United Way
United Way of the Valley
 and Greater Utica Area

Your contribution helps 1 in 4 people in the Valley & Greater Utica Area.

You're Invited! United Way Campaign Kick-Off!

You're Invited to a Celebration!

Join in celebrating the Campaign Kick-Off of our 97th fundraising campaign year!

Enjoy heavy hors d'oeuvres, mingling, cash bar and musical performance by Nick and Jay of Floodwood.

WHEN: Tuesday, September 4th, 5:00-7:00pm
WHERE: DoubleTree Hilton Hotel Utica, 102 Lafayette Street, Utica
COST: $15 per person

United Way Board Updates

United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area's Board of Directors is pleased to announce William Perotti as President.

William (Bill) is a Professor Emeritus at Mohawk Valley Community College where he started the Respiratory Care Program and then taught Human Anatomy & Physiology. Bill also coordinated United Way Internal Workplace Campaigns at MVCC during the mid-2000's. In 2014 he joined the Board of Directors as an Organized Labor Representative and longtime contributor to United Way. He has served on the Basic Needs & Health, Education, and Financial Stability Allocation Committees, and the Finance Committee. Today, he is a member of UWVGU's Marketing and Governance Committees and is the President of the Board of Directors.

"I think it's great to see how much United Way does with local programs to address the needs to our community. United Way is a wonderful way to give back and connect with people who value life in the Mohawk Valley. I'm proud to be a representative of organized labor and the first Labor Representative to serve as Board President."

United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area's Board of Directors is pleased to welcome Sabrina Fryman.

Sabrina is currently an Adjunct Lecturer and Coordinator of Grants Compliance & Reporting for Mohawk Valley Community College.  She also holds several degrees, including a M.S. in Human Resource Management from Southern New Hampshire University and a MBA in Accounting & Business Management from Cameron University.  Mrs. Fryman is also a member of United Way's Finance Committee.

" I am grateful and humbled to have been selected to join the Board of Directors for United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area. I'm excited to work with everyone and help bring about increased awareness of the vital services and financial support our local United Way provides individuals and other area organizations. All of this is not possible without the help of our United Way staff, volunteers, and community partners."
Join a United Way Committee!

United Way committees are a great opportunity to meet and work with area professionals, learn more about United Way and the work being accomplished, and help make the Valley and Greater Utica Area a better place for all to work and live. 

We are currently looking for new committee members for the following:

  • Emerging Leaders United (Formerly Young Leaders United)
  • Community Engagement & Events Committee
Volunteer & Event Highlights

2nd Annual Cliff's Pumps United

United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area partner Cliff's Local Market generously hosted community volunteers for the second annual "Cliff's Pumps United" fundraising event on Tuesday, June 5. 

The event took place at the Commercial Drive, Oriskany, Clinton, and Kirkland locations. 

Participating companies were - Assist 2 Sell, Berkshire Bank, Bonadio Group, Casa Imports, Cooley Group, The Hartford, Joe Tahan's, McQuade & Bannigan, and Sotera Investigative Group, who helped raise over $5,200!

8th  Annual 
Supply Drive

United Way of the Valley & Greater Utica Area has wrapped up its 8th annual Back-to-School Supply Drive, sponsored by Berkshire Bank. Throughout July and August, residents in Herkimer and Oneida counties donated school supplies. 

More than 10,700 items adding up to over $11,200 in value was collected...

100 Women Who Care

On June 6, the  100 Women Who Care event was held at Daniele's Banquet Specialists, with proceeds supporting United Way's "Ready 4 Kindergarten" education program.

As an all-ladies-night-out, attendees enjoyed samples of skincare products, yoga, massages, wine tasting, a silent dance party and more!

Hosted by our Women United affinity group, and sponsored by PECK Property Maintenance, LLC, this event brought women who care about our community's youth for a fun evening together.

2018 Day of Action

During the school-year, many children in our community receive free breakfasts and lunches.  However, those two meals, per child per day, become an extra financial burden on the child's family during the summer.

On June 21, approximately 100 community members, including employees from lead sponsor CONEMED, volunteered their time to pack 30,000 meals for local families in need at the YMCA in Mohawk.  The food was distributed across Oneida and Herkimer counties to UWVGU's trusted partners and other basic-needs nonprofit organizations.

CrossFit Cares!

United Way and five local CrossFit gyms including 12 North CrossFit, CrossFit Exult, CrossFit Mohawk Valley, CrossFit Utica, and CrossFit Exagora, held Family Work-Out Day, Saturday July 14th 2018. 

The event raised physical fitness awareness and $1,587.00 in donations.  All proceeds will benefit local programs through United Way, fighting to create a healthier community and improve our collective quality of life.

Pasta Buffet

The Boilermaker Pasta Buffet, in partnership with Sodexo, proved once again to be a winner during Boilermaker Weekend by raising $3,000 for United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area. 

"This event helps United Way fund solutions that help 1 in 4 people right here in our community," said Erin Gutierrez Matt, CEO and Executive Director of United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area.  "We are so thankful for the Boilermaker Road Race, Sodexo, the volunteers and those who join us for the meal before the big race to make this possible."

The 2018 Pasta Buffet, now in its 21st year, was held on Saturday, July 7th at The Fitness Mill Health and Wellness Expo on the MVCC Campus, for runners and non-runners.  The event also included a "Runner's Forum" with local Olympian Erin Hamlin and Marathoner Dane Rauschenberg.

An added bonus is the contribution of the talented Chris Cooley who, at 16 years old, has entertained crowds at the expo with his wailing guitar and contemporary songs for the past five years. Chris' guitar case quickly fills up with dollar bills which he donates to United Way. This year he brought in $116.79 during the hour he played. 

Interested in volunteering or have a volunteer need?
Call 315-733-4691 or  email Jordan Davies: jordand@unitedwayvgu.org

Pin-Up Challenge Winner

Local businesses showed their support for United Way's mission to help thousands of individuals, children and families in our
community by taking part in United Way's Pin-Up Challenge.

United Way's 2018 Pin-Up Program Challenge raised $1,421.00 with local construction supplier McQuade & Bannigan, Inc. bringing in the
highest dollar amount of all participating businesses with $290.00.

"My grandfather Bud Bannigan believed in United Way," states McQuade & Bannigan Comptroller, Colleen Bannigan D'Accurzio...
Upcoming Events

We have some great events coming up that will include  opportunities for  volunteering, networking, running (kind of), and remembering.

Follow us across social media (click the icons at the bottom of this email!) and keep an eye on our website for all event information.  

Upcoming  Events include:
  • Kick-Off Party: September 4
  • 9/11 Day of Service: September 11
  • United Way .5K Run: October 13 - Sponsorship Opportunities Available!
  • Channel Your Flannel: November 8
For more information on these upcoming events, including sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jordan Davies at JordanD@unitedwayvgu.org. 
United Way Staff

United Way is pleased to introduce our new staff members:
  • Jaime Bonfardice, Director of Finance
  • Bryan Michael Washburn, Marketing & Communications Manager
Jaime and Bryan have jumped right into the swing of things and are dedicated to making a positive difference in our community!

Resource Development Coordinator

Director of Community Impact and 211 Mid-York

Director of Finance

Kristyn Bucciero Beckwith
Director of Development and Marketing

Office Manager

Volunteer & Event Coordinator

Community Impact and 211 Mid-York Coordinator

Utica ESPRI Administrator

Erin Gutierrez 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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Your contribution helps 1 in 4 people in the Valley & Greater Utica Area.