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Local United Way raises $400,628

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Total $25,000 shy of goal

By Emily Pollok

United Way of Lancaster County celebrated its campaign finale June 28 announcing its fundraising total for the 2017-18 campaign and recognizing several organizations and individuals for their contributions.
During the 2017-18 campaign, UWLC raised $400,628, which was 94.3 percent of its $425,000 goal. Despite falling short of the goal set for the year, this marks a significant improvement on last year’s figures. In 2016-17, UWLC raised $353,453, just 70.7 percent of its $500,000 goal.
“We just had to get out there and work,” said Deborah Boulware, who just wrapped up her first year as executive director.
One of the difficulties this year was the loss of Duracell, one of the biggest contributors in previous years, donating as much as $125,000 to the campaign.
“The goal was pretty healthy, and considering we lost Duracell, I feel good about the amount we raised because it’s going to impact our community,” Boulware said.
The funds raised will support UWLC’s mission to bring citizens and resources together to identify and respond to human service needs in Lancaster County. These include food, educational programs, crisis assistance, medical and health assistance, and meals and transportation for seniors.
UWLC supports 15 partner agencies in the community, as well as its own initiatives, which include the Lancaster Area Coalition for the Homeless, the community garden, Reading Pals, Stamp Out Hunger, summer camps for kids, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and more.
United Way’s local impact numbers for the coming year are being compiled and will be announced in September at the kickoff for next year’s campaign.
At the campaign finale at the Native American Studies Center, Boulware thanked some of the people who were instrumental in contributing to the community in the last year.
“It was a challenging year, but in the end the community really came together,” she said. “I am very thankful to numerous companies and individual supporters. Many people in our community will be touched by this significant achievement.”
Special awards were presented to Ismary Alvarenga, who was recognized as United Way’s Volunteer of the Year, and Jordan Temple, who was named Campaign Coordinator of the Year.
Publix Supermarket was awarded Campaign of the Year, Founders Federal Credit Union received the Chairman’s Award, as well as Campaign of the Year. Springs Memorial Hospital was awarded Community Partner of the Year.
Health Springs Elementary School won School Campaign of the Year for increasing its campaign by 97.8 percent.
The event was sponsored by Comporium Communications, Founders Federal Credit Union, Springs Memorial Hospital and USC Lancaster.