United Way of Tompkins County Kicks Off Its 2016/17 Community Campaign with A Food Drive

James Brown, President of United Way of Tompkins County (UWTC), welcomed a crowd of supporters to Stewart Park today for the Annual Stephen E. Garner Day of Caring and the 2016/17 Community Campaign Kickoff. 8,000 pounds of food, personal care items, pet and school supplies were donated as of 2:30 pm with more expected over the weekend.
James welcomed and thanked the community for their generous support of the Day of Caring Food Drive and presented a new video by Well Said Media that highlights the history and connectivity of United Way and our community. James also thanked Cornell University and its Alumni Affairs and Development office for including UWTC in its upcoming 2016 Homecoming and community-wide 5K on September 24th and the A Capella United Concert on the 25th. All proceeds from these events support UWTC.
Lisa Whitaker, UWTC Board Chair and CFCU Community Credit Union gave thanks for the generosity of our community and shared her remarks on how UWTC makes a difference in people’s lives.
Pacesetter Chair David Shapiro, Family and Children’s Service, and Pacesetter Vice-Chair Jason Moore, Tompkins Trust Company, reported that the 31 Pacesetter organizations that “set the pace” by running United Way campaigns prior to the Day of Caring are seeing positive results. Many are Corporate Cornerstone Partners who generously support UWTC’s administrative and operating expenses. 
Campaign Chair Joe Mareane, Tompkins County announced this year’s Community Campaign goal of $2,037,800. Campaign gifts support essential education, financial security, and health programs that improve lives in Tompkins County. 
Quick Facts about United Way of Tompkins County’s Day of Caring:
  • 2016/17 Tompkins County Community Campaign Goal: $2,037,800
  • TODAY – 8,000 pounds of non-perishable food, personal care items, pet supplies, and school supplies were donated as of 2:30 p.m. With more expected over the weekend.
  • 20th Annual Day of Caring 
  • 14th Annual Food Drive 
  • Thank you to:
  • Cayuga Radio Group
  • Joan Barber
  • Panera Bread donated pastries and breads 
  • Ithaca Coffee Company donated coffee 
  • Indian Creek Farm for donating apples
  • FedEx
  • Wegmans  donated banana boxes to use for sorting donations and lunch for volunteers
  • Well Said Media
  • Silo Food Truck 
  • All the volunteers and donors.