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FILE – In this July 27, 2020 file photo, nurse Kathe Olmstead, right, gives volunteer Melissa Harting, of Harpersville, NY, an injection as a study of a possible COVID-19 vaccine, developed by the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc., Begins in Binghamton, NY An influential science group on Tuesday, December 1 will tackle one of the most pressing issues of the coronavirus outbreak in the United States: When the first doses of COVID-19 vaccine will be available, who should be on the front line for the shots? (AP Photo / Hans Pennink, file)

In an act of gratitude for the way communities across the region have come together to celebrate and support each other in times of need, the Lycoming County United Way is working with businesses and community organizations for upcoming recognition events highlighting the efforts health workers in the Region.

“Fighting for the health of our community is at the heart of our mission to mobilize the collective resources of the community around health, education and financial stability” said Ron Frick, President of LCUW.

“Healthcare workers have been through a lot in recent years and we wanted to find a way to recognize this effort and involve the community as well,” he added.

Centraide is helping the community recognize UPMC healthcare workers by offering free coffee in area cafes today when they present their name badge upon purchase. Participating stores and hours are: Alabaster Coffee Roaster & Tea Company, 400 Pine St., 7 am to 5 pm; Coffee and Tea Backhouse Cafe, 901 W. Fourth St., 7 am to 5 pm; Julie’s Cafe, 33 W. Third St., 7 am to 2 pm; The Sawhorse Cafe, 303 Washington Blvd., 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“Our staff have worked tirelessly over the past 22 months to ensure that quality healthcare remains local and accessible despite the challenges of the pandemic.” said Patti Jackson-Gehris, interim president of UPMC Williamsport.

“The Lycoming County United Way and many other organizations, businesses and community members have continued to recognize and thank our staff for their efforts. The smallest act of kindness and gestures of support mean so much, and we are grateful to know that the community we serve is there for us just as we are there for them ”, Jackson-Gehris said.

On January 7, at 5 p.m., Sojourner Truth Ministries and Centraide bring the community together to show hope and solidarity in the midst of the pandemic through a “Lights of Hope” party.

The purpose of the celebration is to enlighten the community for the hope of the New Year. Volunteers have created 1,000 lights that will be displayed on the lawn at UPMC Williamsport. They will stay on all night.

The public is invited to attend the event which will include brief remarks from representatives of Sojourner Truth Ministries, UPMC, United Way and the City of Williamsport. Light refreshments will be provided by volunteers from Sojourner Truth Ministries.

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