United Way Greenhouse Grant 

Chris Payton is a Special Education teacher and soccer coach at Batavia High School. Two years ago the idea was born to give students who suffer from emotional disturbances and behavioral disorders a hands on learning experience which reaps a multitude of lessons and rewards.
Students and staff have collected 1500 2 liter bottles which will be, with the help of Chris Payton and Science Teacher Dan Renz, transformed into a working plastic bottle greenhouse. Chris Paytons' students  will be seeding, growing, tending to, and harvesting plants. A healthy reward of salsa or bruchetta will be prepared by students as a culmination to the project. 
Support for this project has come from multiple sources and Batavia United Way is pleased to provide funding for the final supplies, a 3-tier Sunlite Light Garden Set with plant trays.
Students learn the art of recycling and learn to garden through hands on experieince. This also serves as a reward for doing well in class, as a positive coping strategy during difficult times and provides a meaningful and productive sensory break during the school day.
Watch for our summer newsletter to see the end result of this amazing project.
Doughnation Bakery







Tanya Albers is a longtime Batavia resident who has donated countless hours to the Batavia United Way Adopt A Family program in addition to other office projects and events..


Tanya also runs Doughnation Bakery, producing delicious and beautiful cut sugar cookies for every imaginable occasion. Last count she had over 1000 different cookie cutters ranging from college logos, bridal gowns, super heros and cartoon characters.


Most impressive is that 100% of her proceeds go to local charities and Batavia United Way is a proud and grateful recipient.  See her creations at



Are you a college student that would like experience in non-profit management? Opportunities would include writing grants, enhancing Social Media reach, networking in the community, planning a 5k/10k, research projects
and more. This is unpaid, however, hours are extremely flexible and we can help you work with your University to give you credit where possible. 

If interested, contact us


If you enjoy planning events, we need you! We love new ideas and volunteers who like to roll up their sleeves and plan all the details of an event or activity just  like these people! Tap your creativity, meet
people and support your community!

 Winter Soup Tasting Open House Fundraiser
10 local restaurants will showcase their culinary creativity at the first  Batavia United Way Soup Tasting
event.  Meet representatives of these establishments, try a 3oz sample of delicious soup from each one, enjoy TWO NEW Batavia businesses, visit with friends AND raise funds for Batavia United Way programs and services that benefit Batavians.
March 9, 2017 
7-10 pm Open House 
Bar Evolution and Tea Tree, River Street, Batavia 
$20 per ticket

Pal Joey's
Gammon House
Enticing Cuisine
Baked Onion
Cream of Potato & Poblano
New England Clam Chowder
Tuscan Bean with Blossom Flower
Butternut Squash w/Apples & Bacon
River's Edge
Salsa Verde
Apple Villa
Black Bean w/house Smoked Bacon
Tortilla Chicken
Baked Potato
Chicken Corn Chowder

Purchase your tickets on the events page of the Batavia United Way Website at while supplies last or stop in at Sue's Family Hair Care : 139 S. Batavia Ave. Batavia.

Thank you to all participating restauants, our co-hosts Bar Evolution & Tea Tree and to our Sponsors BFC and the Dillon Family.
Success By 6  Scholarships
Twenty-four Success By 6 applications were approved for the 2016/17 school year and the program continues to grow thanks to support from the community. The scholarship provides funding for qualified low income children to attend all day Kindergarten or a Pre-School program that the family would otherwise not be able to afford.
What is the benefit?  Our youngest neighbors will have the opportunity learn in a group setting and enhance skills in the areas of r espect, teamwork, patience, resilience, listening and concentration.    In addition, they gain emotional and physical development, socialization skills and an early love of learning. This exposure will help close gaps between peers before starting First Grade.
Thank you to United Way Board Members Cecelia Hoffman and Lisa Hillquist for spearheading this project and for the generous support of the Batavia Rotary, Kiwanis, Tri-Cities Exchange Club, Batavia Mothers Club and several individual generous donors.
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Corporate/Employee Giving
 Mayor Schielke would be quick to correctly tell you that Batavia United Way originally evolved as Batavia Community Chest.  It was organized by concerned citizens with a passionate interest in strengthening the Batavia Community. 
In 1961 the first Board of Directors filed Articles of Incorporation and became the Batavia Community Chest. Those responsible included; J. Maynard Dixon, William Petit, Francis Youssi, Marjorie Brown and Carl Witschonke.  Others who served on the board were; Maurice Anderson, Tom Armesy, Ray Collins, Eleanor Burkitt, Walter Johnson, Stanley Johnstone, Chester Lindgren, William Lisman, Gladys Larson, Mrs. Tom Malner, JB Nelson, Bruce Paddock and Melba Pierson.  In 1968-69, the Campaign Goal was $22,800.

In 1996, the Batavia United Way Board of Directors made the decision to become a United Way affiliate. They believed in the United Way Worldwide mission, their values and they felt strongly that a partnership would open new doors for residents of Batavia.

Today, employees who work outside of Batavia, but want to financially support thier own community, can do so through Employee Giving Campaigns through their employers. In many cases, employers match the employee donation and in all cases, these charitable donations can be made on a pre-tax basis. Following are just some of the Employers who have established such programs. We are grateful for their committment and we thank the employees who take advantage of this opportunity to give back to Batavia.

Agco Corporation
American Hospital Assoc
Anderson Corporation
Bank of America
BMO Financial
City of Batavia
Enterprise Leasing
Fifth Third
Fermi Research
Henkels & McCoy
PNC Bank
Old 2nd National Bank
State Farm
Wells Fargo
Apollo Development
Crawford, Murphy & Tilly

Save the Date!
October 28, 2017