Five-County United Way Merger, 260,000 People Affected

Big United Way Merger Spanning Five Counties

SUNBURY – Big changes are expected as a new regional United Way forms across five counties in The Valley.

The United Way of Columbia and Montour County and the Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way will officially merge September 1. President and CEO Adrienne Mael says the merger will increase the company’s catchment area to approximately 260,000 people, and include 58 agencies across 5 counties and they’ll have more than a dozen employees.

“Core staff members, and by that I mean paid by United Way, are about eight. But grant funded, it gets us closer to sixteen. So, it’s a big staff, it takes a lot of people to do the work behind the scenes.”

Mael also says the merger has allowed the organization to elevate Seth Joseph to a new position, “We’re certainly hoping and optimistic that this year’s campaign is going to be our biggest and best ever, but we think we’re really going to be able to drive that through a full-time director of Philanthropy.”

Mael says the merger will still mean controlled expenses, “Best practice in non-profit is definitely always to be under 25-20%, so that’s really what we always strive for. So, keeping our overhead low is a real goal at United Way, and we are going to continue and think that we can do that even better when we’re merged.”

You can hear more from Mael on the upcoming merger and more information on upcoming United Way events on the WKOK.com Podcast Page or wherever you listen to podcasts.

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