Dec 8, 2015
James Brown, President of United Way of Tompkins County (UWTC), welcomed a crowd of supporters to Stewart Park today for the 13th Annual Stephen E. Garner Day of Caring and the 2015/16 Community Campaign Kickoff. Kimberlee Swartz, UWTC Board Chair, shared her remarks on how United Way of Tompkins County makes a difference in people's lives by supporting essential education, income, and health programs.
Brown thanked the community for its generous support of the Day of Caring Food Drive and presented a new video by Well Said Media - formerly Moving Box Studios - that highlights the interconnectedness of United Way and our community. Brown announced that UWTC is now accepting applications to the Hunger and Food Security Fund and through Youth and Philanthropy Program. Brown also thanked Cornell University and its Alumni Affairs and Development office for including UWTC in its upcoming Homecoming 2015 Homecoming 5K, and the Big Red Fan Festival on September 19th.
Beth Putnam, CFCU Community Credit Union and Pacesetter Co-Chair David Shapiro, Family and Children's Services reported that the 30 Pacesetter organizations that "set the pace" by running United Way campaigns prior to the Day of Caring are seeing positive results. Many are Corporate Cornerstone Partners who generously support UWTC's administrative and operating expenses.
Campaign Chair Lynnette Scofield, The William Henry Miller Inn; shared XXXXX and announced this year's Community Campaign goal of $2,012,638. Campaign gifts support essential education, income, and health programs that improve lives in Tompkins County.