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Oswego County Companies Begin Their United Way Campaigns

FULTON, NY – With the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s Annual Campaign under way, resource development director Lois Luber has been busy visiting area businesses and organizations to help them with their employee campaigns in support of the United Way.

Luber works closely with the designated employee campaign coordinator in order to make their job easier and more productive.

Resource Development Director for the United Way of Greater Oswego County Lois Luber meets with Joe Darrah, manager and department head of Top’s Market in Pulaski to discuss Top’s in-house employee campaign in support of the United Way. Seated are: Scott Favata, Heather Caufield, Robin Knight and Ron Mustare. Standing from left are: Luber, Darrah, Larry Teachout and Rob Olin.
Resource Development Director for the United Way of Greater Oswego County Lois Luber meets with Joe Darrah, manager and department head of Top’s Market in Pulaski to discuss Top’s in-house employee campaign in support of the United Way. Seated are: Scott Favata, Heather Caufield, Robin Knight and Ron Mustare. Standing from left are: Luber, Darrah, Larry Teachout and Rob Olin.

The support that the United Way receives from employee campaigns plays a vital role in helping the United Way reach its goals.

“These campaigns, hosted by caring companies and organizations, are the life blood of our annual campaign,” said Luber.  The donations we receive through payroll deduction provide approximately 65% of our total campaign dollars, with an additional 25% coming as a result of employee matching programs. “We appreciate the support we receive through payroll deduction and are thankful for the opportunity to visit these businesses and organizations. It’s very gratifying to know that they realize the impact that the United Way supported agency programs have on the quality of life in Oswego County. It is an excellent example of the United Way’s Live United concept that we are all connected and that by supporting the United Way they can truly help make a difference in their community.”

Continuing a practice that was established last year, the United Way will be offering special prizes as an incentive for supporting the United Way through in-house workplace campaigns.

“At the suggestion of our Campaign Cabinet we initiated this program two years ago as a way to increase first time pledges through payroll deduction, explained Luber. “The program has been well received and thanks to generous donations from area businesses and individuals we have some great items to use for incentives.”

Established to build new relationships and collaborations, the United Way’s Campaign Cabinet for the 2010 / 2011 campaign includes: chair Jonathan Daniels, executive director of the Port of Oswego Authority; Robert Rolfe of Pathfinder Bank, Dick Delaney of Novelis, Doug McRae of Bond, Schoeneck & King, Brian Finn of Entergy, Luber and Melanie Trexler of the United Way.

“It is an honor to serve as the chairperson of the 2010 Campaign Cabinet,” said Daniels. “Our Campaign Cabinet is 100% committed to making this campaign a success. Throughout this campaign we will be addressing as many business and individuals as possible to tell the story of the United Way and the positive impact that it has on the quality of life in Oswego County by providing vital services to those in need. While past campaigns have seen successful, we are looking to bring this year’s campaign to new heights.”

The United Way of Greater Oswego County’s goal for the 2010/2011 Annual Campaign is $800,000.

The money raised will used to increase the wellness of our community by supporting human services programs work to improve the quality of life in Oswego County.

For more information on payroll deduction through a company campaign, call 593-1900.