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2001-2002 Highlights
Resource Development

The 2001 campaign set another record, raising $1,802,346, a 9.2 percent increase above the $1,650,000 goal.

Representatives from the United Way staff, member agencies, and the American Cancer Society conducted 185 employee meeting presentations at 45 companies and organizations.

CEO's from 90 corporations and organizations were personally contacted by United Way board members to solicit their individual and corporate support.

Seven individuals and their families held membership in the Alexis de Tocqueville Society by contributing $10,000 or more to the campaign: Mr. & Mrs. Vernon Bishop; Mr. & Mrs. A. L. Hanford, III; Mr. & Mrs. Richard L. Miller, Jr.; Mr. & Mrs. Harlan Wengert; and Mr. & Mrs. John E. Wengert. Richard and Susan Lenny and Ken and Gloria Wolfe made major leadership contributions to the United Way of Lebanon County that were part of their Tocqueville-level gifts through the United Way system. In addition, the Raymond T. Wentling Trust yielded a Tocqueville level gift.

For the first year, individuals and couples giving $1,000 or more are recognized as Community Builders and receive a special token for their commitment. Forty-three contributors achieved this level for the first time.

At the first Campaign Building Workshop held July 17, coordinators from 17 of our top 25 accounts attended. Nine CEO’s from 9 of the accounts attended the lunch when coordinators presented their campaign plans. The two presenters were staff members from the United Way of Berks County. Evaluations of the day were very positive. At four other coordinator orientations, 55 coordinators from 30 accounts attended, including 5 first-time campaign accounts.

Three businesses stepped forward to donate exciting incentives to promote contributions: Ladd-Hanford, a Chrysler Corp. Neon for the eighth year; Foodland, a year's worth of groceries worth $3,900 for the fourth year; and Bob Hoch's Home Furnishings, two 27-inch televisions for the fifth year.

More than 50 Cornwall-Lebanon School District student swimmers, coached by John Davis, raised $5,402 in the 28th United Wayve swim-a-thon.

Students from the Cornwall-Lebanon School District participated in Miles of Quarters and contributed $2,449.

The Achordance, Chain Reaction, Cross County Connection, Nu Version, and Swing Time barbershop quartets performed for A Night of Harmony and raised $1,483. Board member Ruth Miller organized and helped sponsor the event and the Quality Inn donated its ballroom. Quality Inn staff members Connie Bowman, John Bowman, Betty Butera, Anna Cunha, Helma Lavia, and Donna Young donated their time to wait on tables.

Pleasant weather provided for a wonderful evening as 80 attendees gathered for the Pacesetters Reception at the Buckingham Mansion at Cornwall Manor. Allwein’s Carpet One sponsored the event.

Two report meetings were hosted at Richwine Fellowship Hall, courtesy of Salem Lutheran Church. The First National Bank of Fredericksburg sponsored the October 24 meeting. The second meeting, held December 12, was underwritten by Butler Manufacturing, Comcast of Lebanon, Curwood Specialty Films and Marsulex Environmental Technologies.

The Harrisburg Area Community College – Lebanon Campus provided its auditorium for the Victory Celebration for the fifth year. Good Samaritan Hospital provided the food and Dennis Mellott the decorations for this celebration attended by 200. Multi-talented board members Bob Phillips and Jan Boyer provided the entertainment.

In response to the tragic events of September 11, 2001, United Way of Lebanon County forwarded $18,812 designated or collected for the September 11th Fund, established by the New York Community Trust and United Way of New York City.

Distribution of Resources

Budgeted $1,522,146 to the 31 member-funded agencies through the allocations process, an increase of 7.6 percent over the previous year. Nineteen of the agencies received increased allocations compared with the previous year.

The American Cancer Society--Lebanon County Unit will receive $63,900 based on its partnership contract with United Way.

One new agency was admitted to the United Way of Lebanon County—Habitat For Humanity of Lebanon County

Communications

An eight-minute campaign video featured clients of QUEST, HOPE, and the Girl Scouts – Penn Laurel Council. It was produced by Jan Boyer, JLB Advertising and Public Relations; and Lee Glowacki and Drexel Wright from Comcast of Lebanon.

For a third year, a full-color campaign brochure was designed by Shelley Tice, courtesy of JLB Advertising and Public Relations, and printed courtesy of Colortech, Inc.

The United Way of Lebanon County’s website was maintained thanks to the efforts of Marsulex employees Ruth Miller and Rick Hicks, webmaster.

The City of Lebanon again installed our “Support United Way” banners on light standards at six major intersections. A new giant “Support United Way” banner was displayed at several locations.

Comcast of Lebanon produced a 30-minute Cable Connection program highlighting United Way activities, which aired throughout the campaign.

Lamar Advertising donated billboard space for displaying the Building a Caring Community message throughout Lebanon County.

The Lebanon Daily News, Lebanon Patriot News, The Merchandiser, and Accento Hispano provided extensive print coverage of campaign and other United Way activities throughout the year.

Nineteen companies and organizations sponsored 24 advertisements in the Lebanon Daily News featuring employees and the reasons they support United Way.

Lebanon Broadcasting Company produced and aired PSA's hundreds of times over its WLBR-AM and WQIC-FM stations.

Outdoor goal thermometers tracked campaign progress on space provided courtesy of the City of Lebanon, Lebanon Valley Mall, Lebanon Plaza Mall, Wal-Mart, Developmental & Disability Services of Lebanon Valley, Borough of Palmyra, and the Lantern Lodge. This year the thermometers contained the slogan “Index of Caring.” Maintenance staff from the Good Samaritan Hospital maintained and placed the thermometers.

The “United Way at Work” newsletter debuted and was circulated to company coordinators, the board, and cabinet.

United Way was represented by a booth at the 50+ Festival in April and the Chamber Expo in October. At the Expo, businesses and organizations supporting United Way displayed “We Support United Way” signs.

Voluntarism

Allocations. Forty-five panel volunteers worked to allocate resources to 31 human services agencies to improve the quality of life in Lebanon County.

Campaign. Over 300 volunteers worked to raise funds for the United Way campaign. Either through involvement at their company or organization, serving on the campaign cabinet, or making calls on behalf of United Way, these volunteers were the heart and soul of the 2001 United Way fundraising effort.

Day of Caring. A record 850 community volunteers participated in the 9th annual Day of Caring and gave the gift of time. Thirty-five agencies provided projects throughout Lebanon County. Many of the volunteers participated in the Deliver A Smile Project, which involved visiting individuals in hospitals and nursing homes and delivering greeting cards made by 2,550 school students. Waypoint Bank was the major event sponsor. The day got off to a great start with a breakfast in the Lebanon High School cafeteria.

Kickoff. The Quality Inn donated its ballroom for this event attended by some 300 volunteers. Waypoint Bank and GPU Energy sponsored the luncheon gala.

Interns. Six Leadership Lebanon Valley class members picked United Way for their internship with a community organization. The following interns observed board meetings:

Ray Maillet, AVP, Branch Manager, Waypoint Bank, Lebanon Valley Office

Jim Faren, Steiner & Faren

Chris Gebhard, Hoaster & Gebhard & Co.

The following interns participated in the Agency Budget & Review Process:

Vicki Reigle, Lebanon Family Health Services

Cindy Shiner, Secretary to the CEO, VAMC

Peggy Winters, Union President at the VAMC, AFGE 1996

Ten United Way volunteers and staff guided a giant helium filled balloon in the Lebanon Holiday Parade.

Community Building

A Community Solutions Breakfast was held at and sponsored by the Wetlands Restaurant at the Pine Meadows Golf Complex. Some 65 CEO’s, agency directors, board members, and government officials attended. Tom Foley, Vicki Reigle, President Judge Robert Eby, and Dr. John Menser served as panelists. Discussion focused on our county’s youth, some of the issues they face, and programs to address them.

To help people facing layoff through plant closings, United Way staff participated in Rapid Response Meetings. The sessions provided advice to help the employees in their search for new work. The United Way produced booklet, Transitions, provides a listing of agencies that can assist.

Awards

Retiring Board Members. The following people were recognized at the 2001 Annual Meeting for their service: Paula Faralli, 2 years; Lee Glowacki, 8 years; Bob Phillips, 12 years; and Greg Weaber, 1.5 years.

Past President Award. Presented to Bob Hoffman for his outstanding leadership of the United Way Board of Directors for 2001-2002.

Past Chairman Award. Presented to Steve Hassinger for his excellent service as the 2001 Volunteer Campaign Chair.

Largest Campaign Increases. The following six companies and organizations were honored at the Victory Celebration for campaign increases based on employment levels:

50 or fewer employees - Waypoint Bank, 99%

50 – 100 employees - Eagle Graphics, 120%

100 – 250 employees - Harrisburg Area Community College – Lebanon Campus, 106%

250 – 500 employees - Supreme Mid-Atlantic, 45%

500 – 1,000 employees - County of Lebanon, 38%

1,000 plus employees - Good Samaritan Hospital, 22%

Rookie Company of the Year Awards. Two awards were made because of the similarity in size and campaign results of the following companies which embraced best practices and experienced outstanding results in their first year:

PolyOne raised over $7,000 and offered many great incentives including an infamous “Kiss the Pig” contest. Beverly Waddell accepted the award.

Lebanon Internal Medicine Associates is the first physician’s practice in Lebanon County to run an organized campaign. In it’s first year, it also raised over $7,000, kicking off with a company cookout featuring some of the doctors flipping burgers. Carol Warner accepted the award

Outstanding Corporate Leadership Awards. The following three persentations were made:

Hershey Foods Corporation and Chocolate Workers Local 464 partnered for a campaign resulting in a 6% increase in corporate gift, and a 16% increase in employee giving for total record pledges of $300,000. The combination of new CEO Rick Lenny’s inspired leadership and enthusiastic union leadership set the stage for a record campaign. New exciting incentives included chances to attend the Super Bowl, Final Four, and Daytona 500. Donna Hopple and Marica Perotti accepted the award.

John O’Neill at Bayer Corporation in Myerstown offered to match 50% of any employee leadership gift of $500 or more. This resulted in a 27% increase in leadership givers and $4,527 additional dollars. Total employee and corporate giving reached $56,662, an 18 percent increase over last year. Cindy Nein, campaign coordinator accepted the award.

Cornwall Lebanon School District supports United Way in multiple ways including the employee campaign, Miles of Quarters for students, and the United Wayve swim. Employees inspired by Superintendent John Menser’s promise not to speak for the entire first day of school exceeded their goal for the past two years for a 26% increase. John and Debbie Clark received the award.

Irrepressible Spirit Award – Chris Kalinoski, a long time United Way board member and coordinator at Marsulex, joined the Campaign Cabinet for the first time as co-chair of the Business & Industry Division. She took her job seriously, remained enthusiastic and committed and made sure all accounts received follow up.

Jefferson Awards. In collaboration with WGAL TV 8, the United Ways in south-central Pennsylvania sponsored the 2001 Jefferson Awards. Dave Smith, publisher of the Lebanon Daily News, and United Way board member, represented Lebanon County on the judging committee. David Kupp, the recipient from Lebanon, was nominated by three people. A social studies teacher and drivers-education instructor at Lebanon High School, Kupp also is a Key Club advisor and Kiwanis Club of Lebanon member as well as an Octagon Club Advisor and Optimist Club member. Kupp and his students have participated in United Way’s Day of Caring, Operation Santa Clause for the Salvation Army, and Lebanon Street Fair for the Good Samaritan Hospital. He also is an active member and lector at Zion Lutheran Church.

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