More than 20,000 donors and partners united to raise a record-breaking $19,741,940 during United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley’s annual fundraising campaign.
Contributions will provide critical services in the areas of education, healthy aging and community stability.
“Many in our community are still struggling with the devastating effects of the pandemic. More than ever, our families, our kids and our older adults need help to meet some very basic needs like healthy food, a safe and warm place to live and economic security. We came together like the true community that we are,” said Laurie Gostley Hackett, Air Products director of community relations and philanthropy, who chaired the annual campaign on behalf of Air Products.
With an increasing number of area residents experiencing food insecurity, Air Products and United Way partnered to create the Air Products Fresh Food Promise. In honor of every new donor to United Way, Air Products Foundation made an additional contribution to provide fresh, healthy food for local families.
As a result, over 9,000 more donors joined the cause.
“Because of caring supporters, up to 45,000 people will have access to healthy and nutritious food; more than 20,000 people will receive emergency services such as housing and disaster relief; almost 30,000 students will have better opportunities to succeed in school,” said David Lewis, president of the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley.
“We are grateful for each and every person who stepped up to become part of the solution, and we’d especially like to thank Laurie Gostley Hackett and Air Products for leading this community campaign,” added Lewis.
This is the 12th annual consecutive year of growth for the campaign.
United Way announced the results today during Celebration of Caring, presented by Crayola. The event celebrates and honors organizations and individuals who have made a significant impact in the community in partnership with United Way.