FEMA

5/26/2016

FULTON, NY – The United Way of Greater Oswego County has announced that it is in the planning stages for the distribution of $66,437 in funding that it has received from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The funding, which can be used for food, rent assistance and utility assistance, is available to 501©3, not-for-profit agencies offering human services programs. Those agencies interested in applying for FEMA funding must submit a request to the United Way of Greater Oswego County no later than Friday, June 3, 2016.

The local FEMA board will convene on June 7, 10:30am at the United Way office, 1 South First St. in Fulton, to review all requests.

For more information on the availability of local FEMA funding, contact the United Way office at 593-1900, x 201.

Oswego Lions Club supports United Way Golf Tournament

5/23/2016

UW & Oswego Lions ClubFulton, NY –  Kalyn Duguay (r), campaign assistant with United Way of Greater Oswego County meets with Karen Hammond (l) of the Oswego Lions Club in preparation for the 21st Annual United Way of Greater Oswego County Golf Tournament.  The Oswego Lions Club, which is sponsoring the United Way’s Raffle Board for this year’s golf tournament, has donated a GoPro camera with stand as the raffle board prize.  A limited number of squares, available for $5 each, will be offered during both the morning and afternoon flights of the tournament.  All proceeds will benefit United Way’s Community Care Fund that provides funding to 27 different human service programs throughout Oswego County.  “We’re grateful to the Oswego Lions Club for sponsoring our Raffle Board and donating such a great prize,” said United Way Resource Development Director Ali McGrath.

The United Way golf tournament will be held July 11th at the Oswego County Club.  For more information regarding sponsorship opportunities for businesses and organizations wishing to be involved with the event, or team registration, visit the agency’s website at www.oswegounitedway.org or contact Ali McGrath at your United Way office, 315-593-1900, ext. 202.

DSS Event Benefits United Way

5/17/2016

UW DSS Hazzy's AngelsFulton, 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 6th Annual DSS Spring Bowling Fling.

The DSS employee bowl-a-thon raised more than $1,800 in support of United Way.  “This was our most successful ‘Spring Fling’ ever,” said John Ferry, coordinator of Child Support Enforcement at DSS.  “There were 19 teams consisting of 89 bowlers as well many more that joined us to watch the fun.  In addition to DSS employees we had teams from the County Clerk’s office, United Way, and Novelis.  Thank you to all the bowlers and community members that came out to support the event, especially the DSS Hospitality group and our United Way fundraising staff that helped to organize the event.”

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.” 

Cut line for photo: Staff and friends of the Oswego County Department of Social Services (DSS) raised more than $1800 in support of one of Oswego County’s most vital agencies, United Way, as they participated in the 6th Annual DSS Spring Bowling Fling at Lakeview Lanes in Fulton.  Pictured above are members of the winning team, Hazzy’s Angels, from left are Taylor Lower, Candice Hutchinson, Maria Burnswick, Morgan Cliff, and Paige Blum.

Kalyn Duguay joins United Way Staff

5/17/2016

Fulton, NY – Patrick Dewine, executive director of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, has announced that Kalyn Duguay, campaign assistant, is the newest member of the United Way staff.

A recent graduate of SUNY Oswego, Duguay holds a Bachelor’s Degree in communications with a minor in business and has been serving an internship with United Way since September.   Duguay is pleased to have the opportunity to continue being a part of United Way.  “I learned a lot during my internship,” said Duguay.   “I was aware of United Way, and as a teenager working at Wegman’s in Buffalo I would contribute to United Way, but I didn’t realize the amount of impact it has on the overall health of the communities it serves.  After witnessing this impact first hand I’m happy to be a part of an agency that does so much to bring about positive change in my community.  I consider it a privilege to be able to work for United Way of Greater Oswego County and know that the work that we do means so much to so many.” 

As campaign assistant, Duguay will be working closely with United Way Resource Development Director Ali McGrath and Executive Director Patrick Dewine on all aspects of the agency’s annual campaign and special events, including the upcoming United Way Golf Tournament, the Stuff-A-Bus campaign, and the annual United Way Breakfast.

“Event planning has always been a passion for me,” said Duguay.  “I was very involved with our Stone Soup Too luncheon in Fulton and I’m currently busy recruiting teams for the golf tournament, procuring sponsors, and collecting donations for the silent auction that is part of the tournament.   Stone Soup Too was one of our most successful and the golf tournament is also receiving great support.  It’s rewarding to help put together events that are well received and enjoyed by those that attend. ”

Duguay will also be heavily involved with the United Way’s use of social media.  “During my time as an intern we greatly expanded our social media presence on Facebook and other outlets such as Twitter and Instagram, which are vital when it comes to reaching young adults and educating them about United Way and the positive impact it has on our three core areas; ending hunger, helping children and youth succeed, and improving the health and well-being of families and individuals,” said Duguay

“Kalyn did a wonderful job as an intern and we are happy to have her as our new campaign assistant.  Her enthusiasm for the work that we do and her eagerness to do whatever it takes to achieve success will prove to be a welcome addition to our staff,” added McGrath.

For more information on United Way of Greater Oswego County visit www.oswegounitedway.org or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Liberty Mutual Aids Fulton Community Garden

5/17/2016

2016 Community Garden Volunteers

Fulton, NY – Employees of Liberty Mutual Insurance volunteered their time to help prepare the Fulton’s community gardens for the upcoming growing season through the ‘Serve with Liberty’ Program.  The program is a part of Liberty Mutual’s national workplace campaign in support of their local United Way.  Liberty Mutual recognizes local United Ways through payroll deduction and a company match.

To encourage participation and giving in the workplace each of office campaign includes the “Serve with Liberty” program, which offers Liberty Mutual employees the opportunity to volunteer for community projects organized by different charities Liberty Mutual supports. This year the employees chose the Fulton Community Garden Project.

“This year we partnered with Catholic Charities to prepare the community gardens for planting,” said United Way Resource Development Director Ali McGrath.  “We were fortunate to have six volunteers from Liberty Mutual join us to clean and weed the gardens.  They did a great job and the gardens are ready for the season!” Located at John Lincoln Park, the Fulton Community Garden Project offers Fulton City residents the opportunity to have their own garden bed to grow vegetables, herbs, or flowers. This year’s garden contains 24 individual garden beds that are available for human service agencies and community members to plant, care for and harvest.

For information on the Fulton Community Garden, or to apply for a garden bed, contact Tim Archer at Catholic Charities of Oswego County, 315-598-3980.

Cutline for photo: Liberty Mutual employees participating in the company’s ‘Serve with Liberty’ program recently volunteered their time and talents to benefit the Fulton Community Garden project.  The ‘Serve with Liberty’ program is part of Liberty Mutual’s national campaign in support of local United Way’s.  Pictured above are employees from the local Liberty Mutual office.