Exelon Employees Powering United Way Campaign

10/29/2015

Exelon Employees Powering United Way CampaignOswego, NY – When it comes to United Way, Exelon Generation employees are eager to help.  The Exelon in-house campaign for United Way is near completion and has exceeded last year’s total.

“Site coordinator Lisa Dashnau along with Terry Syrell and Todd Fiorenza as site sponsors makes up an amazing campaign team. They are doing a fantastic job,” said United Way Resource Development Director Ali McGrath.  “Exelon employee donations are up 28% over last year’s campaign!    Their dedication and commitment to United Way and our mission to drive positive results in the community are inspiring.”

With a goal of increasing employee participation, Exelon’s campaign team is doing just that. Currently ranked 3rd in their nuclear fleet for most increased donations this campaign is a direct reflection of the team’s efforts.  In addition to payroll deduction, employees have opportunities throughout the in-house campaign to win a variety of drawings including choice parking spots and airplane tickets awarded by Exelon Generation corporate.  Dashnau and her committee members also partnered with GJP Italian Eatery Oswego to host a Friends and Family Night where 10% of all sales to those that mentioned NMP United Way were donated to the Exelon United Way campaign.

As longtime supporters of the United Way, Exelon and its employees strive to keep a relationship year round, outside of campaign season as well.  “We at Exelon realize the tremendous impact that United Way has on our community.  We are dedicated to improving the quality of life in the communities we serve.  Our employees volunteer many hours of their own time each year to lend a helping hand and are happy to do so,” said Exelon Communications Manager Jill Lyon.  “They’ve more recently reached out to some of United Way’s partner agencies to revitalize volunteer involvement from their employees. In the spring they look forward to assisting ARISE with its ramp building project and continue to support the United Way Golf Tournament in July.”

“We’re fortunate to have the support of Exelon and its employees.  Their generosity plays an important role in the success of our annual campaign and helps make it possible for us to continue to reach our three impact areas of ending hunger, helping children and youth succeed, and increasing the health and well-being of our communities,” added McGrath.

Cut line for photo: The Exelon employee in-house campaign for United Way of Greater Oswego County was a tremendous success thanks in part to Campaign Coordinator Lisa Dashnau and Campaign Sponsor and United Way Campaign Cabinet member Terry Syrell (pictured above). Exelon’s employee campaign is on track to finish an impressive 28% above last year’s total.

Youth Forum Set For November 4

10/28/2015

Oswego, NY – Interested in learning more about the services and programs available to youth in Oswego County?  If so, you won’t want to miss the Oswego County Youth Forum to be held November 4 at the McCrobie Building, 41 Lake Street in Oswego.  Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with the program starting promptly at 9:00 a.m.

Representatives from more than two dozen agencies and organizations will be on hand to share information on the youth programs they offer, how to access them, and the ways in which these programs can benefit and enrich the lives of youth throughout Oswego County.  The new location for this year’s Youth Forum and the inclusive format provides attendees the opportunity to learn more about each program through in-depth presentations by program representatives.

“Youth are our most precious resource,” said Executive Director of the United Way of Greater Oswego County Patrick Dewine.  “They are the future leaders and decision makers for our communities.  Oswego County hosts many programs and services that are vital to the physical and emotional development of our youth.  I’m proud United Way will be a part of this event.  The Youth Forum is a perfect complement to our mission of ending hunger, helping children and youth succeed, and improving the health and well-being of families and individuals,”

Participating agencies include:

  • The Child Advocacy Center
  • The Oswego County Health Department
  • Oswego City-County Youth Bureau
  • Hospice
  • Parents of Special Children
  • YMCA
  • Arise
  • Catholic Charities
  • Workforce NY
  • Oswego Industries
  • Reality Check
  • United Way
  • OCO
  • Oswego Expeditions
  • Oswego County Sheriff’s Dept.
  • Oswego Police Dept.
  • of Social Services
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • Girl Scouts
  • Boy Scouts
  • Farnham
  • Salvation Army
  • I.T.I.
  • Fidelis

“The Oswego County Youth Program Forum is open to the public and provides community members with a rare opportunity to come together to learn first-hand about the programs and services available to aid youth and families in Oswego County.  It’s also a chance for providers and participants to network, ask questions, and get to know their peers better,” added Executive Director of the Oswego City County Youth Bureau Brian Chetney.

For more information on the Oswego County Youth Program Forum you may contact Patrick Dewine at the United Way of Greater Oswego County 593-1900 ext.201 or at patrickunitedway@windstream.net.

United Way Luncheon to Aid Food Pantries

10/20/2015

United Way Luncheon to aid food pantriesOswego, NY – Committee members from the United Way’s Annual Stone Soup Luncheon meet at St. Joseph’s Parish Center in Oswego to discuss details for this year’s Stone Soup Holiday Luncheon.  The event will be held at 11:30 am on Thursday, November 12 at St. Joseph’s Parish Center, West First Street in Oswego.  Attendees are encouraged to please bring a donation of non-perishable food items as the United Way will be collecting donations for area food pantries.  For more information, or to make reservations to attend the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s Stone Soup Luncheon, contact your United Way office at 315-593-1900.  Pictured above from left are: Shawn Seale of Key Bank, Marion Ciciarelli of Oswego Health, Fr. Greg Kreinheder, Pastor of St. Joseph and St. Steven’s Churches in Oswego, and United Way Executive Director Patrick Dewine.  Absent from photo are committee members Aaron Thorpe of Vanguard Title Research; United Way Resource Development Director Ali McGrath, and Helen Hoefer of Catholic Charities of Oswego County.

 

 

United Way Stone Soup Luncheon Celebrates 10 Years of Fighting Hunger

10/20/2015

Stone Soup CommitteeFulton, NY – Ten years ago United Way of Greater Oswego County introduced the legend of “Stone Soup.”  Dating back to the early 1800’s the Stone Soup story tells of a traveler who added a small stone to a pot of boiling water, soon villagers each began adding whatever meager amounts of vegetables, spices or meats they had on hand.  In the end, a pot of boiling water that began with the addition of one small stone became a delicious soup that provided an ample supply of food for the entire village.

Since its inception in 2005 the United Way’s Stone Soup Luncheon has provided much needed support to food pantries throughout Oswego County.  Stone Soup luncheons have raised more than $12,000 and supplied food pantries with countless boxes of non-perishable food contributions.  As a result, this United Way community initiative has had a positive impact on the lives of thousands of hungry families and individuals in Oswego County.

“We are humbled by the support and contributions we have received from businesses and community members over the years,” said United Way Resource Development Director Ali McGrath.  “Many of the business and volunteers that made our very first Stone Soup possible are still with us today and are once again anxious to help us fill the shelves of our local food pantries.  Each year we have been fortunate to establish new collaborations with business and volunteers that truly care about helping others.”

This year’s United Way Stone Soup Luncheon will be held November 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Parish Center, 240 West Frist Street in Oswego. Once again, student volunteers from SUNY Oswego will be an important part of the luncheon.  United Way Intern Alyssa Barrett has been helping to coordinate and organize the Stone Soup Luncheon, and a new collaboration with SUNY Oswego will provide an ample volunteer force.

“We have partnered with a SUNY Oswego Service Learning class that requires students in the course to complete 30 volunteer hours at a local non-profit or charitable organization.  The students will join with other community volunteers in preparing and serving food as well as set up prior to, and clean-up following, the luncheon.  The involvement of students from SUNY Oswego and encouraging students to gather with other community members will help to further raise awareness of hunger in Oswego County and the challenges that our food pantries face in meeting the increasing demand for food subsidy,” said McGrath.

The menu for this year’s Stone Soup Luncheon will include a variety of hearty soups, including old favorites from past luncheons as well as some tasty new recipes from additional restaurants that are contributing to this year’s luncheon.

Open to the public, the United Way Stone Soup Luncheon will once again be held at St. Joseph’s Parish Center, 240 West First Street in Oswego from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  United Way will be accepting a donation of $5.00 per person and those attending are urged to bring a donation of non-perishable food items.

Those unable to attend the luncheon but would like to make a donation may contact the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s office at 315-593-1900.

All proceeds from the United Way’s Stone Soup Luncheon, as well as the food that is collected, will be donated to local food pantries including Human Concerns Center, Catholic Charities of Oswego County, Salvation Army of Oswego County, and the Hannibal Food Pantry.

Cut line for photo: Committee members and sponsors for the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s 10th Annual Stone Soup Luncheon meet to discuss plans for this year’s event.  Scheduled for Thursday November 12 the luncheon will at held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in St. Joseph’s Parish Center, 240 West First Street in Oswego.  All proceeds from the event, as well as the food collected, will be donated to local food pantries.  From left are: United Way Intern Alyssa Barret of SUNY Oswego, United Way Resource Development Director Ali McGrath, Marion Ciciarelli of Oswego Health; Helen Hoefer of Catholic Charities of Oswego County, and Shawn Seale of Key Bank.

Kayla Van Fleet Named the Agency’s Finance Director

10/08/2015

Kayla Van Fleet UWFulton, NY – Executive Director of United Way of Greater Oswego County Patrick Dewine has announced that Kayla Van Fleet has been named the agency’s Finance Director.  A native of Fair Haven, Van Fleet, who holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from SUNY Oswego, previously worked as a Human Resources Generalist for Fowler Bros., Inc. in Wolcott.

Kayla is excited to be working for an organization that she admires and is looking forward to her new role with United Way.  “I became familiar with United Way through my husband,” said Van Fleet.  “When he began supporting Novelis’ in-house employee campaign for United Way I was curious about the work United Way does.  I was impressed with the way in which United Way provides funding to so many different agencies.  Unlike charitable organizations that support a specific program United Way helps fund a significant number of agencies and programs that serve the entire community.  I realized that there is a real need for the programs United Way funds.  I love the fact that these programs benefit people right here in Oswego County and that United Way helps to make it possible.  United Way is an essential part of our community and I am honored to be a part it.”

As Financial Director, Van Fleet will be responsible for all financial aspects of United Way including tracking the results of in-house United Way campaigns conducted by local companies as well as donations from small businesses and individuals.

“I’m pleased to welcome Kayla to our staff,” said Dewine.  “Her knowledge of the many aspects of business administration, as well as her hands on experience working in the finance and human resources departments for a business that employs over 400 individuals, will serve her well in her new position as Finance Director at United Way.”

Cutline for photo: Executive Director of the United Way of Greater Oswego County Patrick Dewine reviews campaign materials with Kayla Van Fleet, the agency’s new Finance Director.  Van Fleet will be responsible for all financial aspects of United Way including tracking the results of in-house United Way campaigns conducted by local companies as well as donations from small businesses and individuals.