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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.

 

CARE-A-VAN MINISTRIES, INC.

 

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.

 

Roctheday.org

December 8th, 2011

Event Date and Time

December 8, 2011 (All day)
Friday, November 4, 2011 at 6:17 pm

Bulldawgs make donation to backpack program

The United Way Backpack Program received a donation today from the Batavia Bulldawgs Youth Football Program today. The Bulldawgs played Le Roy in a special fundraiser game this past weekend and collected nonperishable food donations and cash donations for the program. It provides a backpack filled with food to underprivileged children each Friday. The backpack is designed to provide meals and snacks for the family over the weekend. Pictured are John Reigle, left, Matt Dellapenna, Lori Stupp, Paul Grazioplene and Ken Proefrock. Stupp is the United Way's backpack volunteer coordinator.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 11:49 am

Photos: Day of Caring Kick Off

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Nearly 250 people braved a little wet weather this morning to show up at Dwyer Stadium to kick off the Day of Caring, sponsored by United Way.

The event sends people out into the community to perform a variety of volunteer tasks for nonprofit organizations, such as painting, cleaning, gardening and minor construction projects.

The organizers this year are (in no particular order): Jamie Rada, Chris Fix, Jane Scott, Susie Boyce, Debbie Fischer, Theresa DeMars, Lori Stupp, Shelley Fallitico (not pictured), Dave Cecere, Katie Betters, Scott Neff, Sue Boss, Carol Boshart, Jay Gsell, Erik Fix, Susan Schuler and Donna Saskowski.

Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 1:09 pm

Terry Hills participates in United Way's Day of Caring

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Terry Hills Golf Gourse & Banquet Facility in conjunction with United Way's Day of Caring is sponsoring a food drive.  Bring in your non-perishable items to their Sunday Brunch on May 15th between 10:00am-2:00pm and receive $1.00 the cost of brunch per person.  Donations will be used to stock the shelves at the Batavia Salvation Army.  Thank you for your support!

Event Date and Time

May 12, 2011 - 12:40pm - May 15, 2011 - 1:00pm
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