Rob Rolfe to Chair United Way Campaign

August 30th, 2013

108Fulton, NY – Melanie Trexler, executive director, United Way of Greater Oswego County has announced that Rob Rolfe of Harmony Financial Services will serve as chairperson for the United Way’s Campaign Cabinet. A long time supporter of United Way, Rolfe has served United Way in a number of capacities including 13 years as an employee campaign coordinator, a member of the community investment committee for 9 years and a member of the Campaign Cabinet for the past 5 years.

Having previously served as co-chairperson for United Way’s Annual Campaign, Rolfe is excited to take the reins for the 2013 campaign. “I am a strong believer in the power of the United Way. From the more than 400,000 meals served by United Way member agency soup kitchens, nutrition sites and food pantries, to the countless number of youth, seniors and families that receive assistance when they need it the most, programs supported by United Way continue to make a difference by positively impacting the quality of life in Oswego County. I gladly lend my support to United Way because the member agency programs it supports serve our neighbors, family and friends right here in Oswego County,” said Rolfe.

According to Trexler, Rolfe and the other members of the Campaign Cabinet have been working diligently to ensure that the United Way’s Campaign Kick-Off Breakfast is an enlightening and inspiring event that will provide community members with a better understanding of the existing needs in Oswego County and the role United Way plays in helping to meet those needs.

“Rob and everyone in our Campaign Cabinet are excited about this year’s campaign. They are have established a precise plan of action that will allow us to achieve our campaign goals and through our member agencies, serve as many families and individuals in Oswego County as possible,” said Trexler.

Rolfe sees this year’s campaign as a challenge that members of the Campaign Cabinet and the volunteers that serve as employee campaign coordinators are ready to take on. “The economy continues to be an issue for many families. There is a greater need for services. Working together we can insure that those services continue to meet the needs of those less fortunate. It’s our community…and it’s personal!” said Rolfe.

The United Way’s Annual Campaign, which serves as the organizations primary fundraiser for the many human services programs that United Way and its member agencies provide for those who live in Oswego County, will officially get underway with a special Kick-Off Breakfast to be held September 11th from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. at the American Foundry, Route 104 East (behind The Fajita Grill) in Oswego.

According to Rolfe, the United Way’s Kick-Off Breakfast is just the first step in a campaign that through careful planning and teamwork will reach out to more community members than ever before.

“Organizing and executing our annual campaign would be a daunting task without the benefit of strong teamwork. Our campaign cabinet is comprised of a group of creative and unselfish volunteers whose commitment to United Way and their community is above reproach. Our team consists of Dick Delaney of Novelis; Brian Finn of Entergy; Doug McRae of Bond Schoeneck & King; Terry Syrell of Constellation Energy Nuclear Group (CENG), and myself. This team has been together for several years now and many of us are current or former employee campaign managers. We find collaborating to benefit the community to be inspiring and fulfilling. We are looking forward to championing the United Way’s efforts and sharing the United Way’s mission with as many businesses and individuals as possible. It is our community and it is personal. Together we can make a difference and meet our goal for the 2013 United Way Annual Campaign,” said Rolfe.

“We invite community members to join us for the United Way Campaign Kick-Off Breakfast and learn more about the United Way and how their donations to the campaign make a difference in the quality of life in Oswego County,” added Trexler. The cost to attend the event is $15.00. For more information, or to make reservations to attend the United Way Campaign Kick-Off Breakfast, contact Lois Luber at your United Way office, 315-593-1900 or via e-mail at loisunitedway@windstream.net.

Cut line for photo: Executive Director of United Way of Oswego County, Melanie Trexler, meets with members of the United Way’s Campaign Cabinet to finalize details for the United Way’s Annual Campaign Kick-Off breakfast. The event will be held, Wednesday, September 11th from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. at the American Foundry, Route 104 East (behind The Fajita Grill) in Oswego. For more information contact United Way at 315- 593-1900, via e-mail at loisunitedway@windstream.net. From left are: Dick Delaney of Novelis; Melanie Trexler; Rob Rolfe of Harmony Financial Services, Chairperson for the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s 2013 – 2014 Annual Campaign; Brian Finn of Entergy; and Terry Syrell of CENG. Absent from the photo is Campaign Cabinet Member Doug McRae of Bond Schoeneck & King.

Oswego Rotary Club Supports Stuff-A-Bus Campaign

August 9th, 2013

107Oswego, NY – The Oswego Rotary Club has joined area businesses and organizations in collecting back to school items in support of United Way’s Annual Stuff-A-Bus campaign. Rotary recently held a ‘Bring a Backpack Day’ to help the Stuff-A-Bus campaign meet the need for backpacks. “When members of the Stuff-A-Bus planning committee mentioned they never seem to have enough backpacks, I thought that would be a great item for us to help with,” said Susan C. Witmer, Oswego Rotary president and director of operations at Cayuga Community College – Fulton Campus. “One of the areas of focus through the District 7150 of Rotary International is Special Needs Groups and I’ve chosen to focus on the needy children in Oswego County and more specifically the Stuff-a-Bus campaign. We followed our backpack collection day with a general school supply collection the following week as each member donated additional school supplies. Both of our collection days were very successful and I appreciate the support we received from our membership,” added Witmer. The Annual Stuff-a-Bus campaign community collection day will be held August 14th 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, Route 57 in Phoenix Made possible through a partnership with United Way, school districts throughout Oswego County, and more than 20 business and organizations, the Stuff-A-Bus Campaign seeks to collect donations of school supplies for distribution to less fortunate students throughout Oswego County so that they will have the supplies they need to begin the school year. For more information on the Stuff-A-Bus campaign contact your United Way office at 315-593-1900, Melanie Trexler or Jo Ann Conzone at the Oswego City School District Superintendent’s Office, 315-341-2001 Cut line for photo: Members of the Oswego Rotary Club display some of the many backpacks the donated in support of United Way’s Annual Stuff-A-Bus Campaign that helps to provide area youth in need with the supplies they need to begin the school year. This year’s Stuff-A-Bus community collection date is August 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. as school buses will be at various locations throughout Oswego County. All school supplies collected will be distributed to students in need in Oswego County. For more information on the Stuff-A-Bus campaign contact your United Way office at 315-593-1900, or Jo Ann Conzone at 315-341-2001. From left are: Corte Spencer, Bruce Holman, Jon Spaulding, Rob Rolfe, Sabine Ingerson, Randy Zeigler, Joette Deane, Gary Bogner, Sue Witmer, Lauren Pistell, Richard Tesoriero, Mark Dufore, Bob Pompo and Melanie Trexler.

School Districts to Distribute School Supplies

August 8th, 2013

106Fulton, NY – Oswego County students in need of school supplies will find it easier to get ready for school thanks to the United Way Stuff-A-Bus campaign. The Stuff-A-Bus campaign, which began this past spring and will culminate on Wednesday, August 14th, was initiated to collect school supplies so that children in need throughout Oswego County would have the supplies they need to begin the new school year. The United Way is soliciting area businesses and individuals and have arranged for eight busses to be located throughout Oswego County where people will be able to donate school supplies. “We are looking forward to seeing a positive response to our Stuff-A-Bus campaign, said Chairman, Jo Ann Conzone of the Oswego City School District. “People and businesses have been very receptive to this year’s campaign. The donations we receive will go a long way in making sure that children in need in Oswego County will have the supplies they need to successfully begin the new school year.” Staff members and volunteers from all Oswego County nine school districts and volunteers from the United Way of Greater Oswego County will sort the collected supplies with a portion going to all of the school districts in Oswego County. Volunteers will then be distributing the school supplies throughout Oswego County as follows: – APW – Friday, August 16th 9:00 – 11:00 am at the APW Bus Garage – Central Square – Friday August 16th, 9:00 a.m. –3:00 p.m. at the Central Square Education Office. – Fulton – Friday, August 16th, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. at Fairgrieve Elementary School. – Hannibal – Friday, August 16th, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the Kenny Elementary School. – Oswego – Friday, August 16th, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Kingsford Park Elementary School Cafeteria. – Pulaski – Friday, August 16th, 1:00 -3:00 p.m. at the Pulaski Middle / Senior School. – Sandy Creek – Thursday, August 15th, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Sandy Creek Elementary School Cafeteria. – Phoenix – Friday, August 16th, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Maroun Elementary School. – Mexico – Friday, August 16th, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Mexico Elementary School. Families are urged to attend the distribution in their school district and must present their child’s 2012 / 2013 report card for entrance and school supply pick-up. School supplies will be available for those who would find it challenging to purchase the supplies that their child need for school. Volunteers will be on hand to assist and guide the children and to make sure that they get the supplies they really need. For more information on the Stuff-A-Bus campaign contact your United Way office at 315-593-1900. Cut line for photo: Members of the Oswego County Stuff A Bus Committee meet to prepare for the upcoming school supply distributions. Members present at time of photo from left are: Melanie Trexler, Executive Director of United Way and Co-Chairman of the Stuff A Bus Program; Helen Hoefer, community services director at Catholic Charities of Oswego County; Jo Ann Conzone of the Oswego City School District and Co-Chairman of the Stuff A Bus Program; Roger Sprague of the Oswego City School District, President of the Oswego City School District Teachers Association and Site Coordinator for Oswego; Holly Bristol from Oswego County Opportunities; Laura Lloyd, Oswego County Opportunities OPTIONS Case Specialist, and Pat Crowe from APW.