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United Way reaches out to Ticonderoga area

Human services agency would like greater role

Maria Burke, left, director of Literacy Volunteers, and Barb Brassard, director of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, review United Way information following a meeting in Ticonderoga.

Maria Burke, left, director of Literacy Volunteers, and Barb Brassard, director of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, review United Way information following a meeting in Ticonderoga.

— Larry Pickreign, United Way outreach coordinator, explained the program’s volunteer center and the annual Day of Caring.

The North Country Regional Volunteer Center works to connect non-profit organizations in need of help with willing volunteers.

“We’re becoming a clearinghouse for volunteerism,” Pickreign said. “We are working with existing groups like RSVP, Literacy Volunteers, the Red Cross and others to match them with volunteers.”

People interested in the volunteer center can call 563-0028 or go online at www.northcountryvolunteer.org

Pickreign also discussed the annual United Way Day of Caring, which will be held April 27, 2013. That day volunteers work on community projects. In 2012 more than 400 volunteers worked on 50 projects in the North Country.

“I’m hoping we’ll have projects in the Ticonderoga area this year (2013),” Pickreign said. “I think Ticonderoga is a perfect place for this kind of project. It’s a volunteer initiative we’re very proud of.”

Bernardi said the United Way of the Adirondack Region, based in Plattsburgh, has 41 partner agencies, including 26 that provide services in Essex County.

“We’re the hub of a collection of human service agencies in a three-county area providing help to many people,” he said. “It’s a role we really enjoy and cherish.”

Barb Brassard, director of Port Henry-based RSVP, thanked United Way for its assistance and noted the importance of both United Way and RSVP.

“We (RSVP) had more than 350 volunteers at over 80 stations volunteer 45,000 hours last year,” Brassard said. “We’re very proud of our program.”

Maria Burke, director of Literacy Volunteers based in Port Henry, also noted the role of United Way.

“Working with United Way and knowing I have that support makes me so thankful,” Burke said. “We support each other and continue to grow.”

Bernardi pointed out United Way provides advice and technical support to its member agencies along with financial assistance.

The United Way of the Adirondack Region is now in the midst of its annual funding campaign. It hopes to raise $775,000 this year to be distributed to member agencies.

More information on the United Way can be found on line at www.unitedwayadk.org or by calling 563-0028.

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