NORWICH – Chenango United Way shared an overview of its 2019 campaign results and other details about the organizations and initiatives it supports at its annual celebration breakfast Thursday morning at the Canasawacta Country Club.
Chenango United Way (CUW) Board Chair Rebecca Hargrave said 2018 was "both a stressful and successful year" and despite a bit of a challenging campaign, they pulled through in the end. She said 2018 marked the end of CUW's five year plan and shared some of the points of interest in their new plan.
"We have some new goals in our plan that include things like increasing the awareness of the Chenango United Way, improving our internal and external communications with the community and our partners, to increase engagement of our board members and volunteers that are partner agencies with the Chenango United Way, to increase funding as we always do through campaign as well as through grants for some special projects, and to work on our internal policies and governments," said Hargrave.
She added that one of the overarching themes for their goals is to support the ALICE population: Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed individuals.
"This is a group of hard working citizens that are often overlooked when it comes to support because they’re above the poverty level," said Hargrave. "But they’re often one emergency away from being in a dire situation."
She said many of the programs funded by the CUW's annual campaign work with and support the ALICE population. Following Hargrave, CUW 2018 campaign co-chairs Kelly Collins-Colosi and Nick Colosi presented the results of last year's campaign at the breakfast, which raised $405,651 to fund 20 programs in Chenango County.
Collins-Colosi said, "We were proud to have 1,217 givers. 65 percent of our donations do come from the employee payroll campaign, that's a huge program and a huge support. 14 of our companies met or exceeded what they raised in 2017, so that's amazing work by those companies. We're just really, really proud of that."
Colosi added it is thanks to those internal captains from local companies that the CUW was able to support over 20 programs and 14 food panties and and soup kitchens.
CUW Community Impact Committee Chair Karen Sastri and CUW Executive Director Elizabeth Monaco presented a breakdown of all of the organizations and programs that were funded by the campaign dollars, including the amount and a description of how the funds were used.