United Way Newsletter

Winter 2009-2010 

Also in this issue... 

From the President
UW Campaign Update
Community Impact Platform

Education Spotlight: Lights on


Not For Profit Resource Center

Day of Caring 2009


Wellness Spotlight: Domestic

Violence Awareness Month


Volunteer Opportunities: Income


Advocacy Update


2008 Philanthropists of the Year:

Ted and Ginna Walsh


Your Contribution at Work: Big

Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County     




United Way’s third annual Report to the Community was held on October 6th at the Hyatt Regency in Buffalo. More than 150 people gathered to hear about United Way’s new direction from new Board Chair Bob Zak, CEO of Merchants Insurance, and Michael Weiner, United Way’s new president.  The event was generously sponsored by the Snyder family and the Hyatt Regency.


The address outlined key themes of relevance, connections and accountability; reinforced United Way’s Community Impact focus on Education, Income and Health and Wellness; and laid out a series of actions United Way will take in the coming months and years.


The event featured video presentations of United Way-funded programs: in Education, the Academic Achievement Program at Northwest Buffalo Community Center; in Income, the Lt. Col. Matt Urban Center’s Homeless Outreach program; and in Health and Wellness, the Buffalo Urban League Senior Multi Service Center. The presentations highlighted the importance of these programs and the difference they make in improving quality of life for the people they serve.


The Report concluded with an outline of a number of actions the organization is committed to taking, both in the short and long term, to ensure its strength and relevance in the future. Such actions will include the development of a strategic plan; strengthening Campaign performance; a renewed emphasis on the importance of volunteer service; pursuit of the development of a community health and human service report card; and the reporting of results and impact.


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