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United Way For Cortland County Executive Director to Resign


The United Way for Cortland County Executive Director, Christella Yonta, has announced her resignation from the organization, effective in the New Year. Yonta first began her work with the United Way back in 2016 after serving as a volunteer for the organization.

During her time with the organization, the United Way for Cortland County served over 37 organizations through the State Employees Federated Campaign, and over 15 local programs are supported through FEMA Emergency Food and Shelter and the United Way Campaign.

“Over the last year UWCC has funded programs that support counseling and mentors, early childhood education, family support, youth services, 211 call center, job readiness and emergency food and shelter. The annual Day of Caring is an event hosted by the United Way that puts the mission in motion by uniting the resources of donors, agencies, and volunteers in an effort of community service and support for food pantry’s county wide.” according to a release by the United Way for Cortland County.

Yonta’s work as Executive Director led the organization change from member agencies to a community impact model and helped steer the organization’s response during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Looking forward, the UWCC will undergo a review of services and needs to post the vacant position and do a search in the Spring. Yonta will facilitate the transition along with the UWCC Board of Directors.

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