United Way Campaign Hits 55%

United Way Campaign Hits 55%


United Way of Southern Chautauqua County reported hitting 55% of its $1,325,000 goal recently. Incoming Executive Director, Amy Rohler, commented on the status of the campaign, “Contributions continue to come in strong and we are optimistic that we will reach our goal. I am impressed with the number of donors that come together to collectively support the programs funded by the United Way. We are committed to making our community better and would not be able to do so without these efforts.”

Two full months remain for the 2017 campaign, many workplace campaigns are just beginning and presentations continue to be scheduled. “United Way staff and volunteers have been busy presenting at various local organizations to help donors understand why their gift matters and how their dollars are making a measurable impact in the community,” said Jane Becker, 2017 Campaign Chair. “Our goal is to inform donors about how United Way is responding to the many challenges facing our community.”

United Way of Southern Chautauqua County emphasizes that funding decisions are focused in four priority areas: families are self-sufficient, everyone is ready to work, young people succeed in school, and people in need can find help. “One of the most important aspects of the campaign is that 100% of the donations remain right here in Southern Chautauqua County,” stated Jane Becker. “Only a small portion of every dollar supports management and fundraising, the majority is invested in 41 community-based programs.”

This year’s campaign video highlights the measurable impact of giving. Four programs supported by United Way are featured: Meals on Wheels, YWCA, Chautauqua Adult Day Care, and the Mental Health Association. The video documents a group of Wegmans employees going on an “impact tour” where they visit local agencies and learn about the programs funded by United Way. “An impact tour is one of the best ways to understand what United Way does,” stated Jane Becker. “If an employee group is unable to take an impact tour, we bring the tour to them during each of our workplace presentations by showing the video.” 

For more information about United Way and to access the 2017 Campaign video, visit them at www.uwayscc.org, check them out on Facebook: United Way of Southern Chautauqua County, or follow them on Twitter: UWayofSoChautCounty@uwayscc. Workplaces interested in scheduling an impact tour, contact the United Way office by calling 483-1561.