September 2017

Welcome to Efrat Feferman who will take the helm as Executive Director of United Way on September 18th.

United Way Announces Efrat Feferman as new Executive Director  
United Way of Monroe County will soon welcome Efrat Feferman as the new Executive Director. Barry Lessow, who has been the Executive Director since 2004, announced he will retire from his position in mid-September. Lessow will continue to serve the organization in a part-time role through the end of the year to assist with the transition. Feferman has been a board member of United Way, as well as a volunteer with the organization's annual campaign, agency certification, granting, and Emergency Food and Shelter programs.   

United we fight. United we win. Will you join the fight?

United We Fight. United We Win.
United Way's annual campaign kicks off this month. Together we fight to address the growing needs in our community. Together we can improve the quality and life for every person in our community.  
We fight 
  • because 41% of local schoolchildren qualify for free or reduced school lunch and their hunger doesn't stop on week nights or weekends. 
  • because 85% of brain growth happens by age five and robust early learning experiences should be available to all children regardless of income. 
  • to keep our neighbors healthy because even with federal programs like Medicaid or the Affordable Care Act thousands of our neighbors have inadequate healthcare coverage or none at all.
Will you join the fight?
Want to learn more about how you or your group can make a difference in our community by raising funds? Contact Sarah Taylor at today!

You can find more information on the campaign by visiting   

Dollars _ Sense workshop
Teens at member agency Rhino's Youth Center learn about saving for their future.

'Dollars & Sense' Helps Teens with Financial Literacy   
"It's important for everyone to have a good understanding of money management, especially young people, so they can be successful in life and ultimately reach their goals." Amy Leyenbeck, United Way Community Initiatives Director is excited to be offering the teen-focused  'Dollars & Sense' program at local agencies serving youth. 
Dollars & Sense is targeted to help teens improve their financial literacy and covers a wide range of topics, with workshops focusing on everything from saving for the future to learning about how to be smart with credit cards. 

 Volunteers at member agency Community Kitchen prepare nutritious meals for hungry community members.

Your Donation Makes a BIG Difference! 
Thanks to your generosity, in 2016 you helped:
  • Provide more than 26,000 rides on Rural Transit so that people without transportation could get to and from work;
  • Feed those in need with 1,555,388 meals and 188,786 bags of groceries;
  • 1,112 low-income adults get access to no-cost urgent care, primary, preventive, dental, and mental healthcare services;
  • Distribute 1,760 books to 352 kindergartners to encourage a fondness for reading;
  • Provide 886 children with school supplies, clothing, and shoes to help them with their studies.

Learn more ways your contribution to your local United Way makes a big difference in the community!  


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United Way of Monroe County is a nonprofit organization that improves  people's lives by addressing critical needs today and working to reduce those needs tomorrow. Through our Community Action Fund, Priority Funds, and grant initiatives, we work with 25 member agencies and other community partners to focus resources on the building blocks for a better life: education, earnings, and the essentials.
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