Officials from United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc. have announced that their annual fundraising campaign has started. This Regional initiative, covering Clinton, Essex and Franklin Counties is conducted to raise needed funds for high priority health and human service programs in the Adirondack Region. A network of 40 partner agencies benefits from these funds annually and this extensive network has historically provided service to 80,000 people collectively each year.
On Friday October 1, 2021, officials from the organization and volunteer campaign team members gathered to officially kick off the 2022 Fund Drive. This campaign will be conducted through the end of January 2022, at which time, the organization will begin preparing for the allocation process, in order to invest the funds toward the highest priority needs.
Pacesetters are businesses and individuals that conduct their campaigns early in the process, in order to “set the pace” and encourage other donors to participate. Pacesetter results will be announced on October 15th of 2021. John Bernardi, President & CEO said “We are very grateful to all of the pacesetters and supporters for giving us a healthy start toward raising these critical funds for our friends and neighbors here in the Adirondack Region.” The volunteer campaign team was also on hand to celebrate and to prepare for the months ahead. Campaign Team Members include Amy Kretser: Co-Chair (Franklin), James Monty: Co-Chair (Essex), Todd McCarthy: Co-Chair (Clinton), Dan Alexander, Gayle Alexander, Jody Carpenter, Nicole Cline, Lori Delaney, Tabitha Fletcher, Sandra Geddes, Bruce Gray, Katie Hoyt, Susan LeBlanc-Durocher, Ryan Lee, Tammy Menard, Gerald Morrow, Monticia Prather, Hannah Provost, Tony Searing, Lisa VanNatten, DaleAnne Wolter, Chris Mazzella and Lee Rivers.
Bernardi highlighted the increased needs due to COVID-19 and also highlighted the organization’s ALICE Report. The Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed (ALICE Data) demonstrates the urgency caused by poverty and financial instability for hard working families in our region.
The mission of the Organization is to be a leader in community partnership building and to increase the organized capacity of people to care for one another.