Sidney United Way Aids Area Agencies with Annual Donations

**SNEAK PEEK**

It stays here. It helps here. It works here.” – Sidney United Way

By Allison Collins

SIDNEY – Sidney United Way held its annual meeting Saturday, Jan. 27, announcing recipients of the group’s yearlong funding for the 2017* cycle.

Representing a broad cross-section of area agencies, members of each beneficiary discussed past impact made by United Way donations and plans for funding recently awarded. Sidney United Way serves Sidney, Sidney Center and Masonville.

Executive director of Sidney United Way, Dennis Porter, called 2017 a “record-breaking year” for the group. After fundraising $103,709, he said, the “bottom line total,” once roughly $10,000 was distributed to organizations and causes outside of Sidney, was $93,761, all directly donated to tri-town-area agencies.

Given that Sidney United Way’s annual efforts are facilitated by community donations, Porter said, the all-time high dollar amount reflects the community’s belief in its programs.

$93,761 … is a testimonial on the programs you guys have and the impact you’re making on the community,” Porter said. “We supported over 40* organizations in 2017 and we’re proud to look at what we’ve done.”

Present Saturday were representatives from American Cross of the Mohawk Valley, Catholic Charities of Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie counties, Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care, Cullman Child Development Center, Delaware Valley Humane Society, Family Planning of South Central New York, Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways, Leatherstocking Council of Boy Scouts, Literacy Volunteers of Otsego and Delaware Counties, Masonville Emergency Squad, Sidney Emergency Squad, Sidney Historical Association, Sidney Recreation Commission, Tri-Town Theatre and Tri-Town Youth Club.

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