Kayla Van Fleet Named the Agency?s Finance Director

10/08/2015

Kayla Van Fleet UWFulton, NY – Executive Director of United Way of Greater Oswego County Patrick Dewine has announced that Kayla Van Fleet has been named the agency?s Finance Director.? A native of Fair Haven, Van Fleet, who holds a bachelor?s degree in Business Administration from SUNY Oswego, previously worked as a Human Resources Generalist for Fowler Bros., Inc. in Wolcott.

Kayla is excited to be working for an organization that she admires and is looking forward to her new role with United Way.? ?I became familiar with United Way through my husband,? said Van Fleet.? ?When he began supporting Novelis? in-house employee campaign for United Way I was curious about the work United Way does.? I was impressed with the way in which United Way provides funding to so many different agencies.? Unlike charitable organizations that support a specific program United Way helps fund a significant number of agencies and programs that serve the entire community.? I realized that there is a real need for the programs United Way funds.? I love the fact that these programs benefit people right here in Oswego County and that United Way helps to make it possible.? United Way is an essential part of our community and I am honored to be a part it.?

As Financial Director, Van Fleet will be responsible for all financial aspects of United Way including tracking the results of in-house United Way campaigns conducted by local companies as well as donations from small businesses and individuals.

?I?m pleased to welcome Kayla to our staff,? said Dewine.? ?Her knowledge of the many aspects of business administration, as well as her hands on experience working in the finance and human resources departments for a business that employs over 400 individuals, will serve her well in her new position as Finance Director at United Way.?

Cutline for photo: Executive Director of the United Way of Greater Oswego County Patrick Dewine reviews campaign materials with Kayla Van Fleet, the agency?s new Finance Director.? Van Fleet will be responsible for all financial aspects of United Way including tracking the results of in-house United Way campaigns conducted by local companies as well as donations from small businesses and individuals.

Local Agencies to Host Youth Program Forum

9/22/2015

Members of the planning committee for Oswego County Youth Program Forum meet to discuss details for the eventOswego, NY ? Representatives from a number of Oswego County?s human services agencies will host an Oswego County Youth Program Forum on 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.

Open to anyone interested in learning about the many services and programs that are available to youth in Oswego County, the Youth Program Forum will provide youth service providers with an opportunity to share information on their programs while learning about other youth programs that exist in Oswego County.

?The Youth Forum is a perfect example of the synergy that Oswego County?s human services agencies have when it comes to delivering services that focus on helping children and youth succeed,? said Executive Director of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, Patrick Dewine.

Executive Director of the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, and co-chairperson of the event?s planning committee, Brian Chetney explained that the format and the location for this year?s Youth Forum has changed.? ?The new format and location will make for a much more inclusive forum.? Rather than hosting a number of independent workshops, this year?s Youth Forum will offer attendees the opportunity to hear every presentation.? They will not have to choose one presentation at the risk of missing another, said Chetney.

Representatives from each participating agency will discuss the services their youth programs offer, how to access the programs, and the positive impact these programs have on the youth of Oswego County.? Additionally, there will be an information area where attendees may learn more about many of the other youth services available.

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.
  • of Social Services
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • Girl Scouts
  • Boy Scouts
  • Farnham
  • United Health
  • Salvation Army
  • I.T.I.
  • Poison Control
  • COCOA
  • Fidelis

?The Oswego County Youth Program Forum is an excellent opportunity those that work with youth to come together to learn more about programs that aid youth and families in Oswego County. It?s also a chance for the participants to network, questions, and get to know their peers better,? added 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.

Cut line for photo: Members of the planning committee for Oswego County Youth Program Forum meet to discuss details for the event.? Scheduled for November 4 the forum will be held at the McCrobie Building, 41 Lake Street in Oswego from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.? The forum will highlight the many services and programs that are available to youth and families in Oswego County.? Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with the program starting promptly at 9:00 a.m.? Seated from left are OCO SAF Education Program Manager Meredith Needham; Helen Hoefer of Catholic Charities of Oswego County; and Employment Specialist Heather Tebidor, of Oswego County Workforce NY.? Standing from left are Karen Meyer, Department of Social Services Youth Service Unit; Jennifer Losurdo, Oswego City-County Youth Bureau; Executive Director of the United Way of Greater Oswego County Patrick Dewine; Executive Director of the Oswego City County Youth Bureau Brian Chetney; and OCO Health Educator Toni Ross, ??Absent from the photo are committee members, Linda Brosch of Cornell Cooperative Extension and Tim Archer of Catholic Charities.

United Way Annual Campaign Underway

9/21/2015

Karrie Damm, executive director of the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County (CAC) addresses attendees at the United Way of Greater Oswego County?s Annual Campaign Kick-Off BreakfastFulton, NY ? Positive community impact.? It was a theme that echoed throughout the morning as United Way of Greater Oswego kicked-off its 2015 ? 2016 campaign.? Following a brief welcome and overview of United Way from Executive Director Patrick Dewine, United Way Board President Bill Crist spoke of the impact and measurable results that United Way funded programs have on those in need.

Those words came to life when he introduced the United Way?s campaign video.? The video highlighted the impact and results United Way helps support through the community.? Some programs that match United Way?s mission of building strong communities by ending hunger, helping children and youth succeed, and improving the health and well-being of families and individuals were demonstrated in the video. ?From the myriad of programs offered through Oswego County Opportunities (OCO), to Catholic Charities, the YMCA, Farnham Family Services and the astounding services of the Child Advocacy Center (CAC), the video provided viewers with a clearer understanding of how United Way donor dollars are used wisely and member agency representatives emphatically stated that without United Way funding many of the services they provide would not be possible.

To demonstrate that impact United Way Resource Development Director Ali McGrath introduced Karrie Damm, executive director of the CAC, Kristin Drumm and Danielle Fox of ARISE, and Deb Deeb, coordinator of Human Concerns in Oswego.? The three shared some rather sobering statistics.? Damm spoke of the fact that Oswego County has the largest number of reported child abuse incidents in New York State while Deeb said that Human Concerns served 72,000 meals and provided food for 8,035 individuals in 2015, the three agencies then and told the story of a day in the life of a fictional family and how United Way funded services impacted them in a positive way.

The fictional family?s day began with a trip to the CAC where their daughter disclosed that she had been touched inappropriately by her father.? The incident caused a ripple effect that affected everyone in the family.? While CAC staff provided services that comforted the daughter and advocated for the mom, counselors recognized additional issues that would need to be addressed and referred family members to other agencies, including ARISE and Human Concerns, whose United Way funded programs offer the types of services the family would benefit from.

The collaborative efforts of United Way member agencies and the availability of United Way funded services affected the family in a positive way.? ?This is just one example of the countless families and individuals that benefit from programs that are supported by United Way,? said McGrath.? ?Similar scenarios play out every day.? The impact that our 27 member agency programs have is tremendous.?

The morning ended with Dewine challenging community members to get involved with the United Way annual campaign.? ?Together we can have an overwhelming positive impact on the quality of life in Oswego County.? I invite to join us on our mission of ending hunger, helping children and youth succeed, and improving the health and well-being of families and individuals.?

For more information on the United Way of Greater Oswego County and the human services programs it funds contact them at 315-593-1900 or visit oswegounitedway.org.

Cut line for photo: Karrie Damm, executive director of the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County (CAC) addresses attendees at the United Way of Greater Oswego County?s Annual Campaign Kick-Off Breakfast.? Damm?s insights on the impact that United Way funding has on the work of the CAC was part of a special ?Day in the Life? scenario that demonstrated the positive impact that United Way funded programs have on the families and individuals they serve and the quality of life in Oswego County.

Kaylin Duguay joins United Way Staff

9/10/2015

Kalyn DuguayFulton, NY ? Patrick Dewine, executive director of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, has announced that Kalyn Duguay has joined the United Way staff as campaign intern.

A senior at SUNY Oswego pursuing a degree in communications with a minor in business, Duguay is excited to be working with the United Way.? ?I knew United Way benefitted the entire county but I did not know the extent to which it helps those in need,? said Duguay.? ?The work that United Way does is impressive.?? I am enjoying working with the staff and learning about the impact that United Way and the programs it helps to support has on Oswego County.? This is great opportunity,? said Duguay.

While at United Way, Duguay will be assisting Resource Development Director Ali McGrath with every aspect of the agency?s annual campaign including presentations at member agencies, businesses, and civic organizations. Having previously served an internship with the Buffalo Chamber of Commerce?s Buffalo-Niagara Partnership, where she helped plan and oversee a number of special events, Duguay is especially enjoying the planning and preparation for the United Way?s Campaign Kick-Off Breakfast.

?Event planning has always been a passion for me,? said Duguay.? ?It?s rewarding to help put together events that are well received and enjoyed by those that attend.? The hands on experience I received at the Buffalo Chamber will be helpful as I take on the challenge of my United Way internship.?

?We are delighted to welcome Kalyn to our staff,? said McGrath. ?In the short time she?s been with us she?s exemplified great skills and taken initiative several aspects of the internship.?

?I?m happy to be a part of an agency that does so much to bring about a positive change in my community.? It?s a privilege to be able to intern with United Way of Greater Oswego County and I appreciate the opportunity,? added Duguay.

United Way to Kick-Off Annual Campaign

9/9/2015

United Way kicks off annual campaignFulton, NY ? United Way and the many human services programs it supports touch the lives of hundreds of families and individuals throughout Oswego County.? The manner in which these programs are delivered and the positive impact they have on the lives of those that access them will be the focus of the agency?s annual Campaign Kick-Off Breakfast.? Scheduled for September 16, the United Way Campaign Kick-Off Breakfast will be held from 8:00 ? 9:00 a.m. at the American Foundry, 246 West Seneca St. (behind Fajita Grill on Route 104 West) in Oswego.

Executive Director of the United Way of Greater Oswego County Patrick Dewine, said that Resource Development Director Ali McGrath and the United Way?s Campaign Cabinet, has been working diligently to ensure that the United Way?s Campaign Kick-Off Breakfast is an uplifting and inspiring event.? One that will provide community members with a greater appreciation and understanding of United Way and the significant impact it has on the quality of life in Oswego County.

?We?ve put together an agenda that is unlike any other campaign kick-off,? said McGrath.? ?The combination of unique presentations from member agencies and a moving video produced by Kyle Ridlon of KR Productions will powerfully convey the many ways in which United Way efforts help to build strong communities by ending hunger, helping children and youth succeed, and improving the health and well-being of families and individuals.? Those in attendance are sure to be inspired and excited about our 2015-2016 Campaign.?

The United Way Campaign Kick-Off Breakfast is open to the public.? The cost to attend is $15.00 per person and includes a complete breakfast.? For more information, or to make reservations to attend the United Way Campaign Kick-Off Breakfast, contact Resource Development Director, Ali McGrath at your United Way office, 315-593-1900 or via e-mail at aliunitedway@windstream.net.

Cut line for photo: Executive Director of the United Way of Greater Oswego County Patrick Dewine visited the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County to finalize details for the United Way?s 2015-2016 Campaign Kick-Off Breakfast.? Scheduled for 8:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 16 at the American Foundry in Oswego, the event will focus on the manner in which the United Way?s community partnerships and member agency programs work towards its goal of ending hunger, helping children and youth succeed, and improving the health and well-being of families and individuals.? Pictured with Dewine from left are: Kristin Drumm and Danielle of ARISE, Executive Director of the CAC Karrie Damm and United Way Resource Development Director Ali McGrath.? For more information or to make reservations to attend, contact your United Way office at 315-593-1900 or visit oswegounitedway.org.

Community Support for Stuff-A-Bus Appreciated

I extend my sincerest thank you to everyone that graciously supported our annual Stuff-A-Bus campaign.? Thanks to the generosity of so many caring community members, organizations and businesses 1,786 students received many of the supplies they need to begin the school year.? From pencils and notebooks to backpacks and thumb drives, volunteers along with members of the Oswego County Teachers Association (OCTA), distributed over 15,600 school supplies to students throughout Oswego County.

This would not have been possible without the efforts of Stuff-A-Bus committee members JoAnn Conzone, Laurie Kelly, and Helen Hoefer;? the dozens of businesses and offices that had school supply collection bins, Kingsford Park Elementary School Principal, Mary Volkomer for hosting the distribution; and the many others who helped to make this year?s Stuff-A-Bus campaign such a success:

City of Oswego Firefighters Association Local 126

  • Fulton Lions Club
  • Burritt Motors
  • The employees of Pathfinder Bank
  • The employees Key Bank
  • School District Coordinators
  • Employees of the Oswego and Fulton Walmart
  • Oswego County Opportunities
  • CSEA
  • OCTA

On behalf of the students and their families that benefited from the Stuff-A-Bus campaign….Thank You!

Patrick Dewine
Executive Director
United Way of Greater Oswego County

Oswego City Firefighters helps United Way Stuff-A-Bus

8/12/2015

Oswego Mayor Tom Gillen joins members of the City of Oswego Firefighters Association Local 126 in presenting a donation of school supplies to the United Way?s Stuff-A-Bus campaignOswego, NY ? Patrick Dewine, executive director of United Way of Greater Oswego Count has announced that the Oswego Fire Fighters Association Local 126 is now collecting school supplies in support of the Stuff-A-Bus campaign at their main headquarters, 35 East Cayuga St. in Oswego.

Made possible through a collaboration between the United Way and Oswego County school districts, the United Way?s annual Stuff-A-Bus campaign collects school supplies for children in need throughout Oswego County.

?We are pleased to once again receive support from the Oswego Firefighters Association,? said Dewine.? ?Stuff-A-Bus Committee Member Jennifer Losurdo did a great job in reaching out to the fire department.? The generosity of the Oswego Fire Department will help to make our Stuff-A-Bus campaign more successful and allow us to provide as many children as possible with the school supplies they need to start the school year.?

Made possible through a partnership with United Way, school districts throughout Oswego County, and several local business and organizations, the Stuff-A-Bus Campaign collects donations of school supplies for distribution to less fortunate students throughout Oswego County.

The highlight of the Stuff-A-Bus Campaign will be a special collection day on August 19 when the United Way looks to fill eight school buses with school supplies from pens and pencils to notebooks and backpacks.? Volunteers will be at each bus to accept donations.? Buses will be at the following sites from 9:00 a.m. ? 3:00 p.m.

  • Wal-Mart on Route 49 in Central Square
  • Wal-Mart on Route 104 in Oswego
  • Wal-Mart on Route 3 in Granby
  • Kinney Drugs at 3318 Main Street in Mexico
  • Kinney Drugs at 3873 Rome Road in Pulaski
  • Kinney Drugs at 17 South 1st Street in Fulton
  • The Hannibal Village Market IGA, Route 3 in Hannibal
  • Fulton Savings Bank parking lot, Route 57 in Phoenix

For more information on the Stuff-A-Bus campaign, contact your United Way office at 315-593-1900.

Cut line for photo: Oswego Mayor Tom Gillen joins members of the City of Oswego Firefighters Association Local 126 in presenting a donation of school supplies to the United Way?s Stuff-A-Bus campaign.? The Oswego City Fire Department is currently accepting school supplies at its main headquarters at 35 East Cayuga St.? Above in the front row from left are: JJ Harter, Jennifer Losurdo of the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, Stuff-A-Bus Co-Chairperson Jo Ann Conzone, and Anthony Harter.? Back row from left are: Firefighters Mark Kapuscinski and Matt Alton, Stuff-A-Bus Co-Chairperson Laurie Kelly, Lt. Brooks Hourigan, Oswego Mayor Tom Gillen, United Way Executive Director Patrick Dewine, Fire Chief Jeff McCrobie, and Deputy Chief Dave Engle.? Held annually, through collaboration with the United Way and Oswego County School Districts, the Stuff-A-Bus campaign collects school supplies for children in need throughout Oswego County.? For more information on the Stuff-A-Bus campaign, contact your United Way office at 315-593-1900.

Paper Buses Ready to Roll

8/10/2015

Patrick Dewine joins Pathfinder Bank employees Melissa Miller (c) and Carol Shannon (r) in displaying United Way?s Paper BusesFulton, NY – Executive Director of United Way of Greater Oswego County Patrick Dewine joins Pathfinder Bank employees Melissa Miller (c) and Carol Shannon (r) in displaying United Way?s Paper Buses.? Community members can show their support for the annual Stuff-A-Bus Campaign by purchasing a Paper Bus at Pathfinder Bank branches throughout Oswego County.? Paper Buses are also available at Key Bank branches in Oswego County.? All proceeds from the Paper Buses will go towards the purchase of additional school supplies such as backpacks and calculators.? The Stuff-A-Bus Campaign collects much-needed school supplies for distribution to less fortunate students throughout Oswego County.? The countywide collection day for this year?s campaign will be August 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with collection buses at various sites throughout Oswego County. ?For more information contact your United Way office at 315-593-1900 ext. 201 or visit oswegounitedway.org

National Grid Supports United Way Campaign

8/7/2015

 Patrick Dewine, accepts a $5,000 check from Walter Dengos, Community & Customer Manager for National GridFulton, NY ? Executive Director of United Way of Greater Oswego County Patrick Dewine, accepts a $5,000 check from Walter Dengos, Community & Customer Manager for National Grid, representing the company?s corporate support of United Way?s Annual Campaign. ??”National Grid is proud to partner with the United Way in Oswego County to assist the great work being done every day in the communities in which we also serve,? said Dengos.

United Way Stuff-a-Bus Campaign Underway

8/6/2015

Patrick Dewine delivers collection bins and posters for the annual Stuff-A-Bus campaign to the Oswego County Department of Social ServicesOswego, NY ? With the new school year fast approaching United Way of Greater Oswego County is gearing up for its Annual Stuff-a-Bus campaign.? Each year United Way, in collaboration with area businesses, members of the Oswego County Teachers Association (OCTA), the Civil Service Employees Associations (CSEA) school districts throughout Oswego County and other organizations, the Stuff-A-Bus campaign collects donations of school supplies for distribution to less fortunate students throughout Oswego County.

On August 19th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. school buses will be at the following sites to accept donations of school supplies from pens and pencils to notebooks and backpacks:

  • Wal-Mart on Route 49 in Central Square
  • Wal-Mart on Route 104 in Oswego
  • Wal-Mart on Route 3 in Granby
  • Kinney Drugs at 3318 Main Street in Mexico
  • Kinney Drugs at 3873 Rome Road in Pulaski
  • Kinney Drugs at 17 South 1st Street in Fulton
  • The Hannibal Village Market IGA, Route 3 in Hannibal
  • Fulton Savings Bank parking lot, Three Rivers Plaza, Route 57 in Phoenix

The United Way?s Stuff-A-Bus campaign helps to provide area youths in need with the school supplies they need to begin the school year.

?The donations we received during last year?s Stuff-A-Bus campaign allowed us to serve 1700 families throughout Oswego County.? This year we have expanded the scope of the Stuff-A-Bus campaign in hopes that we will be able to serve even more Oswego County students,? said Patrick Dewine, executive director of United Way of Greater Oswego County.? ?We have over 30 businesses and organizations that have joined our campaign and are hosting their own school supply collections and expanded the opportunity for community members to support the campaign by purchasing $1.00 Paper Buses at a Key Bank and Pathfinder Bank locations throughout Oswego County.? All proceeds from the Paper Buses will go towards the purchase of additional school supplies such as backpacks and calculators.?

Volunteers from OCTA and CSEA will distribute the school supplies to each Oswego County school district.? Parents will be able to pick up the school supplies at the following times and location.? Parents much bring their child?s with them to the distribution.

  • APW ? August 21, 9:00 ? 11:00 a.m. at the APW Bus Garage
  • Central Square ? August 21, 9:00 a.m. ? 3:00 p.m. at the Central Square Ed. Center
  • Fulton ? August 21, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Fairgrieve Elementary
  • Hannibal ? August 21, 1:00 ? 3:00 p.m. at Kenny Middle School
  • Mexico ? August 21, 8:00 a.m. ? 12:00 p.m. at Mexico Elementary
  • Oswego ? August 21, 9:00 a.m. ? 3:00 p.m. in the Kingsford Park Cafeteria
  • Phoenix ? August 21, 9:00 a.m. ? 12:00 p.m. at Maroun Elementary School
  • Pulaski ? August 21, 1:00 ? 3:00 p.m. at Laura M. Sharp Elementary
  • Sandy Creek ? August 20, 6:00 ? 7:30 p.m. in the Sandy Creek Elementary Cafeteria

For more information on the Stuff-A-Bus campaign contact Patrick Dewine at 315-593-1900 ext. 201 or visit oswegounitedway.org.

Cut line for photo: Executive Director of United Way of Greater Oswego County Patrick Dewine delivers collection bins and posters for the annual Stuff-A-Bus campaign to Stephanie Hoxie of the Oswego County Department of Social Services (DSS).? The Stuff-A-Bus Campaign collects much-needed school supplies for distribution to less fortunate students throughout Oswego County.? The countywide collection day for this year?s campaign will be August 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with collection buses at various sites throughout Oswego County. ?For more information contact your United Way office at 315-593-1900 ext. 201 or visit oswegounitedway.org.