United Way kicks off Pacesetters campaign

The annual Centre County United Way Pacesetter campaign kicked off Wednesday morning at the Easter Seals Central Pennsylvania grounds.

Centre County United Way Executive Director Tammy Gentzel said 33 Pacesetter companies gathered in recognition for their contributions to the United Way and to get a jump-start on the summer campaign that begins in August.

Pacesetters are local companies that provide a significant and consistent annual donation to the Centre County United Way.

“We work with three impact areas, and donations help us achieve the goal of helping others,” Gentzel said.

Those three impact areas include education, health and income stability for families in need around the county.

Their goal this year, Gentzel said, is to raise $500,000 — a goal that has been reached in the past, including last year when $538,581 was raised.

“It’s a great way to bring ideas together and celebrate the help of our partner agencies,” Gentzel said.

First National Bank of Pennsylvania has been a Pacesetter company with the United Way since 2009. Senior Vice President Scott Lamb said being a part of United Way is something both he and the bank values.

“Community support is something we pride ourselves on,” Lamb said. “It’s important to support an organization that does so much for the community on a broad spectrum. We like to give back and the relationship with the United Way is something First National Bank values.”

Just one of the many local organizations that benefits from the Centre County United Way is the Mid-State Literacy Council.

Council Executive Director Amy Wilson said her group has worked with the United Way for about 30 years.

“They provide us with the core funding to help those who need our help,” Wilson said. “Without that funding and support, we couldn’t provide our service. They help us create a level of service that allows us to move forward.”

Mid-State Literacy Council provides reading and writing assistance to Centre and Clearfield county adult residents who lack literacy skills.