WATERTOWN — The United Way of Northern New York is continuing to increase the scale of operations to deliver critical goods to community nonprofit organizations throughout the north country. Thirty organizations from Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties are participating in the program, which provides items at no cost to dozens of rural and urban communities.

With the first distribution of 12,000 items on March 30, the program increased issued products by 150 percent to nearly 18,000 items on Monday.

Merchandise included baby formula, baby food, diapers, baby wipes, rolls of toilet paper, household cleaning products, personal protective equipment and more. UWNNY is also assisting with procuring critical items to support hospitals and senior care facilities. To date, the United Way of Northern New York has spent over $70,000 on these supplies.

“In the COVID-19 fight, delivery of the right items at the right time to the right people is what creates success in each community,” said UWNNY CEO Jaime Cox in a statement. “There’s no question that it is the direct generosity of the residents of northern New York through our crisis fund that allows us to continue to purchase and distribute these essential items to the most vulnerable in our communities – seniors, homeless, children, and the rapidly increasing number of families in financial distress.”

Those who wish to support UWNNY’s Crisis Fund, which is used to purchase and distribute critical goods, may do so by going to www.unitedway-nny.org/crisisfund.

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Holmes -- the real one

The CEO of United Way:

Brian Gallagher’s total compensation in 2017 was $1,663,398. This includes $547,172 in base compensation, $136,776 in bonus and incentive compensation (approved by the Executive Compensation Committee and Board of Trustees based on his successful performance of specific objectives), $634,747 in other reportable compensation, and $324,755 in health insurance and retirement benefits.

What percentage of the money they take in goes to "administrative costs"?

Nearly 20 percent of monies donated to the United Way goes to pay for administrative costs, according to statistics provided by local United Ways that just kicked off their campaigns. (https://www.journal-news.com/news/closer-look-spending-costs-local-united-way-agencies/cmx7PJiaEs4Yfy0zAA8rXO/ )

You can skip all the middleman "fundraiser" stuff and just give to the charity of your choice instead of having an organization like this make the decisions for you.

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