With kinship to the plot of the 1960 movie, "Magnificent Seven," the seven Loaned Executive volunteers assembled by this year's Lycoming County United Way campaign team are prepared to take on the best interest of the community to meet the increasing human service needs of Lycoming County residents.
"That popular movie told the story of seven men hired to protect a small town against looting bandits. Our magnificent seven are volunteering their time and talents to serve as Loaned Executives to help with our annual campaign. They all play a needed role and we are indebted to their motivation and interest in the community. They just finished some pre-campaign training preparing them for this volunteer service. They will be a big help to us as we launch this year's campaign," said Scott N. Lowery, LCUW executive director.
The Loaned Executive program acts as an extension of the Lycoming County United Way staff. Volunteers are assigned to selected campaigns of local businesses or organizations, with the responsibility of assisting key executives, in-house campaign managers and other employee leadership in planning, organizing and implementing a successful employee campaign for United Way.
Mindful of the importance of their mission and eager to meet the challenges ahead, the volunteers will be dedicating their time and expertise during the coming months to assist the Lycoming County United Way raise the needed funds used by the organization's program partners in providing human service programs all across Lycoming County.
"This year we've accepted the reality that human service needs are increasing. The 37 programs operating under our United Way umbrella were used more than 40,000 times by residents of Lycoming County during the past year. The importance of the Loaned Executives to our campaign can easily be illustrated by last year's campaign results. $497,737 of the $1,612,215 we raised came from businesses served by Loaned Executives. That's 31 percent of the total. We need them and are most grateful for the great help they give us each year," said Dr. William Martin, 2013 LCUW campaign chair.
Assisting Martin and Lowery is Ashlie Gittens, Kelly Services district manager, who serves as the Loaned Executive division chair. A former Loaned Executive herself, Gittens has experienced first-hand the importance of the LE program.
"While this is my first year as the division chair, I was introduced to United Way while serving as an LE volunteer. Because so much of the campaign contributions come from workplace giving, the in-house campaign managers are of extreme importance to achieving successful campaigns. The training the LE's receive and their collective understanding of the organization prove very useful to those volunteers in the workplace responsible for organizing and conducting their respective campaigns," Gittens said.
"We are very proud of this year's LE team. The seven include four recent graduates of the 2013 Leadership Lycoming program, professionals from the human service field, past United Way volunteers and volunteers eager to get started. It is a good group and they are ready to go," Gittens said.
"These Loaned Executives, like the hundreds of other volunteers who will play important roles in the campaign, are unselfishly giving of their time to assist with this tremendously important community service. They are to be applauded for their service," said Martin. "All of us associated with the campaign are aware of the challenges ahead, but are also most mindful of the grave problems that would occur if our Program Partners who provide these critical services did not have the funds they so desperately need."
"Without the Loaned Executives, it would be impossible for staff to be 'on the ground' as much as we need to be," said Adrienne Wertz, LCUW director of resource development and communications. "The Loaned Executives are trained to handle some of the most important details of our annual campaign. We appreciate the work they do for us each year."
Members of this year's Loaned Executive team include: Tim Bennett, manager at First National Bank; Darnell Hayes, membership director at YMCA; Melissa Magargle, executive director at Family Promise; Matt McLaughlin, director of occupational health at Susquehanna Health; Beth Moore, vice president and area manager at Northwest Savings Bank; Stacie Schearer, area recruitment specialist at Halliburton Energy Services; and Mark Thompson, vice president of human resources at Hope Enterprises Inc.
This year's campaign kick-off will be held Sept. 12 at the Community Arts Center, 220 W. Fourth St. Contributions to the 2013 campaign will help fund 37 countywide human service programs.