United Way Stone Soup Luncheon Welcomes Great Results

11/13/2017

United Way Stone Soup Luncheon Welcomes Great ResultsFulton, NY – The United Way of Greater Oswego County recently welcomed community members to its Stone Soup Luncheon. Hosted by St. Joseph’s Parish in Oswego the annual event serves as a fundraiser for local food pantries and helps to raise awareness of hunger in Oswego County.

According to United Way Resource Development Director Ali McGrath the Luncheon was a great success. “The money we raised and the many boxes of food items we collected will go a long way in replenishing the shelves in our local food pantries,” said McGrath. “I wish to thank the community members who attended, and our many volunteers, including employees from Novelis and Fulton Savings Bank, for making the event a success, as well as our many caring sponsors who donated the food for our luncheon: Canale’s Restaurant, Vona’s Restaurant, Oswego Country Club, The American Foundry, and The Press Box for providing our soups; C’s Farms for our salad fixings; Davis Brothers for the salad dressing; Kinney Drugs who provided bottled water; Bosco’s provided the rolls; Giovanni Foods for cases of canned sauce; Dunkin’ Donuts for the coffee, and Cakes Galore for donating our desserts.

I would also like to thank the Oswego Lions Club for its generous donation of $1,000 for our food pantries and St. Joseph’s Parish for hosting the event,” added McGrath.

All proceeds from the Stone Soup Luncheon, as well as the food that was collected are donated to local food pantries at the Human Concerns Center, Catholic Charities of Oswego County, and the Salvation Army of Oswego County.

Cut line for photo: United Way Campaign Assistant Kay Dugauy (l) and Executive Director Patrick Dewine (back row second from left) joined volunteers from Novelis and Fulton Savings Bank in preparing and serving dozens of community members at the United Way’s Annual Stone Soup Luncheon. Held at St. Joseph’s Parish Center in Oswego the event served as a fundraiser for local food pantries. All proceeds from the event, as well as the many boxes of food collected, will help the pantries’ fill its shelves for the holiday season.

United Way’s Chicken BBQ / Chili Cook-Off Fundraiser a Success

10/20/2017

United Way’s Chicken BBQ / Chili Cook-Off Fundraiser a SuccessOswego, NY –United Way of Greater Oswego County Campaign Assistant Kay Duguay (r) poses with some of the volunteers that helped make the United Way’s Chicken BBQ / Chili Cook-Off fundraiser a success.

Hosted by Woodchuck Saloon in Oswego the event raised more than $1,170 in support of United Way’s Annual Campaign.

We are grateful to Becky Walpole of Woodchuck Saloon for hosting the event, cooking the chickens and preparing the dinners, and our board members that brought their homemade chili for the cook-off,” said Duguay. “We served 200 chicken dinners and it would not have been possible without the tremendous support we received from our valued volunteers and the many community members that graciously chose to support this event. Thank you to everyone involved!

From left are Catherine Clancy, MaryLu Ferguson, Theresa Cooper, and Kay Duguay

SUNY Walk-A-Thon Supports United Way Campaign

10/12/2017

SUNY Walk-A-Thon Supports United Way CampaignOswego, NY – Members of VEGA, SUNY Oswego’s Junior and Senior Women’s Honors Society, the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) and the State Employees Federated Appeal (SEFA) recently sponsored the 26th annual Walk-A-Thon “Oswego Walks United” on the SUNY Oswego campus.

The event raised more than $500 in support of the many human services programs offered through United Way funded agencies.  “The care and concern that students and staff of SUNY Oswego show for their community is inspiring.  We grateful to the members of SEFA, VEGA, PRSSA, for organizing the ‘Oswego Walks United’ and to everyone that participated,” said Resource Development Director Ali McGrath.

For information on the United Way of Greater Oswego County visit www.oswegounitedway.org.

United Way Stone Soup Luncheon Celebrates 12 Years of Fighting Hunger

10/9/2017

Ali McGrath, resource development director with United Way of Greater Oswego County meets with Deacon Nick Alvaro to discuss plans for United Way’s Annual Stone Soup LuncheonFulton, NY – With a focus on its impact area of ending hunger United Way of Greater Oswego County will hold its 12th Annual Stone Soup Luncheon November 9 at St. Joseph’s Parish Center, 240 West First Street in Oswego from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

United Way’s Stone Soup Luncheon helps to stock the shelves of Oswego County’s food pantries that provide food for thousands of hungry families and individuals.

“With the holidays fast approaching it becomes more challenging for our pantries to meet the demand for food subsidy. Our Stone Soup Luncheon goes a long way in helping to meet that demand,” said United Way Development Director Ali McGrath.

The menu for United Way’s Stone Soup Luncheon will feature several varieties of soups from some of the area’s most popular restaurants and eateries. Local business will also be providing salad, rolls, and dessert to complete the menu.

“We greatly appreciate the support our luncheons have received from local businesses and individuals,” added McGrath. “The efforts of our volunteers, which include community members as well as employees from the area businesses and organizations, make the luncheon possible; those that attend the luncheon make it a success. The Stone Soup Luncheon is a perfect example of our community coming together to Live United,” 

Open to the public, the United Way Stone Soup Luncheon will 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 food pantries at the Human Concerns Center, Catholic Charities of Oswego County, and the Salvation Army of Oswego County.

Cut line for photo: Ali McGrath, resource development director with United Way of Greater Oswego County meets with Deacon Nick Alvaro to discuss plans for United Way’s Annual Stone Soup Luncheon.  Scheduled for November 9 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.

BBQ to Benefit United Way

10/02/2017

Woodchuck Saloon supports United WayOswego, NY –Woodchuck Saloon, 1 Mitchell Street in Oswego will host a Chicken BBQ to benefit United Way of Greater Oswego County beginning at 12:00 Noon on Sunday, October 15. In addition to the BBQ there will also be a United Way Chili Cook-Off!

Woodchuck Saloon is famous for its Chicken BBQs and has hosted numerous fundraisers,” said United Way Campaign Assistant Kay Duguay. “We are grateful that they have chosen to partner with us to increase awareness of United Way and help raise funds to benefit the many human services programs that United Way supports,

We are always willing to help,” added Becky Walpole, owner of Woodchuck Saloon. “United Way does much for our community and we are looking forward to hosting this chicken BBQ for them.

As part of the BBQ United Way staff and board members will engage in some friendly competition with United Way’s first Chili Cook-Off! “United Way staff and board members will be fine tuning their own recipes and bringing their homemade chili to the BBQ. Attendees will be able to taste each chili and vote on their favorite,” explained Duguay.

The United Way Chicken BBQ begins at 12:00 Noon and continues until sold out. Dinners include chicken, Woodchuck style baked beans, salt potatoes, and roll. Pre-sale tickets are $10 and available at Woodchuck Saloon, Clubhouse Tavern and from United Way staff. Dinners are available for takeout or delivery. For more information contact your United Way office at 315-593-1900 or visit www.oswegounitedway.org.

Cut line for photo: Woodchuck Saloon supports United Way.  Representatives from the United Way of Greater Oswego County meet with Becky Walpole (c), owner of Woodchuck Saloon in preparation for a Chicken BBQ fundraiser to benefit United Way. The BBQ will be held October 15 from 12:00 Noon until sold out at Woodchuck Saloon, 1 Mitchell Street in Oswego.  The event will also feature the United Way’s first Chili Cook-Off! United Way staff and board members will be competing for best tasting chili. Pictured with Walpole are United Way Resource Development Director Ali McGrath (l) and United Way Campaign Assistant Kay Duguay (r). For more information on the event you may contact your United Way office at 593-1900 or visit www.oswegounitedway.org.

United Way to Kick-Off Annual Campaign

8/29/2017

Staff of the United Way of Greater Oswego County meet with United Way Campaign Cabinet Chairperson Dick Delaney of Novelis Fulton, NY – United Way of Greater Oswego County officially begins its 2018 Annual Campaign with a kick-off breakfast on September 13 at the American Foundry in Oswego. The event will introduce the theme to this year’s United Way Campaign; “Together We Stand United.”

The new theme, “Together We Stand United” emphasizes the strength of working together and the positive impact it has on the mission of United Way of Greater Oswego County.

It may sound cliché, but working together is far more effective than working individually,” said United Way Campaign Assistant Kay Duguay. “Coming together as a community for the common good is a benchmark of United Way. Our mission of ending hunger, helping youth succeed and building healthier communities is achievable if we all work together in whatever capacity we can.

There are many ways to support United Way. For some it’s volunteering their time and talents to further the success of the many programs United Way funds. For others it’s through donations, whether individually or as part of workplace campaign, these donations go far in providing funding for programs that are vital to our mission.

Duguay added that the United Way’s Campaign Cabinet, consisting of community volunteers Sue Cahill (Pathfinder Bank), Todd Fiorenza (Exelon Generation), Clark Stanton (OVIA), Rob Rolfe (Harmony Financial), and Chairperson Dick Delaney (Novelis) have put together a kick-off agenda that highlights the positive impact that United Way and the many programs it funds has on those they serve. To emphasize that impact the committee reached out to Oswego County Department of Social Services Commissioner Stacy Alvord.

Alvord, who holds a BA in Public Justice from SUNY Oswego and a MS in social work from Syracuse University, has work in the social services field for almost four decades. Alvord has advocated at the national, state and local level for high impact programs that reach the poorest and most vulnerable individuals.

Stacy made her first donation to United Way thirty-seven years ago and is still a strong supporter of our efforts and the many United Way funded programs offered through our partner agencies,” added United Way Resource Development Director Ali McGrath. “The combination of her extensive experience and her knowledge of our communities will make for an enlightening presentation on how United Way is vital to the quality of life in Oswego County.

The United Way of Greater Oswego County 2018 Campaign Kick-Off Breakfast will be held September 13 from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. at the American Foundry, 246 West Seneca St. (behind Fajita Grill on Route 104 West) in Oswego. The Breakfast is open to the public; the cost to attend is $15 per person and includes a sit down breakfast.

Registration is available online at www.oswegounitedway.org, through Venmo, via email at aliunitedway@windstream.net, or by calling your United Way office at 315-593-1900. Please RSVP by September 6th.

The United Way Annual Campaign helps to raise funds for 30 human services programs that are provided through United Way’s partner agencies.  For more information on United Way of Greater Oswego County visit www.oswegounitedway.org.

Cut line for photo: Staff of the United Way of Greater Oswego County meet with United Way Campaign Cabinet Chairperson Dick Delaney of Novelis to discuss the details for the agency’s 2018 Campaign Kick-Off Breakfast that will be held at The American Foundry, September 13 from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m.  Reservations, which are required by September 6, are available online at www.oswegounitedway.org, through Venmo, via email at aliunitedway@windstream.net, or by calling your United Way office at 315-593-1900. Seated from left are Dick Delaney and United Way Executive Director Patrick Dewine. Standing from left are United Way Campaign Assistant Kay Dugauy and United Way Resource Development Ali McGrath. Absent from photo are Campaign Committee members Sue Cahill (Pathfinder Bank), Todd Fiorenza (Exelon Generation), Clark Stanton (OVIA), and Rob Rolfe (Harmony Financial).

Burritt Motors Revs Up Stuff-A-Bus Campaign

8/10/2017

Currently underway, the Stuff-A-Bus campaign helps to ensure that children in need have the necessary supplies to begin the new school year. The United Way is soliciting area businesses and individuals and have arranged for school buses to be located throughout Oswego County on August 18 where people will be able to donate school supplies.

 

 

 

The buses will be located at the following sites from 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

  • Wal-Mart on Route 49 in Central Square
  • Wal-Mart on Route 104 in Oswego
  • Wal-Mart on Route 3 in Fulton
  • 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
  • Tops Friendly Market, Route 3 in Hannibal
  • Fulton Savings Bank Plaza, Route 57 in Phoenix

Staff members and volunteers from all Oswego County nine school districts and volunteers from the United Way of Greater Oswego County will sort the collected supplies with a portion going to each of the school districts in Oswego County.

Volunteers will then be distributing the school supplies throughout Oswego County as follows:

  • APW – August 22 from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the APW Bus Garage
  • Central Square – August 22 from 9:00 a.m. –12:00 Noon at the Paul V. Moore High School Cafeteria
  • Fulton – August 22 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon at Fairgrieve Elementary School.
  • Hannibal – August 22 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at Kenney Middle School.
  • Oswego – August 22 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon at Fitzhugh Park School
  • Pulaski – August 22 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Pulaski High School Gym Lobby
  • Sandy Creek – August 21 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at the Sandy Creek Elementary School Cafeteria.
  • Phoenix – August 22 from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Maroun Elementary School.
  • Mexico – August 22 from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon in the Mexico Middle School Gym.

Families are urged to attend the distribution in their school district only. A copy of the students 2016-2017 report card is required for participate.

School supplies will be available for those who would find it challenging to purchase the supplies that their child need for school. Volunteers will be on hand to assist and guide the children and to make sure that they get the supplies they really need.

For more information on the Stuff-A-Bus campaign contact your United Way office at 315-593-1900.

Cut line for photo: Rich Burritt (center) of Burritt Motors in Oswego presents a check for $500 to United Way Stuff-A-Bus Co-Chairpersons Laurie Kelly and Executive Director of United Way of Greater Oswego County Patrick Dewine (right) to help purchase additional school supplies for United Way’s annual Stuff-A-Bus Campaign, which collects and distributes school supplies to less fortunate students throughout Oswego County. For more information, or to make a donation to the Stuff-A-Bus Campaign contact your United Way office at 315-593-1900.

Stuff-A-Bus School Supplies Pick Up

SCHOOL SUPPLIES

Are you or is someone you know struggling to afford the necessary
school supplies for their children?

The United Way of Greater Oswego County, the Oswego County Teachers
Unions and CSEA want to help relieve the financial stress. The following
sites are available for children in need to pick up the school supplies they
need.

A copy of your child’s 2016-2017 School Report Card will
be required for entrance to pick up school supplies.

 

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District Date Time Location
APW Tuesday, August 22th 9am-11am APW Bus Garage
Central Square Tuesday, August 22th 9am-12pm PVM High School
   Cafeteria
Fulton Tuesday, August 22th 9am-12pm Fairgrieve
  Elementary School
Hannibal Tuesday, August 22th 1-3pm Kenney Middle School
Mexico Tuesday, August 22th 8am-12 pm Mexico Middle School Gym
Oswego Tuesday, August 22th 9am-12 or until Fitzhugh Park
  supplies last School
Phoenix Tuesday, August 22th 5pm-8pm Maroun Elementary
Pulaski Tuesday, August 22th 1-3pm Pulaski High School
  Gym Lobby
Sandy Creek Monday, August 21st 6-7:30pm Sandy Creek
Elementary Cafeteria

 

AmeriCorps Members Support Stuff-A-Bus campaign

07/31/2017

Fulton, NY –  As part of their community service project local AmeriCorps members are helping to collect school supplies for the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s annual Stuff-A-Bus campaign. Stuff-A-Bus helps to ensure that less fortunate children in Oswego County have the supplies they need to successfully begin the school year.

AmeriCorps members have placed collection boxes at the Oswego YMCA, river’s end bookstore, Oswego City Library, Bosco’s Food Market, and Cakes Galore bakery. School supplies can be dropped off at any of those sites through August 17.  Additional drop off sites include Walmart stores in Central Square, Oswego, and Fulton; Kinney Drugs in Mexico, Fulton, and Pulaski; Tops Friendly Market in Hannibal; Fulton Savings Bank in Phoenix; and NBT Bank’s east side branch in Oswego. For more information on United Way’s Stuff-A-Bus campaign visit www.oswegounitedway.org. From left are: Nathaniel Ahart, Carolyn Ahart, Ariana Zink, and Stuff-A-Bus Campaign Co-Chairpersons Laurie Kelly, and United Way of Greater Oswego County Executive Director Patrick Dewine.

School Districts to Distribute School Supplies

7/24/2017

 Crouse presenting Kelly with a check representing money raised for Stuff-A-Bus through donationsFulton, NY – Oswego County students in need of school supplies will find it easier to get ready for school thanks to the United Way of Greater Oswego County Stuff-A-Bus campaign.

The Stuff-A-Bus campaign, which is currently underway, was initiated to collect school supplies so that children in need throughout Oswego County would have the supplies they need to begin the new school year. The United Way is soliciting area businesses and individuals and have arranged for eight buses to be located throughout Oswego County where people will be able to donate school supplies.

On August 18 school buses will be located at the following sites from 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 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 Fulton
  • 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
  • Tops Friendly Market, Route 3 in Hannibal
  • Fulton Savings Bank Plaza, Route 57 in Phoenix
  • NBT Bank, 161 State Route 104 in Oswego

We have received tremendous community support over the years are looking forward to seeing another positive response to our Stuff-A-Bus campaign,” said United Way Executive Director Patrick Dewine. “The generous donations we receive help to ensure that less fortunate children in Oswego County have the supplies they need to successfully begin the new school year.”

Staff members and volunteers from all Oswego County nine school districts and volunteers from the United Way of Greater Oswego County will sort the collected supplies with a portion going to each of the school districts in Oswego County.

Volunteers will then be distributing the school supplies throughout Oswego County as follows:

  • APW – August 22 from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the APW Bus Garage
  • Central Square – August 22 from 9:00 a.m. –12:00 Noon at the Paul V. Moore High School Cafeteria
  • Fulton – August 22 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon at Fairgrieve Elementary School
  • Hannibal – August 22 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at Kenny Elementary School
  • Oswego – August 22 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon at Fitzhugh Park School
  • Pulaski – August 22 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Pulaski High School Gym Lobby
  • Sandy Creek – August 21 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at the Sandy Creek Elementary School Cafeteria
  • Phoenix – August 22 from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Maroun Elementary School
  • Mexico – August 22 from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon in the Mexico Middle School Gym

Families are urged to attend the distribution in their school district only. A copy of the students 2016-2017 report card is required for participate.

School supplies will be available for those who would find it challenging to purchase the supplies that their child need for school. Volunteers will be on hand to assist and guide the children and to make sure that they get the supplies they really need.

For more information on the Stuff-A-Bus campaign contact your United Way office at 315-593-1900.

Cut line for photo: Patrick Dewine, executive director, United Way of Greater Oswego County and Laurie Kelly (l), co-chairpersons, for United Way’s Stuff-A-Bus campaign, deliver a school supply drop box to Jodi Crouse (r), branch manager, NBT Bank’s Oswego east side location. Now through August 17 NBT’s Oswego east side branch will serve as an official collection site for United Way’s Stuff-A-Bus campaign that collects school supplies for children in need throughout Oswego County. Additionally, Crouse is presenting Kelly with a check representing money raised for Stuff-A-Bus through donations for employee casual days.