United Way of Seneca County (UWSC) has had a long and proud history of being a supporter of service providers in Seneca County. UWSC was founded in 1958 but at that time the agency was known as the United Fund. The organization’s purpose was to raise funds for other not for profits in a United effort and the agency primarily served northern Seneca County. Subsequently, the agency transitioned to the United Way of Seneca County. The name changed and the geographic scope of the agency was enlarged, but the primary mission of serving the community had not changed. The mission continued to be assisting in supporting the provision of services to those in need.
In the late 1990s, UWSC began its evolution from being primarily a collector and distributor of funds to community agencies to being a community change agent. UWSC, in conjunction with partner agencies, local, and county governmental agencies, initiated and depending upon the programs, funded county-wide programs. The aforementioned programs included, but were not limited to county-wide after school programs, the rural transportation initiative, the Ovid Community Health Center, Partners for Children and the Seneca County Substance Abuse Coalition.
UWSC continues to partner and support local agencies and community initiatives that make Seneca County a better place to live and to work. The annual campaign enables such partners as the Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency, American Red Cross of the Finger Lakes and the Seneca County House of Concern to meet their ever-increasing service demands while allowing UWSC to remain an advocate for our local community, a convener of ideas and talents and, most importantly, a change agent.
The UWSC Board realizes the county demographics and economic base have dramatically changed over the years and has chosen to refine its current Strategic Plan. Furthermore, the need for programs and services has grown necessitating the need for increased collaboration among partner agencies and the UWSC Board, diversified funding sources and a clearly defined vision for the service providers and the Seneca County community. The Strategic Plan is dynamic and is reviewed at least quarterly to reflect the ever-changing character of our community and UWSC’s role in Seneca County.
To mobilize the caring power of our community to advance the common good by measurably improving lives.
For Seneca County to be a vital caring community that supports the building blocks for a good life that encompasses a quality education, a stable income, and good health.
The six core values that provide the foundation on which UWSC bases it actions and decisions are: Integrity, Impact, Sustainability, Volunteerism, Inclusiveness and Catalytic Leadership.
- Facilitate positive change for Seneca County communities by being a convener and change agent through the encouragement of increased communication and collaboration.
- Align with UWW priority of community funding structured around program areas that include quality education, good health and stable income as well as aligning with funding priorities corresponding to the prioritization of current and future community needs with a positive impact.
- Maximize efficiency and productivity through reviewed and improved organization, operations and Board Development.
- Effectively develop resources for increased capacity and sustainability.