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.

Letter to the Editor

10/13/2016

SUNY Oswego is to be commended for its most recent endeavor in support of United Way of Greater Oswego County.  October 8th marked the 25th anniversary of the SUNY Oswego Walk With A Purpose, a 5K walk around the campus that raises funds for United Way.

Despite the inclement weather dozens of students representing a number of SUNY organizations participated in the walk.  Their efforts raised $430 that will help fund United Way programs that focus on ending hunger, helping children and youth succeed, and improving the health and well-being of families and individuals throughout Oswego County.

We greatly appreciate the work that SUNY Oswego Advisors Sharity Bassett, Lisa Evaneski and the entire SEFA committee, chaired by Kristin Gublo, put forth in coordinating Walk With A Purpose, and the SUNY Oswego Junior and Senior Women’s Honor Society (VEGA) and Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) for sponsoring the event.

The relationship we have fostered with SUNY Oswego has led to a wonderful collaboration that has had a positive impact on United Way supported programs and the lives of those they serve.  It’s rewarding to know that SUNY Oswego students and faculty recognize the importance of United Way.

I extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone at SUNY Oswego for all that they do for their community through their support of United Way!

Sincerely,

Ali McGrath
Resource Development Director
United Way of Greater Oswego County

United Way Seeks Greater Impact

10/11/2016

United Way Campaign CabinetFulton, NY – With the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s annual campaign well underway and workplace campaigns in full gear the United Way’s Campaign Cabinet has been busy formalizing their strategic plan to supplement the campaign and ensure that United Way’s impact is felt throughout all of Oswego County.

One of cabinet’s priorities is to increase the United Way’s presence in the county’s northern region.  With partnering agencies such as Rural and Migrant Ministries in Richland and the Pulaski Community Cupboard providing vital human services to their communities the success of workplace campaigns in northern Oswego County is essential.

Fostering relationships and establishing new collaborations will make it possible for United Way to have a positive impact and meet the needs of the many rural communities that make up the northern region of our county.  It’s paramount that United Way funded programs are benefiting families and individuals in every corner of Oswego County,” said United Way Campaign Cabinet Chairperson Dick Delaney.

While the United Way annual campaign is the agency’s primary resource for funding the 30 human services programs that its members provide community initiatives and outreach are essential compliments.  “Events such as our Stone Soup Luncheon, which will be held next month in Oswego, the Dine With Us series, the SUNY Oswego United Way Walk-a-Thon, and our annual breakfast to name a few, allows United Way to connect with the community on a more personal level,” added United Way Resource Development Director Ali McGrath.  “These initiatives not only raise awareness of United Way, they help to put a face on the agency and drives home the fact that working together for the betterment of our communities is what United Way is all about.

Comprised of a cross section of concerned community leaders, the United Way’s Campaign Cabinet works hand in hand with the United Way staff as they oversee the agency’s Annual Campaign and ensures that United Way remains focused on its mission to end hunger, help children and youth succeed, and improve the health and well-being of families and individuals throughout Oswego County.

The compassion that these individuals have for their fellow community members is commendable,” added McGrath.  “They’re committed having United Way make a positive difference throughout all of Oswego County from Hannibal to Cleveland; Phoenix to Lacona and everywhere in between.  Wherever the need for human services exists United Way will be there!

Cut line for photo: Members of the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s Campaign Cabinet met recently to formulate its strategy to ensure that the positive effects of United Way funded human services programs extend to every corner of Oswego County.  From left are Todd Fiorenza of Exelon Generation; United Way Executive Director Patrick Dewine; Sue Cahill of Pathfinder Bank; Rob Rolfe of Harmony Financial Services, United Way Resource Development Director Alison McGrath, Campaign Cabinet Chairperson Dick Delaney of Novelis; Clark Stanton of Oswego Valley Insurance Agency; and Lisa Dashnau of Exelon Generation.