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United Way welcomes Ali McGrath

FULTON, NY – United Way of Greater Oswego County Executive Director Melanie Trexler announces that Ali McGrath has been the named agency’s resource development director.

A native of Oswego, McGrath is no stranger to United Way and the impact the agency has on Oswego County.

Ali McGrath
Ali McGrath

McGrath’s first experience with United Way came in 2007 when as an AmeriCorps member she served an internship with the agency.

Her work piqued her interest in United Way and gave her a taste of the work she knew would be her career path.

After graduating from SUNY Oswego with a degree in business administration, McGrath continued her education receiving a graduate certificate in integrated health systems; a course study centered on community involvement with health care systems of all kinds.

Focusing on the aspect of implementing better health technology in rural areas she closely evaluated services available to the elderly in Oswego County and the overall well being of the county, knowledge that will serve her well in her new position.

“Helping others achieve a higher quality of life has always been a priority for me,” said McGrath. “From an early age I enjoyed helping others. My study in integrated health systems and my experience with United Way has allowed me the opportunity to see first hand how the human services programs supported by United Way positively effect the lives of those they serve.”

Following her internship, McGrath joined United Way once again in 2009.

Hired through a grant from Success By 6 McGrath worked as project coordinator on a number of projects including the Stuff-a-Bus campaign, the creation of the Born Learning Trail in Fulton, and the United Way’s Community Investment process.

“I enjoyed my time as project coordinator. I found it to be very rewarding. I like the challenge of making an idea a reality and seeing the positive results it creates,” said McGrath.

As resource development director McGrath will take the lead on the United Way’s Annual Campaign, the Golf Classic, Stone Soup Luncheons and will be working with the United Way campaign cabinet.

Additionally, she will be assisting campaign coordinators to ensure successful in-house company campaigns.

McGrath said that she is looking forward to the challenges of her new position and is anxious to infuse United Way with new strategies and fresh ideas, including new events to raise awareness of United Way’s mission of ending hunger, helping youth succeed, and improving the well being of our communities.

One of these strategies is to expand United Way’s use of social media.

The agency will soon be launching a totally revamped, user friendly, website with several new features.

In an effort to reach more young people and engage youth in the mission of United Way, McGrath said the agency will also have a much greater presence on social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and others.

“The future of United Way and all of Oswego County rests with our youth. We need to reach them where they are. Social media is one of the most effective ways to do that. We can educate them on the mission of United Way and keep them informed of volunteer opportunities and other ways in which they can support United Way and give back to their community,” said McGrath.

“I’m thankful for the opportunity to be a part of United Way of Greater Oswego County and to be joining such a dedicated group of people who really have the community’s best interest at heart,” added McGrath.  “As a native of Oswego, I couldn’t be happier to be working in the county that I love and truly appreciate. I first connected with United Way as an AmeriCorps Intern seven years ago and I’ve been hooked ever since. Giving back to the community and building meaningful relationships are the foundation of all successful endeavors. I’m looking forward to collaborating with the caring community members, businesses and organizations that make Oswego County such a great place to live and continue the United Way’s mission of ending hunger, helping youth succeed and improving the well being of our communities.”