Liberty Mutual Aids Fulton Community Garden

5/17/2016

2016 Community Garden Volunteers

Fulton, NY – Employees of Liberty Mutual Insurance volunteered their time to help prepare the Fulton?s community gardens for the upcoming growing season through the ?Serve with Liberty? Program.? The program is a part of Liberty Mutual?s national workplace campaign in support of their local United Way.? Liberty Mutual recognizes local United Ways through payroll deduction and a company match.

To encourage participation and giving in the workplace each of office campaign includes the ?Serve with Liberty? program, which offers Liberty Mutual employees the opportunity to volunteer for community projects organized by different charities Liberty Mutual supports. This year the employees chose the Fulton Community Garden Project.

?This year we partnered with Catholic Charities to prepare the community gardens for planting,? said United Way Resource Development Director Ali McGrath.? ?We were fortunate to have six volunteers from Liberty Mutual join us to clean and weed the gardens.? They did a great job and the gardens are ready for the season!? Located at John Lincoln Park, the Fulton Community Garden Project offers Fulton City residents the opportunity to have their own garden bed to grow vegetables, herbs, or flowers. This year?s garden contains 24 individual garden beds that are available for human service agencies and community members to plant, care for and harvest.

For information on the Fulton Community Garden, or to apply for a garden bed, contact Tim Archer at Catholic Charities of Oswego County, 315-598-3980.

Cutline for photo: Liberty Mutual employees participating in the company?s ?Serve with Liberty? program recently volunteered their time and talents to benefit the Fulton Community Garden project.? The ?Serve with Liberty? program is part of Liberty Mutual?s national campaign in support of local United Way?s.? Pictured above are employees from the local Liberty Mutual office.

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Area Restaurants and Businesses Support Stone Soup Too Luncheon

3/21/2016

UW Stone Soup Too TopsFulton, NY ? United Way of Greater Oswego County will hold its 8th Annual Stone Soup Too Luncheon on April 14th at Holy Trinity Parish located at 309 Buffalo Street in Fulton.? To date a number of caring local restaurants and businesses have come forward to donate the food and beverages necessary for the Stone Soup Too Luncheon.

?We?re putting together a great menu with plenty of delicious soups,? said United Way Resource Development Director Ali McGrath.? ?Blue Moon Grill, Tavern on the Lock, The Foursome Diner, and Mimi?s Drive will be providing a variety of homemade soups for our luncheon.? Other menu items are being donated by C?s Farm Market and Beverage Center, Kathy?s Cakes and Specialty Treats, Joe?s Corner Market, Davis? Brothers Meats, Springside at Seneca Hill, Dunkin Donuts (Fulton), Red Baron Pizza and Hudson Dairy.? In addition, a donation from Tops Friendly Markets in Fulton will provide for centerpieces featuring cans of soup at each table.?

United Way?s Stone Soup Too luncheon serves as an important awareness drive of United Way?s impact area of ending hunger in Oswego County.? ?Our community food pantries are feeling the strain of trying to meet the need for food subsidy in Oswego County.? The Stone Soup Too luncheon will have a positive effect on their efforts as well as our impact area of ending hunger in Oswego County,? added McGrath.

United Way?s Stone Soup Too Luncheon is open to the public and will be held Thursday, April 14th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Holy Trinity Parish, 309 Buffalo Street in Fulton.? United Way will be accepting donations of $5 per person at the door and attendees are encouraged to please bring a donation of non-perishable food items. All proceeds and food donations from the luncheon will be used to support area food pantries including Catholic Charities of Oswego County, the Salvation Army of Oswego County, and the Hannibal Resource Center Food Pantry.

Those unable to attend the luncheon but would like to donate food items may contact Tim Archer at Catholic Charities of Oswego County, 315-598-3980 ?for information on where to drop off non-perishable food donations throughout Oswego County.

For more information on the United Way?s Stone Soup Too luncheon contact your United Way office at 315-593-1900 or visit oswegounitedway.org.?

Cut line for photo: Resource Development Director for the United Way of Greater Oswego County Ali McGrath accepts a gift card from Sean Grant, manager of Tops Friendly Markets in Fulton for the agency?s 8th Annual Stone Soup Too luncheon.? The donation will be used to purchase centerpieces including cans of soup for each table.? United Way?s Stone Soup Too luncheon is provided by local area restaurants and small businesses all in effort to raise awareness to end hunger in Oswego County.? A variety of soups will be provided by Blue Moon Grill, Tavern on the Lock, The Foursome Diner, and Mimi?s Drive.? To be held April 14th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Holy Trinity Parish, 309 Buffalo Street in Fulton the luncheon is an important awareness drive of United Way?s impact area of ending hunger in Oswego County.

United Way Community Investment Committee Seeks Volunteers

3/11/2016

UW Shawn, Patrick & DebFulton, NY ? The United Way of Greater Oswego County would like to invite community members to be part of the agency?s program funding process by participating as a volunteer member of the United Way?s Community Investment Committee.? Comprised entirely of concerned community members, the United Way?s Community Investment Committee is responsible for evaluating various agency programs that are available in Oswego County and recommending to the United Way Board of Directors the funding support that these programs should receive.

Participation in the United Way?s Community Investment Committee provides volunteers with a unique opportunity to learn more about their community and make critical decisions on how the money raised during the United Way?s Annual Campaign will be distributed to the county?s human services providers.

?The United Way addresses human service needs throughout Oswego County. It is of the utmost importance that the community is involved in this process.? Having volunteers from a broad cross section of the community is beneficial as each brings different skills and perspectives to the process,? said Bill Crist, president of the United Way?s Board of Directors.

Volunteers will be asked to serve on one of five panels, each of which deals with a specific field of service: Emergency Services, Children and Family Services, Health and Special Needs, Senior Services, and Youth Development.? Panel members will visit agencies that offer programs related to their specific field of service where they will receive a tour of the agency.

While the United Way?s program funding process does not begin until April, the United Way is currently recruiting volunteers now so that the Community Investment Committee and the individual panels can be established and the volunteers can receive the training they need.

As a custodian of community contributions, United Way ensures that those dollars are used in a cost efficient manner to fund effective, meaningful, unduplicated services.? ?We provide our Community Investment Committee volunteers with a thorough overview of the principles and polices that are a part of our program funding process.? With those parameters in mind, their objective study and review of agency programs will help ensure that there will be an effective and well-balanced array of community services available in Oswego County,? said Executive Director of the United Way of Greater Oswego County Patrick Dewine.

Members are asked to invest approximately 15 hours of their time as they meet in April for training and then conduct agency tours and budget reviews throughout May.? ?Volunteers learn about the many human services programs available in Oswego County. They work together to make informed decisions, knowing that their input is important to the process.? It is a process that takes little time, but produces big results and provides volunteers with a real sense of accomplishment that many have found very rewarding,? said Crist.

United Way Board of Directors member, Shawn Seale of Key Bank, who along with Debra Braden of Fulton Savings Bank is co-chairperson of the United Way?s Community Investment Committee and has previously served on the Children and Family Services panel, found his experience with the program funding process a worthwhile one.

?The work that the panels do is very effective in evaluating the various agency programs and assessing the impact that these programs have on those they serve,” said Seale.? ?The program funding process is very important as it allows community members who have no ties with the agencies and / or programs to take an objective look at what the programs do and how they impact the community.”?

“It also allows these same people the opportunity to see how United Way dollars are being used in our community and realize that the United Way ensures that their dollars are used wisely by holding its member agencies accountable and measuring their programs outcomes.? While it can be difficult deciding what programs receive funding it is also very rewarding to be able to award agencies what they need monetarily to continue their programs.?

?We are proud of our program funding process and very appreciative of the concerned community members who volunteer their time to serve on our Community Investment Committee and choose to make a difference in our community,? added Dewine.

For more information on the United Way?s program funding process, or to volunteer as an Allocations Committee member, you may contact your United Way office at 315-593-1900.

Cut line for photo: Debra Braden (r) manager of Fulton Savings Bank?s Central Square branch and Shawn Seale (l) branch manager with Key Bank in Oswego, co-chairpersons for the United Way of Greater Oswego County?s Community Investment Committee, meet with United Way Executive Director Patrick Dewine to discuss this year?s allocation process.? The United Way is currently inviting community members to become an active part of the United Way?s funding process by volunteering to serve on one of five panels that access a specific field of service: Emergency Services, Children and Family Services, Health and Special Needs, Senior Services, and Youth Development.? Panel members visit agencies that offer programs related to their specific field of service where they will receive a tour of the agency.?? For more information, or to volunteer, contact your United Way office at 315-593-1900, ext. 201, or visit oswegounitedway.org

8th Annual Fulton Stone Soup Too Luncheon

3/3/2016

Fulton, NY ??United Way of Greater Oswego County is hosting its 8th Annual community luncheon provided by local area restaurants and small businesses all in effort to raise awareness to end hunger in Oswego County. Committee members for the Stone Soup Too Luncheon meet to plan the menu for this year?s event. Scheduled for Thursday, April 14th the luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Holy Trinity Parish, 309 Buffalo Street in Fulton. The luncheon is an important awareness drive of United Way?s impact area of ending hunger in Oswego County.

The Stone Soup Too Luncheon is open to the public. United Way will be accepting donations of $5 per person at the door and attendees are encouraged to please bring a donation of non-perishable food items. All proceeds and food donations from the luncheon will be used to support area food pantries including Catholic Charities of Oswego County, Salvation Army of Oswego County, and the Hannibal Resource Center Food Pantry. Seated from left are: United Way Intern Kalyn Duguay, Tim Archer and Helen Hoefer of Catholic Charities of Oswego County, Karen Hubel of Blue Moon Grill, Steve Chirello of Chirello Advertising, and Kathy Pipher of Oswego County Opportunities (OCO). Absent from photo are committee members Cathy Trowbridge of the City of Fulton and Janet Rebeor, community volunteer.

Executive Director Patrick Dewine Meets with Regional President Jim Reed

2/18/2016

Patrick & Excellus UW Meeting 16Fulton, NY:? Executive Director Patrick Dewine (l) meets with Regional President Jim Reed (r), Excellus BlueCrossBlueShield, in preparation for the United Way of Greater Oswego County?s Salute to Volunteers and Leadership Giving Reception.? Excellus BlueCrossBlueShield will serve as a co-sponsor for the event.? ?Excellus BlueCross BlueShield is pleased to be a Leadership Giver and co-sponsor of this United Way event,? said Jim Reed, regional president of the company. ?As Central New York?s largest nonprofit health plan, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield seeks to partner with organizations that work to improve the health or health care of the residents of the communities it serves.?

The United Way?s Salute to Volunteers and Leadership Giving Reception combines United Way?s annual meeting with the opportunity to recognize the agency?s many volunteers and leadership givers.? The reception will be held March 23rd from 5:30 ? 7:00 p.m. at the American Foundry in Oswego.? The cost is $10 per person and includes a drink and hors d?oeuvres.? For more information, or to register to attend, contact United Way Resource Development Director Ali McGrath at 315-593-1900 or via e-mail at aliunitedway@windstream.net no later than March 17th.

United Way?s Salute to Volunteers and Leadership Givers

2/10/2016

UW Annual Meeting CBFulton, NY:? United Way of Greater Oswego County Resource Development Director Ali McGrath has announced that United Way will host its annual Salute to Volunteers and Leadership Giving reception March 23 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at The American Foundry in Oswego.

Sponsored in part by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield and Community Bank, N.A., the event allows attendees to learn more about United Way and the positive effect that programs funded through United Way have on the agency?s three impact areas; ending hunger, helping youth succeed, and building healthy communities.? Additionally, United Way staff, campaign cabinet, and board members have the opportunity to recognize and personally express their gratitude to the many volunteers and leadership givers that play an integral role in the success of United Way.

?Volunteers are the lifeblood of United Way,? said McGrath.? ?Events such as our Golf Tournament, Stuff-A-Bus, and Dine United Nights, to name a few, would not be possible if not for our valued volunteers that graciously share their time and talents to help others.? We cherish all of our volunteers and can?t thank them enough for all that they do.?

Tina Stephens, manager of Community Bank N.A.?s Fulton branch said the bank is proud to be sponsoring the United Way Salute to Volunteers and Leadership Giving reception.? ?Community Bank, N.A. strives to be a staple in our community.? We are committed to working with United Way as a strong team dedicated to supporting Oswego County,? said Stephens.

In addition to saluting its volunteers United Way will recognize its Leadership Givers; those that pledge $500 or more annually.? Comprised of corporate sponsors, small businesses owners, and individuals that care deeply for their community and those they share it with, Leadership Givers play a vital role in the success of United Way?s Annual Campaign.? ?Our Leadership Givers? commitment to United Way and their willingness to help us end hunger, help youth succeed, and build healthy communities is commendable,? added McGrath.

One of those Leadership Givers, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, is also a sponsor of the reception.

?Excellus BlueCross BlueShield is pleased to be a Leadership Giver and sponsor of this United Way event,? said Jim Reed, regional president of the company. ?As Central New York?s largest nonprofit health plan, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield seeks to partner with organizations that work to improve the health or health care of the residents of the communities it serves.?

United Way?s Salute to Volunteers and Leadership Giving Reception will be held March 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at The American Foundry in Oswego.? Cost to attend is $10 per person and includes hors d?oeuvres and one complimentary drink.? For more information on United Way?s Salute to Volunteers and Leadership Giving Reception, or to make reservations, contact your United Way office at 315-593-1900 or via e-mail at aliunitedway@windstream.net, no later than Thursday March 17th. ?You may also follow United Way on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Cut line for photo: United Way of Greater Oswego County Executive Director Patrick Dewine and Resource Development Director Ali McGrath meet with staff of the Fulton branch of Community Bank, N.A. in preparation for the agency?s Salute Volunteers and Leadership Giving Reception.? To be held March 23 at the American Foundry in Oswego, the event combines United Way?s annual meeting with the opportunity to recognize the agency?s many volunteers and leadership givers.? For more information the United Way of Greater Oswego visit oswegounitedway.org. From left are: Ali McGrath, Andrew Mangano, Sue Kasperek, Branch Manager Tina Stephens, Patrick Dewine, Andria Simoneau, Jo Smith, and Angela Cleary.

Pathfinder Bank Employees Helps Guide United Way Campaign

12/11/2015

Pathfinder Bank UWFulton, NY ??Executive Director of United Way of Greater Oswego County Patrick Dewine meets with Heather Bush (l) and Carol Shannon (r) of Pathfinder Bank to congratulate Pathfinder employees for the success of their in-house campaign for United Way.? Pathfinder Bank?s in-house campaign saw an increase in employee participation and total donations.? Additionally, Pathfinder Bank doubled its corporate support for United Way bringing the total donation to more than $12,000. ??Pathfinder Bank has been a faithful supporter of United Way for many years,? said Dewine.? ?The generosity of employees and the concern that Pathfinder Bank has for its community is commendable.? They help make it possible for us to continue to reach results for our three impact areas of ending hunger, helping children and youth succeed, and increasing the health and well-being of our communities.? We are pleased to have them as a community partner.?

United Way Helping Those Who Help Others

12/9/2015

Patrick and RobertFulton, NY – When it comes to building healthier communities it?s imperative that community members and businesses collaborate together to make positive results. Robert and Elizabeth McGrath, owners of The Clubhouse Tavern in Oswego, did just that this past Thanksgiving Eve. They set out to ?help those who help others? by organizing and sponsoring A Night of Drinks and Dancing; a fundraiser to raise awareness of the work the United Way of Greater Oswego County does throughout the community to drive positive results.

Held Thanksgiving Eve and hosted by the American Foundry in Oswego attendees danced to the sounds of Brass Inc., a party band featuring a 7 piece horn section, and enjoyed Hors d?oeuvres courtesy of the American Foundry.? Tickets for the event were available via pre-sale or at the door and guests were asked to bring a donation of non-perishable items.

The McGrath?s idea was to organize and sponsor an event for the United Way of Greater Oswego County that the community would enjoy and would benefit the agency?s Community Fund which helps fund 27 programs throughout Oswego County.

?It couldn?t have come at a better time,? said United Way Resource Development Director Ali McGrath.? ?We had recently been approached by the APW School District which was in need of nonperishable food items for its Backpack Program that provides food to students in need with food for weekends and holidays when they are unable to receive a school lunch.? We thought that Robert and Elizabeth?s idea of A Night of Drinks and Dancing would be a perfect opportunity to help those who help others.?

?It was a great evening,? added McGrath.? ?The food items were donated to the APW School District Backpack Program, and the event raised more than $2,400 in support of United Way.? Everyone enjoyed themselves and even the winner of our 50 / 50 drawing donated back their winnings.? We are thankful for the support we receive from our small businesses and appreciative of the efforts of Robert and Elizabeth McGrath of The Clubhouse Tavern and the American Foundry for making this event possible and the many community members that joined us for a fun night that helped bring awareness to a great cause.?

Cut line for photo: Robert McGrath (r), owner of The Clubhouse Tavern in Oswego presents Executive Director of the United Way of Greater Oswego County Patrick Dewine (l) with a check for $2400.? McGrath and his wife Liz planned and organized the recent ?Helping Those Who Help Others? fundraiser at The American Foundry in Oswego.

Oswego County Children?s Fund, Inc. to Distribute Christmas Toys

12/06/2015

Mexico, NY ? There?s nothing quite like the look of a child?s face on Christmas morning as they discover their presents under the tree.? It?s an experience that many remember for a lifetime.

To ensure that that scene plays out in as many Oswego County homes as possible the Oswego County Children?s Fund has begun their annual drive to collect toys for less fortunate children in Oswego County.

Established through collaboration with Catholic Charities of Oswego County, the Department of Social Services, United Way of Oswego County, and Toys for Tots, the Oswego County Children?s Fund provided over 800 families with children?s toys for Christmas 2014.

We are excited to be a part of this collaboration.? The combinations of everyone?s efforts continue to make our Christmas distribution a great success, with more and more families assisted each year.

As it has in the past, Catholic Charities will gladly pick up donations from businesses, organizations, or church groups that would like to make Christmas a little more enjoyable for children in need.? Monetary donations are also being accepted for the purchase of toys.? The toys will be distributed through the Oswego County Children?s Fund, Inc. on December 19 at the SUNY Oswego campus.? Families must be pre-registered to receive toys and will be contacted with a specific date and time when they can choose their toys.

Families in need of food assistance for Christmas should contact Helen Hoefer at Catholic Charities?of Oswego County, 315-598-3980.

For more information on donating toys, non-perishable food items or to make a monetary donation, contact Helen Hoefer at 315-598-3980 or Marcia Birdsell at 315-963-5478.? Monetary donations for toys may be mailed to The Oswego County Children?s Fund, Attn: Pam Austin, P.O. Box 496; Mexico, NY 13114.

Dine With Us – Bistro 197

12/1/2015

Dine With Us at Bistro 197Fulton, NY ? Executive Director Patrick Dewine and the staff and board members of United Way of Greater Oswego County invite you to ?Dine With Us.?? To raise awareness of United Way?s impact area of ending hunger in Oswego County, Bistro 197 on West First Street in downtown Oswego and Fajita Grill, 451 South Second Street in Fulton will host United Way ?Dine With Us? nights.

Friday, December 11 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Bistro 197 will donate 10% of all proceeds to the United Way Annual Campaign.? Fajita Grill in Fulton will host the second ?Dine With Us? night on Monday, December 14 with 10% of all dine-in and take-out orders being donated to United Way.

Each restaurant will have information and talking points on the tables highlighting the many ways in which United Way positively affects its impact areas of ending hunger, helping youth succeed, and improving the overall health and well-being of Oswego County.

Resource Development Director Ali McGrath and other United Way representatives will also be dining at each event and will be available to answer questions regarding United Way and the many human services programs the agency supports.

For more information on United Way?s ?Dine With Us? nights contact Ali McGrath at 315-593-1900 or visit oswegounitedway.org.