The United Way of Northern Chautauqua County in collaboration with Partners in Kind has officially kicked off the 2022 Campaign for Warmth. Residents across the region are asked to check their closets for gently used winter coats, hats, gloves, and boots.
United Way is entering its fifth year in collecting coats that are then issued to individuals in need through local agencies and schools.
Executive Director Adam Dolce stated that, “United Way has helped to provide a warm coat to more than 750 people since we began this effort in 2018.
Many people do not think about the importance of a warm winter coat, and this program aims to provide some comfort during our harsh winter season for those who do not have one for any reason”.
Partners in Kind has collected hats and gloves since its inception and issued them out via direct giving and community clothes lines. This year the agencies are working in concert to collect and prepare them for distribution. By offering a collaborative collection effort donors can trust that once items are dropped they will get where they are intended to help those in need. Partners in Kind and the United Way are committed to serving the community and see this as an opportunity to partner and collectively have a greater impact. All donations are expected to remain in Chautauqua County, or neighboring communities.
Collection bins will be available to receive donations at the Community Bank locations in Westfield, Silver Creek and the Central Ave and Vineyard Drive locations in Dunkirk.
Cassadaga Branch Library and the Ripley Public library will also serve as collection points in their respective communities. The United Way office, located at 626 Central Ave. in Dunkirk, will welcome your donations too. We encourage business owners, schools, labor groups, and community groups to consider collecting coats from their employees and friends. After, they can contact United Way staff at (716) 366-5424 to present their items for the drive.
Once collected, East Main Laundry in Fredonia will launder the items to ensure they are clean and ready for distribution with help from volunteers the Resource Center. Once laundered and ready, coats are stored at the Chautauqua County Rural Ministry. Hats, gloves and items for Partners in Kind will be bagged and provided to their team for distribution. In response to community support Dolce stated
“The support by Community Bank and East Main Laundry has been key for past year’s coat drives, and we are excited to have their support for another one this year. These two businesses and all of our workplace drives really demonstrate what it means to Live United.”
United Way will work with their partners, human service agencies, and local schools to distribute the coats and items to children in need. Individuals seeking assistance should visit the Rural Ministry, on Washington Avenue in Dunkirk, to inquire about receiving a coat, while agencies may contact United Way about meeting needs they are seeing.
United Way and Partners in Kind hope that no child needs to feel cold this winter and with our community we can make this hope a reality.
If you do not have materials to donate, but would still like to assist the United Way, please consider visiting us at 626 Central Ave. in Dunkirk or our website https://unitedwayncc.org/ to sign up for our newsletter or make a donation.