More than 800 volunteers helped distribute gifts to nearly 7000 children from 2500 families Dec. 23 at the OnCenter in Syracuse for Christmas Bureau distribution day. The effort is a partnership of United Way of Central New York and Salvation Army that helps bring each child in need a toy, a book, stocking stuffers and a full Christmas dinner. Thank you to our partners, donors and all the volunteers who made this year’s Christmas Bureau possible.
45 local human service agencies have submitted 120 program proposals for the 2014-17 United Way funding period. The total amount being requested is over $9.5 million, which is over twice the amount that United Way of CNY currently funds. Ten new agencies making requests this cycle include proposals from The Alzheimer’s Association and The Rescue Mission. The Review Panel made up of trained volunteers from Central New York will now begin the challenging process of evaluating the program requests and will recommend funding allocations for each program.
“It is very evident that the needs in our community continue to grow while local agencies find fewer and fewer funding sources available to them, especially in areas of our expanding senior population and basic needs services” said Frank Lazarski, President of United Way of CNY.