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Cortland United Way Announces $210K In Awards For Area Non-Profits

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The United Way for Cortland County on Friday (August 2) announced the winners of this year’s community allocation awards, totaling $210,000 and made possible by over 1,000 generous donors in our community.

Allocation awards are competitive and winners are determined by a committee of educators, small business owners, executives and human services professionals.

They were greatly assisted by the dedicated United Way volunteers, who collectively spent more than 350 hours reading and scoring proposals which include a program narrative, measurable outcome benchmarks and financial information.

“Our contributors rely on us to take the allocation process very seriously and can count on our committee to invest their dollars wisely,” said Christella Yonta, Executive Director of the United Way. “We can’t do this work alone and we continue to be humbled by the community’s support of our vulnerable neighbors to achieve self-sufficiency.”

The funds will now support various local organizations in their work to strengthen our community in areas like education, financial stability, and health.

This year the following programs received awards:

  • CAPCO: Getting Ahead Adult Education
  • Child Development Council: Early Child Training Program
  • Cortland County Child Development Centers: OPTIONS – Childcare
  • American Red Cross: Emergency Services & Community Preparedness
  • Catholic Charites: Basic Needs & Emergency Assistance; STEPS – Supportive Transition, Education,
    Prevention Services
  • Family Counseling Services: Children’s Waiting Room; Counseling Services
  • Salvation Army: Emergency Food Services; Youth Services
  • Seven Valley’s Health Coalition: 2-1-1 Information & Referral
  • YWCA: Aid to Victims of Violence; Bridges for Kids; Childcare Program

The United Way also facilitates all gifts from the State Employees Federated Appeal (SEFA) to the charities of their
choice. State employees working at SUNY Cortland, NYS DOT, DEC, Court Systems and the Office for People With
Developmental Disabilities selected the following programs (including some of those previously mentioned) to share in a $27,000 award locally.

  • Girl Scouts of NYPenn Pathways
  • Hospicare & Palliative Care Services
  • JDRF CNY Chapter
  • Lime Hollow Nature Center
  • Madison Cortland ARC
  • Make a Wish Foundation of CNY
  • Racker Center of Cortland
  • SUNY Cortland Childcare Center
  • YMCA

Finally, $5,000 in community support was awarded to the local 2-1-1 program, coordinated by the Seven Valleys Health Coalition. The call center is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to connect county residents with resources when they need them.

2-1-1 also served as the call center for appointments for the recent Healthy Cortland medical event for free medical
and veterinary services from the military.

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