The United Way of Clinton and Essex Counties, Inc. has announced that the campaign goal for 2009/2010 is $700,000. John Bernardi, Executive Director said, “while this will be a great challenge, the needs have never been greater and we are confident that this generous region will once again show its commitment to ensuring that vital services are available for our families, friends and neighbors”. The local United Way funds 33 partner agencies that provide health and human services to children, adults, seniors and families throughout Clinton and Essex Counties.
Jamie Basiliere, Executive Director of the Child Care Coordinating Council will be chairing the campaign this year which begins in August and concludes in January. The funds raised during the campaign will be allocated to local service providers for 2010. Basiliere said, “It is an honor to serve as this year’s chairperson. I have always believed that it is important to give back to the community and there is no better way to do that than through the United Way. This will be a critical year, but I know that the great people of the North Country will come through and do the right thing”. The vice chair of the campaign this year is Kirk Stallsmith, General Manager of the Georgia Pacific facility in Plattsburgh. Bernardi said, “We have once again assembled an outstanding group of dedicated volunteer community members to be on the campaign team. This group is particularly energetic and enthusiastic and people in our region are blessed to have them working so diligently on their behalf.”
The kick off breakfast was held on Thursday September 10, 2009 at the American Legion on the Rand Hill Road in Morrisonville. Over 170 supporters packed the room to watch the campaign video, meet the campaign team and here the pacesetter results.
The mission of the United Way of Clinton and Essex Counties, Inc. is to be a leader in community partnership building and to increase the organized capacity of people to care for one another. In addition to fundraising, the organization coordinates the regional 2-1-1 information and referral system, the earned income tax credit service and several other programs. According to Bernardi, “we are much more than a fundraising organization, in fact, we are the hub of a comprehensive health and human service system throughout the region and we our proud of the positive impact we have”.