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This week's featured service provider is the Wyoming County YMCA!

The YMCA is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to strengthening the foundation of the community through the accomplishment of their three goals: youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Located in Warsaw, the Wyoming County YMCA supports the youth, families, adults and seniors of Wyoming County through many programs and services regardless of their ability to pay.

The YMCA provides a variety of programs for people of all ages including aquatics programs, sleep away camps and day camps, family programs, health and wellness programs, preschool and youth programs. Programs for people with special needs are also available.

The economy in Wyoming County has taken an especially hard hit and families in the county may feel that they do not have the funds to finance a membership to the YMCA. Through the generosity of donors like you, the YMCA is able to finance a Scholarship Assistance Program that gives families a 10%-75% reduction in membership costs depending on their need. This enables community members to continue to grow and contributes to the overall well being of the community as a whole.

Help United Way continue to support the Wyoming County YMCA in their efforts to better our community by donating today!



Week of February 27, 2012: Wyoming County Business Education Council

Located along Route 20A in Perry, the Wyoming County Business Education Council is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing Wyoming County’s youth with the tools and foundation to become successful in their future careers. The BEC works with volunteers and donors to provide many free services and programs to students with the ultimate goal of bridging the path from school to career.

One such program is the nationally recognized Junior Achievement Program, which educates students from kindergarten to 12th grade about entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy through hands-on programs. Volunteers teach the BEC’s Junior Achievement Program in schools throughout Wyoming County.

United Way is the BEC’s second largest contributor. Our sponsorship money is used to sponsor several programs, including the Farm to School program, which brings produce grown right here in Wyoming County into our children’s schools. Help United Way continue to support the Wyoming County Business Education Council in their efforts to prepare our children to be successful in their future careers by donating today!


Week of February 6, 2012: Literacy West NY, Inc.

Literacy West NY Inc., located in Warsaw, is an organization that runs programs covering the various aspects of literacy for people of all ages for the people of Wyoming and Allegany Counties. Literacy issues are a big problem in Wyoming and Allegany Counties. One quarter of the adults in Wyoming County do not have a high school diploma, which relates to the high unemployment rate in the county. LWNY works to help drop outs get back on their feet and earn their GED so that they are able to obtain jobs and be a valuable member of community. LWNY works with both parents and students to mentor children and teach them the skills necessary to be successful in school and in their future careers. LWNY also helps to fund English as a second language programs in order to enable the many Mexican farm hands within Wyoming County to communicate with the other members of their community.

United Way’s sponsorship money is used to fund Literacy West NY’s Success Tracks program. This program gives stipends to students as a reward for meeting certain educational benchmarks. United Way dollars are very important for the program as they are used to purchase the educational materials needed to run it. Help United Way to help Literacy West NY by donating today!