Genesee Community College Employees and Students Support Genesee Country United Way Campaign

The Genesee Community College United Way employee campaign was an enormous success with over $11,000 raised for the second consecutive year during a two-week effort at the College in March 2005. The Genesee Community College / United Way Committee was very pleased and collectively expressed their gratitude to all, students, faculty, staff, and administrators of the College who participated in and supported the Genesee Country United Way.

Through a series of presentations at departmental meetings, the College faculty and staff learned about the wide array of local service agencies-many of which serve the College's students and employees-that receive essential support from the United Way. A United Way video highlighted the organization's many essential services provided to Genesee County residents.

"Student involvement in campaign planning and implementation added immensely to our success. Students led the employee meetings, introducing the local United Way video and underscoring the impact of our support of our local agencies," said Honorary Genesee Community College United Way Chair Richard Tiede, Senior Campus Security Officer. Mr. Tiede added that students manned tables for the awareness activities that helped increase the visibility of the 2005 Campaign throughout the campus. Among the lively events that helped promote the campaign were: premium parking space raffle, employee-baby photo match, Oliver's candy count, name the Shamrock family, and Shamrock sales.

Barbara Shine, Genesee Community College / United Way Committee Leader and an instructor in the College's Business division added, "Learning about community service is an important part of our curriculum. It was an uplifting two weeks here at the College with many people showing their support in many different ways," she said. "Student involvement was particularly satisfying this year. Business and Human Service classes viewed the United Way video to raise students' awareness. The student presenters experienced community involvement first-hand. As they actively participated in our United Way campaign, the students really made a difference in 'taking care of our own!' "

For further information on Genesee Community College's 2005 United Way Campaign, please call Mrs. Shine at 585-343-0055 extension 6319.

A photograph of some of the members of Genesee Community College's 2005 United Way Committee is available at the following Internet address:

Pictured left to right in front of Honorary Chair Richard Tiede are: Amanda Wells, student; Lucine Kauffman, United Way representative; Katie Sherwood, student; Kristen Garlock, student; Andrea Aldinger, 2004-05 Genesee Country United Way Chair; and Barbara Shine; Committee leader. Committee members not pictured are Diane Marchese, Anne Feary, Cynthia Reynolds, Karl Shallowhorn, Robert Knipe, and Alice Weather.