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About Us

United Way of Sullivan County

 

Mission: To mobilize the caring power of our community through participation in fundraising, volunteerism, advocacy, education and partnerships for the purpose of improving lives and building a strong and vital Sullivan County.

United Way of Sullivan depends on the kindness and generosity of local businesses and individuals to carry out its mission.  Although United Way of Sullivan County is a member of United Way of America, we operate as a private not-for-profit agency and receive no financial support from our national organization or the government.  The people who count on us are counting on you!

Activities

Fundraising: United Way of Sullivan County conducts an annual fundraising campaign to solicit corporate and individual gifts, as well as employee payroll contributions.  Unless otherwise specified, your gift stays in Sullivan County to generate positive results where you live. 

2-1-1:  In a collaborative effort, the United Ways of Dutchess, Orange, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester-Putnam developed and maintain Hudson Valley Region 2-1-1 to provide callers throughout seven counties with comprehensive information and referral for a wide variety of health and human service needs.  An essential tool in times of crisis, 2-1-1 connects people to services 24 hours a day, year round including holidays. It’s free, confidential, and available in a variety of languages.  2-1-1 services now reach 75% of our country’s population and 70% of New York State’s residents.  State funding for 2-1-1 is supplemented by funding from local governments, United Ways, foundations and numerous in-kind supporters.

Project Care: United Way of Sullivan County begins making preparations in early Fall each year to assure that families and children in need are not overlooked during the holiday season.  Last year 174 food baskets were distributed to local families for Thanksgiving. With donations from the community, and participation by local businesses in our Dreidel and Snowman gift program, United Way of Sullivan County was able to distribute nearly 2,000 holiday gifts for children.  In addition, the Adopt-A-Family Program provided 10 local families with holiday packages that included meals, gifts and toys.

Wardrobes For Work: Since 2001, Wardrobes for Work, has been providing proper work attire to individuals seeking or maintaining employment. The joint venture formed by business and human service organizations in Sullivan County, operates under the auspices of United Way of Sullivan County and in conjunction with county work programs.  All individuals enrolled in a county work program are eligible to use the service during its hours of operation.  Wardrobes for Work is also open one day a week for anyone needing proper attire for work.

Emergency Food & Shelter Assistance: United Way of Sullivan County administers the local Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program. A local Emergency Food and Shelter Board helps distribute these funds to agencies, churches and synagogues that provide assistance to those in need. This funding is used to target special emergency needs. (Emergency needs refer to economic, not disaster related, emergencies.) One time FEMA funding can supplement food, shelter (including transitional shelter), rent and utility assistance in ways that can really make a difference.

Coordinated Children’s Services Initiative: United Way of Sullivan County acts as the Fiscal Agent for CCSI funds for Sullivan County. CCSI is a program designed to reduce the number of unnecessary residential placements of children with serious emotional and/or behavioral problems. It is an innovative approach to working with families who need help from a variety of services. It is a family friendly planning process that concentrates on family and individual strengths rather than on deficits.

Carlie's Crusade: United Way of Sullivan County is proud to sponsor programs that safeguard the safety and well-being of children and teens.  Our Child and Internet Safety Program is being presented throughout the county by Carlie’s Crusade Foundation.  The program was designed to help young people learn how to prevent abduction, avoid victimization and foster safe Internet practices.  More than 1,000 Sullivan County children and teens have received the age specific, two-part training, which consists of lectures, videos, DVDs, handouts and personal safety demonstrations.

Budget and Allocation Committee: Informed community volunteers analyze critical needs and direct your contributions to address those needs through local agencies. Their work continues throughout the year, assuring accountability, identifying and assessing community needs, and monitoring supported programs. United Way of Sullivan County is governed by a local United Way of Sullivan County Board of Directors.

Needs Assessment: United Way of Sullivan county meets with community leaders, local residents and volunteers to determine what services are needed in Sullivan County that are not being addressed by the programs and agencies that are currently in place.  The goal of the Needs Assessment Committee is to avoid duplication of services and use funding wisely to meet the most critical human service needs in the county.

Food Drive- National Letter Carriers, US Postal Service, Campbell Soup & United Way: The National Association of Letter Carriers, the U.S. Postal Service, Campbell Soup and United Way of Sullivan County work together to conduct an annual food drive.   The food is distributed to food pantries throughout Sullivan County.

Gang Awareness Seminars:  For the past three years United Way of Sullivan County has been working with other community partners to offer seminars that build awareness of the growing gang problem that has now advanced into rural areas, such as Sullivan County.  This year’s seminar will be held May 29, 2008 with assistance from the Monticello Police Department, State of New York Juvenile Officers Association and support from the Monticello School District and other community leaders.

Clothing Closet and Donation Room:  United Way of Sullivan County maintains a supply of clothing for men, women and children, which is open to individuals who have experienced a crisis situation, such as fire or flooding, as well as all those in need of clothing. A variety of furnishings and household goods are also offered when available.

Fund Administration:  As a registered not-for-profit agency, United Way of Sullivan County is often called upon administer funds for special causes.  We are pleased to act as the fiscal agent for donations to help individuals and families who have experienced illness, disaster and personal loss.

 

 

United Way of Sullivan County • 33 Lakewood Ave • PO Box 1036 • Monticello, NY 12701-2020 • Hours M-F, 9-5
Tel: 845-794-1771 • Fax: 845-791-4205 • unitedwaysullivan@verizon.net

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