United Way
United Way of the Valley
 and Greater Utica Area
SPRING 2018 NEWSLETTER CONTENTS
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You're Invited! United Way Campaign Celebration

You're Invited to a Celebration!

Join in applauding the work United Way supporters are doing to ensure all members of our community have a better life at our 96th Campaign Celebration!

This event recognizes individuals, companies, and organizations throughout Herkimer and Oneida Counties that conducted outstanding workplace campaigns in 2017, as well as volunteers and donors that went above and beyond.

Enjoy delicious hors-d'oeuvres, mingling, and an eclectic blend of covers and original music with Beth & Fritz Meeusen beginning at 5:30 pm followed by an awards presentation.

Brewery tours will be available!

WHEN: Thursday, May 10, 5:30-7:30 pm
WHERE: Saranac Brewery, 830 Varick Street, Utica
COST: $15 per person

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United Way Announces New Executive Director

United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area's Board of Directors is pleased to announce the selection of Erin Gutierrez Matt as executive director and CEO.

"We are very happy to have Erin joining us. She brings a wealth of leadership, customer service, strategic planning, and marketing experience to this role," said Dr. Cathleen McColgin, United Way board president. "We have the utmost confidence that she is well situated to advance the work of our United Way."

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2nd Annual Cliff's Pumps United

Sponsors & Volunteer Groups Needed!

United Way community partner Cliff's Local Market is generously hosting community volunteers for the second annual "Cliff's Pumps United" fundraising event on  Tuesday, June 5.

Beginning at 9 am through 6 pm, community volunteers will pump gas and wash windshields for tips that will directly benefit United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area!
For Cliff's Pumps United sponsorship or volunteer information
Call 315-733-4691, ext 226, or email jordand@unitedwayvgu.org
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100 Women Who Care

Connect with women like you on Wednesday, June 6 at Women United's inaugural
100 Women Who Care.

"Care" for our local youth by paving the way for their success.  Proceeds from this event will support United Way's Ready for Kindergarten education initiative.

Only 100 tickets will be available. You won't want to miss this fun and unique ladies evening out in support of an excellent cause.

Grab a friend (or two or three!) and get your ticket today.

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"A Taste of Success" | Session Two


There is still one training remaining in Young Leaders United two session professional development series!

Registration for the second session includes 90 minute training and breakfast.

Session Two | Training Details

Tuesday, May 22; 8:30am - 10:30am 
Listening to Boost Communication and Relationship in the Workplace
with Diana Woulgemuth of Dale Carnegie of CNY

Location:  BME - Business Machines & Equipment
Par Technology Business Park, 8375 Seneca Turnpike, New Hartford

Cost:  $25 for one training

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2018 Day of Action

Sponsorship and Volunteer Opportunities 

This year United Way is partnering with Meals of Hope to provide 30,000 meals to those in need, but we can't do it with out your help!

Sponsorship opportunities  range from $300 to $3,000 and will allow you and your company to make a direct impact in our community. 
Sponsorship Deadline is May 28, 2018.

Volunteers will be needed to help sort and pack food items which will be given to local food pantries. Volunteers must sign up in advance.  Sign up will be available June 1st, stay tuned for more information!

When: Thursday, June 21; 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Where: YWCA, 83 E. Main Street, Mohawk
For Day of Action sponsorship or volunteer information
Call 315-733-4691, ext 226, or email jordand@unitedwayvgu.org
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"Stamp Out Hunger" Food Drive


The Letter Carriers' Stamp Out Hunger®  Food Drive is the outgrowth of the National Association of Letter Carriers' tradition of community service, a tradition exhibited repeatedly by members of the letter carriers' union over the years. 

From Alaska to Florida, from Maine to Hawaii, letter carriers do double duty on Food Drive Day-delivering mail and picking up donations.

Put your non-perishable food items in your mailbox on Saturday, May 12 and your letter carrier will collect it and donate it to a LOCAL charity.

It's that easy!

For questions or more information, visit http://www.stampouthungerfooddrive.us/. 
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Campaign Highlights

Great Community Challenge Grand
Prize Winner

From August 2017 through January 2018, United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area's Great Community Challenge (GCC) ran in conjunction with its annual campaign.

The GCC is a "step up" incentive designed to encourage increased participation in United Way's annual campaign.

On Friday, February 16 at Retro Fitness, this year's GCC top sponsor, United Way awarded its grand prize valued at over $1,500 for the month of January 2018. The grand prize included a 1-year Retro Fitness VIP membership, Fitbit wristband, $500 Joe Tahan's gift card, $350 Cliff's Local Market gift card, and $200 Chanatry's gift card. Grand prize winner, Quin LaReaux gives through his workplace Kids Oneida Inc.


IBEW Local 43
Gives Back


Members of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union Local 43 (IBEW) have tallied up their donations and presented a check in the amount of $15,000 to United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area.

This contribution to United Way's annual fundraising campaign tops donations from IBEW Local 43 in recent years. President of IBEW Local 43 and United Way board member Patrick Costello identified a greater need seen across the socio-economic spectrum as the motivation behind increased donations.


Annual Day of Thanks

United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area held its annual Day of Thanks on Wednesday, March 14. This year we said, "Our community is oh so lucky to have supporters like you!" to individuals and organizations, thanking them for their overall dedication to bettering our community by supporting United Way's annual campaign.

On Day of Thanks, 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 organizations involved in 2017 workplace campaigns.

Learn more about instituting a United Way
fundraising campaign at your workplace!
Call 315-733-4691, ext 235, or email carlis@unitedwayvgu.org
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Volunteer & Event Highlights

6th Annual Live United Hockey Night

The sixth annual Live United Hockey Night was held Saturday night at the Utica Memorial Auditorium in support of United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area. The evening's action-packed men's hockey game featured the Utica College Pioneers and visiting Manhattanville College Valiants.

United Way was proud to be represented by Tim Reed, United Way Interim Executive Director, Dr. Cathleen McColgin, United Way Board President, and two of the evening's sponsors, Norma Chrisman of Central New York Labor Council AFL-CIO and Mohawk Valley Community College Professional Association, and Jeanette St. Mary of New York State Public Employees Federation, performed the ceremonial puck drop.


March United in Utica's St. Patrick's Day Parade

United Way took part in Utica's St. Patrick's Day Parade with Saranac Brewery on Saturday, March 17.

Thank you to all our supporters who braved the cold to March United this year!

2-1-1 Mid-York  Thanks Senator  Griffo

United Way of the Valley & Greater Utica Area volunteers and staff gathered to thank Senator Joseph Griffo for his work securing funding for 2-1-1 NYS. Senator Griffo led his Senate colleagues, gathering signatures to include 2-1-1 funding in the NYS Senate's one-house budget proposal. 

The final 2017-2018 state budget included $1.25 million for the statewide, confidential, 24/7 information and referral service that connects people to health and human services.  In 2017, through 2 million calls and 18.6 million website visits of its searchable database, 2-1-1 continued to connect New Yorkers to much needed services. 

Thank you Senator Griffo for helping to ensure that 2-1-1 continues to provide this critically important service to throughout our state. 

Pictured from left to right: Dietra Harvey, Enesa Sabanagic, Erin Matt, Senator Joe Griffo, Betty-Joan Beaudry, Robin Robinson, Gil Palladino, Steve Darman.

Winner Announced in United Way Youth Cooking Challenge underwritten by MVP Healthcare!

The community has voted and two teams have been selected as finalists in United Way's Youth Cooking Challenge underwritten by MVP Health Care. This unique competition began with six contestants being selected and paired with a local chef. Each team was professionally filmed preparing their "signature" dish. The public then had the opportunity to vote for their favorite child and chef team.


Interested in volunteering or have a volunteer need?
Call 315-733-4691, ext 226, or email jordand@unitedwayvgu.org
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United Way Staff

Resource Development Coordinator

Director of Community Impact and 211 Mid-York

Kristyn Bucciero-Beckwith
Director of Development and Marketing

Office Manager

Volunteer and Event Coordinator

Community Impact and 211 Mid-York Coordinator

Utica ESPRI Administrator

Director of Finance and Administration, CFO

Erin Matt
CEO/Executive Director

Beth Meeusen
Family School Coordinator, Remsen and Town of Webb
Finance Specialist

Administrator of Initiatives and Grants

Finance Assistant

Family School Coordinator, CVA

Campaign Coordinator

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