ON A MISSION — Alice Dearo, executive director of the United Way of Rome and Western Oneida County, raises the United Way flag at a workplace campaign kick-off at Assured Information Security (AIS), located in the Griffiss Business and Technology Park. Last year, AIS employees raised more than $12,000 to help the United Way provide help to a host of area organizations. (Photo submitted)

United Way kicks off annual workplace campaigns

Published Nov 6, 2018 at 4:00pm

For 98 years, the United Way of Rome and Western Oneida County has been improving the lives of those in our community and this year is no exception.

To help in that effort, the agency has announced that its annual workplace campaigns have begun and will be going strong through the month of December.

In 2017-2018, $160,000 was allocated to local organizations, decided with due diligence from the United Way’s Community Investment Team, according to a United Way announcement. 

The United Way of Rome & Western Oneida County is focused on the building blocks of a good quality of life – Education, Health and Income stability, the announcement said, adding that its mission is to improve people’s lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community.

For the last 98 years, more than 90 percent of United Way contributions have stayed and will continue to stay in our area benefiting your neighbors and surrounding communities, the United Way added. Among the organizations that received funding for the 2017/2018 term include: 

  • Abraham House - Rome;
  • Ava Dorfman Senior Center;
  • Catholic Charities;
  • Center Life for Family & Recovery;
  • Cluster 13;
  • Camden Area Food Pantry;
  • Fibonacci Foundation;
  • Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York;
  • Mohawk Valley Community Action;
  • Mercy Flight Central;
  • The Salvation Army; and the
  • YMCA of the Greater Tri-Valley.

“Whether your company runs a workplace campaign, you donate individually or you volunteer with us, you leave a lasting impact on our community,” said Eugene Blackburn, president of the United Way of Rome and Western Oneida County Board of Directors.

“Our organization takes a broad-based view of the needs of our community and puts your dollars where they are needed most. We are grateful for our community’s support and hope this year’s campaign is our best one yet,” Blackburn added. 

To learn more about the United Way, visit www.unitedwayromeny.org/