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Amy Rohler, Executive Director of the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County, thanks the community for their support.
Amy Rohler, Executive Director of the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County, thanks the community for their support.

$1,333,452.73!!

That’s the amount this year’s United Way of Southern Chautauqua County’s Annual Campaign raised to help and uplift many of our less fortunate residents. The Campaign is made up of many volunteers who take on the work of asking their colleagues to help the community. Attorney, John I. LaMancuso, was the Campaign Chairman this year. He is humble and grateful for all the work the many volunteers put in to make the campaign a success.

Here is the breakdown:

Finance sector raised $91,589.10 and the Campaign Championship Award was given to the Southern Chautauqua Federal Credit Union for hosting the campaign kickoff and being the bank of choice for processing the Gratitude and Giving Calendar donation banks. They also were a Gamechanger for this year’s campaign.

Business sector raised $135,027.02. The Campaign Championship Award was given to UPS for going above and beyond with extra fundraising initiatives to include their Annual Golf Giveaway Raffle and Mother’s Day Rose Sale. You will also see them in the 2019 UWAYSCC campaign video.

Education sector raised $50,512.99 which is a 7% increase over last year. United Way staff and volunteers were invited back to Southwestern, Maple Grove and Jamestown High school football games again this year, along with the Jamestown High School UWAY Tournament Basketball. The Campaign Championship Award was given to Abraham Lincoln Elementary School for raising almost twice as much as any other elementary or middle school in Jamestown. You will also see them as a participant in the filming for the 2019 campaign video.

Foundations sector raised $445,720 which is the largest segment of the campaign fundraising. One of the unique aspects of our area is the number of private foundations and the critical role they play in the development of our community. The Lenna Foundation stepped up with an additional gift when it was determined the campaign was falling short of its goal. Thank You Lenna Foundation Directors!

Industrial sector raised $313,650.83. This sector had several challenges this year due to changes in company policies about payroll deduction and other unforeseen changes. However, the team worked harder! The Campaign Championship Award was given to Monofrax for their hard work and allowing UWAY to attend and present at all four of their company’s town hall meetings.

Public Service sector raised $110,751.67. Interestingly this sector is comprised of many not for profit agencies and townships. With changes in City and County leadership there were challenges, however with everyone working together, they pulled through. The PS Campaign Championship Award was given to the union Members and Contractors of IBEW 106 as their contribution increased over $4,000 and the City of Jamestown Fire Department, with over 20 Fireman supporting and contributing to the campaign.

Professional sector raised $46,791.00. This sector includes attorneys, doctors, accountants and dentists. The Campaign Championship Award was given to UPMC Chautauqua for their creative and above and beyond efforts to reach out to their employees this year. They made it fun for everyone.

Individual sector raised $127,628.39. This group meets, organizes, and sends out a couple mailings to include Thank You notes to hundreds of individuals and local retirees of our community.

The Leadership Circle raised $288,674.43. This group includes Emerging Leaders who if under 40 years of age that contributes $500+, or Leadership Circle over 40 years of age that contributes $1,000+. This group saw a significant increase in the number of leadership donors and a special applaud went to our Tocqueville ($10,000+) donor, Hadley & Ellen Weinberg.

Change doesn’t happen alone.

These precious donations are invested in 26 community partners who carry out their missions through 39 programs that directly impact our community. Thank you to all who donated to this great campaign and help them celebrate 100 Years of Community Success this year, 2020.