United Way reaches campaign goal

TICONDEROGA - The United Way of Clinton and Essex Counties, Inc. has met the 2009 campaign goal of $700,000.

The annual campaign is conducted primarily during the fall months and concludes in January of each year.

This year's campaign raised a total of $702,140.

John Bernardi, executive director, said, "We are so delighted to deliver this exciting news to our two-county community. It is once again a testament to the generosity and caring nature of the North Country."

Dan Alexander, owner and publisher of Denton Publications, was the chair of this year's drive and has volunteered on the campaign team for several years.

"It was a great team effort with campaign team volunteers, United Way staff and employee campaign representatives, but most of all, it was the generosity of businesses, organizations and individuals that made it successful," Alexander said.

The next campaign will be chaired by Jamie Basiliere, executive director of the Child Care Coordinating Council of the North Country and vice chair of this year's drive.

Other campaign team members included Jake Short, Lisa VanNatten, Steve Preston, Kirk Stallsmith, Alan Jones, Tom Koester, Dale Dowdle, Jay Kerley, Ellen Gordon, Bruce Gray, Phil Racine, Deena McCullough, Marge Garcia, Paul Connelly, Jeremiah Papineau, Gayle Alexander, Marion Daniels and Kathy Snow.

The mission of the United Way of Clinton and Essex Counties, Inc. is to be a leader in community problem solving and to increase the organized capacity of people to care for one another.

The funds raised from this campaign will be allocated to local community partner agencies based on donor designations and agency applications for additional funds. A committee of community members will review requests for undesignated funds and recommend to the board of directors the awarding of grants based upon community needs throughout Clinton and Essex counties.

Kirk Stallsmith, general manager at Georgia Pacific and president of the United Way Board of Directors said, "All the funds stay local and go toward supporting critical services for our friends and neighbors here in the North Country."

In addition to funding 33 health and human service organizations in the region, the local United Way also coordinates a wide variety of programs including, Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), 2-1-1 Information and Referral, Disaster Preparedness and other community based initiatives.

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