Since our very first days, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health has recognized the potential to achieve far greater community impact by working together.

LG Health will kick off our annual United Way campaign Saturday, Sept. 7, with the Day of Caring. Our longstanding support for United Way of Lancaster County is just one example of our deeply rooted commitment to our community, which was recently recognized with the Foster G. McGaw Prize.

Like LG Health, the United Way takes a collaborative approach to addressing our community’s most critical problems. LG Health plays a key role in four of United Way’s Collective Impact Partnerships, which work to fight homelessness and poverty and expand access to high-quality child care and early learning opportunities.

While there is immeasurable power in working together, the most successful collaborations are built on the collective passion of individuals. For so many LG Health employees, the commitment to serving others extends well beyond the workday.

An admirable number of you follow your passions as volunteers for an incredibly diverse group of organizations within our community. Many of you have very personal reasons behind your support for these organizations, as well as United Way.

As I have previously shared, my own support of United Way began in my 20s, when I volunteered for an organization that served children with disabilities. As a social worker in the rehabilitation industry, this cause was especially important to me.

Lancaster County is full of organizations doing important work that are unquestionably worthy of our support. This is part of what makes our community so strong. I believe that the United Way has proven its unique ability to unite people and organizations to deliver results.

During this year’s LG Health campaign, a number of your colleagues will serve as ambassadors, sharing their passion for United Way and helping you make an informed decision about your own charitable giving. I thank those who have volunteered for this important role.

Whether you are a longtime donor or considering a gift for the first time, please join me in supporting LG Health’s United Way campaign. By working together, we can continue to live our legacy of giving back to our community and make a lasting impact on the lives of our friends, family, colleagues and neighbors.

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