United Way of Bradford County Executive Director Kerri Strauss came to Thursday's meeting of the Bradford County Commissioners with two invitations to share – one for those involved with organizations that deal with the issue of hunger and transportation, and the other for the general public to help celebrate the kickoff of a new fundraising campaign.
The campaign kick-off event will be held at noon on Sept. 25 at the Wysox Fire Hall and is sponsored by corporate partner Williams Pipeline.
For this latest annual campaign, the United Way has set a goal of $540,000.
“We had our 40th anniversary so we wanted to go for the $540,000, and because we reached that goal this past year we decided to set it again for this year,” said Strauss.
The new campaign features two new agencies – the Penn-York Valley Habitat for Humanity, which will be building a new home in the Valley, and the Sheshequin-Ulster Community Center to help with after school teen programming and summer activities, according to Strauss.
To help with fundraising, Strauss noted that Global Tungsten and Powders Corp. will be holding its Second Annual GTP 5K for the United Way on Oct. 13 at Larnard-Hornbrook County Park. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the race kicks off at 10 a.m.
For those involved with addressing hunger issues or transportation in Bradford County, Strauss said a bus with representatives from about a dozen agencies so far will be boarding a bus at 8:20 a.m. Tuesday morning at the Progress Authority building. Participants will be heading to Williamsport for a tour of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and for a related discussion about rural transportation issues.
“Especially during incidents of disasters and flooding … how do we get food to people, or how to we get clients around to different places?” she explained.
She said the bus, which is being provided by BeST Transit, is filling up quickly, but those who are interested can contact her to see if space is available.
For both opportunities, Strauss can be reached at (570) 247-5569 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Strauss requests that those attending the campaign kick off RSVP by Tuesday so that she has a head count for the free lunch.
“We're very thankful for all that the United Way does in our communities and our county,” said Commissioner Daryl Miller.
“We do it all with the community and for the community, so thank you to all of you,” said Strauss.
Disclosure: Editor-in-Chief Matt Hicks is a member of the United Way of Bradford County's Board of Directors.