The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

February 28, 2013

Geisinger workers donate record $411,000 to United Way

By Ashley Wislock
The Daily Item

— DANVILLE — Employees at Geisinger Health System opened their hearts and their wallets last fall to make a record contribution to United Way organizations throughout the region.

The healthcare system raised $411,320 during the 2012 campaign, which will be donated to 29 United Way groups throughout the Geisinger service area, said Nikki Rump, coordinator of donor events and volunteer management at Geisinger and a co-chair of the 2012 campaign.

“The committee is very happy with our results and that we’re able to support the communities that we all live in,” she said.

Planning for the September United Way campaign kickoff begins in July, Rump said.

Employees who donated to the campaign, which ran from Sept. 10 to Nov. 30, could designate which United Way organization they wanted their money to go to, Rump said.

“We work with our employees throughout the whole system, whether they’re in State College or New Jersey,” she said.

Many employees — including Geisinger Health Plan workers based in New Jersey — chose to donate their funds to New Jersey United Way organizations aiding in Superstorm Sandy relief efforts, Rump said.

This year’s fundraising total broke a record set in 2011 of $379,755 raised. Rump said that while continuing to break records would be great, Geisinger is simply proud to participate and get more employees involved.

“We always wish to increase our donations,” she said. “As Geisinger grows, we want our giving to grow. ... That’s something we worked on with our new sites.”