OSWEGO, NY â€“ The United Way of Greater Oswego County has $794,000 left to go to reach its annual campaign goal for 2010-11.
At the campaign kickoff at The American Foundry, presented the United Way with checks for $1,000 and $5,000. They raised the funds by starting their own in-house campaign early, selling cold beverages at the recent Taste of Oswego and selling raffle tickets for SU basketball game tickets.
â€œItâ€™s teamwork like that that makes the United Way what it is; helps us to help so many people all over Oswego County,â€ said Jonathan Daniels, chair of the Campaign Cabinet.
Teamwork was a recurring theme throughout the morning.
Assemblyman Will Barclay said everyone should take care of their health.
â€œBut also, we need to look out for our communityâ€™s health,â€ he added. In Oswego County, whenever a neighbor is in need, someone is always there to lend a helping hand. I think thatâ€™s the strength of our community. We canâ€™t let up, especially at this time when the economyâ€™s down more people need help. That is why it is so critical that we support the United Way.â€
â€œThe United Way supports programs at the heart of a healthy community,â€ according to Melanie Trexler, executive director of the United Way.
Those programs depend on the United Wayâ€™s fund-raising efforts over the next several months, she pointed out.
â€œRaising money is not an easy job. It takes all of us in this room working as a team toward a common goal,â€ she said.
â€œAs I look around the room, I see great diversity among our community volunteers, the board, the United Way staff and others that have joined us this morning,â€ Daniels pointed out. â€œWe are all united in our goal to help those who are most in need.â€
Managing a United Way campaign can be overwhelming, it takes a true team effort, he said.
Robert Rolfe of Pathfinder Investment Services shared how he reaches his goals.
â€œIn setting goals there are a few simple things we need to do,â€ he explained. â€œWe need to be precise. Write things down, that crystallizes goals and provides clarity. Set realistic goals.â€
And create an action plan, the step most often missed in the process of goalâ€“setting, he noted.
â€œA lot of times we canâ€™t reach our goals alone. United Way and teamwork go hand in hand,â€ Daniels noted.
Carol Dillabough of Novelis shared more insight on good teamwork.
She invited representatives from the Oswego plant to join her on staged.
â€œEach of them represent another hundred people,â€ she explained.
They raised $700 at Taste of Oswego and are running a raffle for tickets to SU basketball games.
â€œCreative ideas like these keep the campaign fun and everyone interested,â€ she said. â€œWorking on the team at Novelis provides a sense of belonging as well as personal achievement along with enhanced skills and greater motivation to perform.â€
Although the team consists of a diverse group from all over the plant, they are united in their goal, she said.
â€œNovelis is putting our â€˜can do attitude to the test, setting our campaign goal at $75,000 this year,â€ she said.
She then presented Daniels with a symbolic $5,000 check. Additionally, through their efforts at Taste of Oswego and the sale of raffle tickets so far, she was able to present him with a second symbolic check for $1,000.
This year, another volunteer created a video presentation to help spread the word about the United Way, its mission and programs.
This yearâ€™s video was created and produced by Lauren Daniels, an Oswego High School ninth grader and daughter of the Campaign Cabinet chair.
The banner was unfurled to reveal the goal of $800,000. Thatâ€™s down a bit from this past yearâ€™s campaign.
â€œThat doesnâ€™t mean there is any less need in the community,â€ Daniels explained. â€œWe wanted a goal that was certainly obtainable. And, one you can smash on your way to $880,000. This is your goal. And, as I said last year, we cannot afford to fail.â€
Trexler offered â€œa heart-felt thank youâ€ to everyone for all their hard work in the past and the work theyâ€™ll do for this yearâ€™s campaign.
â€œThe United Way of Greater Oswego Countyâ€™s goal (for the 2010-11 campaign) is to is to achieve optimal wellness for our community by raising funds that will support the many human services programs that our agencies administer throughout Oswego County,â€ she said.
To find out more about how you can help the United Way reach its goal, call 593-1900.