Shineman Foundation Presents United Way of Greater Oswego County a $1,000 Discretionary Grant

10/20/2016

Patrick Dewine and Kathy FenlonFulton, NY – Kathy Fenlon, a member of the Shineman Foundation Board of Directors, presents United Way of Greater Oswego County Executive Director Patrick Dewine with a $1,000 discretionary grant.? ??In keeping with United Way?s impact area of ending hunger the money was used to benefit backpack programs in the Sandy Creek and APW school districts.? United Way provided backpacks that met the needs of both programs. Backpack programs provide food for children in need over weekends and holidays.

For more information on United Way visit them at www.oswegounitedway.com and following them on Facebook.

Fulton Savings Bank Donates $6,500 to United Way

10/19/2016

Wendy and PatrickFulton, NY ? Fulton Savings Bank is setting the pace and taking the lead by kicking off its employee workplace campaign in support of United Way of Greater Oswego County with a corporate donation of $6,500.? ?Fulton Savings Bank has been a faithful supporter of United Way for many years,? said United Way Executive Director Patrick Dewine.? ?We greatly appreciate its generosity and that of their employees which are dedicated to helping our efforts to end hunger, help youth succeed, and improve the health and well-being of families and individuals throughout Oswego County.”

Pictured above are Patrick Dewine and Fulton Savings Bank Senior Vice President Wendy Tetro.

SUNY Walk-A-Thon Supports United Way Campaign

10/13/2016

United Way SUNY WalkOswego, NY ? Members of VEGA, SUNY Oswego?s Junior and Senior Women?s Honors Society, and the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) recently sponsored the 25th annual Walk For A Purpose, a 5K walk around the SUNY Oswego campus.? The Walk For A Purpose Walk-A-Thon raised $430 in support of the 30 human services programs offered through United Way funded agencies.? ?It?s inspiring to see how dedicated the students are to the university and the community they live in.? The members of VEGA, PRSSA, everyone that participated in Walk For A Purpose are to be commended for a job well done!? said Resource Development Director Ali McGrath.? Pictured above with the planning committee members is United Way Executive Director Patrick Dewine.? For information on the United Way of Greater Oswego County visit oswegounitedway.org.

Letter to the Editor

10/13/2016

SUNY Oswego is to be commended for its most recent endeavor in support of United Way of Greater Oswego County.? October 8th marked the 25th anniversary of the SUNY Oswego Walk With A Purpose, a 5K walk around the campus that raises funds for United Way.

Despite the inclement weather dozens of students representing a number of SUNY organizations participated in the walk.? Their efforts raised $430 that will help fund United Way programs that focus on ending hunger, helping children and youth succeed, and improving the health and well-being of families and individuals throughout Oswego County.

We greatly appreciate the work that SUNY Oswego Advisors Sharity Bassett, Lisa Evaneski and the entire SEFA committee, chaired by Kristin Gublo, put forth in coordinating Walk With A Purpose, and the SUNY Oswego Junior and Senior Women?s Honor Society (VEGA) and Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) for sponsoring the event.

The relationship we have fostered with SUNY Oswego has led to a wonderful collaboration that has had a positive impact on United Way supported programs and the lives of those they serve.? It?s rewarding to know that SUNY Oswego students and faculty recognize the importance of United Way.

I extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone at SUNY Oswego for all that they do for their community through their support of United Way!

Sincerely,

Ali McGrath
Resource Development Director
United Way of Greater Oswego County

United Way Seeks Greater Impact

10/11/2016

United Way Campaign CabinetFulton, NY – With the United Way of Greater Oswego County?s annual campaign well underway and workplace campaigns in full gear the United Way?s Campaign Cabinet has been busy formalizing their strategic plan to supplement the campaign and ensure that United Way?s impact is felt throughout all of Oswego County.

One of cabinet?s priorities is to increase the United Way?s presence in the county?s northern region.? With partnering agencies such as Rural and Migrant Ministries in Richland and the Pulaski Community Cupboard providing vital human services to their communities the success of workplace campaigns in northern Oswego County is essential.

?Fostering relationships and establishing new collaborations will make it possible for United Way to have a positive impact and meet the needs of the many rural communities that make up the northern region of our county.? It?s paramount that United Way funded programs are benefiting families and individuals in every corner of Oswego County,? said United Way Campaign Cabinet Chairperson Dick Delaney.

While the United Way annual campaign is the agency?s primary resource for funding the 30 human services programs that its members provide community initiatives and outreach are essential compliments.? ?Events such as our Stone Soup Luncheon, which will be held next month in Oswego, the Dine With Us series, the SUNY Oswego United Way Walk-a-Thon, and our annual breakfast to name a few, allows United Way to connect with the community on a more personal level,? added United Way Resource Development Director Ali McGrath.? ?These initiatives not only raise awareness of United Way, they help to put a face on the agency and drives home the fact that working together for the betterment of our communities is what United Way is all about.?

Comprised of a cross section of concerned community leaders, the United Way?s Campaign Cabinet works hand in hand with the United Way staff as they oversee the agency?s Annual Campaign and ensures that United Way remains focused on its mission to end hunger, help children and youth succeed, and improve the health and well-being of families and individuals throughout Oswego County.

?The compassion that these individuals have for their fellow community members is commendable,? added McGrath.? ?They?re committed having United Way make a positive difference throughout all of Oswego County from Hannibal to Cleveland; Phoenix to Lacona and everywhere in between.? Wherever the need for human services exists United Way will be there!?

Cut line for photo: Members of the United Way of Greater Oswego County?s Campaign Cabinet met recently to formulate its strategy to ensure that the positive effects of United Way funded human services programs extend to every corner of Oswego County.? From left are Todd Fiorenza of Exelon Generation; United Way Executive Director Patrick Dewine; Sue Cahill of Pathfinder Bank; Rob Rolfe of Harmony Financial Services, United Way Resource Development Director Alison McGrath, Campaign Cabinet Chairperson Dick Delaney of Novelis; Clark Stanton of Oswego Valley Insurance Agency; and Lisa Dashnau of Exelon Generation.

United Way Annual Campaign Underway

9/16/2016

United Way Board and StaffFulton, NY ? As the crowd settled in for the United Way of Greater Oswego County kick-off breakfast for its 2016 ? 2017 Annual Campaign they were greeted with two rather introspective questions?What?s your story?? Why do you support United Way?

Hundreds of Oswego County residents share their time, talents, and treasure with United Way.? They help others by contributing to the United Way Annual Campaign and supporting United Way funded human services programs that do so much to improve the quality of life in our communities.? But why do they do it?? What is it that inspires this generosity and this concern for the well-being of our fellow community members?

At the kick-off breakfast five individuals representing the United Way Board of Directors and United Way member agencies Oswego County Opportunities (OCO) and Farnham Family Services reflected on why they are compelled to whole heartedly support United Way.

From stories of being forced to realize how fortunate they were to as a child and how blessed they are in their family life to a recollection of a very special Christmas Eve, these individuals spoke from the heart.

?When I was 17 I was in the Fulton hospital with a collapsed lung,? remembered Colleen Sharkey of Farnham Family Services.? ?I was not looking forward to spending Christmas night in the hospital.? To my surprise two teens from the Salvation Army stopped in to visit me.? They brought a gift basket with an angel ornament and several board games for us to play.? I?ll always remember the kindness and generosity they showed me by taking time from their own Christmas celebration to spend time with a sick teen.? I was very grateful for what they did and to this day the angel ornament they gave me hangs proudly from my Christmas tree.? I support United Way because I want to give back to others and maybe give them a moment they?ll cherish as much as I do that Christmas evening.?

For Eric Bresee, executive director of Farnham Family Services it?s the trust that he has in the United Way staff and the knowledge that they are good stewards of the donations United Way receives that motivates him.? Through his work with Farnham and other United Way member agencies Bresee said that he witnesses first-hand the positive difference that United Way supported programs have on the lives of those they touch.? ?Recently I met a pregnant teen that spent the previous night sleeping on the street under a bridge.? With the aid of Oswego County Opportunities (OCO) I was able to locate temporary housing for her and put her on a positive path.? Supporting United Way is a way for us to put our money where our mouth is.? I know I will be increasing my donation to United Way this year and I encourage all of you here to do the same,? said Bresee.

?It was interesting to hear the experiences that inspired these individuals to share their time, talents, and treasure with United Way,? added Executive Director of United Way of Greater Oswego County Patrick Dewine.? ?Together we can have an overwhelming positive impact on the quality of life in Oswego County.? Each of you here has your own story to tell of why you support United Way.? I encourage you to share that story with your friends and co-workers and let them know why it is important to support United Way and take an active role in our mission to end hunger, help children and youth succeed, and improve the health and well-being of families and individuals throughout Oswego County.?

For more information on the United Way of Greater Oswego County and the human services programs it funds visit oswegounitedway.org and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Cut line for photo: United Way of Greater Oswego County staff, board of directors, and members of the agency?s campaign cabinet welcomed guests to the United Way?s Kick-Off Breakfast for its 2016 ? 2017 campaign.? From left are: United Way Board President Christy Huynh, United Way Executive Director Patrick Dewine, Board Members Melissa Miller of Pathfinder Bank, Rob Rolfe of Harmony Financial Services, Clark Stanton of Oswego Valley Insurance Agency, Campaign Cabinet Chairperson Dick Delaney of Novelis, Wally Dengos of National Grid, Jillian Shaver of the Children?s Museum of Oswego, George Popp of Laboratory Alliance of CNY, Wendy Tetro of Fulton Savings Bank, Brian Sullivan of Entergy, Bill Crist from the Catholic Diocese of Syracuse, Marion Ciciarelli of Oswego Health, Finance Director Kayla Van Fleet, United Way Resource Development Director, Alison McGrath, and United Way Campaign Assistant?Kay Duguay.

United Way Breakfast a Success

9/8/2016

I extend my sincerest thanks to everyone who helped make the Annual United Way Breakfast such a success!? Hosted by Robert and Liz McGrath at the Club House Tavern in Oswego, and sponsored by Eagle Beverage, Peter and Ann Wiltsie and the Club House Tavern, the event raised $3,600 for our Stuff-A-Bus campaign.? The proceeds from the breakfast allowed us to supplement our Stuff-A-Bus campaign by purchasing backpacks and other school supplies for less fortunate students throughout Oswego County.

The support that we received from both community members and local business owners was inspiring.? The generous donations of food and beverages from Dahl?s Diner, Davis Brothers, Eagle Beverage, Renzi Foods, Wade?s Diner, Sithe Energy, Office Tavern, Maria?s Restaurant, and Gibby?s Irish Pub made for a complete breakfast menu and ensured that everyone had plenty to eat.

Of course the success of the United Way Breakfast would not have been possible if not for the efforts of a dedicated planning committee.? Liz and Dan Dorsey, Patrick Barry, Bernie Coe, John Michael Kelly, Jim Schneider, Bill Tucker, Laurie and John Kelly, and Robert and Liz McGrath selflessly donated their time and talents; from cooking to serving to clean-up, their concern for our community, our youth, and United Way was evident.? It was a wonderful example of living united and helping others in our community.

The efforts of those that made our breakfast possible, and the support received from those that attended the event, is greatly appreciated.? It helped us put a smile of gratitude on the faces of hundreds of Oswego County students and their families.

Sincerely,

Patrick Dewine
Executive Director
United Way of Greater Oswego County

Community Members to Share their Story at United Way Breakfast

08/24/2016

Campaign Cabinet 2017Fulton, NY – Members of the United Way of Greater Oswego County?s Campaign Cabinet are preparing the agenda for one of Oswego County?s most impactful events, the United Way?s Annual Campaign Kick-Off Breakfast.? Scheduled for September 7, 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 United Way Resource Development Director Ali McGrath, Campaign Cabinet Chairperson, Dick Delaney of Novelis, and his fellow cabinet members are planning an enlightening program that will focus on the theme of this year?s United Way Campaign, ?Share Your Story.?

?We?re looking to provide community members with a clear understanding of the positive impact that United Way has on Oswego County,? said McGrath.? ?Our theme of ?Share Your Story? will help achieve that as representatives from our board of directors, campaign cabinet, and staff from some of the agencies and programs United Way supports share their story of how the United Way?s focus on ending hunger, helping youth succeed and creating healthier communities inspires them to support United Way and commit to positively impacting the quality of life in every corner of Oswego County.?

Comprised of a cross section of concerned community leaders, the United Way?s Campaign Cabinet works hand in hand with the United Way staff as they plan, implement, and oversee the United Way?s Annual Campaign.

?It?s inspiring to witness the dedication and commitment that these individuals have for their community,? said United Way Campaign Assistant Kay Duguay.? ?Whether it?s helping to establish employee giving campaigns, coordinating company presentations, or speaking with civic groups and other organizations, the members of our Campaign Cabinet are dedicated to sharing the United Way?s mission with the community.?

?Everyone deserves opportunities to have a good life,” added McGrath.? ?By our guests share their stories it drives home the fact that it really does take everyone in the community working together to create a brighter future for all of Oswego County.?

The United Way Annual Campaign Kick-Off Breakfast marks the official start to the United Way 2017 Annual Campaign.? The campaign helps to raise funds for 30 human services programs that are provided through United Way?s partner agencies.

The United Way Campaign Kick-Off Breakfast is open to the public.? The cost to attend is $15.00 and includes a complete breakfast.? For more information visit oswegounitedway.org or contact your United Way office at 315-593-1900.? Reservations may be made via e-mail at oswegounitedway@windstream.net.

Cut line for photo: United Way of Greater Oswego County Executive Director Patrick Dewine meets with members of the United Way?s Campaign Cabinet to discuss the details for the agency?s 2017 Campaign Kick-Off Breakfast that will be held at The American Foundry, September 7 from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m.? Reservations to attend may be made via e-mail at oswegounitedway@windstream.net.? From left are:? Chairperson Dick Delaney of Novelis, Patrick Dewine, Rob Rolfe of Harmony Financial Services, and Sue Cahill of Pathfinder Bank. ??Absent from the photo are Campaign Cabinet Members Lisa Dashnau and Todd Fiorenza of Exelon, Clark Stanton of OVIA, ?United Way Resource Development Ali McGrath, and Campaign Assistant Kalyn Duguay.

Pathfinder Bank continues annual support for Stuff-A-Bus

08/18/2016

Pathfinder SABFulton, NY ? Pathfinder Bank Administrative Assistant Carol Shannon (l) and Assistant Vice President / Branch Manager Sue Cahill (r) present Stuff-A-Bus Co-Chairperson Laurie Kelly (c) with a check representing the proceeds from Pathfinder Bank?s Paper Buses campaign.? Community members showed their support for United Way?s annual Stuff-A-Bus Campaign by purchasing a Paper Bus at Pathfinder Bank branches throughout 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 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with collection buses at various sites throughout Oswego County. ?For a list of locations and more information the Stuff-A-Bus Campaign contact your United Way office at 315-593-1900 ext. 201 or visit oswegounitedway.org

Oswego City Firefighters Supports United Way Stuff-A-Bus

08/18/2016

OFD SAB CollectionOswego, NY ? Patrick Dewine, executive director of United Way of Greater Oswego County has announced that the Oswego Fire Fighters Association Local 126 is currently collecting school supplies through Aug. 23rd in support of the Stuff-A-Bus campaign at its main headquarters, 35 East Cayuga St. in Oswego.

Made possible through a collaboration between 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.

?The Oswego Firefighters Association always has, and continues to be, a strong proponent for initiatives that benefit our youth,? said Dewine.? ?The generosity of the Oswego Fire Department will help to make our Stuff-A-Bus campaign a success and allow us to provide as many children as possible with the school supplies they need to start the school year.?

In addition to the Oswego City Fire Department school supplies are also being collected at the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, 70 Bunner Street in Oswego and at the City Hall building 13 West Oneida Street, Oswego.? ?Stuff-A-Bus Committee Member Jennifer Losurdo did a great job in reaching out to these entities.? With the effort our committee members have put forth we are looking forward to filling all our buses during our community Stuff-A-Bus collection day,? added Dewine.

The Stuff-A-Bus community collection day will take place August 24when the United Way looks to fill eight school buses with school supplies from pens and pencils to notebooks and backpacks.? Businesses throughout Oswego County that have been collecting school supplies over the past few weeks will have a school bus on site wherevolunteers will be accepting donations.? Buses will be at the following sites from 8:30 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 Fulton
  • 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 Plaza, Route 57 in Phoenix

School supplies collected through the Stuff-A-Bus campaign will be distributed to students in their respective school districts, while supply lasts, according to the following schedule.? A copy of your child’s 2015-2016 School Report Card will be required for entrance to pick up school supplies.

APW ?????????????? August 26??????? 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the APW Bus Garage

Central Square August 26??????? 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Central Square Ed. Center

Fulton????????????? August 26??????? 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Fairgrieve Elementary School

Hannibal????????? August 26??????? 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Kinney Elementary School

Mexico??????????? August 26??????? 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Mexico Middle School Gym

Oswego??????????? August 26??????? 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Fitzhugh Park School

Phoenix?????????? August 26??????? 9:00 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Maroun Elementary School

Pulaski???????????? August 26??????? 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Pulaski Middle / Senior School

Sandy Creek??? August 25??????? 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Sandy Creek Elementary School Cafeteria

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.

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 City of Oswego Firefighters Association Local 126 is collecting donations of school supplies at its main headquarters at 35 East Cayuga Street in support of the United Way?s Stuff-A-Bus campaign.? Pictured above in the front row from left are Nolan Verburg, Ben Norton, Kate Donoghue, Kira Donoghue, Leah Norton, and Kam Falcetti.? Standing from right are:Stuff-A-Bus Committee Member Jennifer Losurdo of the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, Firefighter Jordan Patrick, Oswego City 5th Ward Councilor John Gosek, United Way of Greater Oswego County Executive Director Patrick Dewine, Oswego City 3rd Ward Councilor Nate Emmons, Stuff-A-Bus Committee Members John Michael Kelly and Laurie Kelly, and Firefighter Matt Alton.? 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.