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Welcome Allegany County United Way!!


The Wellsville Sun announces a partnership with a powerhouse in community service throughout Allegany County

When Mandi-Joyce Phelps sent us the email announcing that the United Way had agreed to become a key sponsor of the Wellsville Sun, this site became a better place. One of our core goals is to constantly shine the light on the good things happening in our communities. The United Way does so many amazing things in this county that need to be on the front page. And now they will be!!

The United Way does so much behind the scenes in Allegany County, the public often doesn’t notice the important work they do. Joyce-Phelps summarizes the United Way effort:

“We give immediate relief to people through programs and resources that help them recover from crises. But just as important, supporters of Allegany County United Way help make long-term solutions possible. The kind of solutions that help us rebuild a community that creates more opportunities and fewer divisions.”

Here are just a few examples of the work Mandi and her team do all over the county:

Create strong starts for children

Through early education programs like Trinity Daycare’s Lively Literacy and the Fillmore Powerhouse After School Program, we make sure all kids have access to a high-quality education no matter their zip code. Last year, we helped hundreds of local children and will keep preparing kids in 2022.

Provide safe homes and warm meals

We’re increasing our support for people experiencing homelessness and hunger in our community, especially as the need increased during COVID-19 and has remained high this year. For example, Allegany County Office for the Aging delivered thousands of warm, healthy meals to our seniors through the Meals on Wheels program.

Increase access to health care

Free services from Allegany County Association for the Blind provided hundreds of connections to critical health services and care in 2021. Every person in our community should have access to what they need to have a stable, healthy life—to thrive, rather than to just survive.

We asked our new partner about what was currently on the United Way’s plate and a preview of what Wellsville Sun readers will hear from the the United Way in the future:


“We are still focusing on our campaign, which ends on March 31st, so encouraging people to donate is top priority right now.   We will be focusing on our VITA tax prep program in a few weeks….

You can power this kind of good. More people in our community need help to put food on the table, pay rent, develop strong work skills and so much more. By giving to Allegany County United Way, you help provide funding to our community partners and programs that help our most vulnerable, ensuring that more people have access to the help they need.

The collective effort of donors and volunteers in Allegany County helped our community get through the pandemic. Thanks to those efforts Allegany County United Way and our partners were able to respond quickly and help more people than ever. But there is still more work to do. Thousands of people are still struggling. Many face complex problems that existed before the pandemic that got worse during COVID-19.”

Stay tuned to the Wellsville Sun for regular details about the United Way’s work in Allegany county and ways you can help contribute. Visit there homepage to connect with them today:

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