September is known for the beginning of school, the football season, and the United Way Campaign.
The United Way of Northern Chautauqua County kicked off its campaign at a luncheon held at Shorewood Country Club.
Executive Director Deborah Tederous spoke first.
From left to right Richard Erdle, United Way Board vice-president, Deborah Tederous, Executive Director of the United Way of Northern Chautauqua County, and James Subjack, United Way Board president. The United Way kicked off its campaign.
"Welcome to the 2012 United Way of Northern Chautauqua County Campaign kickoff luncheon. ... I would like to start by introducing you to all those helping United Way to 'Advance the Common Good' in our community," she said.
She introduced United Way Board members as well as the representatives for the State Employees Federated Appeal (SEFA), union representatives, Mayor A.J. Dolce of Dunkirk, those representing the Community Agencies who receive support from the fund, and volunteer coordinators for the campaign.
Peggy Tiffany, ex-officio member of the United Way Board, gave the invocation. Board President James Subjack spoke, followed by Mayor A.J. Dolce who gave the keynote address.
Local timeline United Way
1930s: Community Chests formed in Dunkirk, Fredonia, and Silver Creek
1952: Dunkirk-Fredonia Community Chest is formed.
1956: Dunkirk-Fredonia Community chest becomes the United Community Fund of Dunkirk and Fredonia
2006: Community Investment is adopted
2010: Education, Income and Health become the cornerstones of the campaign.
2012: Impacting lives is used to measure achievement. Figures released show 32,451 local lives are impacted during the 2010-2011 funding year.
Dolce's message was simple and to the point. He thanked those involved in the volunteer effort, and the organizations which accomplish so much for the local community.
Using a power-point presentation, Tederous provided information about the history of the United Way, both nationally and locally. This year the United Way is marking 125 years of service.
The roots of the organization and the idea of consolidated fundraising are traceable to 1887. In Denver religious leaders founded the Charity Organizations Society which conducted fundraising for 22 separate agencies. In 1913, the modern Community Chest began in Cleveland, Ohio. A plan was developed to allocate the funds raised.
Since 1946, the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) cooperated to provide services to communities. Historically, the labor movement's members had need of services, donated to the fund and helped make decisions.
In 1963, community chests and United Fund chapters in Los Angeles joined together and began using the name United Way, Inc. In 1970, the United Community Funds and Council of America reorganized, streamlined, and passed a resolution to use only the name United Way. In 1973, the agency partnered with the National Football League by creating a campaign of public service announcements. The partnership continues through today.
1987 marked the centennial of the United Way. Recently the organization has sought to emphasize that it is more than a fundraising organization. It conveys the idea that it is a community impact organization.
In 2012 the United Way is celebrating its 125th anniversary, entering into a partnership with CNN and CNN international to share the 'Live United' message to communities around the world.
Locally, Community Chest organizations were created in the 1930s in Dunkirk, Fredonia and Silver Creek. In 1952 the Dunkirk-Fredonia Community Chest was founded. In 1956, it became the United Community Fund of Dunkirk and Fredonia. E.J. Larrick was the executive director.
In 1972, this organization merged with the Silver Creek United Fund and became the United Way of Northern Chautauqua County. In 1999, Westfield United Fund was merged into the organization. In 2006, the concept of Community Investment was adopted. In 2010 education, income, and health became the cornerstones of the campaign.
In 2012 impacting lives is used to measure effectiveness. With the funds raised during the 2010-2011 funding year, the United Way of Northern Chautauqua reports that 32,451 lives have been impacted locally. The areas are broken down as follows: students improving their academics, caregivers were given more independence, children and youth participated in literacy learning, people had meals delivered, youth participated in programs that increased self-confidence, individuals participated in drug and alcohol prevention and intervention programs, people received basic survival needs, mental and physical, vision screenings were conducted, and people were given meals and shelter in a time of crisis.
Board President Subjack said, "We are very excited by the kickoff of this year's campaign. We can certify that the funds are being used in appropriate ways. We are now emphasizing the number of people being impacted. When you have a rough economy, money from the government and other sources is impacted.
"People look to organizations for help," Subjack continued. "I believe that people should dig deeper to help out. All our agencies are local to this service area. ... Even the staff at the United Way has been cut. Two people are doing the job that three did. I admire them greatly."
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