United Way of Greater Oneida kicks off 2016-17 campaign

Oneida Dispatch Dan Jones, president of United Way of Greater Oneida, talks about the need to support local agencies and organizations at the annual Greater Oneida United Way Kickoff Luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 15.

“Doing the right thing makes you feel better. It’s not a religious thing. It’s just that doing good things will improve your life. Let’s face it, you cannot eat the whole pie or you’ll make yourself sick. Eat some, and then give whatever is left over to other people.”

That was the message delivered by United Way President Dan Jones at the annual United Way of Greater Oneida Kickoff Luncheon on Thursday at the Kallet Civic Center in Oneida as the organization began its 2016-17 fundraising campaign. Though the quote was from a Jay Leno forward in the book “The Power of Nice” written by Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval, Jones spoke of the poignant message in Leno’s words as he encouraged the local businesses and organizations in attendance to help by donating and spreading the message at their various workplaces. Jones said as little as $1 per paycheck could make “a world of difference” if enough people were willing and able to make that commitment.

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United Way of Greater Oneida wants to raise $130,000 for agencies

A large crowd gathers at the Kallet Civic Center in Oneida Thursday for the kickoff of the 2015-16 fundraising campaign for the United Way of Greater Oneida Kurt Wanfried - The Oneida Dispatch
A large crowd gathers at the Kallet Civic Center in Oneida Thursday for the kickoff of the 2015-16 fundraising campaign for the United Way of Greater Oneida Kurt Wanfried – The Oneida Dispatch

The United Way of Greater Oneida kicked off their 2015-16 fundraising campaign Thursday afternoon with their annual luncheon held at the Kallet Civic Center in Oneida.

The Kallet was packed with people from many local businesses and organizations. In addition to a luncheon and remarks, the event also included a raffle, with prizes donated by local businesses. The event kicked off with a welcome speech, followed by a campaign message delivered by Nancy Mitchell, president of United Way of Greater Oneida.

“Every little bit makes a difference,” she told the crowd. “If you think little things don’t matter, think about a mosquito in the room when you’re trying to sleep. Little things can make a difference.”

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 United Way $14,000 short of campaign goal

Michael St. John feeds fodder to the rabbits at Heritage Farm on Friday, Feb. 6, 2015. The fodder is grown in the greenhouse then fed to the livestock in the barn.
Michael St. John feeds fodder to the rabbits at Heritage Farm on Friday, Feb. 6, 2015. The fodder is grown in the greenhouse then fed to the livestock in the barn.

The local United Way is $14,000 short of its campaign goal.

Unless the shortfall is made up quickly, 17 local agencies will see there expected funding cut at a time the need is greater than ever.

Since August of 1949, the United Way of Greater Oneida (previously The Greater Oneida Community Chest) has been helping local agencies provide key services. The current campaign has been extended until the end of February in an attempt to reach the goal of $145,000.

If the additional $14,000 is not raised in time, a percentage of what each of the 17 agencies receives will have to be cut. Denise Laube, executive secretary for the United Way, said the size cut hasn’t been determined yet because in all of her years with the agency they have never not reached their goal.

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United Way of Greater Oneida kicks off fundraising campaign

Adam Vanderhoof of Oneida News Now gives the keynote address for the annual United Way of Greater Oneida Kick-Off Luncheon on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014 in Oneida.
Adam Vanderhoof of Oneida News Now gives the keynote address for the annual United Way of Greater Oneida Kick-Off Luncheon on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014 in Oneida.

United Way of Greater Oneida held its annual luncheon Friday, marking the beginning of its newest year of fundraising for 17 non-profits in the area.

Seated at the head table were Bill Agan, James Devine Jr., Jeff Rowlands, Dawn Salerno, Michael R. Kallet, Abigail Browka, Gene Morreale and Adam Vanderhoof.

Agan kicked off the presentation followed by an invocation by Oneida First Methodist Pastor Browka and a message from United Way President Salerno.

“Our goal this year is $145,000,” Salerno said. “With help from this community, we can reach that goal.”

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United Way kicks off campaign at annual luncheon

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United Way of Greater Oneida Board President Sue Hession gives the campaign message during the annual Kick-Off Campaign Luncheon on Friday, Sept. 16, 2011 at the Greater Oneida Civic Center in Oneida.

United Way of Greater Oneida President Sue Hession asked the community to “dig deep” for contributions to an even larger campaign goal to support 22 local agencies this year.

At its Kick-Off Campaign Luncheon at the Kallet Friday, Hession acknowledged current economic conditions but asked those in attendance to “dig deep” for donations to allow the United Way to support local agencies that are also struggling. With less funding and greater needs to fill, the organization has worked hard to meet the financial goals of the agencies it supports.

More than 22 area agencies receive funding from the United Way and this year, Hession said, they have raised their campaign goal to $153,5000, hoping to be able to offset decreased governmental funding agencies are receiving.

 

 

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