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Allegany County United Way Quick Facts  

Background: 

Established in 1958 as the United Fund of Wellsville, in 1979 the organization changed its name to keep step with the national services of the United Way of America, and became known as Wellsville Area United Way, Inc.  Then, in 1991, to reflect the increasing service area and support from the entire county, the agency’s board of directors changed the name of the organization to Allegany County United Way, Inc.

Today, Allegany County United Way enjoys a 57-year tradition of supporting human services agencies in Allegany County helping individuals and families achieve their potential through education, economic self-sufficiency and healthy lives. The community in turn generously supports the United Way through workplace employee campaigns, corporate giving, and individual giving.

Mission Statement:  Inspire Hope and Make a Difference

Vision Statement:  The Allegany County United Way envisions our communities where all individuals and families achieve their potential through education, economic self-sufficiency and healthy lives.

Core Values:  Stewardship, Integrity, Leadership, Volunteerism

The Community Impact Model - How We Achieve Our Mission:

United Way Impact Committee volunteers spend many hours in the process of investing donor dollars, making tough decisions that are consistent with Allegany County United Way values and the needs of the local community. Oversight and guidance for this process are provided by the Community Development Committee, a standing committee of the Board of Directors that determines priorities and strategic direction for impacting our community.

The following values are at the center of every investment made by the Allegany County United Way. 

Community need – the program makes a compelling case for meeting a documented need in the local community.

Program results and outcomes – the program clearly defines and delivers on outcomes for its clients. 

Focused alignment – the program aligns well with the strategic intent and identified priorities of Allegany County United Way. 

Effective use of resources – the agency is effective at securing and utilizing resources to meet its clients’ needs. 

Continuous learning and improvement – the organization promotes a culture where questioning, learning, and improving are the norm.

Following a rigorous evaluation of grant proposals and program interviews, we invest resources in strategic initiatives and services operated by health and human service partners across the county.

2015-16 FUNDING

Each year Allegany County United Way invests in health and human service programs in four areas: health, economic self-sufficiency, education, and critical needs. Investment decisions are based on the applicant’s demonstrated ability to deliver results in one of these areas.

The United Way invested $217,500 that was raised in the prior fall campaign in this network of services – a total of 25 programs and initiatives in 19 partner agencies. *

Health
$69,000
32%
Economic Self Sufficiency
$45,000
20%
Education
$38,500
18%
Critical Needs
$65,000
30%
Total
$217,500
100%

All the funds raised stay local and help people in need right here in Allegany County.

We are especially thankful for the Campaign Coordinators who volunteer their time and effort to run United Way campaigns within their organizations. Many hours are spent by these individuals communicating with their fellow employees about the United Way, planning fun fundraisers and keeping track of necessary paperwork. The success of United Way’s campaign is due in large part to their dedication and hard work

*Campaign year runs from August – December; Funding year runs from May – April

Details of the funded programs and the impact they are having on our County can be found here.

Allegany County United Way 2015 Board of Directors:

Randy Shayler, President Otis Eastern Service LLC
Abbie Pritchard, Vice President First Citizens Community Bank
Michelle Alvord, Secretary Wellsville Central School
John Mulryan, Treasurer Lufkin-RMT
Peter Brown L’Italia Restaurant
Malena Dunham Otis Eastern Service LLC
Patricia Fogarty Attorney
Cece Fuoco C-A BOCES
Lee Gridley Community member
Jonathan Hilsher Alfred State College
Judy Hopkins Community member
Judy May Belfast & Friendship Central Schools
Shirley Mullen Houghton College
Karen Porter Alfred University
Steve Rennie Community member
Debra Root Community member
Isabel Warren
Five Star Bank
Joyce Weimer Community member
Raye Wood Community member

Professional Staff: 

 Barbara Bates                                Executive Director 

 Abigail Wonderling                          Finance and Programs Director

Community Impact Councils:

During the 2011 year, the Allegany County United Way implemented our new outcomes-based community impact agenda. Focusing our support this way brings greater efficiency to our work.   

We are grateful to the following volunteers who served on United Way Community Impact Councils in 2014 and spent many hours carefully evaluating funding requests.

Education:  Providing people of all ages with the tools and structures necessary to succeed. 

Council Members:

Cece Fuoco, Chair

Nora Burdick

Bill Cunningham

Michael Kunz

Cindy LaFever

Jon Morris

Bob Shook

 

Economic Self-Sufficiency: Providing people of all ages with opportunities that result in economic self-sufficiency.

Council Members:

Joyce Weimer, Chair
Marcella Bledsoe

William Cox

Patricia Fogarty

Lee Gridley

Cheryl Jackson

Charlie Joyce

Jennifer Joyce

Sherry Walton

 

Health:  Providing people of all ages the opportunities to live healthy, secure, independent, and meaningful lives 

Council Members:

Raye Wood, Chair

Judy Clark

Rick Cudney

Tracy Gates

Christine Morsman

Patty Newsome

Tisa Robbins

Diane Winans


Critical Needs:  Providing for short-term but critical needs for residents of Allegany County  

Council Members: 

Abbie Pritchard, Chair

Michelle Alvord

Cece Fuoco

Patrica Fogarty

Lee Gridley

Jonathan Hilsher

Steven Rennie

Randy Shayler

Joyce Weimer

Raye Wood



Contact Information

Office Location:  112 Park Avenue, Wellsville, NY 14895
Mailing Address:   PO Box 15, Wellsville, NY 14895
Office Phone: 585-593-0020
Office Fax: 585-593-0350  Website: http://www.acuw.com