Charity seeks funds

TICONDEROGA Ticonderoga residents are taking part in the 2007 United Way campaign. Workers at National Grid, International Paper Co.s Ticonderoga mill and Denton Publications, parent of the Times of Ti, are part of the charitable fundraising of the United Way of Clinton & Essex Counties, Inc. All 11 National Grid employees in its Ticonderoga office participated in the campaign, contributing nearly $3,000, according to Steve Arzberger, office supervisor. Im proud of the fact we had 100 percent participation again this year, he said. There are a lot of worthwhile organizations that benefit and were please to be able to help. Arzberger noted his office has had 100 percent participate for the last decade. He also pointed out National Grid has agreed to match employee donations. The 2007 numbers arent yet available for IP employee contributions, explained Donna Wadsworth, Ti mill spokeswoman. We do an Edrive, she explained. We Email information on United Way to all employees and they make pledges online directly to United Way. Wadsworth expects a report on IP contributions from United Way officials next month. She noted a year ago IP employees gave $8,855 to United Way, including a corporate match of 60 percent. At Denton Publications 88 percent of its employees contributed $10,847.50, according to Publisher Dan Alexander. Alexander serves as vice chairman of the United Way campaign. I think its one thing for a company to contribute to charity. Were asked all the time and most good citizen businesses budget and plan for it, Alexander said. Employees on the other hand who are asked to dig into their personal pockettheir familys budget. and make an ongoing contribution through payroll deduction, now thats really giving from the heart. I guess you could say, that why Im truly impressed by these United Way employee drives, he added. These good people of the North Country show how much they care for their neighbors when they take the time and spend their money to accomplish the task of raising hundreds of thousands of dollars. Lets face it, there is nothing more important one can do than to share some of their resources with those in need. The United Way of Clinton & Essex Counties, Inc., is a voluntary fund-raising and human service organization. Started in 1949 as the Community Chest, in became the United Way of Clinton County in the mid-1970s and expanded services into Essex County in 1996. The 2007 United Way campaign goal is $700,000. Through Oct. 12 the campaign had raised $307,719.25, 44 percent of its goal. Essex County agencies that benefit from the United Way campaign include Adirondack Community Action Program based in Elizabethtown, Adirondack Experience in Lake Placid, Adirondack Council of Boy Scouts of America, AuSable Valley Habitat for Humanity, Elizabethtown Social Center, Families First in Essex County, Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York, Literacy Volunteers of Essex/Franklin Counties, Mental Health Association of Essex County, North Country Association for Visually Impaired in Lake Placid, North Country Life Flight, Retired & Senior Volunteer Program of Essex County, The Substance Abuse Prevention Team of Essex County based in Ticonderoga and the Thomas Shipman Sr Memorial Youth Center in Lake Placid.

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