Supporting the United Way Brings Rewards

March 29th, 2012

41Fulton, NY – The United Way of Greater Oswego County is pleased to announce the winners of the drawing for incentive prizes. In an effort to increase support for its 2011 / 2012 Annual Campaign, and create additional excitement for in-house employee campaigns, the United Way offered special prizes as an incentive for supporting the United Way’s campaign. Resource Development Director for the United Way, Lois Luber explains, “At the suggestion of our Campaign Cabinet, we partnered with a number of area business to offer our supporters the opportunity to win some great prizes. Those pledging a minimum donation of $1.00 per week for one year to the United Way’s 2011 / 2012 Campaign were automatically entered into the drawings. You could also register for the prize drawing on our website. The incentives were a nice way for us to do something extra for our donors and helped to increase participation in company campaigns.”

Luber said that a total of 50 donors were chosen by random as winners. Prizes included $950 in grocery gift cards, including a $100 gift card to Bosco & Geers Grocery in Oswego, which was awarded to Roberta Davis of Pathfinder Bank; $800 in gasoline gift cards; $350 in gift cards to area restaurants; and a gift valued at $250 from DuFore’s Jewelry in Oswego that was awarded to Todd Welling of Novelis.

“We congratulate the winners and are happy to have been able to offer these prizes to our donors. We are especially appreciative of the support we have received from those businesses who provided the prizes; DuFore’s for Diamonds, Planned Results, Inc., Burritt Motors, Entergy, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, CENG, and Bosco & Geers Grocery,” added Luber.

Cut line for photo: Todd Welling of Novelis was the winner of a watch ($250 value) from DuFore’s For Diamonds in Oswego as part of United Way of Greater Oswego County’s donor incentive program. The gift from DuFore’s For Diamonds was one of many prizes that donors to United Way’s 2011 / 2012 Annual Campaign were eligible to win. From left are: Mark DuFore, Todd Welling and Lois Luber, resource development director for the United Way of Greater Oswego County.

United Way Honors Oswego County Government

March 28th,2012

38Fulton, NY – Campaign Coordinators Kathy Fenlon and John Ferry, along with the campaign team for Oswego County Government were honored during the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s annual Salute to Volunteers held March 14th at The American Foundry in Oswego. The Oswego County Government campaign team was recognized for their role in coordinating their employee campaign in support of United Way of Greater Oswego County.

Presented annually, the Company Campaign Team of the Year Award is presented to volunteers whose extraordinary commitment, energy, enthusiasm, and creativity contributed to the success of their company’s campaign.

Executive Director of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, Melanie Trexler, praised the efforts of the Oswego Government team. “Kathy and John did a wonderful job with their employee campaign. Their efforts to educate their fellow employees about United Way programs helped to make their campaign a success as they raised approximately $16,000 in support of United Way. Additionally, Oswego County Government employees support their United Way year round be donating their time and talents to serve on our board of directors and assist us with events throughout the year. Their enthusiasm and dedication to the success of their employee campaign plays an important role in the way they embrace the Live United concept of the United Way. The collective efforts of the Kathy Fenlon, John Ferry, and the entire employee campaign team are truly commendable.”

Cut line for photo: The United Way of Greater Oswego County presented Oswego County Government with the Company Campaign Team of the Year Award at its annual meeting held March 14th at the American Foundry in Oswego. From left in the front are: Campaign Coordinators, Kathy Fenlon, executive director of the Oswego City / County Youth Bureau and John Ferry of DSS. Back row from left are United Way Campaign Cabinet members: Jonathan Daniels, executive director of the Port of Oswego Authority; Dick Delaney of Novelis; Doug McRae of Bond, Schoeneck and King; Rob Rolfe of Pathfinder Bank; and Terry Syrell of CENG.

United Way Stone Soup Too Luncheon Receives Rock Solid Support

March 27th, 2012

40Fulton, NY – Supporters of the United Way of Greater Oswego County filled Bishop’s Hall at Holy Trinity Church in Fulton as the community came together to enjoy a delicious meal of soup, salad, rolls and dessert at United Way’s “Stone Soup Too” Luncheon. The United Way’s 4th Annual Stone Soup Too Luncheon provided member agencies and their employees with an opportunity to get together and share a meal with the staff and board members of the United Way as well as community members who proudly support the efforts of the United Way.

“Our Stone Soup Too Luncheon was a great success, we raised more than $1100 and collected 10 bins of food for our local food pantries. I want to thank the community members who attended, and our many caring sponsors who donated the food for our luncheon: Mimi’s, Blue Moon Grill, Tavern on the Lock, and The Foursome Dinner for providing our soups; Dunkin’ Donuts for the ‘Boxes of Joe’; C’s Farms & Davis Bros. for our salad fixings; Red Baron who provided the rolls; Kathy’s Cakes, Joe’s Corner Market, Price Chopper, and Springside at Seneca Hill for donating our delicious desserts; and the Struppler’s Shurfine Market for contributing to our food drive.”

“I would also like to thank the Holy Trinity Church for hosting the event, the Fulton Lions Club for their donation of $500, Walmart Supercenter in Granby, Fulton YMCA, New Image Fitness, and the City of Fulton for hosting food drives, and of course our hard working volunteers and committee members, who helped to make our ‘Stone Soup Too’ Luncheon a success,” said Lois Luber, resource development director for the United Way of Greater Oswego County.

All proceeds from the event, along with the food donations will be donated to food pantries throughout Oswego County.

Cut line for PTK CCC Vols photo: Phi Theta Kappa students from Cayuga Community College, Fulton Campus prepare salad for the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s Stone Soup Too Luncheon at Holy Trinity Church in Fulton. The students were some of the many volunteers who helped host the event that benefited local food pantries. From left are: Cathy Scozzari of Cayuga Community College; Karen Mills, vice-president of PTK; Ashley Litterbrandt; Heidi Donahue, president of PTK; Vita Marie Racko, PTK advisor; Dawn Varney, PTK treasure; and Paula Gardner.

United Way Stone Soup Too Luncheon Receives Many Food Donations

March 27th, 2012

39Fulton, NY – Supporters of the United Way of Greater Oswego County filled Bishop’s Hall at Holy Trinity Church in Fulton as the community came together to enjoy a delicious meal of soup, salad, rolls and dessert at United Way’s “Stone Soup Too” Luncheon. The United Way’s 4th Annual Stone Soup Too Luncheon provided member agencies and their employees with an opportunity to get together and share a meal with the staff and board members of the United Way as well as community members who proudly support the efforts of the United Way.

“Our Stone Soup Too Luncheon was a great success, we raised more than $1100 and collected 10 bins of food for our local food pantries. I want to thank the community members who attended, and our many caring sponsors who donated the food for our luncheon: Mimi’s, Blue Moon Grill, Tavern on the Lock, and The Foursome Dinner for providing our soups; Dunkin’ Donuts for the ‘Boxes of Joe’; C’s Farms & Davis Bros. for our salad fixings; Red Baron who provided the rolls; Kathy’s Cakes, Joe’s Corner Market, Price Chopper, and Springside at Seneca Hill for donating our delicious desserts; and the Struppler’s Shurfine Market for contributing to our food drive.”

“I would also like to thank the Holy Trinity Church for hosting the event, the Fulton Lions Club for their donation of $500, Walmart Supercenter in Granby, Fulton YMCA, New Image Fitness, and the City of Fulton for hosting food drives, and of course our hard working volunteers and committee members, who helped to make our ‘Stone Soup Too’ Luncheon a success,” said Lois Luber, resource development director for the United Way of Greater Oswego County.

All proceeds from the event, along with the food donations will be donated to food pantries throughout Oswego County.

Cut line for food donations photo: United Way of Greater Oswego County’s Stone Soup Too luncheon raised more than $1100 and collected 10 bins of food for Oswego County Food Pantries. Above from left are: Doreen Clark of the United Way; Melanie Trexler, executive director of the United Way; Helen Hoefer, director of Community Services at Catholic Charities of Oswego County; Amanda Johnson with Catholic Charities; Fulton Alderwoman, Carmella Cavallaro; Jo-Lyn Phillips of OCO; Mary-Margaret Pezzella-Pekow, executive director of Catholic Charities of Oswego County; and Lois Luber, resource director for the United Way.

United Way Salutes Cayuga Community College

March 27th, 2012

37Fulton, NY – The United Way of Greater Oswego County recently presented the Spirit of Community Award to the Cayuga Community College Fulton Campus. The award is presented annually to volunteers who care and want to make a difference in their community.

“Sue Witmer, director of operations CCC Fulton Campus is the driving force for Cayuga Community College Fulton Campus community involvement. As coordinator of CCC’s in house campaign for United Way, she was instrumental in Cayuga Community College Fulton Campus doubling total of last year’s campaign and increasing the number of donors. A committee member for our Stone Soup, Too luncheon in Fulton, Sue recruited the honor society Phi Theta Phi to volunteer at the event. Additionally, the Criminal Justice Society at CCC has raised over $4000 for United Way in the last 5 years with their annual chili cook off, and United Way Board Member, Maggie Killoran of CCC has helped educate our community funding volunteers for outcome measurements and is currently leading our strategic planning committee. We are proud to call CCC one our community partners,” said Melanie Trexler, executive director of the United Way of Greater Oswego County.

Cut line for photo: The United Way of Greater Oswego County presented Cayuga Community College Fulton Campus with the Spirit of Community Award at its annual meeting held March 14th at the American Foundry in Oswego. Above from left are: United Way Campaign Cabinet members: Jonathan Daniels, executive director of the Port of Oswego Authority; Dick Delaney of Novelis; Sue Witmer, director of operations at Cayuga Community College Fulton Campus; Doug McRae of Bond, Schoeneck and King; Rob Rolfe of Pathfinder Bank; and Terry Syrell of CENG.

United Way Salutes Fulton Savings Bank

March 22nd, 2012

36Fulton, NY – The United Way of Greater Oswego County presented Fulton Savings Bank with the Leadership and Commitment Award at the United Way’s annual meeting held March 14th at the American Foundry in Oswego. The award is presented annually to a company or organization that are leaders in educating their employees on the needs of the community, inspiring them to support the local United Way.

Under the leadership and encouragement of CEO, Michael Pollock, Fulton Savings Bank is a strong supporter of United Way. This year’s campaign for the United Way, coordinated by Debra Braden and Sharyl Kelly, saw an increase of 25% as Fulton Savings Bank hosted a number of speakers who shared their stories of how United Way made a difference in their life. Additionally, Wendy Tetro, FSB vice president and current United Way board president; and Debra Braden, who has served on the United Way community investment committee are an example of the level of support United Way receives from Fulton Savings Bank.

In front from left are: Roberta Dunn, vice president, Fulton Savings Bank; Wendy Tetro, vice president, Fulton Savings Bank; Debra Braden, Fulton Savings Bank campaign coordinator and United Way community investment volunteer. In the back from left are: Sharyl Kelly, Fulton Savings Bank campaign coordinator; Ron Brown of Fulton Savings Bank and United Way community investment volunteer; and CEO of Fulton Savings Bank, Michael Pollock.

Thank you to all who lent their support to the United Way’s Fourth Annual ‘Stone Soup Too’ Luncheon

March 22nd, 2012

I extend a heartfelt thank you to all those who lent their support to the United Way’s Fourth Annual Stone Soup Too Luncheon graciously hosted by Holy Trinity Parish in Fulton. From the large amount of people who attended, to the many businesses and organizations that helped make the event possible, our Stone Soup Too Luncheon was a perfect example of the United Way’s ‘Live United’ concept as the community came together to show their support for the United Way and help our area food pantries.

Special thanks to Mimi’s Drive-In, Blue Moon Grill, Tavern on the Lock, and The Foursome Dinner for providing our soups; Dunkin’ Donuts for the ‘Boxes of Joe’; C’s Farms & Davis Bros. for our salad fixings; Red Baron who provided the rolls; Kathy’s Cakes, Joe’s Corner Market, Price Chopper, and Springside at Seneca Hill for donating our desserts; Struppler’s Shurfine Market for contributing to our food drive and OCO, B & T Sports, Unique Hair Shoppe, Walmart, Blue Moon Grill and the Cayuga Community College Bookstore for the door prizes.

Our Stone Soup Luncheon would not have been possible if not for the efforts of our committee members; Catherine Trowbridge, City of Fulton; Helen Hoefer of Catholic Charities of Oswego County; Steve Chirello, Chirello Advertising; Karen Hubel, Blue Moon Grill; George Timmins, of Catholic Charities of Oswego County; Lori Lyon of the Walmart Super Center in Granby; Gina Camardello of Key Bank Fulton; Jo-Lynn Phillips and Stephanie Langdon of OCO; Sue Witmer of Cayuga Community College Fulton; Michele Sherman, of the Walmart Super Center in Granby; Jan Rebeor of Fulton Community Development and our many community volunteers including; Judy Young , Members of Phi Theta Kappa at Cayuga Community College Fulton, City of Fulton Alderwoman, Carmella Cavallaro and employees of the Walmart Super Center in Granby.

Additionally, food drives hosted throughout March by the Walmart Super Center in Granby, Fulton YMCA, New Image Fitness, and the City of Fulton contributed to our donation to area food pantries.

Their desire to support the United Way of Greater Oswego County is a wonderful expression of their dedication to their community, their concern for others and their willingness to ‘Live United.’ Thanks to the support we received from community members who attended and the generous donations of $500 from the Fulton Lions Club, the food drive at the Walmart Super Center in Granby, our Fourth Annual Stone Soup Too Luncheon raised more than $1100 for food pantries in Oswego County.

Thank you for your support!

Sincerely,
Lois Luber
Resource Development Director
United Way of Greater Oswego County

Kathy’s Cakes, Fulton Lions Support ‘Stone Soup Too’

March 14th, 2012

34Fulton, NY – Kathy’s Cakes and Specialty Treats, and the Fulton Lions Club are supporting the Stone Soup Too luncheon to raise money and food donations for Oswego County food pantries. The event, organized by the United Way of Greater Oswego County, will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., March 20, at Holy Trinity Parish, 309 Buffalo St. The United Way is accepting donations of $5 per person at the event. Kathy’s Cakes is donating dozens of scratch-baked cookies to the luncheon and the Fulton Lions Club has made a contribution of $500. Showing their support are, from left: Lois Luber, United Way; Brian Hotaling, Kathy’s Cakes; and Deana Michaels, Fulton Lions Club. For information, call 593-1900.

United Way Honors George Timmins

March 12th, 2012

35Fulton, NY – George Timmins of Catholic Charities of Oswego County was honored recently at the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s Annual Salute to Volunteers. Timmins was recognized for his role as Company Campaign Coordinator for Catholic Charities’ employee campaign in support of United Way of Greater Oswego County. Presented annually, the Company Campaign Coordinator of the Year Award is given to the coordinator whose dedication, enthusiasm, and creativity go above and beyond what is expected. Timmins efforts resulted in an increase in both money raised and employee participation. From left are: United Way Campaign Cabinet members: Jonathan Daniels, executive director of the Port of Oswego Authority; Dick Delaney of Novelis; George Timmins; Doug McRae of Bond, Schoeneck and King; Rob Rolfe of Pathfinder Bank; and Terry Syrell of CENG.

United Way Community Investment Committee Seeks Volunteers

March 9th, 2012

31Fulton, NY – The United Way of Greater Oswego County would like to invite community members to be part of the agency’s program funding process by participating as a volunteer member of the United Way’s Community Investment Committee. Comprised entirely of concerned community members, the United Way’s Community Investment Committee is responsible for evaluating various agency programs that are available in Oswego County and recommending to the United Way Board of Directors the funding support that these programs should receive.

Participation in the United Way’s Community Investment Committee provides volunteers with a unique opportunity to learn more about their community and make critical decisions on how the money raised during the United Way’s Annual Campaign will be distributed to the county’s human services providers.

“The United Way addresses human service needs throughout Oswego County. It is of the utmost importance that the community is involved in this process. Having volunteers from a broad cross section of the community is quite helpful as they all bring different knowledge and perspective to the process,” said Kathy Fenlon, director of the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau and president of the United Way’s Board of Directors.

Volunteers will be asked to serve on one of five panels, each dealing with a specific field of service: Emergency Services, Children and Family Services, Health and Special Needs, Senior Services, and Youth Development. Panel members will visit agencies that offer programs related to their specific field of service where they will receive a tour of the agency.

While the United Way’s program funding process does not begin until April, the United Way is currently recruiting volunteers now so that the Community Investment Committee and the individual panels can be established and the volunteers can receive the training they need.

As a custodian of community contributions, United Way ensures that those dollars are used in a cost efficient manner to fund effective, meaningful, unduplicated services. “We provide our Community Investment Committee volunteers with a thorough overview of the principles and polices that are a part of our program funding process. With those parameters in mind, their objective study and review of agency programs will help ensure that there will be an effective and well-balanced array of community services available in Oswego County,” said Melanie Trexler, executive director of the United Way of Greater Oswego County.

Members are asked to invest approximately 15 hours of their time as they meet in April for training and then conduct agency tours and budget reviews throughout April and May. “Volunteers learn about many of the services in Oswego County. They work together to make informed decisions, knowing that their input is important to the process. It is process that takes little time, but produces big results and provides volunteers with a real sense of accomplishment that many past volunteers have found rewarding,” said Fenlon.

United Way Board of Directors member, Shawn Seale of Key Bank, who is chairperson of the United Way’s Community Investment Committee and has served on the Children and Family Services panel, found his experience with the program funding process a worthwhile one.

“The work that the panels do is very effective in evaluating the various agency programs and assessing the impact that these programs have on those they serve, said Seale. “The program funding process is very important as it allows community members who have no ties with the agencies and / or programs to take an objective look at what the programs do and how they impact the community. 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. While it can be difficult deciding what programs receive funding it is also very rewarding to be able to award agencies what they need monetarily to continue their programs.”

“We are proud of our program funding process and very appreciative of the concerned community members who volunteer their time to serve on our Community Investment Committee and choose to make a difference in our community,” added Trexler.

For more information on the United Way’s program funding process, or to volunteer as an Allocations Committee member, you may contact your United Way office at 315-593-1900.

Cut line for photo: Melanie Trexler, executive director of United Way of Greater Oswego addresses community volunteers regarding their participation in United Way’s Community Investment process. The United Way is currently inviting community members to become an active part of the United Way’s funding process by volunteering to serve on one of five panels that access a specific field of service: Emergency Services, Children and Family Services, Health and Special Needs, Senior Services, and Youth Development. Panel members visit agencies that offer programs related to their specific field of service where they will receive a tour of the agency. For more information, or to volunteer, contact your United Way office at 315-593-1900, ext. 201.