Breakfast Cooks Up Support for Stuff-A-Bus

7/29/15

Kids and Robert McGrath, host of the Harborfest BreakfastOswego, NY ? Dozens of community members and visitors filled the Clubhouse Tavern for the United Way?s 10th Annual Harborfest Stuff-A-Bus Breakfast.? Committee members and volunteers kept busy cooking and serving breakfast all morning as those eager to support United Way gathered to enjoy breakfast and support a worthwhile project.

Partnering with several business and organizations, as well as school districts throughout Oswego County, United Way of Greater Oswego County?s Stuff-A-Bus campaign collects donations of school supplies for distribution to less fortunate students throughout Oswego County.

?Each year Oswego County school districts are seeing that more and more students do not have the means to purchase the supplies necessary to begin the school year.? Our Stuff-A-Bus campaign looks to alleviate that problem and provide as many children as possible with school supplies they need,? said Executive Director of the United Way Patrick Dewine.

Thanks to the generosity of the many community members and visitors that attended, Resource Development Director Ali McGrath said that the breakfast, combined with the drawing for the Beach Cruiser bicycle, donated by Eagle Beverage, raised $3,000 in support of the annual Stuff-A-Bus campaign.? ?The support we received for the Harborfest Stuff-A-Bus Breakfast was an example of our community living united.? These funds will go along way towards our goal of helping children and youth succeed,? said McGrath.

That community support for United Way took on a personal touch when the winner of the 50/50 drawing, Mike Smith, donated back $100.

She also noted that the breakfast would not have been possible if not for the combined efforts the planning committee.? ?I extend my sincerest thanks to co-sponsors, Robert and Liz McGrath of The Clubhouse Tavern, co-chairpersons, Dan and Liz Dorsey of Eagle Beverage, John and Laurie Kelly, John Michael Kelly, Jim Schneider, Patrick Barry, Bill Tucker, and Bernie Coe who unselfishly donated their time and talents to this event and demonstrated their genuine concern for United Way and the children and youth of our community.? I would also like to acknowledge Dahl?s Diner, Wades Diner, Ritz Diner, Dunkin Donuts, Davis? Meats, and Sithe Energy for their donations to the breakfast,? said McGrath.

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

Cut line for photo: The United Way of Greater Oswego County welcomed community members to its annual Harborfest Breakfast in support of the Stuff-A-Bus campaign.? Hosted by Clubhouse Tavern in Oswego, the event raised $3,000 to purchase school supplies for children in need in Oswego County.? Above, Robert McGrath, owner of the Clubhouse Tavern, and host of the breakfast, welcomes attendees (from left): Mason Donabella, Carson and Casey Keller, and Madelina Donabella.

United Way to Kick-Off Annual Campaign

7/21/15

Patrick & Ali with CabinetFulton, NY ? Members of the United Way of Greater Oswego County?s Campaign Cabinet have begun planning the agenda for one of Oswego County?s most impactful events, the United Way?s Annual Campaign Kick-Off Breakfast.? Scheduled for September 16, the event 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.

According to Research Development Director for the United Way of Greater Oswego Count Ali McGrath, Campaign Cabinet Chairperson, Rob Rolfe of Harmony Financial Services / Met Life, and his fellow cabinet members have been working diligently to put together an exciting program that highlights the positive impact United Way and the human services programs it supports has on Oswego County and those that access them.

?This is the first campaign that I am overseeing,? said McGrath.? ?It?s inspiring to see that our Campaign Cabinet is 100% committed to its success.? Their enthusiasm for the mission of United Way will help heighten awareness of United Way and the many ways in which United Way funded programs meet the need for human services in Oswego County.? Our Campaign Cabinet looks to empower community members and invite them to join us in our goal to build strong communities by ending hunger, helping children and youth succeed, and improving the health and well-being of families and individuals.?

The United Way Annual Campaign Kick-Off Breakfast marks the official start to the United Way 2015-2016 Annual Campaign.? The campaign helps to raise funds for the 27 human services programs that are provided through United Way member agencies.? For more information on United Way of Greater Oswego County visit oswegounitedway.org or contact your United Way office at 315-593-1900.

Cut line for photo: Representatives of United Way of Greater Oswego County recently met with members of the United Way?s Campaign Cabinet in preparation for the agency?s upcoming Campaign Kick-Off Breakfast.? Scheduled for 8:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 16 at the American Foundry in Oswego, the event highlights the United Way?s community partnerships and invites community members to join United Way in its goal to build strong communities by ending hunger, helping children and youth succeed, and improving the health and well-being of families and individuals.? For more information contact your United Way office at 315-593-1900 or visit oswegounitedway.org.? From left are: United Way Executive Director Patrick Dewine, Resource Development Director Ali McGrath, United Way Campaign Cabinet member Terry Syrell (Exelon), and Campaign Cabinet Chairperson Rob Rolfe (Harmony Financial / MetLife).? Absent from photo are Campaign Cabinet members Dick Delaney (Novelis), Ron Tesoriero (City of Oswego), Clark Stanton (OVIA), and Brian Cummings (OCFCU).

Breakfast to Benefit Stuff-a-Bus

7/16/15

The Club House Tavern in Oswego and Eagle Beverage have joined together to cook up an idea to benefit United Way of Greater Oswego County?s annual Stuff-a-Bus campaign.Oswego, NY – The Club House Tavern, in Oswego and Eagle Beverage have joined together to cook up an idea to benefit United Way of Greater Oswego County?s annual Stuff-a-Bus campaign.

On Saturday, July 25 from 8:00 ? 11:30 a.m., The Club House Tavern, 126 West Second Street in Oswego, will host a breakfast in support of United Way?s Stuff-A-Bus campaign. Sponsored by Eagle Beverage and The Club House Tavern, with additional sponsorship from Dahl?s Diner and Sithe Energy, the breakfast is open to the public. The suggested minimum donation for the breakfast is $5.00 with all donations benefiting the Stuff-A-Bus campaign that helps provides area youth in need with the supplies they need to begin the school year.

?This is the tenth year that we have hosted this event,? said Robert McGrath, owner of The Club House Tavern. ?The United Way does a lot to benefit the youth in our community and we are happy to be able to support their efforts and help raise money for their programs. With the city filled with visitors for Harborfest we are looking forward to welcoming a big crowd.?

?We are very appreciative of the support we are receiving from, The Club House Tavern, Eagle Beverage, and our planning committee,? added Executive Director of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, Patrick Dewine. ?It?s encouraging to see that businesses and community members recognize the importance of helping our youth and supporting their United Way. Last year our ?Stuff-A-Bus? program served more than 1300 students and we would like to help even more this year. I am looking forward to the event and I hope our community members join us for a delicious breakfast.?

In addition to the breakfast, the United Way will also be holding a drawing for a chance to win a Beach Cruiser Bicycle, courtesy of Eagle Beverage. Tickets, which are available through United Way, are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00 with all proceeds benefiting the Stuff-A-Bus Campaign.

Made possible through a partnership with United Way, school districts throughout Oswego County, and more than five 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 school buses will be at the following sites from 9:00 a.m. ? 3:00 p.m. 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, Route 57 in Phoenix

For more information on the breakfast, or the Stuff-A-Bus campaign, or the drawing for the Beach Cruiser Bicycle, contact your United Way office at 315-593-1900.

Cut line for Banner photo: The Club House Tavern, 126 West Second Street in Oswego, will host a special breakfast on Saturday, July 25 to benefit United Way of Greater Oswego County?s Stuff-A-Bus campaign that provides less fortunate students throughout Oswego County with the necessary school supplies to begin the school year. The United Way Breakfast, which is open to the public, will be served from 8:00 ? 11:30 a.m. There is a $5.00 suggested donation and all proceeds will support the annual Stuff-A-Bus Campaign. Pictured above from left are planning committee members: John Kelly, John Michael Kelly, Laurie Kelly, United Way Resource Development Director Ali McGrath, breakfast hosts, Liz and Robert McGrath, and Jim Schneider. Absent from photo are committee co-chairpersons Dan and Liz Dorsey of Eagle Beverage, Patrick Berry, and Bernie Coe.

Stuff-a-Bus Breakfast set for July 25

7/15/15

Committee members for the 10th Annual Stuff-A-Bus Harborfest Breakfast display the Beach Cruiser bicycle donated by Dan Dorsey of Eagle BeverageOswego, NY – Committee members for the 10th Annual Stuff-A-Bus Harborfest Breakfast display the Beach Cruiser bicycle donated by Dan Dorsey of Eagle Beverage. ?The bicycle will be awarded through a drawing to be held during the Stuff-A-Bus Harborfest Breakfast. ?Tickets for the drawing to win the bicycle are available at the United Way office, 1 South First Street in Fulton. ?The Stuff-A-Bus Harborfest Breakfast, sponsored by Eagle Beverage and The Club House Tavern, with additional sponsorship from Dahl?s Diner and Sithe Energy, will be held Saturday, July 25th from 8:00 ? 11:30 a.m., at The Clubhouse Tavern, 126 West Second Street in Oswego. ?The suggested minimum donation for the breakfast is $5.00 with all donations benefiting the Stuff-A-Bus campaign that helps provides area youth in need with the supplies they need to begin the school year. ?From left are: John Michael Kelly, Laurie Kelly, United Way Resource Development Director Ali McGrath, Liz McGrath, and Jim Schneider. ?Absent from photo are committee co-chairpersons Dan and Liz Dorsey of Eagle Beverage, Patrick Berry, and Bernie Coe.

Local Companies Continue Support to 20th Annual United Way Golf Classic

6/15/15

Local Companies Continue Support to 20th Annual United Way Golf ClassicFulton, NY – Resource Development Director for the United Way of Greater Oswego County Ali McGrath is proud of the support year after year that the United Way has seen from local companies when it comes to their Annual Golf Tournament. ?Again, we are overwhelmed and so appreciative of all of our sponsors who lend support year after year,? said McGrath. 2015 Major Sponsors include Novelis, National Grid, Entergy James A. FitzPatrick NPP, Exelon Generation, Planned Results and Burritt Motors. Eagle Beverage and David Mirabito with MetLife, have both returned again this year as the Beverage and Food Sponsors.

Scheduled for Monday July 13th this year?s United Way Golf Classic will be held at the Oswego Country Club. One of the premier golf tournaments in Central New York the 2015 United Way Golf Classic will again offer two flights of golf, 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. tee off, with a captain and crew format.

Familiar Corporate Sponsors participating again include Burke?s Home Center, Empower Federal Credit Union, NRG, Century 21 Galloway, Fulton Savings Bank, Dynegy, Wayne Drugs, CB&I, Quaker Chemical Corporation, and Westinghouse Electric Company. ?We also are excited to announce that Eastern Shore Associates, a returning team sponsor, has increased their sponsorship this year to Corporate Level,? said McGrath.

There is a foursome team registration of $600 that includes: 18 holes of golf with carts for 4 people, a steak/chicken lunch or dinner, and beverages. All participating teams have a chance to win a car with the hole-in-one contest sponsored by Burritt Motors. There will also be plenty of raffles, a silent auction, prizes for a putting contest, longest drive and closest to the pin, and much more.

McGrath added that there are sponsorship opportunities for those interested in being a part of the United Way Golf Classic including; corporate foursome sponsorships and hole sponsorships. United Way is also accepting items for the silent auction that takes place throughout the day and is open to both flights.

For more information on the 2015 United Way Golf Classic, register a team, or become a sponsor for the event, visit oswegounitedway.org or contact Ali McGrath at your United Way office, 315-593-1900 x202, or via e-mail at aliunitedway@windstream.net.

Cut line for photo: United Way Resource Development Director, Ali McGrath meets with sponsors of the United Way of Oswego County?s 20th Annual Golf Classic. To be held, Monday, July 13th at the Oswego Country Club, the United Way Golf Classic provides businesses and individuals with the opportunity to enjoy a fun day of golf and while helping to support the Community Care Fund for the United Way. From left are: Dave Lloyd of Novelis, Kevin Dorsey of Eagle Beverage, Ali McGrath, Chris Smith of Novelis, and Oswego Country Club Golf Pro Jon Fowler. For more information on the 2015 United Way Golf Classic, register a team, or become a sponsor for the event, visit oswegounitedway.org or contact Ali McGrath at your United Way office, 315-593-1900 x202, or via e-mail at aliunitedway@windstream.net.

United Way Funding Building a Healthier Oswego County

6/11/15

United Way Funding Building a Healthier Oswego County
Fulton, NY ? One of the benchmarks for a strong community is the overall health of its residents. United Way of Greater Oswego County helps to fund 16 human services programs that focus specifically on improving the health and well-being of Oswego County residents. Two of which that are vital to that mission are the Legal Aid Society and the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County (CAC).

Since 2013 the Legal Aid Society Mid-State NY has provided legal services to help Oswego County residents that have been victims of domestic violence. Nationwide less than 20% of the individuals that need legal representation for cases regarding domestic violence are able to obtain it. According to Legal Aid Society Executive Director Paul Lupia that figure is reflective of Oswego County statistics as well.

?It?s unfortunate that victims of domestic violence have no right to an attorney. There is no court appointed attorney to aid them in their case. Thanks to United Way funding we are able to provide legal aid that allows victims of domestic violence to end abusive relationships. We see to it that victims of domestic violence receive their fair share of marital assets and child support so that they may go on with their lives,? said Lupia.

To date the Legal Aid Society has closed 95 cases that have benefited more than 240 individuals. According to a study by Chief Judge of the State of New York Jonathan Lippman, civil legal aid services have a tremendous impact on the health of a community. For every dollar spent on civil legal aid services the community saved six dollars as less money was being spent on domestic violence shelters and on public assistance because people are receiving their child support from their abusive spouse.

While that is an impressive statistic, Lupia said that you couldn?t put a dollar amount on fundamental fairness. What we do is take the phrase equal justice for all and make it a concrete reality. That?s why I?m in this line of work,? said Lupia.

When it comes to protecting the health of our young people one of the most vital resources available in Oswego County is the Child Advocacy Center. Located at 301 Beech Street in Fulton the CAC provides victim advocacy services to any child that has suffered physical or sexual abuse. Last year 465 children and their families benefited from these services. United Way funding plays a key role in the delivery of these services.

The efforts of the CAC?s victim advocates and mental health counselors are supported in part through United Way funds. Victim Advocates provide support to children and their families from start to finish, CAC Executive Director Karrie Damm explains.

?The bulk of the work for our advocates is the coordination of communication between law enforcement, child protective services, the prosecutor?s office and the courts. From knowing where and when to attend court dates, and understanding the process of a plea bargain, victim advocates work with prosecutors to ensure that families know what will be required of them. This can be a very sensitive and emotional process. Our advocates keep everyone informed and even offer support to the families while in court,? said Damm.

United Way funding also aides the CAC?s mental health services. Counselors at the CAC offer specialized treatment that addresses mental health symptoms and reduce post- traumatic stress. ?Irritability, acting out, wetting the bed, and nightmares are some of the examples of behavioral issues that may arise as a result of the abuse. Our counselors help non-offending parents and guardians gain the knowledge and skills they need to deal with these issues. Parents that engage in our services also learn of choices they made that may have contributed to this and what they can do differently in the future,? explained Damm. ?It requires a tremendous amount of courage to face these truths, but with the support of the mental health counselors, these families can heal.?

Currently there are only 42 certified Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapists in New York State. The CAC employs 4 of those and as a result of United Way funding will be able to maintain and support those therapists this year.

In addition to aiding the services offered through the CAC?s victim advocates and mental health counselors, United Way funding assists the CAC with its basic needs. ?It helps to cover the gaps in our operating costs. It helps us keep the lights on and maintain a child friendly facility,? said Damm.

Since the CAC began receiving United Way funding in 2010 it has approximately doubled the amount of children and families it serves and credits United Way for the ability to do so.

?Our association with United Way has helped in many ways,? said Damm. ?We?ve had the opportunity to visit business and organizations to enlighten their employees about the CAC and how we benefit from their donations to United Way. The reactions we receive are a mixture of surprise, horror, and shock. They find it shocking to discover that there is such a need in their community for the CAC.?

It?s this awareness that the CAC gains as a United Way member agency that Damm hopes will someday lead to a larger facility to better serve the children and families the CAC sees. According to Damm, being able to add another medical examining room, additional space for staff, and making office space available to law enforcement agencies, Department of Social Services, and members of the district attorney?s office would allow for better communication, and a more efficient and productive process for all involved.

?United Way is a valued part of what we do,? added Damm. It?s invested in our local community and serves as a pivotal leader in establishing collaborations that truly benefit Oswego County. United Way is personal in many ways as it provides those that live in our communities, and care enough about others that are less fortunate, the opportunity to make a difference. United Way identifies where the most need is and ensures that the donations it receives goes directly to helping those that are most vulnerable. It?s the how can we help and what can we do attitude that makes United Way so great!?

Cut line for photo: Executive Director of Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County (CAC) Karrie Damm (l) joins CAC Therapists Melanie Proper (c) and Melissa Baker (r) in the agency?s medical examination room. Funded in part by the United Way of Greater Oswego County, the CAC, located at 301 Beech Street in Fulton, is a non-profit organization that works hand-in-hand with local law enforcement, prosecution, child protective services, medical providers, mental health providers, and victim advocacy professionals in Oswego County to protect and serve child victims of sexual and physical abuse. For more information on the CAC visit www.oswegocac.org.

Burritt Motors Hole in One

5/11/15

Burritt Motors Sponsors Hole In OneFulton, NY ? The 20th Annual United Way Golf Classic is welcoming major sponsorship from strong community supporters again this year, including Burritt Motors. Participating golfers will have the chance to drive away a new car courtesy of Burritt Motors? Hole-in-One contest. ?It?s one of the many on-course games that are included in the United Way Golf Classic that will be held July 13th at the Oswego County Club. ?For more information regarding sponsorship opportunities for businesses and organizations wishing to be involved with the event or team registration, visit the agency?s website at oswegounitedway.org or contact Ali McGrath at your United Way office, 315-593-1900, ext. 202.

From left are major sponsors: Wally Dengos of National Grid, Rich Burritt of Burritt Motors, Terry Syrell of Exelon, Tammy Holden of Entergy James A. FitzPatrick NPP, and Ali McGrath, resource development director with the United Way of Greater Oswego County. ?Absent from photo of Major sponsors are: Planned Results and Novelis.

United Way Golf Classic to Tee Off July 13th

04/29/15

John Nelson, chairperson for the 20th Annual United Way Golf Classic, meets with committee members to discuss details of the event.Fulton, NY ? One of the area?s most anticipated and largest golf tournaments, the United Way of Greater Oswego County?s Annual Golf Classic is looking to be bigger than ever this year. Scheduled for Monday, July 13th, the United Way Annual Golf Classic will be held at one of Central New York?s finest private golf courses, the Oswego County Club.

Celebrating its 20th year, the United Way Golf Classic provides community members with an opportunity to enjoy a fun day of golf while supporting their local United Way. ?We?re proud to be having our 20th Golf Classic at such a beautiful course as the Oswego County Club. This is the third year that the Oswego County Club has hosted the event and keeps getting better every year,? said United Way Resource Development Director Ali McGrath.

According to Planning Committee Chairperson, John Nelson of the Nelson Funeral Home, the committee is working diligently to ensure that all golfers and sponsors will enjoy a great day of golf for a great cause. “We are excited to be returning to the Oswego County Club for the United Way 2015 Golf Classic. The United Way Golf classic is an excellent opportunity for people to gather and support the mission of the United Way while enjoying a round of golf on one of New York’s finest private courses,? said Nelson.

The 2015 United Way Golf Classic will follow last year?s successful format by offering two flights of golf, an 8:00 a.m. tee off and a 2:00 p.m. tee off. Registration for the four man captain and crew teams includes: golf cart, goodie bag, breakfast, snacks, and a chicken and steak lunch for morning flight; Sandwiches, snacks and a chicken and steak dinner for the afternoon flight.

Each flight will feature a variety of on course games including a chance to win a car at the designated Burritt Motors Hole-In Hole hole, closest to the pin, putting contest, longest drive and beat the pro, along with a 50 / 50 drawing, silent auction and a drawing to win two Adirondack chairs.

Major sponsors for this year?s United Way Golf Classic include Novelis, Entergy, National Grid, Exelon Generation, Planned Results, and Burritt Motors. McGrath added that there are sponsorship opportunities available for those interested in being a part of the United Way Golf Classic including corporate foursome sponsorships and hole sponsorships. United Way is also accepting items for the silent auction that takes place immediately following the tournament, for businesses that would like to lend their support at that level.

For more information on the 2015 United Way Golf Classic, register a team, or become a sponsor for the event, visit oswegounitedway.org or contact Ali McGrath at your United Way office, 315-593-1900 x202, or via e-mail at aliunitedway@windstream.net.

Cut line for photo: John Nelson, chairperson for the 20th Annual United Way Golf Classic, meets with committee members to discuss details of the event. Scheduled for July 13th, the tournament will be held at the Oswego Country Club. Sponsorship opportunities are available for businesses and organizations wishing to be involved with the event. Seated from left are: Kim McPherson of Eastern Shore Associates, John Nelson of Nelson Funeral Home, Dave Lloyd of Novelis and United Way Resource Development Director Ali McGrath. Absent from photo are committee members Community Volunteers Connie Smith, and Perry Noun.

United Way Funding Building a Healthier Oswego County

4/21/15

Selena Hoyt in the RMM Exam RoomFulton, NY ? One of the benchmarks for a strong community is the overall health of its residents. United Way of Greater Oswego County helps to fund 16 human services programs that focus specifically on improving the health and well-being of Oswego County residents. One of the most vital programs to that mission is the Rural and Migrant Ministry of Oswego County.

Founded in 2000 by a group of women religious, the Rural and Migrant Ministry of Oswego County, provides free primary medical care to uninsured families and individuals. Located at 14 Stewart Street in Richland, the Rural and Migrant Ministry of Oswego County is open Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and hosts a free medical clinic each Wednesday from 5:00 to7:00 p.m. In 2014 the clinic received more than 200 doctor visits.

As the major funding source, United Way makes it possible for the Rural and Migrant Ministry of Oswego County to offer health care services. ?We serve the working poor,? said Executive Director Selena Hoyt. ?Many are working minimum wage jobs. The Affordable Care Act doesn?t make health care affordable for them. We are their only option for health care. United Way funding and our caring volunteer health providers make it possible.?

Each week uninsured Oswego County residents age 64 and younger have the opportunity to receive primary medical care from Dr. Laura Hamilton who takes time from her practice in Baldwinsville to volunteer her services to the Rural and Migrant Ministry?s medical clinic. Sharon Ellis, LPN also volunteers at the medical clinic and Pat Bellanger, LPN works with pharmaceutical companies to provide patients with prescription assistance.

In addition to the medical clinic, Hoyt said that she and staff member Amy Jackson provide patients with referrals and, when necessary, advocate on their behalf. Thanks to partnerships with other agencies such as Cornell Cooperative Extension, Oswego County Opportunities, BlueCross BlueShield, and the Pulaski Health Center, Rural and Migrant Ministries provides patients with the opportunity to receive more than just primary health care.

When needed Hoyt said that patients are referred to other sources of medical care such as OCO?s Cancer Services Program. Additionally, Dr. Hamilton does whatever she can with her colleagues. ?Thanks to the efforts of the clinic?s all volunteer staff, patients have received medical care for cases of throat cancer and breast cancer, issues that if not for our medical clinic would not have been diagnosed,? said Hoyt.

While the free medical clinic is their focus, Rural and Migrant Ministries of Oswego County also offers nutritional education, classes on healthy cooking, and houses a small emergency food pantry, which served 3,000 meals last year.

?We are very grateful for the support we receive from United Way. We are a poor area and there is a lot of need here. Our free medical clinic is the only one of its kind in Oswego County. Without it there would be many people that would not have medical care. There is nothing better you can do for your community than support the United Way. Donations stay in Oswego County and help people right in your own backyard,? added Hoyt.

As for the future, Hoyt said she would like to be able to serve more patients by welcoming another volunteer physician and a dentist, and secure additional funding to purchase the necessary medications for its patients and food for the agency?s emergency food pantry.

For more information on the Rural and Migrant Ministry of Oswego County, or to tour their facility contact them at (315) 298-1154 or via e-mail at rmmoc@yahoo.com.

For more information on the United Way and the programs it funds contact them at (315) 593-1900 or visit oswegounitedway.org.

Cut line for photo: Selena Hoyt, executive director of the Rural and Migrant Ministries of Oswego County is shown in one of the agency?s examination rooms. Located in Richland, Rural and Migrant Ministries hosts a weekly free medical that provides free primary medical care to uninsured Oswego County residents. United Way of Greater Oswego County provides major funding for the clinic.

Dewine Ready to Lead United Way

4/7/15

Patrick DewineFulton, NY ? When it comes to the future of United Way it?s all about helping others. That?s the vision of new Executive Director of United Way of Greater Oswego County Patrick Dewine.

A native Oswegonian, Dewine is well versed in the United Way?s mission and share?s the agency?s vision of building stronger communities by ending hunger, helping children and youth succeed, and improving Oswego County?s overall health and well being.

?It all starts with education and collaboration,? said Dewine. ?Untied Way has a tremendous impact on Oswego County. Programs funded through United Way and administered by our member agencies touch the lives of our neighbors and our loved ones. It?s important that we educate the community about the vital role that United Way plays in improving the quality of life in Oswego County.?

Dewine brings with him fifteen years of business management experience. For many of those years he served as campaign coordinator for Friendly?s Restaurant?s in-house campaign in support of United Way. In that role he learned much about what United Way does and developed a greater understanding and appreciation of the agency?s importance to the county.

?When I spoke to my fellow employees about United Way it was surprising to hear them share stories of how loved ones and family members had benefited from United Way funded programs. It was an enlightening experience that made the United Way?s mission come to life. We may have an idea of what United Way does, and we may have heard about some of programs it funds, but when you hear real stories of how these programs can transform lives, and can put a face to those who are receiving services, it really drives the message home that United Way is an essential part of our community,? said Dewine.

It?s this concept of education that Dewine will expound upon as he begins his tenure as executive director. He said that he will soon be visiting area business and reaching out to community members to increase the visibility of United Way and the many ways in which the agency, and the human services programs it helps to fund, positively impact Oswego County.

In addition, Dewine stated that United Way would expand its involvement with social media to better connect with young adults. It?s a project that will be spearheaded by Resource Development Director Ali McGrath. ?Ali has a thorough understanding of social media and the many and varied platforms that are available. It may sound clich?, but today?s young adults really are tomorrow?s leaders. We need to be creative and forward thinking when it comes to educating them about how they can make a difference in their community and that supporting United Way is one of the best ways to do so. More importantly they are an excellent resource that can offer new and innovative ideas that may benefit United Way as well as those we serve, ? said Dewine.

Partnerships and collaborations have always been an integral part of United Way. Whether it?s working with campaign coordinators at their work place, coordinating volunteer efforts, or partnering with sponsors for the agency?s golf tournament or stuff-a-bus campaign, collaboration is the key to success. ?We are fortunate to have established such rewarding partnerships,? said Dewine. ?My intent is to nurture these partnerships and explore opportunities to establish additional partnerships throughout Oswego County.?

?It?s an honor to be chosen for this position,? added Dewine. ?It provides me with an opportunity to share my compassion and concerns for others. I won?t be doing it alone however; myself, the United Way board of directors, our dedicated staff, and our member agencies are working toward the same goal?to make Oswego County a better place to live, work and raise a family.?