United Way?s Stuff-A-Bus Campaign adopts changes

7/25/2019

The City of Oswego along with Oswego Police and Fire Departments are once again supporting the United Way of Greater Oswego County?s Stuff-A-Bus Campaign. The annual school supply drive works to ensure that every child in Oswego County has the tools they need to be ready to learn on the first day of school. Above, United Way Executive Director Patrick Dewine, Stuff-A-Bus Co-Chair Person Laurie Kelly, Oswego Mayor Billy Barlow, Fire Chief Randy Griffin with members of the Oswego Fire Department, and Police Chief Tory DeCaire with members of the Oswego Police Department are pictured with a group of community supporters before the 2018 Stuff-A-Bus Campaign, which collected more than 46,000 school supply items for local children in need. For more information, call the United Way at 315-593-1900.Oswego, NY ? Now in its 17th year of existence, the United Way?s Stuff-A-Bus campaign has continually evolved to meet the changing needs of the Oswego County community, and the 2019 school supply drive will be no exception.

As the need for school supplies for children of Oswego County continues to grow, neighbors are likely to see other individual drives popping up in their neighborhoods, but the iconic yellow buses parked in support of the Stuff-A-Buss Campaign will still be stationed around the county on Aug. 16.

?United Way takes great pride in supporting this initiative by identifying the needs of the community and supporting the solutions to address those needs,? said Patrick Dewine, United Way executive director. ?By garnering additional support throughout the community year after year, in 2018 alone we were able to provide 1,840 children with a total of 46,858 school items across Oswego County.?

Dewine said the mission of the program is to continue this tradition in order to ensure all children in Oswego County have the tools they need to be ready to learn on the first day of school.

?We are only able to continue this tradition thanks to our large network of volunteers across the county, our dedicated partners in each of the nine school districts, and thanks to new business partners who connect and engage with our mission,? said Dewine. ?We are happy to be able to continue providing this needed service to families in our community.?

This year, Dewine asks that community members take special notice of both the Stuff-A-Bus distribution sites and giveaway locations, which have seen some changes from previous years.

On Aug. 16 school buses will be located at the following sites from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to accept donations of school supplies, including pens, pencils, index cards, backpacks, rulers, and more.

  • Big Lots at 140 State Route 104 in Oswego (new location)
  • Top?s Supermarket on Route 3 in Hannibal
  • Kinney Drugs at 3318 Main Street in Mexico
  • Kinney Drugs at 3873 Rome Road in Pulaski
  • Kinney Drugs at 9543 Route 11 in Brewerton (new location)
  • Kinney Drugs at 17 South First Street in Fulton
  • Fulton Savings Bank Plaza on Route 57 in Phoenix

Staff members and volunteers from all nine Oswego County school districts and the United Way of Greater Oswego County will sort the collected supplies with a portion going to each district in the county.

Volunteers will be distributing supplies throughout the county as follows,

  • APW ? Tuesday, Aug. 20, 9 ? 11 a.m. at the APW Bus Garage
  • Central Square ? Tuesday, Aug. 20, 9 a.m. ? noon at the Central Square Bus Garage (new location)
  • Fulton ? Monday, Aug. 19, 4 ? 7 p.m. at Fairgrieve Elementary School
  • Hannibal ? Tuesday, Aug. 20, 1 ? 3 p.m. at Kenney Middle School
  • Mexico ? Tuesday, Aug. 20, 8 ? 11 a.m. at Mexico Middle School Gym
  • Oswego ? Tuesday, Aug. 20, 9 a.m. ? noon, or until supplies last, at Fitzhugh Park School
  • Phoenix ? Wednesday, Aug. 28, 5 ? 7:30 p.m. at Maroun Elementary (new location)
  • Pulaski ? Tuesday, Aug. 20, 1 ? 4:30 p.m. at Pulaski High School (new location)
  • Sandy Creek ? Tuesday, Aug. 20, 6 ? 7 p.m. at the Sandy Creek Board Room (new location)

Families are urged to attend the distribution in their school district only. A copy of the student?s 2018-2019 report card is required to participate. If entering a district for the first time, or transferred into a new district, an enrollment letter from that district is required.

School supplies will be available for those who would find it challenging to purchase the supplies that their child need for school. Volunteers will be on hand to assist and guide the children and to make sure they get the supplies they really need.

For more information on the Stuff-A-Bus campaign contact the United Way office at 315-593-1900 or visit oswegounitedway.org.

14th Annual Breakfast to Benefit Stuff-A-Bus

7/24/3019

The Stuff-A-Bus Breakfast Committee recently met to finalize plans for this year?s breakfast to support the annual campaign to collect school supplies across Oswego County. The Club House Tavern/Spencer?s Ali, 126 W. Second Street in Oswego, will once again host the event on Saturday, July 27, from 8 to 11:30 a.m. The breakfast is open to the public with a minimum suggested donation of $6 per adult, with children 10 and under free. All proceeds go to support the Stuff-A-Bus campaign, which last year provided more than 1,800 children across the county with the supplies they needed to be ready to learn on the first day of school.Oswego, NY ? This Saturday, July 27, enjoy a full breakfast at the Club House Tavern/Spencer?s Ali while supporting the United Way of Greater Oswego County?s annual school supply drive, the Stuff-A-Bus campaign.

The Club House Tavern/Spencer?s Ali, located at 126 W. Second Street in Oswego, is once again hosting the breakfast from 8 to 11:30 a.m. on the last Saturday of July. The event is sponsored by Pathfinder Bank, Eagle Beverage, and tavern owners Robert and Liz McGrath.

United Way Executive Director Patrick Dewine said there are also many other supporters who help make the fundraiser possible year after year.

?We are very appreciative of the support we receive from all of our event sponsors,? said Dewine. ?I also need to acknowledge the planning committee that has been at work for months setting up this year?s event; the many volunteers who make sure the morning runs smoothly; and all of the local businesses that have provided in-kind donations to make the breakfast possible. It is inspiring to see how many businesses and community members are willing to come together to make sure youth across our county have the tools they need to be ready to learn on their first day of school.?

The suggested minimum donation for adults attending the breakfast is $6, with children 10 and under free. All proceeds and donations will benefit the Stuff-A-Bus campaign which helps distribute thousands of school supplies across Oswego County.

?Last year alone, the Stuff-A-Bus campaign collected 46,858 school supply items that were distributed to more than 1,800 children across all nine school districts in Oswego County,? said Dewine. ?This annual breakfast is our largest fundraiser to support the campaign, so we hope the community will once again come out for a delicious meal and set us on the path for another record-breaking year.?

Along with the breakfast, guests will also have the chance to win a Land Shark bicycle donated by Eagle Beverage. Tickets will be available at the breakfast for $1 each, or 6 for $5. The winner of the bicycle will be announced during the breakfast, but you do not need to be present to win.

After the breakfast, the next highlight of the annual Stuff-A-Bus campaign is a special collection day on Aug. 16 when school buses will be at the following locations from 9 am to 3 pm to accept donations of school supply items, such as pens, notebooks, backpacks, index cards, and more.

  • Top?s Supermarket on Route 3 in Hannibal
  • Kinney Drugs at 3318 Main Street in Mexico
  • Kinney Drugs at 3873 Rome Road in Pulaski
  • Kinney Drugs at 9543 Route 11 in Central Square
  • Kinney Drugs at 17 South First Street in Fulton
  • Fulton Savings Bank Plaza on Route 57 in Phoenix
  • Big Lots at 140 State Route 104 in Oswego

For more information on the Stuff-A-Bus campaign or the annual breakfast, call the United Way office at 315-593-1900 or visit oswegounitedway.org.

Paper Buses Ready to Roll

7/16/2019

Oswego, NY ? United Way Resource Development Director Lexie Wallace, left, joins Stuff-A-Bus Co-Chairperson Laurie Kelly, center, and Billye Germain of Pathfinder Bank in displaying the United Way?s paper buses. Community members can now show their support for the annual Stuff-A-Bus Campaign by purchasing a paper bus at Pathfinder Bank branches throughout Oswego.

Each year the Stuff-A-Bus Campaign works to ensure every child in our community is prepared for the first day of school by collecting school supplies to be distributed to less fortunate students throughout Oswego County. All proceeds from paper bus sales will go toward purchasing additional school supplies such as backpacks and calculators to support Oswego County students. For more information, contact the United Way by calling 315-593-1900 or visit oswegounitedway.org.

United Way Golf Tournament a Success

7/10/2019

The Oscar Roofing team carded a 58 to capture first place in the morning flight of the United Way of Greater Oswego County?s Golf Tournament held recently at the Oswego Country Club. Team members Shane Murray, Anthony Woods, Ted Knopp, and Geno Knopp also won a skin for an eagle on Hole 10. Oscar Roofing was one of 37 teams that supported the United Way?s mission by participating in the annual fundraiser.Oswego, NY ? Sunny skies and a pristine course greeted golfers who participated in the 24th annual United Way Golf Tournament on Monday, July 8, at the Oswego Country Club.

The tournament featured a morning and an afternoon flight, allowing for a total of 37 teams to participate throughout the day.

The first and second place teams for the morning flight received tied scores of 58, but Oscar Roofing was awarded the win after comparing the handicaps for the most challenging holes on course. Second place was awarded to the IBEW Local 43 team.

Top individual performers for the morning flight included:

Closest to the Pin, Hole 4: John Fiume / Maureen Caswell

Closest to the Pin, Hole 12: Eric Bresee / Deana Masuicca

Longest Drive, Hole 1: John Byrnes / Tamie Allen

The Fitzpatrick Nuclear Power Plant team won the putting contest.

Morning skins winners included IBEW Local 43 with an eagle on Hole 14, Oscar Roofing with an eagle on Hole 10, FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant with an eagle on Hole 6, and Quaker Chemical with a birdie on Hole 8.

The Eagle Beverage team took home first place for the afternoon flight with an impressive 16 under score of 55. They were followed by Oscar Roofing?s second team of the day with a score of 57.

Top individual performers for the afternoon flight included:

Closest to the Pin, Hole 4: Bill Buske / Diane Lowry

Closest to the Pin, Hole 12: Bob Mazurowski / Lynne Eggert

Longest Drive, Hole 1: Kevin Dorsey / Lynne Eggert

The Novelis Men?s team won the afternoon putting contest.

Afternoon skins winners included Danno?s Deacons with birdies on Hole 4 and Hole 8, and Financial Partners of Upstate New York with an eagle on Hole 10.

Kevin Dorsey, Ryan Barbeau, Lou Castaldo and Zack Farden brought home first place for the Eagle Beverage team in the afternoon flight of the United Way?s 24th annual Golf Tournament held recently at the Oswego Country Club. Nearly 200 golfers took part in the fundraiser to support the United Way?s mission of ending hunger, building successful youth, and ensuring wellness across Oswego County.?We could not have asked for a better day,? said Lexie Wallace, United Way resource development director. ?The event ran smoothly mostly thanks to the guidance of our tournament planning committee, which includes John Nelson, Lynne Eggert, Dave Lloyd, and Rich Godden. They have volunteered their time for months leading up to the event to help with everything from outlining the course games to choosing prizes for our winners.?

Wallace also said the event?s success was made possible with endless support from the Oswego Country Club staff and restaurant.

?Course Superintendent Scott Peters and his team truly made sure the course was perfect for our event,? said Wallace. ?Golf Pro Ryne Varney and Assistant Pro Mike Hogan could not have been more helpful through every step of the planning process and the day-of tasks. We also appreciate all of the work LaP&T staff Ray Jock, Kim Jock, Tammy Murphy, and their team put into making sure our golfers received a prompt and delicious gourmet meal.?

?We are extremely grateful for our returning Major Sponsors Burritt Motors, National Grid, Novelis, and Exelon Generation?s Nine Mile Point and FtizPatrick Nuclear Power Plants,? said Wallace. ?They were joined by Corporate Sponsors Burke?s Home Center, Fulton Savings Bank, David Mirabito with Financial partners of Upstate New York, IBEW Local 43, NBT Bank, NRG, Penske Logistics, Motion Industries, and Quaker Chemical, as well as countless Tee Sponsors and Food and Beverage Sponsors.?

According to Wallace, more than 30 volunteers gave their time throughout the day to help with checking-in golfers, running on course games, and selling raffle tickets.

?This day would not have been possible without the many individuals who donated their time to support our event,? said Wallace. ?We had volunteers helping us from sunrise to sunset. Not only did they help with the physical tasks of running games and setting up tee signs, but they also added to the positive energy of the day by greeting each challenge with a smile. They were truly the driving force behind the tournament.?

Wallace said the annual golf tournament is the United Way?s largest fundraising event of the year, and support from these local businesses and individuals helps to make a difference in the lives of thousands of Oswego County residents.

?Last year alone, United Way partner agencies provided more than 150,000 meals and assisted over 13,800 people in accessing the tools they need to lead healthier and happier lives,? said Wallace. ?We are thankful for all of the sponsors and teams that participated in our golf tournament because their support truly helps our mission of ending hunger, building successful youth, and ensuring wellness across Oswego County.”

To learn more about the United Way of Oswego County, or to view more pictures from the 24th annual Golf Tournament, follow the organization on Facebook by searching @OswegoUnitedWay.