Sparking action for today, tomorrow, and years to come
As 2023 comes to a close, I am reflecting on the many challenges our communities have faced, and I am filled with overwhelming gratitude as you've been there every step of the way, partnering with United Way to help in every corner of our region.
Whether donating to our Community Impact Fund and supporting programs that provide individuals and families with opportunities to thrive, gathering your work team together to build hygiene kits, cleaning gardens during Day of Caring to create welcoming spaces for individuals fleeing violence, or showing up in droves to support 600 nonprofit organizations and causes on ROC the Day, you prove time and again your heart for this community.
You are sparking action for a better today, tomorrow, and years to come. Next month, we will share our 2023 annual campaign impact during our kickoff. We look forward to celebrating our collective impact and setting the stage for the road ahead.
We know that our work isn’t over yet. Our ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) data shows how more and more of our neighbors are relying on the critical resources of our nonprofit sector to make ends meet. And while we don’t know how the next few months will unfold, we do know that United Way is still needed—and so are you.
If you still can give this year, please consider making a gift to support our annual campaign. Every dollar counts and makes a real impact on the lives of our neighbors.
We may have a long way to go in creating a region where every individual in every community has the opportunity to thrive, but I know that with you by our side, we will get there.
From everyone here at United Way of Greater Rochester and the Finger Lakes, thank you for all you have done to build a stronger region.
Wishing you and your loved ones a happy and healthy holiday season.
President and CEO
Things to Know
Navigating the Season
This season can be hopeful and comforting, as well as stressful. For those looking to give the gift of time this holiday season, our United for the Holidays features nonprofit organizations needing heartfelt volunteers such as yourself.
Anyone seeking information on community holiday meals and additional food and basic needs assistance in Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, and Wayne counties can call 2-1-1 or visit www.211lifeline.org. Mental health crisis support is also available by calling or texting 9-8-8, or via online chat.
2024 Campaign Kickoff
Save the date: January 24, 2024! Join us as we share our 2023 impact, announce our 2024 campaign chair and goals, and officially kick off our new campaign year! More details to come.
Your Impact in Action
Leadership Development Program Graduation
On December 6, more than 100 leaders graduates from our African American Leadership Development Program (AALDP), Latino Leadership Development Program (LLDP), Emerging Leaders Development Program (ELDP), PRIDE Leadership Development Program (PLDP), and Development of Indo-American Leaders (DIAL) Program. These longstanding programs are helping local professionals develop their skills and prepare them for roles as board members, policymakers, community project leads, and other crucial decision-making positions. Congratulations to all our graduates! Learn more about this year’s graduates.
$57.5 Million for Community
Our multi-year grant cycle for the Community Impact Fund has come to a close. From 2020 to 2024, we have distributed $57.5 million to support 200 partner programs in our six-county region! Thank you to our Community Impact team, Resource Development team, and generous supporters like you for making it all possible. Read the full announcement.
ROC the Day
ROC the Day raised $912,522 in 24 hours for over 600 nonprofit organizations across the nine-county Greater Rochester and Finger Lakes region! Thank you to all those who gave and helped make our 13th year a success. Learn more about how we ROC’d!
Start a workplace campaign
Our campaign year isn’t over yet! Whether you are a small business, large corporation, or nonprofit, you can engage your employees and make a local impact with a workplace campaign. Stand with 800 workplace partners across our 6-county region supporting our local communities. Learn more about starting a workplace campaign.
Organize kit building for your team
Team building for the greater good. Bring kit building to your workplace for an engaging way to support our communities and build camaraderie on your team. Sign up for kit building.
Through our Volunteer United, we make it easy to connect to volunteer opportunities that align with your interests and schedule. Connect to your next volunteer opportunity.
And Let’s Not Forget…