— Looking Back and Moving Forward —
Tannersville – United Way of Monroe County (UWMC) held its annual meeting breakfast on Tuesday, June 9, 2015, at the Chateau Resort and Conference Center in Tannersville. PA. This year’s agenda was titled ‘Looking Back and Moving Forward’.  UWMC Executive Director, Michael Albert, said, “The goal moving forward is to rejuvinate UWMC. To do so, it’s important to understand the needs of the community.”
Two clients of UWMC partner agency programs presented their success stories at the meeting.  One client, Marie Saghm, spoke about how her quality of life had diminished due to being declared legally blind.  After becoming a client of UWMC partner agency Center for Vision Loss, Saghm’s life turned around.  Saghm participated in monthly support groups and was introduced to correspondence courses through the Hadley School for the Blind.  Low vision is no longer the major obstacle driving her life.  She stated, “Taking part in the support group meetings offered by Center for Vision Loss is the best medicine for me.”  (Read more of Saghm’s story and other success stories here).
Executive Director Albert then spoke to attendees about UWMC’s future plans to involve the community.  These plans include ways to engage the community and bring new life to what UWMC does.  Albert stated, “It’s important for our community to know that UWMC provides funding and support to our 21 partner agencies. Further, without continued and growing community support, UWMC partner agency programs may not be able to help as many clients, if the programs that assist them don’t receive the funding required to maintain their services.”
Major awards for 2015 were also presented at the meeting. In recognition of outstanding contribution to UWMC and its mission of uniting people and improving lives in Monroe County, UWMC was proud to present:
  • Volunteer of the Year – Presented to Kathryn “Mimi” Mikels.
  • Partner of the Year – Presented to East Stroudsburg University
The criteria for the Mattioli Philanthropy Award includes donations of time, treasure and talent; benevolence and goodwill; passion and advocacy; and leadership and engagement. While the awards primarily recognize service to and support of the United Way of Monroe County, it also considers charitable efforts that benefit other nonprofits in the community. This year, both an individual and Organization were selected as very worthy recipients of this prestigious award:
  • Mattioli Philanthropy Award (Individual Recipient) – Presented to Joseph Farda
  • Mattioli Philanthropy Award (Organization Recipient) – Presented to Sanofi Pasteur/Sanofi Foundation for North America
To get more information on how to volunteer or get involved in helping those in need in our community, visit www.unitedwaymonroe.org or call the United Wayof Monroe County at 570-629-5657.
About the United Way of Monroe County

The United Way of Monroe County provides health and human services through community initiatives and funding to more than 30 local health and human service programs. Targeted need areas include engaging youth, meeting basic needs, helping children succeed and promoting self-sufficiency. “Live United” is part of the United Way’s mission of giving, advocating and volunteering to produce changes in the community and advance the common good. For more information, please visit www.unitedwaymonroe.org.