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United Way Newsletter - April

Posted on Tuesday, 30 April 2024

The gift of time


As a parent, you are often told to “take it all in because it goes by fast.” They aren’t wrong. Looking back, the time between changing diapers and scheduling college visits feels like no time at all.   

Time is fleeting, so giving your time to another is incredibly generous--once it’s gone, it’s gone.  

As we close out Volunteer Appreciation Month, we want to thank and recognize the countless volunteers giving time to United Way and our nonprofit partners.   

Many of you volunteer your time to serve on our board of directors, committees, cabinets, advisory councils; hundreds of you are raising your hand at your workplace to support your United Way campaign as an Employee Campaign Champion (ECC); 14,000 of you volunteer to help hundreds of nonprofit partners through our Volunteer United platform each year; and over 5,000 (and counting) are registered to join us at our annual Day of Caring on May 23.   

We can advance our mission because of your compassion, kindness, and humility. Thank you for giving your time and choosing your local United Way to give your time to.  

Our communities are better served because of every one of you. Our time together may be fleeting, but your impact is massive.  

Jaime SaundersPresident & CEO


Things to Know

United for the holidays with Volunteer United
2023 Leadership Development Program graduates  

Apply for a Leadership Development Program  

Applications are now live for our Leadership Development Programs! The Latino Leadership Development Program, African American Leadership Development Program, Emerging Leaders Development Program, and PRIDE Leadership Development Program are seeking members for the 2024 class. Graduates of these diverse programs gain the confidence, mindset, and skillset to join local community boards, advance their professional careers, and make impactful changes in the community. Learn more and apply.   

Day of Caring   

Volunteers are still needed for our Day of Caring! Join us this May 23 as we celebrate 30 years of mobilizing volunteers across our region. Register your team by May 16  


Your Impact in Action


Nonprofit Summit 

The Nonprofit Summit provides nonprofit changemakers an opportunity to connect, gain valuable resources, and engage in captivating workshops and micro-learning. This year's summit additionally includes keynote speaker, Arel Moodie and an exclusive screening of the documentary "Uncharitable". Join us this June 25 at Finger Lakes Community College. Learn more and save the date.  

Nonprofit Board and Volunteer Fair  

Registration for the Nonprofit Board and Volunteer Fair is now open. The fair takes place on June 13 at the MCC Downtown Campus. If you are a nonprofit looking for volunteer leadership or an individual looking to give back and engage with a local nonprofit, learn more about how you can get involved in the event.   

Impact-Driven Events  

With our campaign year in full swing, our events calendar is filling up, especially for our Leaders United members. Watch our events calendar for opportunities to connect and learn more about how we can help our communities thrive. Not yet a Leaders United member? Learn how you can become a member.  

ESL is empowering leaders to give back. When you give a new or increased gift as a Leaders United member, ESL will match new and increased donations up to $250,000. 


Get Involved

Home Leasing Employees creating warm weather kits
United Way team members, Chris Bechle and Jake Sahrle, distribute eclipse glasses at Batavia Community Schools. The eclipse glasses were generously donated by Paychex. 

Connect with our corporate partnership team  

78% of people are more likely to work for an organization that leads with purpose. We have helped hundreds of organizations achieve their community impact and engagement goals. Our team is available to connect your organization’s generosity, talent, and energy with our resources. From kit-building and group volunteer opportunities to workplace campaigns and cause marketing, there are a number of ways to engage with United Way in 2024. Learn more about all the ways we can partner.   

And Let’s Not Forget…