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Monday, October 27, 2014 at 2:41 pm

Only three weeks left for GC nonprofits to apply for United Way grants

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Press release:

Each year the United Way of Genesee County has supported local nonprofit agencies with funding for programs and services through the United Way Community Fund.

Following an extensive review of our community needs, the Board of Director of the United Way has approved the 2014 Building Blocks for Change. This will allow UW staff and volunteers to better respond to the needs of a changing community.

This marks a big departure from how grants have been distributed in the past and funding is available to ANY nonprofit in Genesee County, according UW Regional Director Erik Fix.

Building Blocks for Change will focus on three areas:

  • Investing Today for a Better Tomorrow -- grants ranging from $2,500 to $15,000 with a total of $150,000 available -- for learning and enrichment, proactive prevention and mentoring
  • Meeting Basic Needs -- grants ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 with a total of $75,000 available -- for emergency services, basic needs programs;
  • and Creating Long-term Solutions -- grants ranging from $500 to $5,000 with a total of $25,000 available -- for community development.

Funding will be available for up to a two-year funding cycle beginning in February 2015. Applications are available now and proposals will be accepted until Nov. 15.

Eligible agencies must be not-for-profit, community-based organizations and/or faith-based organizations that have current 501c3 status. Grants are awarded to agencies in Genesee County that meet the needs of our community.

Final funding awards will be at the discretion of the UW Allocations Committee and Board of Directors.

Applications are available by e-mailing UW Regional Director Erik Fix at:   erik.fix@uwrochester.org

The due date for all applications is Nov. 15.

Once accepted, agencies will receive additional information from the United Way, including six-month report instructions and expectations of United Way Agencies.

United Way of Genesee County
29 Liberty St.
Batavia, NY 14020

Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 12:16 pm

GC Chamber of Commerce President Tom Turnbull to chair 2015 United Way Campaign

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Press release:

The United Way of Genesee County is happy to announce that Genesee County Chamber of Commerce President Tom Turnbull will chair the 2015 United Way Campaign. Tom is a lifelong Genesee County resident and former publisher of The Daily News. Tom has been a member of the United Way Board of Directors for a dozen years and has been a longtime advocate for the United Way.

“We are extremely pleased that Tom has agreed to chair our 2015 Campaign. His passion for United Way and our community is second to none. His leadership will be valuable as we continue to grow our impact in Genesee County,” said United Way Director Erik Fix.

The 2014 United Way Campaign raised more than $364,000. The organization is in the process of strategically redefining its funding structure to better meet the needs of the community. Currently the United Way funds 15 dynamic nonprofit agencies in Genesee County. In addition, it operates the Genesee County Backpack Program and recently completed its 7th Annual Day of Caring.

Turnbull credits the direction of the agency as a reason for volunteering.

“The past success of the United Way coupled with our exciting future is what led to my decision to chair this year’s campaign," he said. "I am excited about the direction the organization is heading and look forward to helping make this year’s campaign a huge success.”

If you would like more information about the United Way or are interested in giving, volunteering or advocating for the agency, contact Regional Director Erik Fix at 585-343-8141 or go to www.uwgeneseecounty.org.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 11:05 pm

Photos: United Way Day of Caring 2014

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Volunteers from throughout the county turned out today for the United Day of Caring and provided free labor for several local projects.

Above, members of the Lions Club outside Adam Miller Toy and Bicycle with the dozens of bikes they spent the day getting into working order for needy children and adults. Some of the bikes were taken in by Batavia PD after being found abandoned and never claimed and others were put out as garbage and picked up Genesee ARC. Many of the bikes will be returned to ARC clients.

Pictured, from front: John Huntzinger, Chuck Brenner, Bob Swanson, Tom Clark, Pier Chipollone, Dave Cuttia, John Roach and Van Scoy.

Denise Danzig-Rotolo at GO ART!

Ginny Tiedi at GO ART!

Tiede shows how to make a pair of pink bunnies using a bloom from a bleeding heart.

Glenn Simon at GO ART!

Eric Olson and Joe DiSalvo at Kiwanis Park.

Gilbert Mulcahy at Kiwanis Park.

Matt Gray at the community garden.

Denise Young at the basketball courts behind the Batavia Youth Bureau.

Group photo from this morning at Dwyer Stadium by Kevin Carlson of Carlson's Studio.

Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 11:11 am

United Way held annual luncheon, handed out awards, announced campaign results

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At United Way's annual luncheon Wednesday, the agency announced annual award winners, named its new board of directors and revealed that $359,500 was raised in the past year.

The fundraising effort was $5,000 short of the agency's goal, but $3,000 over the previous year. Staff and volunteers are putting in a campaign-closeout effort to raise that last $5,000.

Co-chairs for the campaign were Charlie Cook and Dennis Burke of Liberty Pumps.

Award winners included: Cargill Animal Nutrition -- Outstanding Workplace Campaign; Liberty Pumps -- Outstanding Workplace Campaign; CASA for Children -- Partner of the Year; Chapin Manufacturing, Inc., -- Top Hat Award (Top Campaign – over $50,000).

O-At-Ka Milk Products won the Conable Award, which is given to a person or business who exemplifies a commitment to the United Way as demonstrated by Barber Conable. O-At-Ka raised more than $25,000 -- increasing their campaign by 50 percent from last year.

In the photo are representatives from O-At-Ka, Chapin, Liberty Pumps, and CASA for Children.

Information and photo provided by Erik Fix.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 9:53 am

Photos: 2013 Day of Caring kicks off at Dwyer Stadium

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There were 382 people who signed up for the United Way Day of Caring today, but Susie Boyce thinks more people than that are participating because organizers ordered 425 T-shirts and they ran out.

The volunteers will work on 32 projects today, which amounts to about $36,000 in labor contributions.

The group from Genesee ARC.

The Kiwanis Club of Batavia.

Joe Saco sang the National Anthem and America the Beautiful.

Last year, Amber, on the right, received a bicycle that had been reconditioned by volunteers at Adam Miller Toy and Bicycles. Today, she read a message about how much the bike has meant to her to help her get around town and go to and from her job. Shelley Falitico, from Genesee ARC, is with her.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at 8:53 pm

There's still time for you to volunteer for the Day of Caring on May 8

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Some people volunteer on a daily or weekly basis. Other people would like to volunteer but fear they don't have the time to make a regular commitment to any one cause.

If you're in that second group of people mark May 8 on your calendar. It's a day just about custom made for you.

You can spend the day making a meaningful contribution to your community without becoming burdened by an ongoing commitment.

May 8 is United Way's "Day of Caring," when community volunteers -- both the ongoing kind and the one-day kind -- come together to help local charities and civic groups complete necessary projects.

"At the core and essence of it, that's what it's about," said Genesee County United Way Director Erik Fix. "You take a day, one day, and you do what you can to give back to your community for a day. Folks want to make a difference in this economy and this is the day to do it."

Last year, 304 Genesee County residents participated in the Day of Caring, which was another new record, and at least that many, if not more will be needed again this year for the nearly 50 projects lined up by the Genesee County United Way.

Many of the projects are much like projects in previous years -- spring garden clean up at UMMC, downtown clean up for the BID, and general clean up at the Office for the Aging -- and while those are important projects, there's some new ones this year that are drawing extra attention.

Chief among them is the installation of new equipment at Kiwanis Park for the new inclusive playground.

Only about 50 volunteers are needed for that project, Fix said, and there's already more demand than spaces.

And since all projects are important, Fix hopes volunteers can get steered to any of the other projects.

That may be building raised bed boxes for the new community garden at the Batavia Youth Bureau, creating a vegetable garden at Eagle Start Housing, fixing bikes for ARC at Adam Miller or helping Habitat for Humanity start a new housing project.

Other choices might be doing work for Genesee ARC, the Town of Bergen, Notre Dame High School, the YMCA and the YWCA, the Gillam Grant Community Center, the Peace Garden, Go Art or the Elba Historical Society.

The range of projects is so broad, every volunteer is likely to be able to step forward and help with something of interest.

"These projects are the ones that agencies don't have the time or manpower to get done," Fix said.

The usual big groups of volunteers, from businesses such as Chapin and civic groups such as Rotary and Kiwanis, have already filled out their volunteer forms, but in the next few weeks, Fix said he expects the smaller groups and single individuals will step forward.

Usually about this time in the process, he said, two or three people who aren't affiliated with a larger organization will say to each other, "hey, let's do this," and they come forward.

The United Way can be reached at (585) 343-8141.

Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 1:15 pm

Photo: ARC clients pick up restored bikes at Adam Miller

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Yesterday, as part of the United Way Day of Caring, members of the Batavia Lions Club showed up at Adam Miller Toy and Bicycles and whipped 25 bikes into shape for local charities, including Genesee ARC. Near the end of the day, four clients of Genesee ARC showed up to pick up their new rides. Pictures are Hank, left, Amber, Tim and Andrew.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Photos: More than 300 volunteers turn out for annual Day of Caring

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More than 300 local residents showed up at Dwyer Stadium bright and early this morning to kick off United Way's Day of Caring.

It's the largest number of volunteers yet for the annual event.

Volunteers perform a variety of tasks for local agencies, from painting to weed pulling and other tasks. 

This year, among the volunteer efforts, Lions Club members showed up at Adam Miller Toy and Bicycles to recondition 25 bikes into rideable machines for Genesee ARC clients.

Though not part of the event at Dwyer, 40 students at Batavia High School participated in Day of Caring by doing volunteer work on campus.

In all, 40 businesses and organizations sent volunteers and tasks were performed at more than two dozen locations throught the county.

Joe Sacco, below, sang the National Anthem and "America the Beautiful" to kick off the event.

Top group photo by Kevin Carlson, of Carlson's Studio.

If you're unable to view the slide show, click here.

Monday, April 9, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Volunteers busy planning for the next Day of Caring

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The United Way Day of Caring is May 16 and the planning committee is seeking volunteers and sponsors. To pitch in, call the United Way office at 343-8141.

Photo: Back row: Erik Fix, Jay Gsell, Dave Cecere, Marie Nettnin, Scott Neff, Shelley Falitico, Theresa DeMars, Jane Scott, Chris Fix. Front row: Susie Boyce, Lori Stupp, Debbie Fischer, Carol Boshart.

Not included in the photo: Donna Saskowski, Sue Schuler, Sue Boss.

Photo submitted by Susie Boyce.

Monday, November 21, 2011 at 10:14 pm

Roc The Day

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ROC the Day

With Care-A-Van Ministries


On December 8th, our community will come together to ROC the Day, and Care-A-Van Ministries hopes to make it a huge success.  ROC the Day is a 24-hour giving opportunity to support all eligible not-for-profits in the nine-county Greater Rochester area.


Community members are encouraged to visit ROCtheDay.org, a secure on-line giving platform, to contribute to any participating not-for-profit organization.  All money given on December 8th stays local.  Donors have the ability to make an impact by giving to one or more multiple organizations to support their personal philanthropic passions.  We hope we are one of yours.




For the last decade, Care-A-Van Ministries has been going forward into the Batavia community, to complete the work of the Lord.  We believe that the Lord has given Care-A-Van Ministries a mandate to bring the work and the word of God to the physically and spiritually needy of Batavia, New York.


Care-A-Van Ministries is a local missions field!  Through the financial support of individuals and various churches and with the assistance of volunteers, Care-A-Van has been able to serve thousands of needy people in the City of Batavia.  Monthly the ministry visits four different neighborhoods to provide comfort, support, food, clothing and prayer to those in need. On average 30 – 60 families per week receive food packages and obtain much-needed clothing for their families.


Every weekday morning, except Friday, the Care-A-Van bus visits different areas of the city with local pastors to provide ministerial comfort and prayer to those in need.  During the winter months, on Thursday evenings the bus goes into the community to bring prayer and a snack to those who come on board.


Every Thursday night during the summer, the ministry provides a full meal through a cookout that serves 25 – 100 people each time.  This meal may be one of the few hot meals many of the area children receive during the summer school break. For many of the elderly who attend, it is also a vital weekly meal.


Add this to the Christmas program, Easter dinner, Halloween outreach, GCC college dorms monthly visitations, Picnic in the Park, and Caring for the City Day, Care-A-Van Ministries is out in the community doing the Lord’s work.


We are asking you, our Facebook followers and newsletter recipients and community to consider not only supporting this ministry, but others you may find on December 8th.


Remember, for a donation of $10 from every Care-A-Van follower, $8000.00 could be added to the financial support of the ministry.  Can you afford $10 on December 8th to support Care-A-Van….we hope so!!!!  Your donation of $10 or more will stay local and meet the needs of your local community.



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