With a desire to give back to the community, Phoenix Central School District staff and faculty joined forces with United Way of Oswego County again this year and contributed to the organization’s annual campaign.
According to Mary Stanton, principal at Michael A. Maroun Elementary School, this year’s giving effort was one of the most successful to date.
Employees of the school district donated $1,807 in 2013 compared with the $1,360 collected in 2012 — a trend that Stanton hopes will continue.
“We have a very high staff participation rate,” Stanton said. “Donations can be made through cash, checks or payroll deductions. It doesn’t matter how much you give. It’s the fact that you’re part of that overall total. Every little bit counts.”
The money collected as part of the campaign goes toward a variety of local service agencies.
Nonprofit organizations, the Human Concerns Center, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, ARISE, Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County, Catholic Charities and American Red Cross disaster relief efforts are all aided by the funding.
Twenty agencies and 34 programs in Oswego County benefit from campaign donations.
“It’s an easy way to give back to the community,” said United Way’s Resource Development Director Lois Luber. “We depend on any campaign efforts. Small donations add up. Mary Stanton knows there is a need and she sees it. These contributions go a long way to ensure so many youth development programs can (continue to) operate.”