Oswego Lions Club helps United Way Stuff-A-Bus

June 30th, 2014

141Oswego, NY – The United Way of Greater Oswego County’s Stuff-A-Bus Campaign received some much welcomed support recently when the Oswego Lions Club made a donation of $500. Held annually, the Stuff-A-Bus campaign, which is a collaboration between the United Way and Oswego County school districts, collects school supplies for children in need throughout Oswego County.

The donation from the Oswego Lions Club provides the Stuff-A-Bus Campaign with the opportunity to complement the school supplies that are donated by purchasing other in-demand items such as backpacks and calculators. “The support we receive from caring organizations such as the Oswego Lions Club is essential to the success of our Stuff-A-Bus campaign. We appreciate their generosity and their concern for the youth of our community,” said Melanie Trexler, executive director of the United Way of Greater Oswego County.

Partnering with more than 20 business and organizations, as well as school districts throughout Oswego County, United Way is looking to stuff 8 school buses with school supplies so that children in need in Oswego County have the supplies they need to begin the school year. The highlight of the “Stuff-A-Bus” campaign will be a special collection day on August 20th 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

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 Lions Club recently presented Lois Luber (forefront, left), resource development director for the United Way of Greater Oswego with a $500 check and a collection of student activity books in support of the annual Stuff-A-Bus campaign. Held annually, through collaboration with the United Way and Oswego County School Districts, the 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.

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.

Burritt Motors of Oswego Sponors Hole-In-One Contest

June 16th, 2014

138Fulton, NY – It’s in the hole! Golfers participating in the 19th Annual United Way Golf Classic will have the chance to drive away a new 2014 Chevrolet Equinox (pictured above) courtesy of Burritt Motors winner. Burritt Motors of Oswego is sponsoring the events’ Hole-in-One contest. It’s one of the many on course games that are included in the United Way Gold Classic that will be July 14th at the Oswego County Club. For more information on the United Way Golf Classic including sponsorship opportunities visit the agency’s website at www.oswegounitedway.org or contact Lois Luber at your United Way office, 315-593-1900, ext. 202. From left are event sponsors: Tammy Holden of Entergy James A. FitzPatrick NPP, Sue Bertsch of Exelon, Wally Dengos of National Grid, Chris Burritt, Rich Burritt and Lois Luber, resource development director with the United Way of Greater Oswego County. Absent from photo are additional sponsors Chris Smith of Novelis; and Kevin Riley, of Planned Results, Inc. Inc.

Local Companies Lend Support to United Way Annual Golf Classic

June 16th, 2014

137Fulton, NY – Resource Development Director for the United Way of Greater Oswego County, Lois Luber has announced that a number of area businesses have signed on as sponsors for the United Way’s 19th Annual Golf Classic. “I am happy to welcome Exelon Generation, Entergy James A. FitzPatrick NPP, Novelis, National Grid, and Planned Results, Inc. as major sponsors for this year’s Golf Classic,” said Luber.

Scheduled for Monday. July 14th this year’s United Way Golf Classic will be held at the Oswego Country Club. One of the premier golf tournaments in Oswego County, the event offers businesses and community members the opportunity to enjoy a fun day of golf and while helping to support their local United Way.

In effort to accommodate more golfers, and host a field of up to 50 teams, the 2014 United Way Golf Classic will offer two flights of golf, an 8:00 a.m. tee off and a 2:00 p.m. tee off. The event will once again feature a captain and crew format with teams of 4 golfers. A team registration of $600 includes: 18 holes of golf with carts for 4 people, a steak lunch or dinner, beverages, golf shirt, and an opportunity to win an automobile at the hole-in-one contest sponsored by Burritt Motors of Oswego. There will also be plenty of raffles, a silent auction, a putting contest, skins competition, prizes for longest drive and closest to the pin, and much more.

Luber added that there are still a limited number of 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 immediately following the tournament, for businesses that would like to lend their support at that level.

For more information on the 2014 United Way Golf Classic, register a team, or become a sponsor for the event, visit www.oswegounitedway.org or contact Lois Luber at your United Way office, 315-593-1900 x202, or via e-mail at loisunitedway@windstream.net.

Cut line for photo: United Way Resource Development Director, Lois Luber meets with sponsors of the United Way of Oswego County’s 19th Annual Golf Classic. To be held, Monday, July 14th 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 their United Way. From left are: Sue Bertsch of Exelon Generation; Tammy Holden of Entergy James A. FitzPatrick NPP; Lois Luber, resource development director, United Way of Greater Oswego County; and Walter Dengos of National Grid. Absent from photo are Chris Smith of Novelis; and Kevin Riley, of Planned Results, Inc. Inc. For more information on the 2014 United Way Golf Classic, register a team, or become a sponsor for the event, visit www.oswegounitedway.org or contact Lois Luber at your United Way office, 315-593-1900 x202, or via e-mail at loisunitedway@windstream.net.

Oswego County Employees support Children’s Book Drive

June 13th, 2014

136Oswego, NY – Employees of the Oswego County Probation Department collaborated with employees for other departments at the Oswego County Public Safety Center to collect books for the United Way of Greater Oswego County and the Literacy Coalition of Oswego County in the annual Children’s Book Drive. Employees collected and donated a number of children’s books that will be distributed to children during the Oswego Independence Day Parade. From left are: Diane Breen, Shannon Perkins, Silvan Johnson, Christina Kurzban, Lu Anne Jerrett-Hofmann, Robin Burdick, Lois Luber, resource development director with the United Way, and Sue Ann Donatella.

Area Chiropractors Support the United Way Raising $2200

June 10th, 2014

135Fulton, NY – Chiropractors throughout Oswego County raised $2,240 in support of the United Way of Greater Oswego County during their Patient Appreciation Day fundraiser.

Sponsored by Oswego County Doctors of Chiropractic Representing The New York State Chiropractic Association, and coordinated by Dr. Richard Tesoriero of Tesoriero Chiropractic, the annual the event brings together Chiropractors from throughout Oswego County as they showed their appreciation for their patients and offered chiropractic treatments at reduced rates for the event. All proceeds from the day are donated to the United Way of Greater Oswego County.

“I would like to thank the doctors and all of their patients who participated in the annual Patient Appreciation Day, said Lois Luber, Resource Development Director for United Way. “I’m thankful that they chose to donate their time and talents for such a worthy cause as United Way.”

Cut line for photo: Chiropractors support the United Way. Area Chiropractors raised $2,240 in support of the United Way of Greater Oswego County during their Patient Appreciation Day fundraiser. From left are: Dr. Brent Tallents, Dr. Beth DuBois, Dr. Franklin Perkins II, Dr. Casey McCaffery, Dr. Richard Tesoriero, Dr. Anthony Licatese, Dr. Dustin Wahrendorf, and Dr. Jason Cunningham. Absent from the photo are participating chiropractors: Dr. Richard Falanga, Dr. Ryan Barker, and Dr. Michael Soucy.

DSS Event Benefits United Way

June 3rd, 2014

134Fulton, NY – Staff and friends of the Oswego County Department of Social Services (DSS) gathered to show their support for one of Oswego County’s most vital agencies, United Way, as they participated in the Fourth Annual DSS Hospitality Gathering & United Way Bowling Fundraiser.

Held recently at Lakeview Lanes in Fulton, the DSS employee bowl-a-thon raised more than $870 in support of United Way. “It was a great way to raise money for United Way, said John Ferry of DSS. “Our planning committee members: Jill Wood, Mandi Tice, Veronica Turner, and Denise Bowering did an excellent job putting this event together. Thirty-two bowlers participated and everyone had a great time! To make it even more enjoyable we awarded a prize to the team that raised the most money and held a drawing for gift baskets. I would also like to recognize Lakeview Lanes for helping to make this fundraiser so successful.”

Ferry added that DSS staff recognizes the positive impact that United Way has in Oswego County. “Many of our partner agencies receive funding through United Way. Many of these agencies rely on United Way to help fund critical programs that so many of our county residents rely on. We at DSS support the United Way because we see the tremendous need here in our community on a daily basis and appreciate what the United Way and its partner agencies are doing to help support our community.

Working through 20 local partner agencies, United Way of Greater Oswego County supports 34 programs in five areas of service: emergency services, children and family services, health and special needs, senior services, and youth development. For more information on your United Way, contact their office at 315-593-1900.