Dine With Us

11/30/2015

Fulton, 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.

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield aides United Way Campaign

11/19/2015

Patrick at Blue Cross Blue ShieldFulton, NY ? Executive Director of United Way of Greater Oswego County Patrick Dewine meets with Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Regional President James Reed to discuss how United Way?s Health and Well-Being impact area has on programs such as the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Rural and Migrant Ministry?s Open Hands Health Clinic.? Excellus BlueCross BlueShield recently donated $3,500 to the United Way in support of health and well-being.? The donation will help the Rural and Migrant Ministry continue to offer free visits to its medical clinic.? A long-time supporter of United Way, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield is one of the sponsors for United Way?s upcoming Salute our Leaders in Volunteering and Giving Reception.? ?We?re fortunate to count Excellus BlueCross BlueShield among our elite Admiral Society donors.? 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,? said Dewine.

Cutline for photo:? Executive Director of United Way of Greater Oswego County Patrick Dewine (left) and?Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Regional President James Reed (right).

Novelis Employees Campaign for United Way on a Roll

11/10/15

Representatives of Novelis in Oswego meet with representatives from United Way of Greater Oswego County to discuss their workplace campaignOswego, NY – With the United Way of Greater Oswego County?s Annual Campaign well under way businesses throughout the county are currently conducting their own in-house employee campaigns in support of United Way.? One of United Way?s most generous supporters, Novelis, whose in-house campaign is coordinated by Brian Gigon, is looking to build upon the success of last year?s campaign and surpass its goal for this year.? To achieve that goal Gigon and his campaign team are using creative ideas to engage their co-workers and inspire them to support United Way.

The Novelis in-house campaign team consists of 13 volunteer members, a fact that Gigon says makes for a productive and involved group of individuals that are driven to reach a common goal.? ?We are all in it for the betterment of our community which makes it very easy to collaborate and come up with new ideas to make our campaign successful.? We?re fortunate that the ideas and incentives that we have put forward this year have been well received by our co-workers,? said Gigon.

Some of the most popular incentives have been a drawing for tickets to key Syracuse University basketball games against North Carolina and Pittsburgh; a drawing for a prime parking pass that allows an employee the opportunity to park inside of the plant during the winter rather than enduring a long cold walk; plus a variety of inter-departmental events ranging from drawings to bake sales.

Gigon said that this year they will also be conducting a boot drive similar to what the local fire departments do.? Novelis plant management volunteers will be at each entrance to the plant during both shift changes encouraging employees to help ?fill the boot? for United Way.

Additionally, Novelis hosted guest speakers representing United Way partner agencies.? Guests such as Helen Hoefer and Tim Archer of Catholic Charities addressed Novelis employees and spoke of the positive impact that donations to United Way has on the programs and services offered through Catholic Charities and on the lives of the community members that access them.

?We at Novelis realize that we are fortunate to enjoy good health and have good jobs.? We are also aware that there are many people in our community that are not as fortunate.? Some of these people may be family or friends ours or our co-workers.? I feel that supporting United Way is our way of saying thank you to those organizations that help people when they need it the most.? We at Novelis are proud to do our part in helping United Way have a positive impact in the areas of ending hunger, helping children and youth succeed, and increasing the health and well-being of our communities,? said Gigon.

Cutline for photo: Representatives of Novelis in Oswego meet with representatives from United Way of Greater Oswego County to discuss their workplace campaign in support of the United Way?s Annual Campaign.?? United Way?s Annual Campaign serves as a major fundraiser to help support the many human services programs currently offered through the United Way?s member agencies.? The programs serve thousands of families and individuals throughout Oswego County and have a positive impact in the areas of ending hunger, helping children and youth succeed, and increasing the health and well-being of our communities.?? Clockwise from lower left are Novelis Human Resources Director Malcolm Gabriel; Novelis employee Erin Lennox, United Way Resource Development Director Ali McGrath (standing in stairway); Novelis Plant Manager Chris Smith; Coordinator of Novelis? United Way Employee Campaign Brian Gigon; United Way Executive Director Patrick Dewine; and Novelis employees Kathy Harrington, Eva Drake, Gabrielle Izard, Dave Domicolo, Laura Pohl, and Carol Whipple.? Standing upper left are Helen Hoefer and Tim Archer of Catholic Charities.? Absent from photo are Novelis campaign team members Cindy Finnegan, Desiree Allen, Erin Nalle, Heidi Powers, John Glauser, Karen Cloonan, and Julie Becker.

Greene?s Ale House Joins United Way Stone Soup Luncheon

11/6/2015

Stone Soup Ali and SeanFulton, NY -?Resource Development Director for United Way of Greater Oswego County Ali McGrath welcomes Sean Ohnmacht, owner of Greene?s Ale House as the newest restaurant to take part in the United Way?s 10th Annual Stone Soup Luncheon.? Greene?s Ale House will spice up the menu with the addition of its Buffalo Wing Chili.? The menu for the Stone Soup Luncheon also includes past favorites from Canale?s Restaurant and The Oswego Country Club; Italian Wedding Soup from Vona?s Restaurant; Chicken Tortellini from The Press Box; and Broccoli & Cheddar from Bridie Manor.

United Way invites community members to join them for the 10th Anniversary Celebration of its Annual Stone Soup Luncheon beginning at 11:30 am on Thursday, November 12 at St. Joseph?s Parish Center, West First Street in Oswego.? United Way will be accepting a donation of $5.00 per person and those attending are urged to bring a donation of non-perishable food items.? All proceeds from the luncheon and all food donations will benefit the food pantries at Human Concerns, Salvation Army, and Catholic Charities of Oswego County as well as the Hannibal food pantry.? For more information, or to make reservations to attend the United Way of Greater Oswego County?s Stone Soup Luncheon, contact your United Way office at 315-593-1900 or visit oswegounitedway.org.

SUNY Walk-A-Thon Supports United Way Campaign

11/5/2015

UW SUNY WalkathonOswego, NY ? Members of VEGA, SUNY Oswego?s Junior and Senior Women?s Honors Society, recently hosted a Walk-A-Thon in support of the United Way of Greater Oswego County.? The Walk-A-Thon raised more than $600 towards the United Way?s Community Fund.? ?It?s inspiring to see how dedicated the students are to the university and the community they live in.? The members of VEGA and everyone involved with the Walk-A-Thon are to be commended for a job well done!? said Resource Development Director Ali McGrath.

Pictured with the VEGA members are SUNY Student and United Way Intern Kay Duguay (third from left), Ali McGrath (fourth from left), Walk-A-Thon Coordinator and SUNY Oswego Faculty Member Dr. Laura Brown (immediately right of table), and Executive Director of United Way of Greater Oswego County Patrick Dewine.? For information on the United Way of Greater Oswego County visit oswegounitedway.org.

United Way Hosts 10th Annual Stone Soup Luncheon to Aid Food Pantries

11/3/2015

United Way Hosts 10th Annual Stone Soup Luncheon to Aid Food PantriesFulton, NY ?The United Way of Greater Oswego County invites community members to join them for the 10th Anniversary Celebration of its Annual Stone Soup Luncheon.? This year?s luncheon will be held at 11:30 am on Thursday, November 12 at St. Joseph?s Parish Center, West First Street in Oswego.

The menu for this year?s Stone Soup Luncheon will include a variety of hearty soups, including past favorites from Canale?s Restaurant and The Oswego Country Club; Italian Wedding Soup from Vona?s Restaurant; Chicken Tortellini from The Press Box; Broccoli & Cheddar from Bridie Manor; and house favorites from the luncheon?s newest soup providers, Greene?s Ale House, and The American Foundry.?? The menu also includes salad from C?s Farms, desserts from Cakes Galore, and more!

There will also be door prizes and other surprises as United Way celebrates the 10th anniversary of its Stone Soup Luncheon.

United Way will be accepting a donation of $5.00 per person and those attending are urged to bring a donation of non-perishable food items. ?All proceeds from the luncheon and all food donations will benefit the food pantries at Human Concerns, Salvation Army, and Catholic Charities of Oswego County as well as the Hannibal food pantry.

For more information, or to make reservations to attend the United Way of Greater Oswego County?s Stone Soup Luncheon, contact your United Way office at 315-593-1900.

Cutline for photo:? Committee members from the United Way?s Annual Stone Soup Luncheon meet at St. Joseph?s?Parish Center?in Oswego to discuss details for this year?s Stone Soup Luncheon.? Pictured above from left are: Shawn Seale of Key Bank, Marion Ciciarelli of Oswego Health, Fr. Greg Kreinheder, Pastor of St. Joseph and St. Stephen?s Churches in Oswego, and United Way Executive Director Patrick Dewine.? Absent from photo are committee members Aaron Thorpe of Vanguard Title Research; United Way Resource Development Director Ali McGrath, United Way Intern Alyssa Barrett of SUNY Oswego, and Helen Hoefer of Catholic Charities of Oswego County.

Exelon Employees Powering United Way Campaign

10/29/2015

Exelon Employees Powering United Way CampaignOswego, NY ? When it comes to United Way, Exelon Generation employees are eager to help.? The Exelon in-house campaign for United Way is near completion and has exceeded last year?s total.

?Site coordinator Lisa Dashnau along with Terry Syrell and Todd Fiorenza as site sponsors makes up an amazing campaign team. They are doing a fantastic job,? said United Way Resource Development Director Ali McGrath.? ?Exelon employee donations are up 28% over last year?s campaign!??? Their dedication and commitment to United Way and our mission to drive positive results in the community are inspiring.?

With a goal of increasing employee participation, Exelon?s campaign team is doing just that. Currently ranked 3rd in their nuclear fleet for most increased donations this campaign is a direct reflection of the team?s efforts.? In addition to payroll deduction, employees have opportunities throughout the in-house campaign to win a variety of drawings including choice parking spots and airplane tickets awarded by Exelon Generation corporate.? Dashnau and her committee members also partnered with GJP Italian Eatery Oswego to host a Friends and Family Night where 10% of all sales to those that mentioned NMP United Way were donated to the Exelon United Way campaign.

As longtime supporters of the United Way, Exelon and its employees strive to keep a relationship year round, outside of campaign season as well.? ?We at Exelon realize the tremendous impact that United Way has on our community.? We are dedicated to improving the quality of life in the communities we serve.? Our employees volunteer many hours of their own time each year to lend a helping hand and are happy to do so,? said Exelon Communications Manager Jill Lyon.? ?They?ve more recently reached out to some of United Way?s partner agencies to revitalize volunteer involvement from their employees. In the spring they look forward to assisting ARISE with its ramp building project and continue to support the United Way Golf Tournament in July.?

?We?re fortunate to have the support of Exelon and its employees.? Their generosity plays an important role in the success of our annual campaign and helps make it possible for us to continue to reach our three impact areas of ending hunger, helping children and youth succeed, and increasing the health and well-being of our communities,” added McGrath.

Cut line for photo: The Exelon employee in-house campaign for United Way of Greater Oswego County was a tremendous success thanks in part to Campaign Coordinator Lisa Dashnau and Campaign Sponsor and United Way Campaign Cabinet member Terry Syrell (pictured above). Exelon?s employee campaign is on track to finish an impressive 28% above last year?s total.

Youth Forum Set For November 4

10/28/2015

Oswego, NY ? Interested in learning more about the services and programs available to youth in Oswego County?? If so, you won?t want to miss the Oswego County Youth Forum to be held November 4 at the McCrobie Building, 41 Lake Street in Oswego.? Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with the program starting promptly at 9:00 a.m.

Representatives from more than two dozen agencies and organizations will be on hand to share information on the youth programs they offer, how to access them, and the ways in which these programs can benefit and enrich the lives of youth throughout Oswego County.? The new location for this year?s Youth Forum and the inclusive format provides attendees the opportunity to learn more about each program through in-depth presentations by program representatives.

?Youth are our most precious resource,? said Executive Director of the United Way of Greater Oswego County Patrick Dewine.? ?They are the future leaders and decision makers for our communities.? Oswego County hosts many programs and services that are vital to the physical and emotional development of our youth.? I?m proud United Way will be a part of this event.? The Youth Forum is a perfect complement to our mission of ending hunger, helping children and youth succeed, and improving the health and well-being of families and individuals,?

Participating agencies include:

  • The Child Advocacy Center
  • The Oswego County Health Department
  • Oswego City-County Youth Bureau
  • Hospice
  • Parents of Special Children
  • YMCA
  • Arise
  • Catholic Charities
  • Workforce NY
  • Oswego Industries
  • Reality Check
  • United Way
  • OCO
  • Oswego Expeditions
  • Oswego County Sheriff?s Dept.
  • Oswego Police Dept.
  • of Social Services
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • Girl Scouts
  • Boy Scouts
  • Farnham
  • Salvation Army
  • I.T.I.
  • Fidelis

?The Oswego County Youth Program Forum is open to the public and provides community members with a rare opportunity to come together to learn first-hand about the programs and services available to aid youth and families in Oswego County.? It?s also a chance for providers and participants to network, ask questions, and get to know their peers better,? added Executive Director of the Oswego City County Youth Bureau Brian Chetney.

For more information on the Oswego County Youth Program Forum you may contact Patrick Dewine at the United Way of Greater Oswego County 593-1900 ext.201 or at patrickunitedway@windstream.net.

United Way Luncheon to Aid Food Pantries

10/20/2015

United Way Luncheon to aid food pantriesOswego, NY ? Committee members from the United Way?s Annual Stone Soup Luncheon meet at St. Joseph?s?Parish Center?in Oswego to discuss details for this year?s Stone Soup Holiday Luncheon.? The event will be held at 11:30 am on Thursday, November 12 at St. Joseph?s Parish Center, West First Street in Oswego.? Attendees are encouraged to please bring a donation of non-perishable food items as the United Way will be collecting donations for area food pantries.? For more information, or to make reservations to attend the United Way of Greater Oswego County?s Stone Soup Luncheon, contact your United Way office at 315-593-1900.? Pictured above from left are: Shawn Seale of Key Bank, Marion Ciciarelli of Oswego Health, Fr. Greg Kreinheder, Pastor of St. Joseph and St. Steven?s Churches in Oswego, and United Way Executive Director Patrick Dewine. ?Absent from photo are committee members Aaron Thorpe of Vanguard Title Research; United Way Resource Development Director Ali McGrath, and Helen Hoefer of Catholic Charities of Oswego County.

 

 

United Way Stone Soup Luncheon Celebrates 10 Years of Fighting Hunger

10/20/2015

Stone Soup CommitteeFulton, NY ? Ten years ago United Way of Greater Oswego County introduced the legend of ?Stone Soup.?? Dating back to the early 1800?s the Stone Soup story tells of a traveler who added a small stone to a pot of boiling water, soon villagers each began adding whatever meager amounts of vegetables, spices or meats they had on hand.? In the end, a pot of boiling water that began with the addition of one small stone became a delicious soup that provided an ample supply of food for the entire village.

Since its inception in 2005 the United Way?s Stone Soup Luncheon has provided much needed support to food pantries throughout Oswego County.? Stone Soup luncheons have raised more than $12,000 and supplied food pantries with countless boxes of non-perishable food contributions.? As a result, this United Way community initiative has had a positive impact on the lives of thousands of hungry families and individuals in Oswego County.

?We are humbled by the support and contributions we have received from businesses and community members over the years,? said United Way Resource Development Director Ali McGrath.? ?Many of the business and volunteers that made our very first Stone Soup possible are still with us today and are once again anxious to help us fill the shelves of our local food pantries.? Each year we have been fortunate to establish new collaborations with business and volunteers that truly care about helping others.?

This year?s United Way Stone Soup Luncheon will be held November 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at St. Joseph?s Parish Center, 240 West Frist Street in Oswego. Once again, student volunteers from SUNY Oswego will be an important part of the luncheon.? United Way Intern Alyssa Barrett has been helping to coordinate and organize the Stone Soup Luncheon, and a new collaboration with SUNY Oswego will provide an ample volunteer force.

?We have partnered with a SUNY Oswego Service Learning class that requires students in the course to complete 30 volunteer hours at a local non-profit or charitable organization.? The students will join with other community volunteers in preparing and serving food as well as set up prior to, and clean-up following, the luncheon.? The involvement of students from SUNY Oswego and encouraging students to gather with other community members will help to further raise awareness of hunger in Oswego County and the challenges that our food pantries face in meeting the increasing demand for food subsidy,? said McGrath.

The menu for this year?s Stone Soup Luncheon will include a variety of hearty soups, including old favorites from past luncheons as well as some tasty new recipes from additional restaurants that are contributing to this year?s luncheon.

Open to the public, the United Way Stone Soup Luncheon will once again be held at St. Joseph?s Parish Center, 240 West First Street in Oswego from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.? United Way will be accepting a donation of $5.00 per person and those attending are urged to bring a donation of non-perishable food items.

Those unable to attend the luncheon but would like to make a donation may contact the United Way of Greater Oswego County?s office at 315-593-1900.

All proceeds from the United Way?s Stone Soup Luncheon, as well as the food that is collected, will be donated to local food pantries including Human Concerns Center, Catholic Charities of Oswego County, Salvation Army of Oswego County, and the Hannibal Food Pantry.

Cut line for photo: Committee members and sponsors for the United Way of Greater Oswego County?s 10th Annual Stone Soup Luncheon meet to discuss plans for this year?s event.? Scheduled for Thursday November 12 the luncheon will at held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in St. Joseph?s Parish Center, 240 West First Street in Oswego.? All proceeds from the event, as well as the food collected, will be donated to local food pantries.? From left are: United Way Intern Alyssa Barret of SUNY Oswego, United Way Resource Development Director Ali McGrath, Marion Ciciarelli of Oswego Health; Helen Hoefer of Catholic Charities of Oswego County, and Shawn Seale of Key Bank.