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.
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?
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 – Official Rules
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.
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.
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 www.bbb.org.