few weeks ago, I knew it was good news for someone,” said Ron Frick, Lycoming County United Way president, according to a news release. “Wegmans has supported us with gift cards, register campaigns and employee and corporate giving for many years and this year was no different. Earlier this year, the team provided boxes of cosmetics and jewelry for distribution to our partners and wanted to do more so they adopted a family at Journey House again this year.”

In 2019, Wegmans provided 18.6 million pounds of food to food banks and another $26.4 million through hunger relief register scanning campaigns, employee scholarships, United Way support and community-wide donations and events.

According to information on Wegmans website, “At Wegmans we strive to make a difference in every community we serve. We’re committed to improving the lives of our customers and employees in every way we can. Since 1916, Wegmans has given back to every neighborhood where we do business.”

In addition to helping a family in need, Wegmans employees raised $20,000 and coupled with a corporate gift of $3,500 and gift cards throughout the year, the Williamsport store gave back almost $24,000, making them one of the top 25 workplace campaigns year after year.

“Whenever we reach out, Wegmans is there'” said Frick, according to the news release. “And it’s the little things that matter. Last year new store manager Nick Leeuwen challenged employees to give and then let one employee throw a pie in his face for raising the most money for the United Way. Store employees believe in the United Way and we have some great friendships there. It’s part of their culture and it shows. Since I got here in 2017, Investing in the Lycoming County United Way helps insure that people in communities in Lycoming, Sullivan and Tioga counties continue to have the necessary resources to strengthen families and change lives.

For questions regarding the Lycoming County United Way, please contact Frick at 570-666-4382 or Melyssa McHale, director of community impact at 570-666-4379. To give to the Lycoming County United Way, visit the organization at www.lcuw.org and click the GIVE button or text LIVE UNITED to 50155.

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