GLOVERSVILLE - The United Way of Fulton County started its 2012-13 Community Campaign today with a "kickoff" breakfast at the Holiday Inn in Johnstown.
United Way's campaign goal is to raise $150,000, a news release said.
The United Way advances the common good by focusing on education, income and health. These are the building blocks for a good life, the release said.
Lisa Pfeiffer, United Way of Fulton County executive director, speaks during the “kick off” breakfast for the start of the latest fundraising campaign by the group today at the Johnstown Holiday Inn.
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Donations to United Way go directly to the funding of vital services for local people in need, the release said.
The United Way collaborates with local county agencies. The United Way assesses the issues at hand in Fulton County, brings together the service providers, coordinates a collective response, focuses on prevention, invests in solutions and measures the results.
Currently, the agencies United Way of Fulton County collaborates with include:
Court Appointed Special Advocates. Trained community volunteers appointed by a judge to speak up for the best interests of an abused or neglected child involved in a juvenile court deprivation proceeding.
St. John's Episcopal Church. Provides community meals to individuals and families. Foothills Methodist Church houses a food pantry to assist in providing sustenance to those in need.
Catholic Charities of Fulton County and the Salvation Army. Individuals are assisted with emergency services such as housing, medical, utility and fuel, clothing and a food pantry.
Community Maternity Services. Provides specialized services for pregnant, parenting and at-risk teens.
Cornell Cooperative Extension. Brings fourth- and fifth-grade students to outdoor settings to learn about 13 different
agricultural topics, careers and commodities, and 59 environmental topics.
James A. Brennan Memorial Humane Society. More than 500 animals annually have benefited from the spay, neuter, vaccination and general animal health programs.
Family Counseling Center. The Domestic violence program has assisted hundreds of Fulton County families with domestic violence issues.
The Glove Theatre. Produces a summer youth theatrical program, which provides educational and professional guidance in all aspects of producing and performing a community theater production in Fulton County.
HFM Prevention Council. Strives to prevent, through education, substance abuse and addiction. Two educational programs, Too Good For Drugs and Too Good for Violence, address substance abuse and anti-social behavior in youth.
Literacy NY - Fulton, Montgomery & Schoharie Counties. Provides an adult tutoring program that promotes
preparation for passing high school equivalency exams.
Mental Health Association of Fulton and Montgomery Counties. Provides ongoing mental health education in
the schools for children between the ages of 11 and 18.
Senior Citizens Service Center of Gloversville & Fulton County. Serves the aging population with health and wellness programs and services throughout the year. The majority of the participants are age 75 and older.
Kerry Brunner will be the 2012-13 campaign coordinator. Campaign Division heads include: Auto industry and dealerships, Jeff Brown/Brown's Ford; accountants, Neil LaMere/ West & Company; Retail, Debbie Stewart/West & Co.; Attorneys, Brett Preston/Hoyt & Preston; Dental, Tamara Dunlap DDS; Funeral directors, John Stewart/Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home; Insurance and financial planning industry, David Jankowski/The Jankowski Agency; Physicians/medical personnel, Cindy Dingman/NBT Bank; Real estate, Sarah Cox/CMK Realty; Industrial/construction/trades, Kerry Brunner/Walmart distribution; and special gifts, Jamie Quinn.
The areas of public service, education, out of area affiliates, residential and SEFA are handled by United Way personnel, the release said.
For more information, call 725-9817 or visit the organization's website at www.uwfultoncounty.org.