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26th ‘Day of Caring’ kicks off annual United Way campaign

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Wednesday (September 23rd) was the 26th annual Day of Caring.

A total of 20 businesses collected items for the Wendy Thibeault Memorial Food Drive. Another eight sent employee teams to volunteer at three local project sites.

McGraw High School students worked around their home village, many of whom continue to volunteer long after they graduate

“Many groups come back year after year and enjoy getting to know other while working on a meaningful project,” Christella Yonta, Executive Director of the United Way for Cortland County.

The Wendy Thibeault drive helps stock numerous food pantries across the county; and not just with nutrition.

Yonta added, “the need for personal supplies like soap, baby supplies, and other items not normally stocked in food pantries continues. United Way has worked over the last year to also provide pop-up food distributions throughout the county in partnership with the Food Bank of Central NY.”

Expected rain held off to allow 24 volunteers complete projects at three different sites:

Improvements to the changing areas at Yaman Beach;

Landscaping and clean-up at a key gateway corner in the city of Cortland;

Additional work done at the Salvation Army for the warming center.

“United Way does a great job in uniting the resources of donors, business and agencies to improve
the community for everyone,” said Carol Tytler, Board President of UWCC,


The organization now officially kicks off its Fall campaign.

Dave and Beverly Jones have been dubbed to serve as Crown Leadership chairs.

Fundraising from last year’s campaign went out to 13 local programs and were critical to keeping services available during the pandemic.

Businesses interested in running an employee giving campaign are encouraged to reach out for more
information.

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