Collage image of volunteers and kids who benefit from United Way Programs

Since 1921, the United Way of Northern New York has been supporting the valuable work of nonprofits in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties by encouraging citizens to give, volunteer and advocate.

Our most visible role is to raise money for our nonprofits by going into the workplace to ask employees to make a weekly contribution through payroll deduction.

But our role is broader. We work to ensure our nonprofits are transparent, accountable and sustainable so that donors can be assured their money is being well spent. We sponsor region-wide initiatives, such as developing discount prescription drug cards, and the 2-1-1 information and referral hot-line.

And each year we organize volunteer committees to review the work of our nonprofits to offer suggestions for improvement and to ensure they are not duplicating services.

Our partner agencies provide three basic services – prevention, intervention and crisis care. And because they constantly cross-refer clients, the United Way is dedicated to explaining to our community how all of our nonprofits are dependent on each other to be successful.

How does a local organization partner with United Way?

Any not-for-profit providing a useful, unduplicated service in the three-county region is eligible to apply for United Way funding. United Way dollars have helped start several of our nonprofits, including Jefferson Rehabilitation Center, Volunteer Transportation Center and the Ogdensburg Boys & Girls Club.