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27 programs benefit from this year's fund-raising campaign

Allegany County United Way (ACUW) and the programs its annual campaign supports had 215,000 reasons to celebrate Wednesday night.

 The United Way announced that $215,012 would be invested in 27 programs covering four areas.  The celebration was held at L’Italia on North Main Street. Key stakeholders of United Way attended the event including Board members, donors, Impact Council members, workplace campaign coordinators, and representatives from recipient organizations.

 “None of this would be possible without the generosity of community members who give to the United Way through payroll pledges at their workplace or personal gifts,” said ACUW Board president Randy Shayler.

 Grants for 27 programs were announced in four areas:

Income Self Sufficiency: (three grants totaling $39,200)
·         Literacy West: Career Pathways Program
·         Southern Tier Traveling Teacher: High School Equivalency Preparation
·         VITA Free Tax Preparation program 

Education: (seven grants totaling $42,700)
·         Boy Scouts
·         Fillmore Power House: After School Program
·         Family Service Society: Big Brother/Big Sister Program at Whitesville and Genesee Valley Schools
·         Allegany County Youth Court Program
·         Success by Six
·         Youth for Christ: Point Break Program

Health: (eight grants totaling $51,912)
·         Allegany County Association for the Blind
·         Allegany County Mental Health Association – Youth Compeer Program
·         Allegany Senior Foundation – Mercyline Program
·         Allegany Senior Foundation – Home Delivered Meals
·         Ardent Solutions – Million Hearts Initiative
·         Ardent Solutions – Suicide Prevention Coalition
·         Fillmore Power House – Summer Free Lunch and Recreation Program
·         Royal Family Kids Camp

Critical Needs:  (nine grants totaling $81,200)
·         2-1-1 Helpline
·         ACCORD Corporation – Food Pantry
·         Catholic Charities – Wellsville Food Pantry & Outreach
·         HomeCare & Hospice – Allegany County
·         American Red Cross – Allegany County Disaster Response
·         American Red Cross – Allegany County Services to Armed Forces
·         Wellsville Salvation Army – Food Pantry
·         Wellsville Salvation Army – Emergency Shelter & Clothing
·         ACCORD – Homelessness prevention programs

 The top four workplace giving campaigns were honored:
                1. Otis Eastern
                2. Dresser-Rand Wellsville
                3. Steuben Trust
                4. ARVOS (formerly known as Alstom)

 The total from these four local corporations’ employee giving combined with corporate support represents 41% of this year’s campaign total. 

“All this is possible because of the generous response of the community to the ACUW Annual Fundraising Campaign. We are most grateful,” Shayler said. “Every corner of the county will be reached by these programs. People of all ages will benefit – in fact one in every three Allegany County residents will be impacted by these programs.”

 

Photo caption: United Way Grant recipients. First Row (left to right): Marcie Brooks, Carol Mahoney, Madeleine Gasdik, Lyn Langworthy, Katherine Boyle Kirsch, and Joann McAndrew. Second Row: Jerry Brooks, Carrie Whitwood, Reita Sobeck-Lynch, Nancy Murphy, Sarah Wyre, Michele Henry, Maj. Evelyn Hopping. Third Row: John House, Bob Starks, Carly Cushing, Bill Frasier, Cory Davis, Eileen Nowak, Edna Kayes.

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