In September of 2009, United Way Worldwide requested that the United Way of Clinton and Essex Counties, Inc. include Franklin County in its service area. The Board of Directors ultimately decided to honor the request and the organization has modified its name to reflect the addition of Franklin County. The new name that was approved by the Board of Directors is United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc. There also has been additional office presence added to facilitate a regional approach to services and programs in all three counties. Two field offices have been established in Elizabethtown and Malone, at the OneWorkSource offices, to promote this regional presence in Essex and Franklin Counties. The Clinton County office is located at 45 Tom Miller Road, Plattsburgh.
Officials and volunteers from the United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc. are currently developing strategies to expand into Franklin and to bring the three counties together through a United Way network of programs, services and partnerships. John Bernardi, Executive Director, said that the North Country 2-1-1 information and referral system is an excellent example of this and his steering committee is comprised of representatives from throughout the region. “Clinton, Essex and Franklin Counties make up a natural region and we are connected in so many ways as friends, neighbors and partners. Our United Way will continue to be a great vehicle for bringing people together for the overall benefit of the North Country community” he said.
The United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc has 36 partner agencies including several that already serve Franklin County. These health and human service organizations receive United Way funding to provide specific services based on community needs and their ability to achieve effective outcomes. The organization also coordinates a wide variety of programs including, 2-1-1 Information and Referral, Earned Income Tax Credit, Gifts in Kind and Disaster Preparedness.