United Way of Tompkins County Announces $1.8 Million Campaign Fundraising Goal

United Way of Tompkins County (UWTC) kicked off their 22-23 Community Campaign on Friday, September 23rd at the Livermore Memorial Building in downtown Ithaca. At the event, a fundraising goal of $1.8 million was announced. The United Way staff was joined by many community volunteers, leaders, and donors to celebrate the start of the new campaign with the theme “Better United.” 

This year’s campaign is led by co-chairs Ducson Nguyen and Deb Mohlenhoff who unveiled the goal thermometer, which reflects that 15% of the total goal has already been raised. The two are ready to work with UWTC and the community to reach their target. Nguyen shared the value of donating through United Way. “United Way has a huge role in our community. We have talented, dedicated volunteers who assess the needs of the community and deploy resources where needed. Tompkins County has a lot of non-profit agencies, and it is hard to distinguish which ones are most effective. Our volunteers do a great job of sorting that out for the donor.” Mohlenhoff added, “One of the reasons I’m so excited to be co-chairing this campaign is because what I heard was really needed was cultivation of new networks and new friendships and new partnerships. We have an incredible, long-standing donor base with United Way, that are always going to be there for us, and have been just wonderful. But there are lots of new community members and new faces and new people that we could bring to the table with new skills and abilities.” 

“UWTC’s model of community volunteers leading annual campaign is another way that United Way seeks to convene people who are deeply committed to understanding local issues and, together, seeking to identify and make possible community-driven solutions. We are thankful that Ducson and Deb are expanding their already significant community contributions to lead this campaign,” shared Interim CEO Gail Belokur.



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Pacesetter Phase of the Campaign Ends With 15% Raised of the $1.8 Million Goal

This year's campaign is off to a great start thanks to the early efforts of the Pacesetters Campaign. “Thanks to our Pacesetter donors, workplaces, agencies, employee campaign coordinators, and co-chairs Alex and Luke for leading our campaign with a healthy start. By standing with United Way early each year, you encourage others to support this collective effort," stated Interim CEO Gail Belokur.

Luke Heptig

Marketing and Events Specialist

CFCU Community Credit Union

22-23 Pacesetter Co-Chair

Luke's Why Statement:

"Through the lens of the United Way I have seen the real need in our communities, the struggle many of our neighbors face on a daily basis. Without the insight I gained from two years on the Marketing Committee, I wouldn’t have know such need exists to this extent. When my eyes opened you could say, I knew I could do more to help."

Alex Adelewitz

Area Service Manager

Wegmans Food Markets

22-23 Pacesetter Co-Chair

Alex's Why Statement:

“I’ve personally felt the impact that United Way has through their Funded Partners in my own family and the effect it’s had on others in my life. I choose to give my time to UWTC as so many organizations and people in our community are impacted by their work and I want to ensure others have access to the same resources.”

Where Are Campaign Funds Deployed?

 |------------Total Program Support: $1,685,138--------------|    |Fundraising Expenses: $44,039|

United Way of Tompkins County (UWTC) had an initial campaign goal of 1.5 million for their 21-22 Campaign. After hitting their goal in March 2021, they extended their ask for an extra $200k after assessing the ongoing needs of the community and its local programs for the coming year. This goal was surpassed with the total amount raised of $1,787,118. With the goal surpassed last year, the United Way of Tompkins County team is committed to reaching this year’s increased goal.