Drinks & Dancing Fundraiser

12/14/2016

Drinks & Dancing FundraiserFulton, NY – Robert and Elizabeth McGrath, owners of The Clubhouse Tavern in Oswego, lent their support to United Way of Greater Oswego County as they organized and hosted A Night of Drinks and Dancing, a special event to benefit the agency’s Community Fund, .  Held at the American Foundry in Oswego attendees danced to the sounds of Brass Inc., a party band featuring a 7 piece horn section, and enjoyed Hors d’oeuvres courtesy of the American Foundry.  The event raised much-needed funds to aid the 30 human services programs that United Way helps to sponsor and collected several boxes of food donations to benefit the Oswego City School District’s Blessings in a Backpack program.

“It was a great evening,” said United Way Resource Development Director Ali McGrath.  “We are thankful for the support we receive from our small businesses and are grateful to Robert and Elizabeth McGrath for making this event possible, DuFore’s Jewelers for providing the entertainment, the American Foundry for providing the venue, and the many community members that joined us for a fun night that helped raised awareness of United Way and our mission of ending hunger, helping youth succeed and building healthier communities,” added McGrath.

Above from left are Elizabeth McGrath, Ali McGrath, Robert McGrath, Tom Ciappa of The American Foundry (foreground), United Way Executive Director Patrick Dewine, and Greg DuFore of DuFore’s Jewelers.

SUNY Oswego Supports United Way

12/10/2016

Oswego, NY – Members of the SUNY Oswego Men’s and Women’s Lakers ice hockey teams presented United Way of Greater Oswego County with a donation of non-perishable food items and toys.  The items, which were collected at both Men’s and Women’s hockey games, were shared with Human Concerns and Catholic Charities of Oswego County.

“Our SEFA committee would like to thank everyone that donated food or toys for this event, said Coordinator of SEFA’s United Way campaign Kristin Gublo.  “It was heart-warming to see our college come together to help make this holiday season a little brighter for some local families. We believe it is so important that we give back to a community that we are so proud to be a part of.”

At center of photo are SUNY Oswego Lakers hockey players, L-R: standing: Kenny Neil, Amber Samonek, Lauren Martel, Tyson Bruce, and Cedric Hansen, seated: Victoria Rankin, Brennan Butler, and Kate Randazzo.  They are with, from left: JoAnn Locy, director, Human Concerns Center; Coordinator of SEFA’s United Way campaign Kristin Gublo, SUNY Oswego Chemistry department; Helen Hoefer, director, Home and Community Based Services for Catholic Charities; Robert McCarey, Human Concerns Center board member; Patrick Dewine (background center), executive director, United Way of Oswego County; Nancy Concadoro, SUNY Oswego Human Resources, SEFA Planning Committee; Ali McGrath, resource development director, United Way of Oswego County; Ryan Kanavy, senior Public Relations major and campaign intern for United Way of Oswego County; and Christy Huynh, SUNY Oswego career services, SEFA planning committee.

Novelis Employees Campaign for United Way on a Roll

11/17/2016

Novelis VounteersOswego, NY – When it comes to community support and understanding the mission of United Way of Greater Oswego County no one realizes it more than the employees at Novelis.  One of United Way’s most ardent supporters, Novelis and its employees are once again in the midst of an in-house campaign to benefit United Way.  To date the campaign, which still has several weeks to go, has raised more than $60,000, in addition Novelis corporate provides approximately a 50% match to the employee campaign total.

Much of the success is credited to the creative ideas that employee campaign coordinator Julie Becker and Novelis’ United Way Campaign Committee incorporate to engage their co-workers and inspire them to support United Way.  “Each year Novelis’ campaign coordinators offer a variety of incentives that add excitement to their campaign,” said United Way Resource Development Director Ali McGrath.  “From fun activities such as a basketball foul shot shoot-off and a polar plunge dunking booth to drawings for SU basketball tickets, an outdoor sportsman’s package, 50 / 50 drawings, and holiday basket drawings. Novelis employees are anxious to participate and enthusiastic about reaching their campaign goal.

In addition to their support of its United Way campaign Novelis employees generously donate their time and talent to assist United Way with many of its initiatives.  Novelis always provides a strong volunteer base for annual Stone Soup Luncheon as well as working closely with some of United Way’s partnering agencies such as ARISE.   “Novelis has always stressed the importance of volunteerism.  Their support of United Way goes well beyond their generous monetary donations to our campaign.  Novelis and its employees are an important part of our community and we are proud to consider them one of our partners on our mission of ending hunger, helping children and youth succeed, and improving the health and well-being of families and individuals,” added McGrath.

Cutline for photo: Novelis employees volunteered their time in support of the United Way’s annual Stone Soup luncheon.  Strong supporters of United Way Novelis employees are in the midst of an in-house campaign that to date has raised more than $60,000 to benefit United Way’s annual campaign. United Way’s Annual Campaign serves as a major fundraiser to help support the many human services programs that have a positive impact in the United Way’s core areas of ending hunger, helping children and youth succeed, and increasing the health and well-being of our communities.   From left are United Way Executive Director Patrick Dewine, Dave Domicolo of Novelis, United Way Resource Development Director Ali McGrath, and Novelis employees Dick Delaney, Dave VanFleet, Xuan Huynh, Hoang Huynh, and Katy Brasser

United Way Stone Soup Luncheon Celebrates 11 Years of Fighting Hunger

11/8/2016

Kayle Ali and Theres from UWGOCFulton, NY – United Way Finance Director Kayla Van Fleet (l), Resource Development Director Ali McGrath (c) and Volunteer Theresa Cooper (r) greeted the many community members that attended the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s annual Stone Soup Luncheon at St. Joseph’s Parish Center in Oswego.  Part of United Way’s impact area of ending hunger in Oswego County, the luncheon served as a fundraiser for area food pantries.   The Stone Soup Luncheon raised more than $1,300 and collected several boxes of food items.  All proceeds from the event as well as the food collected will be used to help fill the pantries’ shelves.

It was wonderful to see the support we received from the community,” said McGrath.  “Thank you to everyone that attend our luncheon, our hard working volunteers that helped prepare, serve and clean-up, and our sponsored for their generous donations; The American Foundry, Greene’s Ale House, Canale’s Restaurant, Vona’s Restaurant, The Press Box, Oswego Country Club, Bosco’s, C’ Farms, Davis Brothers, Dunkin Donuts, Kinney Drugs, Giovanni Foods, and the Oswego Lions Club.

UWGOC Partners wth Walgreens and FamileWize Community Services

11/7/2016

United Way Flu ShotsFulton, NY – United Way of Greater Oswego County recently partnered with Walgreens and FamilyWize Community Services to sponsor a free health clinic.  Hosted by United Way member agency Rural Migrant Ministry of Oswego County (RMMOC) in Richland the clinic provided no-cost flu shots to uninsured and under-insured individuals in Oswego County.

“We greatly appreciate the efforts of these businesses to come together for such a worthy cause as improving the health of our community members.  Collaborations such as these that help improve the quality of life in Oswego County and have a positive effect on our impact area of improving the health and well-being of families and individuals throughout our county,” said United Way Executive Director Patrick Dewine.

Pictured above from left are RMMOC Clinic Nurse Pat Bellinger; Watertown Walgreens Store Manger Jessica Matthews; RMMOC Executive Director Selena Hoyt (foreground); and Watertown Walgreens Pharmacist Kristen Schneider.

Fulton Savings Bank Donates $6,500 to United Way of Greater Oswego County Campaign

11/2/2016

Patrick and Wendy of Fulton Savings BankFulton, NY – Fulton Savings Bank is setting the pace and taking the lead by kicking off its employee workplace campaign in support of United Way of Greater Oswego County with a corporate donation of $6,500.  “Fulton Savings Bank has been a faithful supporter of United Way for many years,” said United Way Executive Director Patrick Dewine.  “We greatly appreciate its generosity and that of its employees which are dedicated to helping our efforts to end hunger, help youth succeed, and improve the health and well-being of families and individuals throughout Oswego County.”

Pictured above are Patrick Dewine and Fulton Savings Bank Senior Vice President Wendy Tetro.

 

United Way Stone Soup Luncheon Celebrates 11 Years of Fighting Hunger

10/26/2016

United Way Stone Soup CommitteeFulton, NY – With a focus on its impact area of ending hunger United Way of Greater Oswego County will hold its 11th Annual Stone Soup Luncheon November 3rd at St. Joseph’s Parish Center, 240 West First Street in Oswego from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Now in its second decade the United Way Stone Soup Luncheon has raised more than $14,000 and collected countless boxes of non-perishable foods to help fill the shelves of area food pantries and help feed thousands of hungry families and individuals in Oswego County.

It’s heartwarming to realize the amount of support we continue to receive for our Stone Soup Luncheon,” said United Way Resource Development Director Ali McGrath.  “Thanks to donations from a number of local restaurants and businesses we’ve put together delicious menu for this year’s Stone Soup Luncheon including soups from The American Foundry, Greene’s Ale House, Canale’s Restaurant, Vona’s Restaurant, The Press Box, and the Oswego Country Club.

Additional menu items include homemade rolls from Bosco’s, salad and fixings from C’ Farms and Davis Brothers, coffee from Dunkin Donuts, water compliments of Kinney Drugs, and sauce from Giovanni Foods.

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.  “To complement these food donations the Oswego Lions Club has once again provided us with a generous donation of $1,000 to purchase additional food items to fill pantry shelves throughout Oswego County,” added McGrath.

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, and the Salvation Army of Oswego County.

Cut line for photo: Committee members and sponsors for the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s 11th Annual Stone Soup Luncheon meet to discuss plans for this year’s event.  Scheduled for Thursday November 3 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:  Marion Ciciarelli of Oswego Health; United Way Resource Development Director Ali McGrath; Helen Hoefer of Catholic Charities; and Marissa Canale of The Press Box which will be proving a soup for the event.

Shineman Foundation Presents United Way of Greater Oswego County a $1,000 Discretionary Grant

10/20/2016

Patrick Dewine and Kathy FenlonFulton, NY – Kathy Fenlon, a member of the Shineman Foundation Board of Directors, presents United Way of Greater Oswego County Executive Director Patrick Dewine with a $1,000 discretionary grant.    In keeping with United Way’s impact area of ending hunger the money was used to benefit backpack programs in the Sandy Creek and APW school districts.  United Way provided backpacks that met the needs of both programs. Backpack programs provide food for children in need over weekends and holidays.

For more information on United Way visit them at www.oswegounitedway.com and following them on Facebook.

Fulton Savings Bank Donates $6,500 to United Way

10/19/2016

Wendy and PatrickFulton, NY – Fulton Savings Bank is setting the pace and taking the lead by kicking off its employee workplace campaign in support of United Way of Greater Oswego County with a corporate donation of $6,500.  “Fulton Savings Bank has been a faithful supporter of United Way for many years,” said United Way Executive Director Patrick Dewine.  “We greatly appreciate its generosity and that of their employees which are dedicated to helping our efforts to end hunger, help youth succeed, and improve the health and well-being of families and individuals throughout Oswego County.”

Pictured above are Patrick Dewine and Fulton Savings Bank Senior Vice President Wendy Tetro.

SUNY Walk-A-Thon Supports United Way Campaign

10/13/2016

United Way SUNY WalkOswego, NY – Members of VEGA, SUNY Oswego’s Junior and Senior Women’s Honors Society, and the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) recently sponsored the 25th annual Walk For A Purpose, a 5K walk around the SUNY Oswego campus.  The Walk For A Purpose Walk-A-Thon raised $430 in support of the 30 human services programs offered through United Way funded agencies.  “It’s inspiring to see how dedicated the students are to the university and the community they live in.  The members of VEGA, PRSSA, everyone that participated in Walk For A Purpose are to be commended for a job well done!” said Resource Development Director Ali McGrath.  Pictured above with the planning committee members is United Way Executive Director Patrick Dewine.  For information on the United Way of Greater Oswego County visit www.oswegounitedway.org.