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United Way of Southern Chautauqua County
In September of this year, United Way of Southern Chautauqua County kicked off their annual campaign with a goal of raising $1,335,000. Currently, they have raised $989,094, just shy of the $1,000,000 mark.
“We’ve been working hard and are right on track—and we couldn’t have done it without our committed team of volunteers” stated Amy Rohler, Executive Director for the United Way. Campaign Chair Kurt Eimiller added, “our community business leaders and employees should all be proud knowing that their time and investment is going to help the people who need it most, including the working families of our community.” He added that a majority of the campaign dollars comes from individuals who are willing to give just $2 or $5 out of their paychecks each week. “That’s really what makes the difference,” said Eimiller.
“Our message is approximately 10 minutes maximum and most businesses fit it into their weekly meeting routines or start to their day. We show our video, and talk about our impact”, explained Cynde Johnson, Marketing & Resource Development Coordinator. “We have experienced all kinds of settings and am confident we can adapt to make just about anything work.” Johnson listed some of the employers the team had visited over the last three months: the Chautauqua County Landfill, City of Jamestown Fire Department, Weber Knapp, New Flyer, Ring Precision, the Jamestown Bar Association Each Friday, United Way lists the employers and businesses they’ve visited on their Facebook page, to highlight community support. “We’ve had a lot of positive feedback this year,” she added, “ and have enjoyed educating the public on the resources United Way funds, that people don’t know are available to them – like 211 or VITA.” To schedule a speaker, call (716) 483–1561 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
United Way of Southern Chautauqua County invests in 26 Community Partners, and 39 local programs that align with four priorities: ensuring that families are self-sufficient, everyone is ready to work, young people succeed in school, and those in need can find help. A collective effort by a strong team of dedicated volunteers, staff and community leaders have banned together to help make this happen. 100% of your investment stays in Southern Chautauqua County, NY.