Susquehanna’s United Way campaign is officially over, and what a campaign it was! Our employees dug deep and pledged more than $400,000. Combine that with Susquehanna Bank’s matching corporate gift and you have a total of $800,000 pouring into our communities through United Way.
Throughout the campaign, we encouraged employees to share their reasons for supporting United Way. The responses we received were heartfelt and personal, demonstrating that United Way is more than a “cause” for Susquehanna’s donors. It is a part of who they are.
Sharon, a Vice President and Market Manager from Allentown, shares her experiences as a board member for The Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley. The Foundation offers support and programming for children with cancer and the families who love them. “As treasurer of the Foundation,” says Sharon, “when I receive our United Way donations I’m truly honored they chose our Foundation as the recipient and wonder if they know how much we appreciate and need their donations. I encourage everyone to give something – even a little bit can help.”
Sandi, a Market Manager from York, has been giving to United Way since the fifth grade, when she would donate 50 cents a month to what was then known as the Community Chest. She has been a Campaign Coordinator for Susquehanna for 15 years, and has served on the United Way Agency Review and Allocations panels, where she sees first-hand how donations change lives. “I firmly believe that you get back what you give in many, many ways,” says Sandi.
United Way agencies have touched Tina’s life on several occasions. A Branch Relationship Manager from Spring Grove, Tina tells the story of how her son’s vision problem was identified through a free screening offered at his pre-school by the York County Blind Center. Her grandfather has utilized services offered by Lutheran Social Services, and her brother and his family received help from the American Red Cross when their home was damaged by flooding.
Bonnie, a VP in Human Resources, gives to United Way for a very special reason. “I support the United Way because it is a way to honor my mother.” Bonnie’s mother died of pancreatic cancer when Bonnie was a college student. She recalls that Hospice “was a lifesaver for my family” and at no charge to the family, gave “advice, counseling, and more during a very hard time.” Bonnie notes, “I have continued to support the United Way throughout my Susquehanna career and, am very proud to be part of an organization that values and supports the communities that we live in.”
Thanks to all Susquehanna employees who have reached out to their neighbors in need through United Way. Your generosity is helping to create powerful, lasting change in your communities, ultimately resulting in a better life for all.