OSWEGO, NY â€“ When United Way board member Jonathan Daniels, executive director of the Port of Oswego Authority, was asked to reprise his role as chairperson for the United Wayâ€™s Campaign Cabinet he found it to be a decision that was easy to make.
Having served as a member of the Campaign Cabinet for several years and being involved with past campaigns for the United Way of Eastern Maine, Daniels is well aware of the importance of the role of chairperson and was happy to accept the challenge once again to help make the United Wayâ€™s 2010 / 2011 campaign a success.
â€œThe United Way provides much needed support to so many entities that provide vital services to those in need in Oswego County. It is an honor to be able to work with the Campaign Cabinet and the United Way staff in this capacity.Â We are excited about making this yearâ€™s campaign the best ever and I am looking forward to getting the campaign under way,â€ said Daniels.
The United Wayâ€™s annual campaign will officially start with a very special Kickoff Breakfast to be held Sept. 15 from 8 â€“ 9 a.m. at the American Foundry, 246 W. Seneca St.
Executive director of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, Melanie Trexler, said Daniels and the other members of the Campaign Cabinet have been working diligently to ensure that the United Wayâ€™s Campaign Kickoff Breakfast is an enlightening and inspiring event that will provide community members with a better understanding of the positive impact the United Way has on Oswego County.
â€œOur Campaign Cabinet is excited about this yearâ€™s campaign. They are dedicated to establishing a precise plan of action that will allow us to achieve our goal of improving the overall wellness of our community,â€ she said.
Daniels sees this yearâ€™s campaign as one of the most challenging and one of the most significant campaigns in the agencyâ€™s history.
â€œThe Kickoff Breakfast is the starting point for what may very well be the most important campaign the United Way has ever had. These trying economic times have put many of our neighbors in dire need. We need to step up and set the stage for an exciting campaign. This is the time for a call to service. We will use our kickoff breakfast to announce our goal and inspire the community to not only help us reach that goal, but to achieve personal goals they may set for themselves,â€ said Daniels.
The annual campaign serves as the organizations primary fundraiser as the campaign looks to raise money in support of the many human services programs that the United Way and its member agencies provide for those who live in Oswego County.
Daniels said the Campaign Cabinet has put together an enlightening and informative event that will provide community members with the opportunity to learn more about the mission of the United Way.
â€œThe kickoff breakfast will be the first step in a campaign that will reach out to more community members than ever before,â€ said Daniels. â€œOur 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. While past campaigns have seen success, we are looking to bring this yearâ€™s campaign to new heights.â€
Daniels noted that last yearâ€™s United Way campaign received financial support from approximately 4,500 individuals, while that number is impressive, it represents less than 5% of the population of Oswego County.
â€œThere is room for improvement. We will be working to not only maintain last yearâ€™s donors but to broaden that base and increase the number of donors. We also want to impress upon our donors the tremendous impact that a slight increase in their contribution can have. If each donor increased their donation by as little as 50 cents a week that would add approximately $117,000 to our campaign total, added Daniels.â€
â€œWe invite community members to join us for the United Way Campaign Kickoff Breakfast and learn more about the United Way and how their donations to the campaign make a difference in the quality of life in Oswego County,â€ added Trexler.
The cost to attend the event is $12.
For more information or to make reservations, contact Lois Luber at 593-1900 or [email protected]