NORWICH – The Chenango County United Way Campaign is in full swing. So far, it has raised $168,354, but more work still needs to be done. Last year the United Way allocated $400,000, and had $600,000 in funding requests.
After analyzing the needs of Chenango County, four primary needs areas were determined to be of utmost importance; opportunities for young people, the aging population, access to health care and poverty-related challenges. “The needs of Chenango County are increasing in all four of the focus areas identified by our recent needs assessment. Local organizations depend on a strong United Way campaign in order to serve the people of our community. It is very important that we raise at least as much as we did in last year’s campaign so that we can continue to serve our friends, families and neighbors who are in need,” said Executive Director Elizabeth Monaco.
According to the Chenango United Way, many young people in the county have relatively low aspirations for the future. The county has lower percentages of high school students planning to attend college than the national average. The goal of the Chenango United Way is to enable all youth to develop to their full potential. Last year, the Chenango United Way designated $198,512 to provide opportunities for young people. The money was used on a number of programs, including after-school programs, scholarships, literacy, counseling and Head Start. “We have the opportunity to better educate young people, and to help them understand the possibilities they have in Chenango County,” said Board Chair Gregory May.