Now is not the time to reduce funding to our community's vital programs.

We would love to say that we are on pace to meet this year's goal of $2.1 million, but unfortunately this is not the case. After looking at the support that will be received through the end of this year's campaign, we are projecting a $100,000 shortfall.

It is crunch time and we are calling on individuals like you to be part of one last push for United Way.

With your help, we know we can raise the additional funds needed to close the gap. Remember, money raised here, stays here in the Valley and Greater Utica area and helps 1 in 4 local individuals, children and families.

What may happen if
we do not close the gap?

At United Way, we work to ensure our community members, our children and families have a chance for a positive future. Kids deserve opportunities to be successful in school. Hard-working families should be able to meet their basic needs. Families and individuals in crisis need opportunities to find help and overcome their barriers.

If we do not reach our goal and make up the shortfall, opportunities that are vitally needed will not be available and our community impact will be greatly lessened.

How can you help close the gap?


If you haven't made a gift, please do it today!

If you have made a gift, consider stepping up and giving just a little bit more this year.

Help us get the word out by telling your friends and family about the difference United Way is making in the Valley and Greater Utica Area and encourage them to make a gift today!


If your group hasn't made a gift, please do it today!

If your group has already made a corporate gift, consider increasing it a little bit more this year.

Consider doing a quick fundraising event at your business – An extra $500 from our corporate and
workplace partners will go a long way in helping us close the gap!

Offer to match whatever your employees raise during the "Close the Gap for United Way" fundraising push.

DOUBLE your impact
when you give today

Central New York Labor Council AFL-CIO and CONMED Corporation have generously offered to match every gift up to $5,000!

Thanks to these matching gifts, for every dollar you give another dollar will be given to help people in greatest need right here in the Valley and Greater Utica Area. Please give today!

Every dollar donated makes a difference.
Help us close the gap, click here to make a gift today.


United Way works every day to enhance the quality of life for everyone in the Valley and Greater Utica Area. We are focused on finding solutions for our community’s biggest and most basic needs.

This year, more than ever, your help is critical in ensuring we can touch the lives of families, children, and individuals who need it most. Our community has great needs, and even the smallest gift can have a big impact.


What is the impact of your donation?

Impact of Donations


Read about current United Way funded programs here.


Every gift raised locally, stays right here in our community to improve life situations for our own neighbors, co-workers, friends, and family. Our United Way is accountable and dedicated to using your gift thoughtfully, strategically to create lasting change.

To LIVE UNITED means being a part of something greater. It means being a part of long-lasting impact and making these changes a reality in the Valley and Greater Utica Area.


2016 Great Community Challenge

Great Community Challenge


Sweepstakes will begin on August 1, 2016 and conclude on December 30, 2016. Winners for each prize will be selected on January 26, 2017. To be entered in the sweepstakes, entry forms must be received by 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 30, 2016 at United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area offices at: 201 Lafayette Street, Utica, NY 13502. Winners will be publicly announced by Tuesday, February 9, 2017. No donation is necessary to enter or win. A donation will not increase the chances of winning. An alternative entry form is available during the sweepstakes by clicking the link below, or by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: United Way Great Community Challenge, United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area, 201 Lafayette Street, Utica, NY 13502. Limit one entry per person. Sweepstakes void where prohibited or restricted by law. 

Alternative Entry for the Great Community Challenge


Watch Our 2016 Campaign Video!


Meet the 2016 Campaign Cabinet

Thanks to your hard work and dedication, we are able to help 1 in 4 of our neighbors every year!


Melissa Arcuri, Planned Parenthood
Edward Barone, Brown and Brown
Dr. Aymee Belen, Belen Dental
Paul Deep, Esq.
Father Paul Drobin
Keith Eisenhut, Esq.
Jeff French, Eastern Star Home
Andrew Gehrig, Potentia Management
Rose Marie Grimaldi, Oneida County Board of Elections
Dawn Gubbins, The Fountainhead Group, Inc.
Jennifer Hagen, Adirondack Bank
Kandi Humpf, Quadsimia
Bruce Karam, Utica School District

Jordan Karp, Oneida County Board of Elections
Melanie Kekis, Adirondack Bank
Nick Laino, Herkimer College
Sandy Paddock, Utica School District
William Rabbia, Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority
Brian Reese, Fitzgerald, DePietro & Wojnas
Jackie Romano, The Fountainhead Group
Paul Romano, O’Brien and Gere
Enesa Sabanagic, CNY Labor Council
Mike Spina, Quadsimia
Marsha Thayer
Gabrielle Waisblatt, YWCA
Sarah Westfall, Gilroy, Kernan & Gilroy



Thank you John and Jackie Romano for generously hosting an event to thank our
Alexis de Tocqueville Society Members and Jack B. Riffle Associates!

Our Leadership Level Donors are stakeholders in our community and make a tremendous impact through their investment in United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area. We can not thank you enough – this event was a FUN way to express our gratitude!

      For more photos of the 2015 Leadership Event, generously hosted by John and Jackie Romano, click here.

Learn more about workplace campaigns or donating to United Way, call us at (315) 733–4691!

Kristyn Bucciero, Director of Development and Marketing, ext. 232

Sandy Allbright, Resource Development Coordinator, ext. 223

Carli Sterling,Campaign Coordinator, ext. 235



United Way of the Valley & Greater Utica Area has met Better Business Bureau's 20 Standards for Charity Accountability and is a BBB Accredited Charity. You can view United Way VGU's full Charity Review online at