United Way To Thank Those Who Help Others

OSWEGO, NY – On Wednesday, the United Way of Greater Oswego County will say thank you to many of the people who have helped hundreds more.

As part of its 73rd annual meeting, the United Way will pay tribute to the lifeblood of the organization – its many dedicated volunteers.

“The annual meeting salutes volunteers that help make the campaign successful. So yes, we have hundreds of volunteers,” said Lois Luber, resource development director for the United Way of Greater Oswego County.

Larger companies, such as Novelis, have a team of coordinators that plan year round on how to raise dollars for United Way.

“Many of the campaign coordinators choose to help raise dollars at their workplace because they have volunteered for the (allocations committee, now known as the) community investment committee,” Luber explained. “This group of volunteers sits on five panels and reviews applications from agencies that would like to receive funds from the ‘Community Care Fund.’ By learning how the dollars help individuals and families in the community, they want their co-workers to support United Way.”

“Volunteering presents challenges and opportunities to grow. I enjoy every new experience and a chance to discover more about myself while gaining valuable insight and knowledge from other community members,” agreed Dick Delaney  Jr., the cold mill operation coordinator at Novelis and the company’s campaign coordinator for United Way.

“Personal development, especially in such areas as self-fulfillment, self-confidence and self-esteem often flourish in the midst of seeing people helped in our community,” he continued. “Working with the team at United Way helps drive me to continue to grow and improve because I know the ‘need’ in Oswego County will also grow.”

“This year, the larger companies who raise about two-thirds of the allocable dollars (Constellation, Entergy and Novelis, plus Huhtamaki) are presenting the awards to smaller companies that have fewer employees and possibly smaller paychecks, but do feel the need to make a difference and support the community care fund,” Luber said.

In addition to honoring volunteers, “the exceptional individuals and businesses whose efforts help support the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s Annual Campaign and the work of the United Way’s member agencies” will also be recognized at the meeting, according to Executive Director of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, Melanie Trexler.

Sponsored by Alliance Bank, the annual meeting will be held at 8 a.m. at the American Foundry, 246 W. Seneca St.

The meeting is open to the public. The cost to attend the event is $15 per person and includes a complete breakfast.

For more information, call 593-1900.