Dundee fund starts 55th year
DUNDEE—For 15 groups that serve the Dundee area community, $28,150 will go far to help hundreds of residents.
That is the amount of money the Dundee Area United Fund is looking to raise and give to various area organizations that help Dundee area residents.
“By donating to the fund, you are able to provide support for all 15 agencies with just one check,” said United Fund campaign co-chair Craig Fryburger. “The community here in Dundee has consistently supported the fund for the past 55 years. That’s a longstanding tradition by any standard. We are thankful to the people and organizations in this community who consistently support the fund.”
This is the United Fund’s 55th year raising the money to help benefit the Dundee community. The money comes from donations. One such gift came this past week from the Dundee Teachers Association in the amount of $1,200.
The groups benefiting, and what the United Fund wants to give, are: the Dundee Library, $6,100; Dundee Children’s Center, $1,000; Girl Scouts, $1,600; Literacy Volunteers, $500; Dundee Food Pantry, $1,500; Dundee Youth Center, $3,500; Christmas for the Needy, $2,500; Dundee Historical Society, $2,600; Yates County American Red Cross, $3,000; Boy Scouts, $1,600; Safe Harbor, $750; Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), $750; Yates Youth Services, $750; Meals on Wheels, $1,500; and Our Town RoCKS, $500.
Joan Washburn, United Fund organizer, said the money going to the Boy Scouts helps 19 scouts, while there are 49 members in the Dundee Girl Scouts. She added Christmas for the Needy helps between 150 and 180 Dundee area children.
Dick Evans, director of RSVP, said their volunteers help 21 non-profit groups, including others who get money from the Dundee Area United Fund. He said they have 104 active volunteers.
Yates Youth Services has helped Dundee students complete community service, again including other benefiting agencies. The students have helped with Christmas for the Needy, the library, Dundee Children’s Center, the food pantry, etc. Deb Wright said in the last three years 256 Dundee students volunteered. Washburn said the Dundee food pantry itself has five regular volunteers. She added Meals on Wheels delivers to around 15 Dundee area people.
Director Carol Oswald said the Red Cross helps with disaster relief. She said the group has given about 200 Dundee area families supplies. Safe Harbor is another group that helps 818 clients all across the county, with the majority split between Penn Yan and Dundee.
Lauren Snyder, organizer for Our Town RoCKS explained the money they would receive is going to a reading program. She added the 250 volunteers involved with the projects have served 950 Dundee area people.
The 42 Dundee Youth Center volunteers provide programs and activities for 450 youth and 500 adults. The Dundee Children’s Center provides child care for ages three to 12. Rose Kane explained they serve about 70 children and have five teenage volunteers.
The Dundee Library has between 25 and 30 volunteers. Librarian Glenna Flannery said last year there were 33,384 visits to the library. The Dundee Area Historical Society has about seven volunteers, with two being full-time.
Donations can be mailed to: Dundee Area Untied Fund, P.O. Box 15, Dundee, N.Y. 14837. Checks should be made payable to the Dundee Area United Fund.