On July 1, 2017, I was privileged to accept leadership of the Lycoming County United Way. After a 34-year career in the private sector, and almost 34 years of volunteer experience with your United Way, I accepted the offer to begin changing the face and direction of this organization. I can say, without reservation that it has been one of the best decisions of my life.
The Lycoming County United Way has a rich history in Lycoming County and a more recent one in Sullivan and Tioga Counties, but either way, we are proud of our commitment to all three. This organization is one of almost 1,800 United Way chapters around the world and is part of the largest, privately funded, nonprofit in the world. At almost 100 years, our mission is still the same as it was when we were founded as the Williamsport Welfare Corporation in April 1922, mobilizing resources to improve lives.
But don’t expect history to be the predictor of the future of our United Way. In 2019, we embarked on a review of our strategic plan; one that will position us for the new decade as a modern United Way, focused on issues facing all families as we look for new ways to strengthen those families and change lives.
And while the faces of our organization have changed, our commitment to our community has not. As we fight for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community that means we’re fighting for everyone who needs a community to support them. Our investment in ALICE© , an acronym for Asset Limited Income Constrained, Employed, is one way we are looking for new ways to help people on their path to financial stability. Participating with our legislators in advocacy on behalf of our community and our partners is another way we are getting out and getting involved.
Another way we are changing is with our focus on partnerships and marketing ourselves and our community. Social media has become a part of our culture and our United Way is no different. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and visit our YouTube Channel to see what we’ve been up to. Stay tuned for more in the way of digital transformation and a more donor-centric, community impact approach.
I am so grateful for the support from our community in the form of investments in us by way of donations and sponsorships, media support in every form, participation in special events and overall community and partner support of our efforts. We believe that we can all give, advocate and volunteer in one way or another. We have seen that time and time again and we are looking forward to partnering with our community this year and in the years to come.
I am blessed by dedicated teammates who have helped to transform the Lycoming County United Way. We have lots more to do, but we’re all committed to doing it together. I am privileged to work with them all.
In 2022, we will celebrate 100 years serving our communities. We’re ready to celebrate the impact we made in the last 100 years brought and are excited to see what the next 100 years can look like. We are grateful you’re with us!
Ronald A. Frick