United Way closing local chapter, will be absorbed by Albany


The United Way of Columbia and Greene Counties announced this week that service to Greene County and Columbia County will be assumed by the United Way of the Greater Capital Region with headquarters at 1 United Way, Albany, NY.

“The recent trend of smaller United Way agencies joining services to neighboring large United Way agencies is due in part to the changing demographics of population and traditional sources of support” said Brad poster, Executive Director, United Way of Columbia and Greene Counties. “A full 40% of the population of the two-county area is at or below the threshold of providing basic needs for daily living. The UWGCR already serves a five county area including Rensselaer, Albany, Saratoga, Schenectady, and Schoharie Counties. I see this union as a natural progression to better service the needs of Columbia and Greene Counties”.

Brad Poster and Kathy Thibeault arrived in New York as victims from Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. They were quickly embraced by the United Way of Columbia and Greene Counties. Kathy served as Office Manager and Interim President of the agency, and Brad volunteered on the Board of Directors. Since Brad took the reigns as Director, the UWCG has had some memorable events. In 2010 and 2013 the agency was nominated for the Columbia County Community Award and in 2014-2015 the agency was named Non-profit of the Year in Greene County. During Hurricane Irene rebuilding, the Hands Connecting Lives fundraising event stretched almost 1,000 people holding hands across the Rip Van Winkle Bridge and with the help of sponsors like Bill Williams and I-Heart Radio, Village Dodge, Mid-Hudson Cable and more the event sent thousands of dollars and truck loads of tools to the affected areas. The UWCG also started the first Long Term Recovery Group in the area named H.E.L.P. (Helping Everyone Live Post-disaster).

Teresa Lyons joined the agency in 2011 as Bookkeeper and Office Manager. “Teresa is an example of the perfect employee”, said Poster. “She has maintained perfect accounting, never missed an Audit or a deadline and volunteered every moment she could lend. We have been very fortunate to have had her service”.

The UWCG will cease to accept donations on January 18, 2019. All inquiries are being directed to Jim Mulligan, Vice President of Resource Development at the United Way of the Greater Capital Region. Jim can be reached at 518-640-2412 and JMulligan@unitedwaygcr.org.

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