People throughout Oswego County have no doubt heard of United Way’s Annual Campaign and have most likely donate at work or participated in a United Way fundraising event like the United Way Golf Tournament or annual Harborfest Breakfast.
But most people probably don’t know where those donations go or the impacct they have on the community?
United Way recently completed its community investment process and Executive Director Melanie Trexler said United Way is providing funding to 27 programs administered through 21 human services agencies.
These programs provide services to thousands of individuals and families throughout Oswego County. From children to seniors United Way supported programs improve the quality of life for those they serve.
United Way’s Community Investment process involves five panels of community volunteers. The volunteers use the principles and policies of United Way to study and review agency programs to ensure there will be an effective and well-balanced array of community services available in Oswego County.
It also allows these same people the opportunity to see how United Way dollars are being used in our community and realize the United Way ensures that their dollars are used wisely by holding its member agencies accountable and measuring their programs outcomes.
“Our community investment panels do an excellent job in evaluating human services programs that include the categories of Emergency Services, Children and Family Services, Health and Special Needs, Senior Services, and Youth Development.,” Trexler said.
“This ensures that we are good stewards of the donations we receive and that we do the most good with the resources we have.”
Programs that received United Way funding include:
- ARC of Oswego County (Oswego Industries) – Supporting Families with Children with undetermined / determined developmental delays
- ARISE Housing Advocacy and Assistance Program for Individuals with Special Needs
- Aurora of CNY Social Work Services for Individuals with vision or hearing loss
- Boy Scouts of America in Oswego County
- Council on Alcoholism and Addictions of Oswego County Preventative Services
- Catholic Charities CYO Program
- Catholic Charities Emergency Services Program
- Child Advocacy Center Services for child victims of sexual or physical abuse
- Children’s Center of Oswego Toddler and Preschool Programs for low-income families
- Enable Home Service Program for Disabled Persons
- Farnham Family Services Outpatient Chemical Addiction Treatment
- Farnham Family Services Prevention Education and Student Assistance Program
- Girl Scouts NYPENN Pathways Leadership Experience Program
- Human Concerns Center Food Pantry and Advocacy
- Legal Aid Society Mid-State NY Domestic Violence Legal Services Program
- Oswego County Opportunities (OCO) Discover Day Care Early Learning Center
- OCO SAF Haven for Women and Children in Crisis / Domestic Violence
- OCO Options Program for pregnant / parenting teens and their babies
- OCO Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County
- OCO PATH Housing Services for Homeless Youth
- OCO Nutrition Services for Adults over 60
- Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)
- Salvation Army Oswego County Food Pantries and Soup Kitchens
- YMCA Fulton School Age Children Programs
- YMCA Oswego School Age Children Programs
“We are proud of our program funding process. The programs the United Way has provided funding for are far reaching and have a positive impact on people of all ages,” Trexler said.
“United Way is a resource for those wishing to make a difference in their community by sharing their good fortunate with those that need it the most. For more than 70 years United Way of Greater Oswego County has provided support to human services programs that are vital to the health of our community,” she said.