United Way Recognizes Area Companies For Work

Employees of The Resource Center and Weber Knapp — Toys for Tots are pictured.

The United Way of Southern Chautauqua County recently recognized employees of The Resource Center, Weber Knapp and Wegmans as part of its 12 Months of Caring initiative.

The initiative is meant to encourage employee groups to participate in community service throughout the year.

“The Resource Center is pleased to bring the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots Program to this community for the 17th year,” said Heather Brown of The Resource Center. “Both organizations have common missions, to make a difference in people’s lives and at the Christmas season, there is nothing more joyous than making sure every child has something to open on Christmas morning.”

For the second year, Allied Alarm donated warehouse space to store and distribute gifts during the Toys for Tots program.

“We will provide toys to over 2,500 children this year and we can’t do it without the support of volunteers and community partners,” stated Heather Brown. “It is heartwarming that the owners, management, and employees at Weber-Knapp have so much community spirit and have offered us their time to help us accomplish our goals,” Brown said.

Every year, the Winifred Crawford Dibert Boys and Girls Club of Jamestown hosts a Christmas Shoppe for the children who attend the Club. Thanks to the donation of new and gently used items by community members, Club Kids can shop for everyone on their list at no cost.  This year, Wegmans employees volunteered to walk with the children through the Christmas Shoppe to ensure they chose the right gift for their family members. The employees also assisted in wrapping each of the gifts so the children would have a gift to place under their Christmas tree for their loved ones.

“Volunteerism is vital to the well-being of our community. Employees from Weber-Knapp, Wegmans and The Resource Center certainly went above and beyond by volunteering this holiday season,” said Tory Irgang, United Way of Southern Chautauqua County executive director. “These are just a few examples of companies and employee groups giving back. Most importantly, it helps remind us of the true reason for this season.”

The United Way of Southern Chautauqua County provides funding to 42 local programs at 25 community partners. The programs seek to have a measurable impact by making sure families are self-sufficient, everyone is ready to work, young people succeed in school, and people in need can find help. For more information, visit www.uwayscc.org. For more information about 12 Months of Caring or to register a business for a volunteer project, call the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County at 483-1561 or email agrekalski@uwayscc.org.