United Way
United Way of the Valley
 and Greater Utica Area

Come celebrate & laugh the night away with United Way!

Tuesday, May 16
Campaign Celebration 5-6pm
Laugh United Comedy Show 6:30-8:30pm (Buffet opens 6pm) 

At Daniele's Banquet Hall,
8360 Seneca Turnpike, New Hartford
Enjoy live stand-up with comedian
Kevin Downey, Jr.!

Join us at our Campaign Celebration and help applaud the work United Way partners are doi ng to ensure our community members, children, and families have a chance for a positive future!

Plus, enjoy our very first Laugh United Comedy Show, featuring Kevin Downey, Jr. and two additional opening acts. Downey, Jr. is best known for turning on the laughs, captivating the judges and audiences on NBC's America's Got Talent!

All ticket proceeds benefit United Way!

Get your tickets by Wed, May 10 at: bit.ly/LaughUnited2017
Get involved in our first ever Pin-up Challenge!

We are getting ready to launch our first ever Pin-up Program Challenge and are looking for local businesses interested in participating.

Help support United Way's mission all while prominently displaying you are a proud supporter of positive change in our community!

To get involved, call
315-733-4691, ext 235,

Saranac Thursdays volunteer application deadline April 13

The deadline for this year's Saranac Thursdays and Concert Series volunteer application is almost here!

These volunteer opportunities are highly coveted and very limited. Historically, we receive two times as many applications as there are positions available. Please note, volunteer slots are not first-come, first-served, or guaranteed annually. Preference is given to organizations and groups that support United Way through a workplace campaign and/or volunteering throughout the year.

Apply here for your group or organization by April 13th for consideration.
United Way Announces Great Community Challenge Winners

We are  pleased to announce the winners of our 2016 Great Community Challenge (GCC). These individuals were chosen at random from this year's many generous campaign donors.

The Great Community Challenge is a "step up" incentive designed to encourage increased participation in United Way's annual campaign. This year, prizes included three $500.00 gift cards donated by Chanatry's Hometown Market, Joe Tahan's Furniture, and Clifford Fuel Company, Inc., and a one-year VIP membership to Retro Fitness. 

This year's winners are Suzanne Lefave employee at Utica National Insurance Group winner of the $500 Joe Tahan's gift certificate, Richella Abell-Hawes employee at ARC Herkimer winner of the $500 Chanatry's Hometown Market gift card, Shawna Papale employee at MV Economic Development Growth Ent. Inc. winner of the $500 Clifford Fuel Company, Inc. gift card, and Brian Herron employee at Jay-K Independent Lumber Corp. winner of the one-year VIP membership to Retro Fitness.
Volunteer & Event Highlights

Fifth Annual LIVE UNITED Hockey Night with the Utica College Pioneers

The fifth annual LIVE UNITED Hockey Night was held Friday, February 17th at the Utica Memorial Auditorium in support of United Way. The evenings action-packed men's hockey game featured the Utica College Pioneers and visiting Nazareth College Golden Flyers.

LIVE UNITED Hockey Night celebrated United Way's mission of promoting individual well-being, strengthening families and improving the quality of lives in the Valley and Greater Utica area - in a fun, community environment. The evening featured special appearances by United Way superheroes and attendees spotted wearing LIVE UNITED shirts had the chance to participate in games and win prizes.

This year's event sponsors included Central New York Labor Council AFL-CIO, MVCC Professional Association, LiUNA! Local 35, UMWA Local 717, IBEW Local 43, and CWA Local 1126. United Way gratefully acknowledges their extraordinary generosity and exceptional community leadership and support.
United Way Says "Thank You for Lending a Helping Hand!"

Our Annual Day of Thanks was held on Tuesday, February 28th. This year we said, "Thank You for Lending a Helping Hand!" to individuals, organizations and companies for their overall dedication to bettering our community by supporting United Way's campaign.

"Our hearts are full of thanks every day, as we see countless stories of people investing in our community through United Way," said United Way Executive Director Brenda Episcopo. "Some take a lead investment with a large gift to help many, while others give generously what they can - even when they are in need themselves. This day of thanks is dedicated to those individuals, companies, and community groups that Live United. From our Young Leaders United to our longest time givers... We thank you!"

Every year, United Way staff, board of directors and volunteers put fundraising efforts on pause to participate in a multi-pronged push to say, "thank you" to as many people as possible with phone calls, emails, postcards, and personal visits to companies and organizations involved in the 2016 Workplace Campaigns.
Rain or shine we MARCHED UNITED
in this year's Utica St. Patrick's Day Parade!

Have you filed your taxes?

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Curious about MyFreeTaxes? Watch our quick video...

United Way Staff

Brenda E. Episcopo
CEO/Executive Director

Kristyn Bucciero
Director of Development & Marketing

Sandra Hoyland
Director of Finance

Director of Community Impact

Sandy Allbright
Resource Development Coordinator
Betty-Joan Beaudry
2-1-1 Mid-York Liaison

Lucille Humphreys
Executive Administrative Assistant

Melissa Arcuri
Community Investment Coordinator

Dawn Potter
Finance Assistant

Keri Kane
Volunteer & Event Coordinator
Marketing & Communications Manager

Campaign Coordinator

Family School Coordinator, Remsen

Family School Coordinator, CVA

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