Support The United Way

Everyone deserves opportunities to have a good life.

For the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County, that means finding ways to help children and youth achieve their potential; promoting an individual’s financial stability and independence; and helping people improve their health.

The United Way tries to accomplish these goals locally by funding 27 programs in a range of service areas. In 2015-16, the United Way will fund after-school, youth and education programs in the area to the tune of more than $510,000 a year as it tries to make sure area youth have the skills necessary to gain an education and help adults with the types of workforce readiness training that will provide workers to the next wave of jobs to reach our area. More than $50,000 in United Way funding is used for senior citizen programs in the area. Another $47,000 will pay for programs that help break the cycle of addiction that hurts individuals and their families. Nearly $300,000 helps families which find themselves in trouble – whether it’s the need for transitional housing assistance, counseling services or trauma counseling for children.

“It’s how we all fit together as a family, and as a community network,” Tory Irgang, United Way of Southern Chautauqua County executive director, said recently.

The United Way does a lot of good in our community, but none of those good things happen without donations from the community. Many of our readers will probably hear about giving to the United Way through workplace campaigns that are now taking place. Those whose employers don’t have workplace campaigns can donate by visiting and clicking on the “Donate” button on the homepage.

Donate if you can. You’ll be glad you did.