By the Way: News from United Way of Lebanon County (Feb. 2019)

By the Way...

Our 2018-2019 Campaign Raised Over $1.7 Million for Lebanon County

United Way is Building a Community School Model to Strengthen Support for Our Communities and Foster Enhanced Learning Opportunities.

Volunteer Registration Opens Soon for the 2019 Day of Caring

United Way Welcomes Sugra Bibi, Director of Community Impact.

Annual Meeting Yields New Leadership for United Way Board of Directors.

Kyle Clark Has Been Called to Active Duty

Community Voices: Ella Grace, the Future of Philanthropy


Our 2018-2019 Campaign Raised Over $1.7 Million for Lebanon County

On January 31 at the clubhouse at Alden Place, United Way of Lebanon County celebrated the end of our 2018-2019 campaign, “United, We Build Our Future,” where we announced our campaign total of $1,701,657. Thank you to everyone who contributed to our campaign, and a special thank you to Kristen Watts, SVP at Fulton Bank and 2018-2019 Campaign Chair, as well as the entire campaign committee for all of their hard work and creativity. 

At the Celebration Dinner, United Way recognized several companies and one individual who went above and beyond during this year’s campaign: 

  • Community Commitment Award for their enthusiastic support as a new sponsor: Domino’s Pizza
  • Employee Engagement Award for their consistent growth in both campaign participation and total dollars raised: HACC Lebanon Campus
  • Employee Giving Award for their long-time participation and this year’s significant campaign increase: PA Precision Cast Parts, Inc.
  • Award of Excellence for their innovative new campaign incentive structure, dedicated campaign coordinators, and campaign increase: Jonestown Bank and Trust
  • Campaign Cabinet MVP Award for his dedication to United Way throughout the year and commitment to the sucess of the annual campaign: Ron Stohler

Also announced at the Dinner were the much-anticipated winners of this year’s campaign incentive prizes, sponsored by the generosity of some great local businesses: 

  • Giant Foods $500 gift cards (3): Keith Kreamer; Kirk Zohn, GAF; and Marc Kauffman, Butler BlueScope
  • Lebanon Valley Family YMCA year-long family membership: Pamela DiScuillo family
  • A pizza each week for an entire year from Domino’s Pizza: Lee Boltz, GAF
  • Hershey Park family four-pack including season passes, meal, and drink plans: Timothy Miller, Lesher Mack
  • Weber E310 grill from Martin Appliance: Scott Krause, Annville-Cleona School District
  • $7,500 “Choice” Prize including either a Harley Davidson Street 750 OR $5,000 cash and a $2,500 shopping spree sponsored by Boscov’s, Fulton Bank, and White’s Harley Davidson: Colton Bjerke 
  • 3-year lease on a 2018 Honda Civic, Chevrolet Sonic, or Mazda 3 from Ebersole’s, Klick Lewis, and Ladd Hanford: Brian Garl, Butler BlueScope. 

We are so grateful for the support of so many Lebanon County individuals and organizations. We believe that every contribution represents a force for change. By stewarding our resources with integrity, responsibility, and care, we invest in opportunities that offer long-term solutions to present-day problems. We believe that to build a strong, resilient community, you must invest in every child regardless of social or economic differences; you must empower adults to be self-sufficient; and most importantly, we believe we can accomplish so much more together than can be accomplished alone.



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United Way is Building a Community School Model to Strengthen Support for
Our Communities and Foster Enhanced Learning Opportunities

A Community School is a public school that becomes a service hub in local communities where partners deliver services and support, which are critical for well-being and success to students and families. United Way is building a model within Lebanon County with many partners collaborating to offer a range of support and opportunities to children, youth, families, and communities. Many of these partnerships have already begun to emerge throughout our county. By implementing better results-based planning and management, we can reduce redundancies in services provided, maximize community resources, and ultimately ensure a greater impact in helping children and families overcome short-term challenges and breaking down barriers that hinder long-term success. 
While we are building a scalable model to fit the needs within each individual community in Lebanon County, United Way and the Lebanon School District are partnering to open its first Community Schools for the 2019-2020 school year. Our goal is to ensure that these schools are places where there is an integrated focus on academics, health and social services, youth and community development, and community engagement within a safe, stable environment for students. This will lead to improved student learning, stronger families, and healthier communities. 

Join More Than 1,000 Volunteers from Across Lebanon County for a One-Day, Hands-On Volunteer Experience Like No Other

Volunteer registration opens Wednesday, March 13. 


Sign up as an individual, a family, or a company team to participate in one of the many service projects across our county on April 27. 

After Day of Caring, join us at the Lebanon Community Library for Spring Into Reading Fest to enjoy fun, FREE, hands-on activities for kids ages 8 and under, plus resources for families! The first 300 children will receive a United Way drawstring bag, book, and other educational resources! Thank you Kiwanis Club of Lebanon for helping to make this possible.

Book your appointment now to give blood during Day of Caring Blood Drive at the Lebanon YMCA. You could save a life. Give a pint and get a slice thanks to our friends at Domino’s Pizza.


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United Way Welcomes Sugra Bibi, Director of Community Impact

Sugra Bibi joined the United Way team as the Director of Community Impact. In her role, Sugra will provide leadership in planning, aligning, and implementing strategies aimed at improving outcomes for individuals and families in the Lebanon County community and increasing the effectiveness of community investments. She brings over 20 years of experience in developing and promoting social impact and education initiatives including extensive experience in community and program development in government, nonprofit, and higher education institutes. Sugra has an educational background in social science and humanities and is a graduate alumnus of the University of Pennsylvania. She has worked in Asia, Europe, and the United States. In addition to her professional experience, Sugra has served on several nonprofit boards. 



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Annual Meeting Yields New Leadership for United Way Board of Directors

In January 2019, the United Way of Lebanon County Board of Directors held its annual meeting to vote for the 2019 officers and committee chairs. The officers elected were: Phil Domencic, Board President; David Warner, Vice-President; Tim Ritchie, 2nd Vice-President; Becky Price, Secretary; and, Rick Scott, Treasurer. Committee chairs elected were: Sue Allwein & Rene Numer, Community Impact Co-Chairs; Sean Young, Communications; Alicia LaFrance, Development; Andrew Demler, Governance; and, Rick Scott, Finance. These chairs along with Kristen Watts, former Campaign Chair, will form the 2019 Executive Committee. In addition, Greg Weaber was voted in as a new board member. 

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Kyle Clark Called to Active Duty

Kyle Clark, United Way’s Financial & Administrative Coordinator, has been called to active duty and will soon be deploying overseas. Kyle has been a member of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard for four years. We are proud of his commitment to serving our community and country. Kyle’s last day in the office was Friday, March 1. We look forward to his return in Spring 2020. Thank you, Kyle!

While Kyle is deployed, Kadie Bower has joined United Way as an interim team member to oversee bookkeeping, pledge processing, and administrative tasks. She will be working part time and can be reached at or by calling 717-273-8144. 

United Way of Lebanon County has been recognized by the Office of the Secretary of Defense as a Patriotic Employer for contributing to national security and protecting liberty and freedom by supporting employee participation in America’s National Guard and Reserve Force.

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100% of Your Gift Stays Local

Thanks to the generosity of our Building Block Partners, 100% of your gift goes directly to impact programs here in Lebanon County. Thank you to these sponsors!

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