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Strategic Plan July 2016 – June 2018

Strategic Plan July 2016 – June 2018 – rev 2017-05 [pdf]


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.

Needs Statement

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.

Priority Areas:

  1. Facilitate positive change for Seneca County communities by being a convener and change agent through the encouragement of increased communication and collaboration.
  2. 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.
  3. Maximize efficiency and productivity through reviewed and improved organization, operations and Board Development.
  4. Effectively develop resources for increased capacity and sustainability.


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Campaign for 2017 is in Full Swing

The United Way’s fundraising campaign for 2017 is in full swing in Seneca County. The goal is to raise $370,000 in support of 23 charitable, non-profit organizations and community initiatives that meet a variety of needs in Seneca County. The theme for this year’s campaign is “Neighbor Helping Neighbor.”

The mission of the United Way is to mobilize the caring power of our community to advance the common good by measurably improving lives. It supports initiatives, partners and programs that promote good health, life-long learning, and financial stability for individuals and families. Most recently, the United Way of Seneca County had added a new event to our calendar, sponsoring a Fill the Bus event in August. More than fifty volunteers from local agencies, businesses, schools and the community worked together to collect over 5,600 supplies and $825 which were distributed throughout the 6 elementary schools based on population. It was a fantastic showing of what collaboration in this community can accomplish and only a small sample of the work our funded partner agencies and other initiatives can accomplish with your support.

Campaign co-chairs David Dresser and Jerry Macaluso are optimistic that the goal will not only be reached but exceeded this year. “The need is great in Seneca County,” says Dresser, “but residents have been generous in the past and we expect they will continue to be so this year.” Macaluso adds, “The United Way is an efficient way to help a lot of people with one contribution. Donors may give to one, some or all of the agencies supported by the United Way.” The campaign is a time to remind everyone to “Live United and Give United.”

“If all who are able give what they can, this will be a very successful campaign. Seneca County is an amazing place and only as neighbors can we improve our community.” says Rhonda Jasper, the United Way’s new Executive Director.

Contributions to the United Way of Seneca County, Inc, may be sent to P.O. Box 623, Waterloo, NY 13165; via the United Way’s website at or call 315-539-1135.

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Change in Leadership at the United Way of Seneca County

On June 28, 2016 Karen Macier, Executive Director of the United Way of Seneca County, resigned her position and assumed the position of Executive Director of the United Way of Cayuga County. Macier, resident of Auburn, New York, stated this was a difficult decision for her given the wonderful relationships she had developed during her one year tenure at UWSC, but the opportunity to work and live in Auburn was too “strong of a pull” for her to refuse the position.

Fortunately, Karen Beals, former long-time Executive Director of United Way of Seneca County, is served as the Interim Executive Director of the organization.

Now we are very excited to have Rhonda Jasper join us as our new Executive Director.

Under this capable leadership The United Way of Seneca County, will sustain the momentum of the 2016-2017 United Way campaign as well as facilitating the organization’s new 2016-2018 Strategic Plan.

For more information, contact United Way at 315.539.1135 or email

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Quilt Raffle

Quilt Flyer


Through the thoughtfulness & generosity of two United Way supporters – Dick Laude & Marti McDannel, we’re hosting a quilt raffle. The quilt was made by Marti to honor Dick’s on-going kindness and good works.

This beautiful piece measures 72 by 101 inches; it’s a long queen designed to cover the bed pillows eliminating the need for shams. It’s a Bargello pattern in batik fabrics and has an appraised value of more than $1,200.

Tickets are being sold throughout the summer and are $5 for 1 or $20 for 5. They are available at the Seneca Museum and Sinicropi Florist. Volunteers will also be selling them at Canal Days and Empire Farm Days.  Only 1,500 tickets are being sold.

The drawing takes place on September 21, 2016 at the Chamber’s September Business after Hours.

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Diversity and Inclusion

category-header-partnersThe United Way of Seneca County fosters and promotes an inclusive environment that leverages the unique contributions of diverse individuals and organizations in all aspects of our work.

We know that by bringing diverse individuals and viewpoints together we can collectively and more effectively create opportunities for a better life for all.

Diversity and inclusion are at the heart of what it means to LIVE UNITED.


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