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A Cappella United Concert

The Fifth Annual A Cappella United Concert will take place Friday, September 16th, 2011, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., at Bailey Hall on the Cornell University campus. All proceeds will benefit the United Way of Tompkins County.

~September 14, 2011


United Way Day of Caring and Stuff the Bus School Supply Drive

A Call to Help Make a Difference in our Community

The fall 2011 United Way campaign will kick off on Tuesday, September 20, at Stewart Park. As in years past, the Cornell United Way campaign will kick off on the same day. We’re celebrating by participating in the Stuff the Bus & United Way of Tompkins County Stephen E. Garner Day of Caring. Cornell United Way staff, faculty, and students will be helping to “stuff the bus” with non-perishable food items, personal care items, and school supplies.

  • Volunteer to host a collection area in your workplace. Place a collection box in a central location with the poster. Send an announcement to your colleagues about the “Stuff the Bus” event and collection. Contact Karen Brown at or 255-1202 to provide the location of the box if you’d like to have it picked up for the Day of Caring event at Stewart Park. Download the "Stuff the Bus" poster [PDF]
  • Volunteer to pick up items from boxes/work areas and bring them to the Stuff the Bus location on Tuesday, September 20, before 11:00 a.m., or bring them to Stewart Park on Tuesday, September 20, at 11:30 a.m. Sign up by contacting Karen Brown at or at 255-1202.
  • Volunteer to help pack nonperishable food, personal care items, and school supplies for area food pantries and nonprofits at Stewart Park on Tuesday, September 20. Requires some heavy lifting. Contact Ann Colt at or 272-6286.

~September 12, 2011


United Way Day of Action

Together, we can make a real difference!

Join United Way of Tompkins County the week of June 20th to volunteer in our community! The Day of Action is a great way to show what it means to LIVE UNITED, to make an impact on education, income and health — the building blocks for a good life. This year, we are focusing on projects that make an impact on education through a volunteer-led reading initiative.

We invite you to be part of our first Days of Action in Tompkins County. Create change. Make our community a little stronger. Make the day a little brighter. And create new energy that will inspire others to act not just on this day, but throughout the year.

There are several volunteer opportunities available for all with a focus on educational reading projects. Please register for the DAY OF ACTION.

See the original announcement

~June 17, 2011


Thank you for your fantastic community support!

Dear Student United Way Volunteers,

It is through your amazing efforts and team spirit that United Way of Tompkins County student engagement programs were featured during the United Way Worldwide Conference in the beginning of May 2011.

We wanted to take a moment and sincerely thank you for making Tompkins County a better place to live, work, and study. It has been a pleasure working with Cornell University Student United Way, Ithaca College United Way Philanthropy Corps, TC3 students, and local middle and high school students. You are remarkable people and are making a significant impact now while creating sustainable practices for the future.

As this Spring Semester is coming to an end, we wish you well and look forward to working with you next Fall. Next semester, we will be focusing more on campus engagement, registering students to become active community members by participating in volunteer opportunities posted on the new community Volunteer...LIVE UNITED site, and expanding high school and middle school programs. Register to become a volunteer today, so you can browse possible volunteer opportunities during your summer break.

For each college campus, we have designed your own Student Engagement page on our Student Engagement Web site.

With appreciation,
United Way of Tompkins County Staff and Volunteers

See the original announcement

~May 25, 2011


Cornell Student United Way wins national award

The Cornell Student United Way (SUW) received the inaugural United Way Worldwide (UWW) Student United Way Campus Organization of the Year award May 6 for service and innovative fundraising accomplishments that serve as a model nationwide for campus, community and United Way partnerships.

The award was presented to Alicia Hetrick '12 by UWW CEO Brian Gallagher during the UWW Staff Leaders Conference in Orlando, Fla.

Read the full article

~May 16, 2011


United Way of Tompkins County Celebrates Successful 2010-2011 Community Campaign and Recognizes Volunteers and Donors

A note of thanks from the United Way of Tompkins County

It was a sold-out crowd on Tuesday, May 3, 2011 for United Way of Tompkins County's (UWTC's) Community Campaign Celebration and Volunteer Appreciation Event! Outgoing Chair of the UWTC Board, Mary Opperman, welcomed all to the special celebration.

The Patricia E. Stage Outstanding Volunteer of the Year was awarded to Paul Streeter from Cornell University! Congratulations to Paul and the CU team for conducting an outstanding campaign with his Cornell colleagues, including the students. Three cheers for exceeding their $790,000 campus goal!

Other recognition went to LuAnn Biviano, Greg May, and Helen Talty representing the Major Firms, Business, and Direct Mail divisions. Jason Moore and Eddie Rooker from Tompkins Connect along with their committee (young professionals), and the CU Women's Hockey Team were also acknowledged for their volunteer efforts and support. A shout-out was given to John Turner for all of his help with the successful campaign and marketing efforts.

On behalf of the the campaign co-chairs and honorary campaign chair, the UWTC thanks everyone for your time, efforts, and support. UWTC could not have exceeded its $2,111,111.11 goal without your help.

See the May 3, 2011 News Release from the United Way of Tompkins County

~May 3, 2011


Community Volunteers Needed to Help Award United Way Donations to Local Nonprofit Organizations

United Way of Tompkins County (UWTC) is seeking community volunteers for its Fund Distribution and Evaluation Review Teams. UWTC needs volunteers to evaluate local health and human service organizations' program outcomes and help to award community funds received during the Community Campaign. Volunteers will work closely as members of a team reviewing agencies' programs and funding requests. The review teams evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of programs, and decide where to invest UWTC funds.

UWTC volunteers should...

  1. Have an interest in improving the quality of life in Tompkins County.
  2. Want to learn more about health and human service programs in Tompkins County.
  3. Be comfortable working with substantial amounts of program and budget material.
  4. Have a general understanding or interest in learning about UWTC's philosophy and activities.

Fund Distribution and Community Impact volunteers, along with the Board of Directors, help to ensure that UWTC policy and funding decisions happen through community involvement and decision-making. The time and talents of UWTC volunteers helps to improve the quality of life for all residents.

Training will begin with attendance at an orientation meeting on March 30th at 4:30 p.m. Most time spent volunteering will be during April and May. Additional meetings will take place throughout the calendar year.

To sign up and volunteer, please visit the UWTC Web site.

If you have questions, please contact Meg Cole, chief program and information services officer at UWTC, 607.272.6286 or

~March 14, 2011



For decades, Cornell University has been supportive of United Way of Tompkins County and it's essential role within our area's non-profit communities. University staff, students, and faculty account for 35-40 percent of the county's annual fund raising campaign, and CU's 2010 goal is $790,000.

As illustrated in these 15-second clips, United way support at Cornell runs deep, from the Dean of the Faculty to a Lead Custodian, from the Chair of the Employee Assembly to a student leader, from the VP of HR, to a staffer who works with local schools. And within all that campus diversity are important messages to pass along.


Cornell United Way Outreach

A Staff Notes interview with Linda Charles and Elizabeth Teskey regarding Cornell's United Way campaign is now on the Cornell Cast site


Cornell United Way partners with Employee Assembly

The Employee Assembly has agreed to partner with the Cornell United Way Campaign to generate campus enthusiasm and awareness about how the United Way directly helps individuals and families in the local area: Cornell Chronicle


Seeking Volunteers to Help the Community

Volunteer to join a small planning group that will craft messages and communications strategies for the United Way Campaign. Contact Paul Streeter at to volunteer or ask questions.

If there is a special cause or concern you want to address through United Way, you can allocate part or all of your donation to the agency of your choice. You can also exclude a particular agency. Just indicate your wishes in the spaces provided online or on your pledge card.

Make a donation online or download a pledge card.

Completed pledge cards can be returned to:

University Business Service Center
341 Pine Tree Road
Ithaca, NY 14850

Based on IRS Regulations, donors who make a one-time gift of $250.00 or more (either by cash, check, or credit card), or who give a gift of stock (any amount), will receive a letter from United Way Tompkins County regarding that gift for tax purposes. For gifts less than $250.00, donors should use their cancelled check or payroll stub as verification for tax purposes.