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Day of Caring works because of support

To the editor:

Mifflin and Juniata counties are wonderful communities to live, work and play. One of the reasons is because of the generous and caring people that live here. I would like to take this opportunity to provide updates on some United Way happenings.

The 24th Annual Day of Caring was a fantastic example of the supporting and giving nature of our communities. Every year, local employers allow their employees to take a day off from work to pitch in and help improve our community. This year 300 volunteers worked on projects in Mifflin and Juniata counties ranging from painting and landscaping to completing renovations at local non-profit organizations.

We want to thank the sponsors who helped to make the Day of Caring a great success: Everence Federal Credit Union, Standard Steel, Geisinger, Philips, MCS Bank, First Quality, Century 21 Above and Beyond, Juniata Valley Bank, Sanitation Solutions Plus, Corvette America, Kish Bank, Pennian Bank, Trinity Plastics, FOXPRO, Stimely’s Electrical, Lerch RV, Citizens Bank, UGI, Lewistown Kiwanis, Dunkin’ Donuts, Lewistown Paper Company, Rich Coast Coffee and Tea, Mifflintown Lions Club and Merf Radio. Without the support of local businesses and organizations, this day would not be possible.

Several exciting things will be happening in the next several months. We are bringing back our virtual fundraiser, “The Masked Singer” in December! We have six local singers who will be showcasing their talent in the competition. More information will be shared in a few weeks. We are also partnering with the Pennsylvania State Police to bring “Shop with a Cop” to the communities that we serve. This is a very exciting opportunity for children who may have had a negative experience with law enforcement. If you want to hear more about the program or want to support it financially, please reach out to our office.

Our annual campaign officially kicked off in September, so I would like to encourage everyone to consider contributing. No amount is too small. We are currently at 25% of our $450,000 goal. With these funds, we work with our partners to improve people’s lives in the areas of education, income and health. These funds help promote reading and early education so our children can be successful, provide programs that enhance the lives of those with special needs and help fund many other critical community programs. If you have any questions or want to learn more about the work we are doing and the programs we support, please call or stop in.

If your employer has a United Way workplace campaign, we encourage you to take advantage of payroll deductions. If this is not the case, you can also contribute by mail at 13 E Third St, Lewistown, PA 17044; online at www.mjunitedway.org; or by texting the word “donate22” to 41444 for a link to make a pledge from your mobile device.

In closing, please allow me to thank all of you who give, advocate and volunteer. Thank you to those in Mifflin and Juniata counties who “Live United.”

Oksana DeArment

Executive Director, United Way of Mifflin-Juniata

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