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United Way Video Salutes Volunteers

Written by: John DeRousie, Custom Marketing Solutions
OSWEGO, NY – “I believe in the United Way and the good things they do in Oswego County.”  And so began the video tribute to those make a difference in their community every day, the treasured volunteers of the United Way.

Lauren Daniels
Lauren Daniels

Produced by Lauren Daniels, the video was one of the highlights of United Way’s Annual Meeting and Salute to Volunteers.

Held recently at the American Foundry in Oswego, the event recognized the agency’s volunteers, the work that they do, and the generous way in which they share their time and talents to benefit others.

“We are proud of our volunteers,” said Melanie Trexler, executive director of the United Way of Greater Oswego County. “The time and effort that we receive from our volunteers is essential in allowing us to continue our mission of building a stronger, healthier community. It was a pleasure to honor them at our annual meeting.”

One of those volunteers was Lauren Daniels who donated her talents to produce her third video for the United Way of Greater Oswego County.

The daughter of United Way board member and past chairperson of the United Way’s Campaign Cabinet, Jonathan Daniels, Lauren had the opportunity to see firsthand the efforts United Way and the positive impact it has on the lives of the families and individuals who are served through United Way funded programs.

“I feel so honored to have been asked to produce the video for the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s 2013 Salute to Volunteers,” said Daniels. “Though I now live 1,200 miles away in Jacksonville, Florida, the United Way of Greater Oswego County and the volunteers that serve the agency continue to be a blessing for the community. It’s such an incredible feeling to know that I still can be involved from such a great distance. Participating in this fashion makes me feel like I’m still a part of the community where I spent four years of my life.”

Set to inspirational music and the poem It’s Up to You, the video featured touching interviews with individuals who shared their reasons for supporting United Way:

“Helping those less fortunate….A great avenue to give back to my community…United Way is our eyes and ears, and help us see what needs to be done to better our community…”

While there were many reasons, one theme was a constant throughout, helping others and building a stronger community.

“Lauren did an excellent job. Her video truly captured the essence of United Way and the vital role that our volunteers play in our efforts. We could not do what we do if not for our volunteers.  They are greatly valued and I am pleased to be able to count Lauren among them,” Trexler said.

The United Way video salute to volunteers can viewed via the agency’s website, www.oswegounitedway.org