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United Way to kick-off homelessness awareness month in ‘Socktober’

New partnership with Curtin Intermediate School to help community

WILLIAMSPORT- One of the biggest needs for homeless shelters and those serving the homeless are socks. Yes, socks. Since 2014, Anna Radspinner and the Curtin Intermediate School have held Socktober. Every student would bring in a pair or bundle of unused socks to give to organizations throughout the community. In the past, socks were provided to organizations like the West End Christian Community Center, American Rescue Workers-Williamsport, Family Promise of Lycoming County , the YWCA of Northcentral PA, and Sojourner Truth Ministries.

But COVID-19 changed all that. And the Lycoming County United Way (LCUW) stepped in to help.

“The United Way is not just a source of funding. We’re a community partner, said Ron Frick, President of LCUW. “Whether it’s working with the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania on COVID-19 United Community Funds, or UPMC with Help the Helpers, we are here to help mobilize the collective resources of the community to change lives.” “And Anna Radspinner has been a friend for many years. I just could not say no.”

Now through November 30, as part of Homelessness Awareness Month, Lycoming County United Way will be accepting donations in support of Socktober. Each community partner will share equally in net proceeds raised. To give to the project, you can visit www.lcuw.org/socktober and make a gift. All proceeds will be distributed equally to the community organizations that Curtin Intermediate has helped in the past.

“We think that other organizations might want to be a part of this so who knows how big it could become. We definitely see the need and are thrilled to be working with Anna and Andrew G. Curtin (AGC) Intermediate School,” said Melyssa McHale, Director of Community Impact at LCUW.

Anna Radspinner, founder of the local Socktober effort, said “Socks have become a part of our DNA at Curtin thanks to our involvement in the Socktober movement. Our students have learned that a simple pair of new socks can give hope to the hopeless.  It’s a gift that shows someone cares.  With the COVID-19 crisis, there is an even greater need in our city for hope.  However, our school is unable to collect socks as it cannot be done in a safe manner.  I am grateful to the United Way for seeing this need in our community and partnering with our school so that we can continue to help those in need. Without the United Way stepping up to help, this project would not have been able to happen this year and I would have been heartbroken. This has become a part of the ACG culture and people count on us. I am so excited about this new partnership and grateful to be a part of it.”

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