Find A Way For The United Way

Services provided by programs supported by the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County touched more than 24,700 people last year.

That is nearly the entire population of Jamestown touched in one way or another by United Way funding, including 1,165 children who entered school ready to learn; 1,383 young adults who learned soft job skills; 208 people who found stable housing; and 933 older adults who could stay in their home longer.

These are just a few of the tangible results of the annual United Way funding campaign. This year’s campaign kicked off a couple of weeks ago at Southwestern Central School with a goal of $1,325,000. Proceeds from the campaign will help pay for Meals on Wheels’ home-delivered meals for those who cannot feed themselves, American Red Cross disaster services and emergency services for those in our midst serving in the armed forces, vision screenings through the Chautauqua Blind Association, programs at the Boys and Girls Club, Infinity, the YMCA and YWCA and recovery coaches at the Mental Health Association. Each of the 41 programs that receive United Way funding each year are working to make the Jamestown area a better place, and each of those programs would struggle to exist without funding from the United Way.

Not everyone has the time in their busy lives to volunteer with community service organizations, but most of us have a few dollars to give to the United Way to help these programs continue to thrive. Some will be asked to donate through the workplace campaigns that take place in dozens of Jamestown-area businesses. Those who haven’t been approached yet about donating to the United Way’s 2017 Campaign can do so by visiting the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County’s website at and clicking on the “donate” button at the top of the page. Those who prefer to mail a donation can print the campaign brochure from the website and send the completed form and donation to United Way of Southern Chautauqua County, 413 N. Main St., Jamestown, NY 14701.

Jamestown-area residents have always been generous to the United Way. We are sure this year won’t be any different.