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Building A Caring Community
 

In our 70th year, we are delighted to report that the United Way of Lebanon County established a new high water mark of funds pledged to its annual campaign--$1,802,346. This good news continues a streak of successively higher campaign results since 1994.

 It has not been an easy path this year. In the first half of 2001, we talked about the greatest economy of our lifetimes, but voiced concerns about those who did not share in the prosperity. As the year continued, the economy slowed. Then, on September 11th, we watched the tragic events unfold in horror and braced ourselves for the changes ahead. Multiple plant closing announcements during the fall, several from long-time United Way friends, forecast a time of additional change for Lebanon County and many members of its workforce and families.

 Against this backdrop, campaign volunteers and staff worked tirelessly to share the United Way story. New accounts were pursued, thorough follow-up occurred with our previous supporters and friends, best practices were employed among the company and leadership campaigns. The consistent efforts resulted in the very solid campaign that was essential to meet growing community needs.

 Numerous people, companies, and organizations share in this success, including the wonderfully generous donors, the outstanding volunteer leadership that drives our United Way, and the dedicated staff, which works year-round to coordinate our resource development and fund distribution. Applause and gratitude to Steve Hassinger, who as the 2001 Volunteer Campaign Chair, navigated a successful campaign during an especially challenging time.

 Each June, some 45 dedicated community volunteers explore our community’s needs and how they are being met through our agencies. The volunteers, serving on six panels, review the budgets and programs of each of our 31 agencies. These caring citizens also tour the agencies onsite to learn more about their programs and clients as well as to ensure community money is being used as efficiently as possible. We are happy to note, that thanks to the recent campaign successes, $1,522,146 has been allocated to our agencies, a new record. In addition, the American Cancer Society – Lebanon County Unit, will receive an additional $63,900 through our partnership.

 In the coming year, we look forward to a campaign led by Jim Bates. We also will be involved in a continued review of community needs, an organizational assessment of our United Way, and strategic planning for the future.

 With warmest appreciation for your caring and support.

Bob Hoffman

President of the Board

Mark Hoffman

Executive Director

Campaign Chair's Message

 Even in this most difficult year, the people of Lebanon County have reached into their hearts and have been incredibly generous. That generosity made it possible for the United Way of Lebanon County to not only meet, but to surpass our goal of $1,650,000, raising over $1,802,000! That generosity will make a difference in the lives of over 40,000 people in Lebanon County who are touched each year by one of the 31 United Way agencies we fund and through our partnership with the American Cancer Society - Lebanon County Unit.

 Last year that generosity helped keep 123 adults and children from becoming homeless. It made it possible for 853 women and children to escape abuse and begin to turn their lives around. It provided day care scholarships for over 385 children of working parents. On their behalf, we thank each of you who contributed to the United Way of Lebanon County this year. Your dollars will matter more than ever as we strive to meet the growing needs of Lebanon County. Thank you for joining us in "Building a Caring Community."

 On behalf of the entire United Way family, I extend sincere appreciation to the many individuals, companies, organizations, and media for their unselfish support of our 2001 Campaign. Their contributions of campaign incentives, in-kind gifts, time, as well as sponsorship and coverage of campaign events, have made a tremendous difference in keeping the expenses of the campaign down and the quality of the campaign and its events up. The contributions are summarized throughout the next several pages of this annual report.

 Most of all, we thank the people of Lebanon County who opened their hearts to the needs of their neighbors and gave so generously so that this community could continue to be a wonderful place to live for everyone.

Steve Hassinger

2001 Volunteer Campaign Chair

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