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Foodlink Mobile Pantry is funded in part, by United Way of Wayne County Community Fund!

Thank you to all who support the UWWC Community Fund to help our community thrive.....


March 2017- LEADING THE WAY by becoming a Corporate Leader Sponsor-PLATINUM, GOLD, SILVER or BRONZE! Click on the link below for more information on benefits.



September 2016-United Way of Wayne County Elects Local Professionals to the Board of Directors -click on the link below to learn more......


August 2016-OPTIMAX SYSTEMS completed their United Way campaign and raised over $16,000 in employee contributions!  This represents an increase of more than $2180 over last year ! The company will also include a corporate gift. United Way Regional Director, Carol Pettis, presented Ale' Mendoza of Optimax with an Award of Excellence for their dedication and achievements.






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November 2015

Congratulations to Dr Pepper Snapple in Williamson! They exceeded last year's UW Campaign total by more than $7,000. Total amount raised was $31,365! Many thanks to, "Donnie HN Chow", first time Campaign Coordinator Champion and to his follow employees who contributed to the , OUTSTANDING CAMPAIGN"!! Thank you also to the many UW agency partner representatives for presenting to the Dr Pepper employees explaining how their donations make our community a better place.  We have another group to thank, for a job well done, the Dr Pepper employees who volunteered their time helping out the Wayne County Humane Society, located in Lyons and LaCasa, located in Sodus.  


December 2015-Thank You Wayne County Schools.....

We would like to thank all the Campaign Coordinator's throughout the Wayne County School Districts for their time spent running the United Way Campaign. Without your commitment and your employee donations, UW would not be able to continue the fight against poverty.  United Way can continue to give, "a hand up" to the Wayne County residents trying to break free from poverty. We can continue to respond to unmet basic needs, help those who are food insecure, help kids succeed, strengthen families and keep Seniors active through your support.

Other Schools Campaign Results to date;

Newark-$1,720     NRW-$1,530    Marion-$1,310      Sodus-$1,232    Clyde-Savannah-$690.00   

Lyons-$177.00      Williamson- $527.00   Wayne- $3245-WELL DONE! Pal-Mac-$2388-Kudos!!!

Red Creek-$1536-Congrats to first time Employee Campaign Coordinator-Amy Klein!!!




The volunteers from the following businesses helped so many agencies during "United Way of Wayne County Day of Caring," to benefit the people served by these Wayne County agencies every day!

You made the "DAY OF CARING" possible...KUDOS go out to:

  • Blossom View Nursing Home-Sodus
  • Catholic Charities of Wayne County-Newark
  • Exelon-GINNA Nuclear Power Station-Ontario
  • Garlock-Palmyra
  • IEC-Newark
  • Lyons National Bank-from multiple locations
  • NYS Site Power-Walworth
  • Reliant Community Credit Union-from multiple locations
  • Wegmans'-Newark

Thank you...Thank all of the staff members who were able to volunteer their time on Wednesday May 13th, 2015, during a cold and sometimes rainy day, you were truly remarkable!

Breakfast Sponsor- Thank you to Newark Wegmans for the delicious breakfast pizza, coffee and cold beverages. We also want to thank Bakewise for donating bagels for the celebration.

Thank you to the following companies for your generous support as our "Day of Caring" T-Shirt sponsors.


Press Release - May, 2015

Newark, N.Y. - On Friday, June 26, 2015, Ginna Station is sponsoring a golf tournament to benefit the United Way of Wayne County. The fundraising event that is open to the public, will be held at Victor Hills Golf Club, North Course, 1450 Brace Road, in Victor, N.Y.

Join us for a relaxing day of golf, networking and fun.  Tickets are $100 per person and include: coffee at sign in, cart, 18 holes of golf, shot gun start at 10:00 a.m., beverages, lunch at the turn, post-round dinner, and prizes.

Sign up yourself or your foursome now! If you are a single or double, we will fill out a foursome for you. For more information contact: Joan Sorrell (315) 791-3601 or Jim Zapetis at (315) 791-3296 for sign up and payment. Payment is due by June 19, 2015.

In addition to a fabulous day of golf, you will also be supporting a great cause. United Way of Wayne County is a community organization raising funds to support local agency programs and services, which improve the quality of life for those in need.

Press Release - May, 2015

Newark, N.Y. - United Way of Wayne County hosted its Annual Day of Caring event on May 13 at the Alex Eligh Community Center in Newark. The morning kicked off with breakfast and refreshments provided by Newark Wegmans and Bakewise. In addition to the great food provided, volunteers also had an opportunity to receive a door prize before they headed out to their site projects.

More than 140 volunteers helped complete 26 different "wish list" projects. Any nonprofit was welcome to submit projects for the event.

Volunteers ranged from employee groups from the business community to individuals from agencies to help support the event. Each of them received a bright red and white T-shirt with prominent business logo markings on the back of the shirt.

Volunteers were matched with many different project requests such as: spring cleaning, painting, cleaning, mulching and gardening to name a few.

"The turnout for this year's Day of Caring event is a tribute to the commitment individuals and organizations have to this community," said Carol Pettis, Regional Director for United Way of Wayne County. "Volunteers and staff worked hard to make this a success and we are grateful to all who helped make it a terrific day."

Many thanks to the following businesses for their extreme generosity:

Food and Refreshments: Newark Wegmans, Bakewise. T-shirt Sponsors: Berry Plastics, Exelon Generation-Ginna N.P.P., IEC Electronics, JRLON, Reliant CCU, Seneca Foods, VanParys Associates, NYS SITEPOWER Corp.

Door prize sponsors: Parkers, Flarety’s, Empire Bar and Grill, Pizza Hut –Newark, BeeTees Drive In-Newark, Cross Park Family Restaurant-Newark.

Press Releases

United way names Fran Weisberg new PRESIDENT & CEO - Weisberg becomes sixth president, first female leader. Click to view full article.

United Way of Wayne County sets $657 K campaign goal. Click to view full article


Democrat and Chronicle: A Commission on Children’s Behavioral Health in the Finger Lakes was announced Thursday. Find the coverage here.

RBJ: Officials plan to move forward quickly on anti-poverty efforts. Find the story here.

13WHAM: Anti-poverty task force meets with Lt. Governor. Find the story here.

Report Highlight: Foreclosure Rate in our Region

In March 2015, Empire Justice Center released a report: "In the Eye of the Storm: Why the Threat of Foreclosure Damage Continues" that details the state of the foreclosure crisis in Rochester, NY, as well as all of New York State, and its impact on neighborhoods and municipalities.

Click here to read the Executive Summary and view the extensive media coverage surrounding the report.

Updated Poverty Data and Closer Look at City of Rochester Poverty

On Thursday, ACT Rochester and the Community Foundation released a report: Benchmarking Rochester's Poverty: A 2015 Update and Deeper Analysis of Poverty in the City of Rochester as a companion and update to the 2013 Special Report on Poverty. This release follows the participation of 80 community leaders and interested residents in an intensive poverty simulation on Wednesday.

The report compares Rochester to 17 other principal cities in similarly sized metro areas and compares poverty data based on gender and race, educational attainment, disability, employment, age, and family size and income.

 Poverty Increase in WC- 2014-Childhood Poverty in "Your" Town!

Click here to view the 2014 Wayne County Flyer

United Way Awards grants to Wayne County food pantries

July 2014

The United Way of Wayne County Board of Directors approved a special grant opportunity for food pantries during its June board meeting. Grants were awarded to 19 pantries throughout the county to help build capacity to handle the greater demand for food in the summer months, and the nutritional needs of people throughout the community.

"We have awarded the grants to food pantries right here in Wayne County that meet the emergency needs of our neighbors all year long," said Carol Pettis, Regional Director for the United Way of Wayne County. "We want to thank every donor who made this possible."

Recipients of the grants were so excited and grateful for the support. "It's very rewarding to see that our efforts can make a difference. Right now, many individuals and families are faced with dwindling resources and not enough money to purchase the food they need for basic nutrition. Children get the majority of their daily calories from free or reduced price school lunch, however, when school is out of session, those calories must come from somewhere else," stated Mike Jankowski, Vice President of the United Way of Wayne County Board of Directors.

As many food pantries are doing their best to address the growing demand for food, United Way is happy to step in to ensure that children, families, and individuals are meeting their most basic human needs.

The following food pantries will benefit from the grant:

  • Clyde Food Pantry-United Methodist Church
  • Clyde-St. John's Food Pantry-St. John's Catholic Church
  • Fairville Food Pantry-Fairville Presbyterian Church
  • Lyons Community Food Pantry-First Presbyterian Church
  • Lyons-Client Choice Emergency Food Pantry-The Church of Christ of Newark
  • Macedon Food Pantry-St. Katharine Drexel Parish
  • Newark Food Closet-Catholic Charities of WC and Together in Christ consortium of 8 local churches (Emmanuel UMC, First Baptist, First UM, Park Presbyterian, Redeemer Lutheran, St. Mark's Episcopal, St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church and Woodlane Community)
  • North Rose Food Pantry-UMC
  • Ontario Food Pantry-Hennessey Road-Covenant Life Fellowship
  • Palmyra-Macedon Food Pantry-Zion Episcopal Church
  • Rose Emergency Food Pantry-UMC
  • Savannah Community Food Pantry-St. Patrick's Catholic Church
  • Sodus Point Food Pantry-UMC
  • Sodus Success Center Food Pantry-WCAP
  • Walworth Food Pantry-Second Baptist Church
  • Williamson-Come-Unity Center-Wayne County Rural Ministry
  • Williamson-Daily Bread Food Pantry-Redeem Bethel Church of God
  • Williamson-God's Store House-Harvest Fellowship Assembly of God
  • Wolcott Food Pantry-Wolcott Presbyterian Church

United Way of Wayne County is a volunteer driven organization that improves the quality of life in Wayne County by raising and fairly investing in resources to support accountable programs.


United Way Day of Caring - a team effort

May 2014

On Wednesday May 14, at 8 a.m., United Way Day of Caring volunteers gathered at the Alex Eligh Community Center in Newark and enjoyed a breakfast, which was generously donated by Wegmans. The morning also included company recognitions and an announcement of the dollars collected to date for the United Way campaign. Regional Director, Carol Pettis, stated that the organization was at 89 % of its $601,000 goal and that money is still coming in. Several companies were recognized at the event and awards were given out to a number of businesses.

Click to read the complete press release

Poverty and the Concentration of Poverty in the Nine-County Greater Rochester Area

December 2013

This report was prepared by Rochester Area Community Foundation and ACT Rochester. In August 2013, the Community Foundation Board of Directors adopted a new Grantmaking and Community Leadership Framework

Click here to view the complete report

FoodLink, Inc. is named one of New York State's New Regional Volunteer Centers

Foodlink, Inc. is proud to announce that we have been selected by the State Commission on National & Community Service to operate as one of nine Regional Volunteer Centers. New York State recently was awarded a Volunteer Generation Grant by the Corporation for National and Community Service to establish and enhance a regional volunteer infrastructure throughout New York State.

See full story here

Finger Lakes Regional Volunteer Center - The Ultimate Volunteer Resource

The Finger Lakes Regional Volunteer Center (FLRVC) is the driving force behind volunteerism in the Genesee Valley/Finger Lakes Region.

Learn how the FLRVC can help you and how our website can connect your agency with enthusiastic volunteers. See description for details

From American Red Cross – Wayne County Chapter

The American Red Cross provided emergency shelter, food and clothing for Lila and Carlton, when a tornado struck in the rural town of Savannah and tore the roof off of their home and damaged their barn. Without the support of the United Way, the Red Cross could not provide the kind of relief services that families like Lila and Carlton rely on when disasters occur within Wayne County.

11th Annual Helping Hands Auction raises more than $1300 for United Way Wayne County

Carol Pettis, United Way Regional Director, (2nd from left) with Anna Mitchell (middle) and friends.

11 years ago, a first grader named Anna Mitchell had been greatly affected by a lesson she learned in school about needs and wants. She was alarmed that some people may not have enough food to eat or clothes and blankets to keep themselves warm. She wanted to sell all the presents she had made for Christmas and raise money for those in need.

Click to view the complete Article