Fulton Eateries set the Menu for United Way ‘Stone Soup Too’ Luncheon

3/23/2018

Fulton Eateries set the Menu for  United Way ‘Stone Soup Too’ LuncheonFulton, NY – Committee members for the United Way of Greater Oswego County Stone Soup Too Luncheon have announced that the menu is set for this year’s luncheon.

Hosted by Holy Trinity Parish, 309 Buffalo Street in Fulton, the United Way Stone Soup Too Luncheon will be held April 10 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.  The luncheon helps to raise awareness of hunger in Oswego County and encourage community members to help fill the shelves of local food pantries.

Thanks to the efforts of our committee members and the generosity of our local businesses we have put together a menu featuring signature soups from several of Fulton’s favorite restaurants; including Blue Moon Grill’s cream of broccoli soup along with favorites from Mimi’s Drive-In, The Foursome Diner, and The Lock Restaurant,” said United Way Resource Development Director Ali McGrath.

In addition to the soups the Stone Soup Too menu includes “Boxes of Joe” from Dunkin’ Donuts; salad fixings from C’s Farms & Davis Brothers; rolls and butter from Red Baron; water from Kinney’s Drugs; and tasty treats from Kathy’s Cakes for dessert. An assortment of canned soups donated by Top’s Friendly Market will be displayed as centerpieces, and will then be included in the donation of nonperishable food items.

Over the years we’ve received tremendous support for our Stone Soup Too luncheons. The results of our luncheon have a positive impact on food pantries throughout Oswego County. It’s a challenge for our food pantries to keep its shelves filled and meet the demand for food subsidy in Oswego County.  The food collected, and the money raised at our ‘Stone Soup Too’ Luncheon will assist them in meeting that challenge. I encourage community member to join us for great food and fellowship for a great cause; ending hunger in Oswego County,” said McGrath.

The Stone Soup Too Luncheon is open to the public. United Way will be accepting donations of $5 per person at the door and attendees are encouraged to please bring a donation of non-perishable food items. There will also be a number of drawings and door prizes during the luncheon.  All proceeds and food donations from the luncheon will be used to support area food pantries including Catholic Charities of Oswego County, Salvation Army of Oswego County, and the Hannibal Resource Center Food Pantry.

For more information contact your United Way office at 315-593-1900 or visit www.oswegounitedway.org 

Cut line for photo: United Way of Greater Oswego County Resource Development Director Ali McGrath (l) meets with Kathy of Kathy’s Cakes in preparation for United Way’s “Stone Soup Too” Luncheon.  Kathy’s Cakes will be providing a dessert tray for the luncheon. To be held April 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Holy Trinity Parish, 309 Buffalo Street in Fulton.  United Way’s Stone Soup Too luncheon serves as a fundraiser for food pantries throughout Oswego County.

Burritt Motors Receives United Way Spirit of Community Award

3/15/2018

Burritt Motors Receives United Way Spirit of Community AwardFulton, NY – United Way of Greater Oswego County recently recognized Burritt Motors of Oswego with its Spirit of Community Award at the organization’s Salute to Volunteers and Leadership Giving Luncheon held recently at The American Foundry in Oswego.  The award is presented to an organization or individual that demonstrates a strong commitment to improving the quality of life in Oswego County.

Burritt Motors began its relationship with United Way of Greater Oswego County in 2001 as the Hole In One sponsor for our golf tournament,” said Clark Stanton, president of the United Way Board of Directors. “Since that time Burritt Motors has increased its level of support and has donated more than $40,000 that has directly impacted people in Oswego County in need.  This past spring Rich Burritt, his wife Brittanee, and his employees brought their compassion and energy to a new level.  They gathered resources and volunteers and worked tirelessly as they transformed an overgrown yard and a rundown barn into a landscaped haven for residents of a Minetto group home. It is this idealism that makes Rich Burritt and Burritt Motors the recipient of United Way’s Spirit of Community Award.

We are humbled to accept this award,” said Burritt. “It is a privilege to be able to provide for our community and we look forward to continuing our collaboration with United Way in the years ahead.

Cut line for photo: Burritt Motors of Oswego was honored with the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s Spirit of Community Award at the United Way’s Annual Meeting. Above seated from left are Brenda Burritt, Chris Burritt, Rich Burritt, and Cheryl Camp. Standing from left are United Way Board President Clark Stanton of Oswego Valley Insurance Agencies, United Way Board Member Rob Rolfe of Harmony Financial Services, Burritt Motors employees Justin Taber, Chris Owen, Mike DeForge, John Yard, and United Way Executive Director Patrick Dewine.

United Way Recognizes DuFore’s Jewelers

3/15/2018

United Way Recognizes DuFore’s JewelersFulton, NY – United Way of Greater Oswego honored one of its strongest supports with the award for Outstanding Special Event. DuFore’s Jewelers was recognized for an event that, since its inception in 2006, has become synonymous with the Christmas season, the DuFore’s Diamond Ring Drawing.

We are honored to present our Outstanding Special Event Award to a local business that has been a prominent figure in our community for more than 60 years,” said United Way Board Member Rob Rolfe. “Family owned and operated, DuFore’s Jewelers has provided a source of pride and community to the downtown area since 1956. In 2006 they partnered with United Way to offer a unique fundraising idea; each Christmas, Mark and Greg DuFore create a stunning piece of jewelry to donate to our campaign. To date DuFore’s Diamond Ring Drawing has raised almost $17,000. It is because of this dedication and care for our community that we honor Greg and Mark DuFore with this award. Mark and Greg truly embody the spirit of living united.

Cut line for photo: DuFore’s Jewelers was the recipient of United Way of Greater Oswego County’s Outstand Event Award.  DuFore’s Jewelers was recognized for its annual Diamond Ring Drawing that benefits the United Way Annual Campaign. From left are United Way Board President Clark Stanton of Oswego Valley Insurance Agencies, Mark DuFore, United Way Executive Director Patrick Dewine, and Board Member Rob Rolfe of Harmony Financial Services.

Allocation Volunteers 2018

3/8/2018

Allocations Committee 2018Fulton, NY – Ever wonder what kind of impact United Way of Greater Oswego County has on our communities. Now is your opportunity as United Way Executive Director Patrick Dewine has announced that the agency is seeking volunteers to serve on its Community Investment Committee.

Responsible for evaluating United Way funded programs that are available to Oswego County, members of the Community Investment Committee play a key role in the United Way’s funding process. It’s a unique opportunity to learn more about United Way member agencies and have input regarding critical decisions on how the money raised during the United Way’s Annual Campaign will be distributed to the county’s human services providers.

It is of the utmost importance that the community is involved in this process,” said United Way Executive Director Patrick Dewine. “Our Community Investment Committee represents our citizen-givers and gives our donors a powerful voice as to where their contributions go and that those contributions will provide maximum results. United Way’s approach to funding human service programs is based on the belief that the interests of the people of Oswego County are best served when a unified process is used to make decisions about funding to those agencies that provide services.

Volunteers serve on one of five panels, each of which deals with a specific field of service: Emergency Services, Children and Family Services, Health and Special Needs, Senior Services, and Youth Development.  Panel members will visit agencies that offer programs related to their specific field of service where they will receive a tour of the agency. It’s a process that committee members find to be both enlightening and rewarding.

“Being a member of the United Way investment process has opened my eyes as to the on-going needs of our local communities and the important role that United Way plays in meeting those needs,” said National Grid Customer and Community Jurisdictional Manager, Walter Dengos. “It is clear that community involvement is a key component to helping United Way continue to provide funding to the many member agency programs that serve so many families and individuals throughout all of Oswego County.

Longtime Community Investment Committee Member and Manager of the Central Square branch of Fulton Savings Bank Debra Braden also stressed the importance of community involvement.

Input from community members is essential to the investment process,” said Braden. “Being a member of the Community Investment Committee allows individuals to gain a better understanding of the United Way funded services that are provided through United Way member agencies. They also see first-hand why United Way is the best steward of our community’s charitable dollars.  United Way leaders, along with the Community Investment Committee carefully assess our county’s needs and ensure that every dollar given to United Way is invested where it can do the most good.

While the United Way’s program funding process does not begin until April, the United Way is currently recruiting volunteers now so that the Community Investment Committee and the individual panels can be established and the volunteers can receive the training they need.

Members are asked to invest approximately 15 hours of their time as they meet in April for training and then conduct agency tours and budget reviews throughout May.  Volunteers learn about the many human services programs available in Oswego County and work together to make informed decisions, knowing that their input is important to the process.

We are proud of our program funding process and very appreciative of the concerned community members who volunteer their time and talents to serve on our Community Investment Committee and choose to make a difference in our community,” added Dewine.

For more information on the United Way’s program funding process, or to volunteer as an Allocations Committee member, you may contact your United Way office at 315-593-1900.

Cut line for photo: Debra Braden manager of Fulton Savings Bank’s Central Square branch and National Grid Customer and Community Jurisdictional Manager, Walter Dengos (standing), co-chairpersons for the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s Community Investment Committee, meet with United Way Executive  Director Patrick Dewine (r) to discuss this year’s allocation process.  The United Way is currently inviting community members to become an active part of the United Way’s funding process by volunteering to serve on one of five panels that access a specific field of service: Emergency Services, Children and Family Services, Health and Special Needs, Senior Services, and Youth Development.  Panel members visit agencies that offer programs related to their specific field of service where they will receive a tour of the agency.   For more information, or to volunteer, contact your United Way office at 315-593-1900, ext. 201, or visit www.oswegounitedway.org

United Way Stone Soup Too Luncheon Returns to Fulton April 10

3/8/2018

United Way Stone Soup Too Luncheon Returns to Fulton April 10Fulton, NY – Committee members for the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s Stone Soup Too Luncheon meet to plan the menu for this year’s event.  To be held April 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Holy Trinity Parish, 309 Buffalo Street in Fulton, United Way’s Stone Soup Too Luncheon will feature a variety of soups including cream of broccoli from Blue Moon Grill, salad and dessert, provided by local restaurants and small businesses. The Community Luncheon serves as a fundraiser for area food pantries and a way to raise awareness of United Way’s goal of ending hunger in Oswego County.

The Stone Soup Too Luncheon is open to the public. United Way will be accepting donations of $5 per person at the door and attendees are encouraged to please bring a donation of non-perishable food items. There will also be a number of drawings and door prizes during the luncheon.  All proceeds and food donations from the luncheon will be used to support area food pantries including Catholic Charities of Oswego County, Salvation Army of Oswego County, and the Hannibal Resource Center Food Pantry.  Clockwise from left are Steve Chirello (Chirello Advertising), Jan Rebeor, Chairperson Karen Hubel (Blue Moon Grill), and United Way Intern Rebecca Thomas of SUNY Oswego. Absent from photo is committee member Catherine Trowbridge from Fulton City Hall

United Way to Recognize Volunteers at Annual Meeting

2/20/2018

United Way to Recognize Volunteers at Annual MeetingFulton, NY – When it comes to appreciating the importance of volunteering, no one understands it better than the United Way of Greater Oswego County.  Volunteers are the lifeblood of the United Way and play a major role in the success of many of the United Way’s initiatives and its annual campaign. As part of the United Way of Greater Oswego County Annual Meeting, the United Way will pay tribute to its many volunteers.

We truly value our volunteers,” said Resource Development Director Ali McGrath. “Without them we would not be able to maintain the many partnerships and collaborations that we have established over the years.  Whether it is serving as a campaign coordinator for our Annual Campaign, helping out at our Stone Soup Luncheons and Stuff A Bus Breakfasts, or serving on our Community Investment Committee, the time and effort that we receive from our volunteers is vital to allowing us to continue our mission of ending hunger, helping youth succeed and building healthier communities. We are proud of our volunteers and I look forward to honoring them at our annual meeting.

Special guests  include local government officials, partnering United Way agencies, companies that have collaborate throughout the year with United Way and our Leadership givers, contributors who give $500 or more and have become members of the Admiral Society,” added McGrath.

Sponsored by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield and Community Bank, N.A.  the United Way’s Annual Meeting and Salute to Volunteers will be held Wednesday, March 14th at 12:00 Noon at the American Foundry, Route 104 West (behind Fajita Grill) in Oswego.  In addition to honoring the United Way volunteers the program for the United Way’s Annual Meeting will also recognize some exceptional individuals and businesses whose efforts help support the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s Annual Campaign and the work of the United Way’s member agencies.

The United Way’s annual meeting is open to the public.  The cost to attend the event is $15.00 per person and includes lunch.  For more information on the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s Annual Meeting and Salute to Volunteers, or to make reservations, contact your United Way office, 315-593-1900 or via e-mail at: aliunitedway@windstream.net, no later than March 7th.

Cut line for photo: United Way Resource Development Director Ali McGrath (second from left) of the United Way of Greater Oswego County welcomes Community Bank N.A. as a sponsor of the United Way’s Annual Meeting and Salute to Volunteers.  The event, which is open to the public, will be held Wednesday, March 14th at 12:00 Noon at the American Foundry, Route 104 West (behind Fajita Grill) in Oswego.  For more information or to make reservations, contact your United Way office, 315-593-1900 or via e-mail at: aliunitedway@windstream.net, no later than March 7th. Pictured with McGrath, from left, are Community Bank employees Casey Engels, Branch Assistant Brandy Flippo, Branch Manager Tina Stephens, and Jo Smith.

Corrie Butler Seated

1/24/2018

Corrie Butler SeatedFulton, NY – Executive Director of United Way of Greater Oswego County Patrick Dewine has announced that Corrie Butler has been named the agency’s finance director.  A native of Fulton, Butler, who holds a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Oswego, previously worked as the accounts receivable manager at The Country Vintner in Richmond, VA.

As financial director, Butler 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, payroll, audits, and the agency’s annual budget.

Corrie is a welcome addition to our staff,” said Dewine.  “Her knowledge and experience, combined with her passion for helping others, will serve her well in her new position as finance director at United Way.

Butler, who returned home to be closer to her family, is pleased to have the opportunity to be a part of United Way. “Having been a stay-at-home mom for a few years I’m looking forward to working for such a great organization as United Way,” said Butler. “I was aware of United Way but I did not realize the scope of the work it does and how many programs and services it supports. Health issues in my family helped me develop a better understanding of what it is like to be in need of services. We are fortunate to have United Way in our community. It is a very caring and understanding organization. The services United Way funds are provided in a non-judgmental and confidential manner that truly offers a hand up and not a hand out.

In addition to her duties as finance director Butler is anxious to be involved with United Way’s initiatives and events. “Volunteering for Stuff-A-Bus and the Stone Soup Luncheon, as well as assisting in food drives and other fundraisers is a great way for me to help others in our community. Working at United Way will be a very rewarding experience on many levels,” said Butler.

Cutline for photo: Corrie Butler has been named finance director for United Way of Greater Oswego County.  Butler will be responsible for all financial aspects of United Way.

Exelon Employees Powering United Way Campaign

1/17/2018

Oswego, NY – When it comes to United Way, Exelon employees are eager to help.  Through Exelon’s workplace campaign, which includes options for payroll deduction or one time donations, Exelon employees at the Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station and James A. FitzPatrick contributed a combined total of more than $100,000 in support of United Way’s annual campaign. Employees at both sites also held a variety of fundraisers that generated nearly $9,000 in addition to their personal donations.

Exelon and its employees at both the Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station and James A. FitzPatrick have faithfully supported United Way of Greater Oswego County for many years,” said Executive Director Patrick Dewine. “I’m humbled by the generosity displayed by Exelon at both the local and corporate levels. The tremendous support they provide is vital to the success of our annual campaign. The care and concern that Exelon and its employees have for our community makes it possible for us to continue to address our three impact areas of ending hunger, helping children and youth succeed, and increasing the health and well-being of our communities.

Cutline for Exelon photo: Exelon recently completed its workplace campaign in support of United Way. Employee donations exceeded $100,000 that will directly be given to the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s Annual Campaign. Employees at the Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station also hosted a number of fundraisers that raised an additional $3,000. Above from left are United Way of Greater Oswego County Executive Director Patrick Dewine, United Way Campaign Associate Kay Dugauy, Exelon Site Vice President Pete Orphanos, United Way Resource Development Director Ali McGrath, and Nine Mile Point Employee Giving Campaign Coordinator Terri Proud.

Cutline for FitzPatrick photo: Pictured above are some of the members of FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant’s United Way Employee Giving Campaign Committee. Working together with the plant’s 600 employees they held several fundraisers that raised and additional $5,900 for the United Way’s annual campaign. Overall donations to the United Way from Exelon employees exceeded $100,000.

United Way Diamond Ring Raffle Winner

1/12/2018

Oswego, NYLucky Winner.  Gil Oldenburg (c) is the winner of the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s drawing for a ladies diamond ring. Donated by DuFore’s Jewelry in Oswego, the 14k white gold ring has a total carat weight of .55 and features a brilliant cut diamond with baguettes. The drawing raised more than $1700 in support of the United Way’s Annual Campaign. Presenting the ring are Mark DuFore (l) and Greg DuFore (r).

Oswego Health Food Drive Benefits United Way

12/28/2017

Oswego Health Food Drive Benefits United WayOswego, NY – Marion Ciciarelli, senior director of Communications for Oswego Health (c) presents United Way Resource Development Director Ali McGrath (l) and Campaign Associate Kay Duguay (r) with a food donation from Oswego Health.  “We hold a food drive each year for the United Way food pantries,” said Ciciarelli. “Our employees have always been very generous in giving back to their community.” Employees at the Oswego Hospital, Fulton Medical Center, and The Manor at Seneca Hill all contributed. The United Way will distribute the food to local food pantries. In addition to the United Way donation, employees at Oswego Health’s Central Square Medical Center collected food for its local food pantry at St. Bernadette’s Church.