United Way exceeds campaign goal
By: Jon Hand
United Way of Greater Rochester on Thursday announced that it exceeded its 2016 Campaign fundraising goal.
The organization raised $25.1 million, surpassing its $25 million goal for 2016, the organization announced at Paychex in West Henrietta, the offices of Martin Mucci, Paychex’ president and CEO and the United Way’s 2016 campaign chair.
In March, United Way announced it was raising its fundraising goal from $24 million in the 2015 campaign to $25 million based on optimism that the economy had strengthened and the community was ready to respond to issues such as poverty.
“I think what’s so exciting in the Rochester community is there is so much great need, and the fact that community dug down deep, got creative, had fun and raised more money than ever is really, really exciting,” said Mucci.
Donations to United Way’s Community Fund help area families avoid child maltreatment, abuse and neglect, assist people in getting nutritious meals through a food pantry or a soup kitchen as well as ensure people get meals delivered to their homes.
About 70 percent of the campaign funds comes from employee workplace donations and another 10 percent comes from corporate donations.
The United Way also announced the chair for its 2017 campaign: Ray Isaac, president of Isaac Heating and Air Conditioning.