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.

SUNY Oswego Supports United Way

12/21/2017

SUNY Oswego Supports United WayOswego, NY – Representatives from the United Way of Greater Oswego County, and Human Concerns met with members of the SUNY Oswego SEFA United Way Campaign Committee and the SUNY Oswego Men’s and Women’s Lakers ice hockey teams to accept several boxes filled with non-perishable food items and toys. The items were collected the first weekend of December at both Men’s and Women’s hockey games.

We extend our sincerest thanks to everyone that donated food and toys,” said United Way Resource Development Director Ali McGrath. “SEFA continues to be a strong supporter of United Way. The commitment that SEFA members have to United Way and their community is commendable. It’s wonderful that our partnership with SUNY Oswego can help make the holiday season more enjoyable for families in our community.

Seated in front from left are United Way Campaign Associate Kay Dugauy, Ali McGrath, Mary Kay Donovan with Human Concerns, and United Way Executive Director Patrick Dewine.

SUNY Oswego Supports United Way

12/14/2017

SUNY Oswego Supports United WayOswego, NY –  Representatives from the United Way of Greater Oswego County, and Human Concerns met with members of the SUNY Oswego SEFA United Way Campaign Committee and the SUNY Oswego Men’s and Women’s Lakers ice hockey teams to accept several boxes filled with non-perishable food items and toys. The items were collected the first weekend of December at both Men’s and Women’s hockey games.

“We extend our sincerest thanks to everyone that donated food and toys,” said United Way Resource Development Director Ali McGrath.  Seated in front from left are United Way Campaign Associate Kay Dugauy, Ali McGrath, Mary Kay Donovan with Human Concerns, and United Way Executive Director Patrick Dewine.

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield aides United Way Campaign

11/29/2017

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield aides United Way CampaignFulton, NY – Executive Director of United Way of Greater Oswego County Patrick Dewine (l) meets with Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Regional President Jim Reed (r) to discuss the United Way’s Health and Well-Being impact area and the positive effect it has on programs such as the YMCA Oswego Adult Senior Programs and Aurora of CNY Social Work Services for Individuals with Vision/Hearing Loss. Excellus BlueCross BlueShield recently donated $3,500 to the United Way in support of health and well-being.

“Excellus BlueCross BlueShield is proud to join other area organizations in sponsoring the United Way of Greater Oswego County,” said Reed. “As Central New York’s largest nonprofit health plan, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield strives to partner with organizations that work to improve the health and health care of the residents of the communities it serves. We are pleased to work with the United Way of Greater Oswego County in furthering our common goals and ensuring a strong and vibrant community in Oswego County.”

“Excellus BlueCross BlueShield continues to be among our elite Admiral Society donors, added Dewine.  “Their generous support helps make it possible for us to continue to achieve results for our three impact areas of ending hunger, helping children and youth succeed, and increasing the health and well-being of our communities.”

Paint N’ Sip Evening to Benefit United Way

11/27/2017

Paint N’ Sip Evening to Benefit United WayFulton, NY – Ready for a creative evening with friends? United Way of Greater Oswego County invites you to its Paint N’ Sip event on November 30. Hosted by Home 2 Suites by Hilton ®, 252 NYS Route 104 in Oswego, the event will begin at 6:00 pm.

It’s going to be a fun evening for a great cause,” said United Way Resource Development Director Ali McGrath.   “I’m pleased that Home 2 Suites by Hilton ® chose to host our Paint N’ Sip evening. Creating new partnerships and welcoming new businesses is all part of Living United.

Attendees are welcome to bring a beverage of their choice to enjoy while they receive step by step instructions as they create their own artwork. All paint and materials will be provided as well as appetizers courtesy of Lighthouse Lanes. Registration is $40 per person with a portion of the proceeds benefiting United Way’s Annual Campaign.

To register for United Way’s Paint N’ Sip email oswegounitedway@windstream.net or call 315-593-1900 ext. 202.

Cut line for photo: United Way Resource Development Director Ali McGrath (l) meets with Director of Sales Stacey Philips and General Manager Ian Wilson of Home 2 Suites by Hilton®, 252 NYS Route 104, in Oswego in preparation for OCO’s upcoming Paint N’ Sip fundraiser to be held November 30 beginning at 6:00 p.m. A portion of the proceeds will benefit OCO Nutrition Services meal programs.  To register call your United Way office at 315-593-1900 ext. 202 or e-mail oswegounitedway@windstream.net.