United Way Community Investment Funds 27 Human Services Programs

June 25th, 2014

Fulton, NY ? You?ve heard of United Way?s Annual Campaign. You may donate to United Way through your workplace. You may have participated in the United Way Golf Tournament or enjoyed at its annual Harborfest Breakfast. But have you ever wondered just where those donations go and how they impact your community?

United Way recently completed its community investment process and Executive Director, Melanie Trexler has announced that United Way is providing funding to 27 programs administered through 21 human services agencies. These vital programs provide services to thousands of individuals and families throughout Oswego County. From children to seniors United Way supported programs improve the quality of life for those they serve.

United Way?s Community Investment process involves five panels of community volunteers that, based on the principles and polices of United Way, objectively study and review agency programs to ensure that there will be an effective and well-balanced array of community services available in Oswego County. It also allows these same people the opportunity to see how United Way dollars are being used in our community and realize that the United Way ensures that their dollars are used wisely by holding its member agencies accountable and measuring their programs outcomes.

?Our community investment panels do an excellent job in evaluating human services programs that include the categories of Emergency Services, Children and Family Services, Health and Special Needs, Senior Services, and Youth Development. This ensures that we are good stewards of the donations we receive and that we do the most good with the resources we have,? explained Trexler.

Programs that received United Way funding include:
ARC of Oswego County (Oswego Industries) ? Supporting Families with Children with undetermined / determined developmental delays
ARISE Housing Advocacy and Assistance Program for Individuals with Special Needs
Aurora of CNY Social Work Services for Individuals with vision or hearing loss
Boy Scouts of America in Oswego County
Council on Alcoholism and Addictions of Oswego County Treatment & Preventative Services
Catholic Charities CYO Program
Catholic Charities Emergency Services Program
Child Advocacy Center Services for child victims of sexual or physical abuse
Children?s Center of Oswego Toddler and Preschool Programs for low-income families
Enable Home Service Program for Disabled Persons
Farnham Family Services Outpatient Chemical Addiction Treatment
Farnham Family Services Prevention Education and Student Assistance Program
Girl Scouts NYPENN Pathways Leadership Experience Program
Human Concerns Center Food Pantry and Advocacy
Legal Aid Society Mid-State NY Domestic Violence Legal Services Program
Oswego County Opportunities (OCO) Discover Day Care Early Learning Center
OCO SAF Haven for Women and Children in Crisis / Domestic Violence
OCO Options Program for pregnant / parenting teens and their babies
OCO Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County
OCO PATH Housing Services for Homeless Youth
OCO Nutrition Services for Adults over 60
Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)
Salvation Army Oswego County Food Pantries and Soup Kitchens
YMCA Fulton School Age Children Programs
YMCA Oswego School Age Children Programs
?We are proud of our program funding process. The programs the United Way has provided funding for are far reaching and have a positive impact on people of all ages. United Way is a resource for those wishing to make a difference in their community by sharing their good fortunate with those that need it the most. For more than 70 years United Way of Greater Oswego County has provided support to human services programs that are vital to the health of our community. By working together and meeting our future campaign goals United Way looks forward to investing in programs that will secure the health of our community for the next 70 years, said Trexler.