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strengthens our community

United Way of Pioneer Valley

2008-2009 Annual Report

‌through the sum of individual efforts grounded in oneness of purpose.

Creating opportunities for a better life for all

Our Mission: We connect community resources to community needs. We develop and support effective programs that directly improve the lives of the people in Hampden County, South Hadley and Granby. Our commitment is grounded in our core values of leadership, integrity, collaboration and innovation.

United Way of Pioneer Valley

Because you partnered with us, over 175,000 Pioneer Valley residents will receive services that directly improve their lives.

Message from our President and Board Chair ONENESS OF PURPOSE was an underlying force in the past year for United Way of Pioneer Valley. Our partners—donors, volunteers and advocates—supported us through a difficult campaign year with key changes in staff and a perilous economic landscape. Your spirit of unity has sustained us, and makes our community stronger and more capable of stemming this tide…THANK YOU!

We invite you to share your vision for the Pioneer Valley and stay engaged. Whether you choose to be a mentor at a local elementary school, volunteer at a soup kitchen, make a donation to your public library or write a letter to a local representative about an important community issue—you are Living United and your actions will positively impact our community for generations to come.

Early in the year, the mayors who serve our cities and towns joined us to issue a challenge for all of us to LIVE UNITED—to invest in our community and to volunteer our voice, time, and talent to create sustainable change for the Pioneer Valley. You responded. Day of Caring saw a strongturn out and challenged us to find more projects to match with volunteers. The Honorable Mayor Domenic Sarno and The Springfield Department of Parks, Buildings and Recreation Management partnered with us and five local businesses to have Born Learning trails installed in parks across the city. Also, our donors made a commitment to provide additional support to residents who were struggling to heat their homes during winter. These are only a few examples of how you partnered with us to build prosperity in our community.

When we harness spirit and ingenuity to work toward common goals, the possibilities are limitless. Collectively, we can help improve the lives of everyone in our community and, together, LIVE UNITED.

We are continuing in our transition to make your United Way an organization that creates deeper impact by setting clear and bold goals and collaborating across all sectors—big businesses, small businesses, elected officials, nonprofits, academia, the faith community, the labor movement, the media, parents and neighbors—to achieve a Pioneer Valley where all residents have the basic building blocks for a good life: Education, Income and Health. Upon completion, we will be stronger, and with your support, partnership and commitment to our community, we will inspire hope and create opportunities for a better tomorrow.

Ronald A. Copes

Michael A. Serafino

Interim President & CEO

Chairman of the Board

Thank you.




Accounts payable and accrued liabilities


Contributions receivable, net


Designations payable




Grants payable


Other assets


Fixed assets, net of depreciation

Total Liabilities



Investments held at Community Foundation Beneficial interest in perpetual trusts

Total Assets

84,447 $1,307,701


Net Assets Unrestricted


Temporarily restricted


Permanently restricted


Total Liabilities & Net Assets

Campaign revenues and other support Contributions, net Investment and endowment income Unrealized gain on investments



Other income


Total campaign revenues and other support

With a single gift to the Community Solutions Fund, donors are able to support our entire community, not just one person, agency or issue. It is the only vehicle that allows donors to invest in 113 LOCAL direct-service programs. Donors know that their gift is effective and managed by volunteers who evaluate the outcomes of the programs funded and assure accountability.

Emergency Food & Shelter Program Grant As the administrator and convener for the Hampden County Jurisdiction Local Board of the federally funded Emergency Food and Shelter Program, the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board awarded us $319,787 (up 13% from 2007) in its Phase 26 funding cycle. This grant was distributed to twenty-one agencies in Hampden County to supplement food, shelter, utilities, and rent and mortgage programs. For a complete list of grant amounts please visit

community Allocation by Priority Areas

Elderly 8%

Families 7%

Health & Wellness 15%

Children & Youth 55%

173,751 -242,372

Service fees retained on amounts designated by donors for specific organizations In-kind support


Community Solutions Fund $2,299,998

33,200 $5,044,625

Choice Distribution In addition to your contribution to the Community Solutions Fund, you designated funds to agencies of your choice. As a result, we have distributed $623, 534 directly to our member agencies, and $1,469,305 to non-member agencies and other United Ways.

Food & Shelter 15%

Expenses Program services


Management and general




Total expenses Changes in net assets Net assets, beginning of year Net assets, end of year

$5,138,863 -94,238 6,520,047 $6,425,809

The Community Investment Committee made three one-time grants totaling $15,900 to meet urgent/unmet needs for the purchase and distribution of food to families and individuals in our area. The three organizations receiving funds were: • Salvation Army Holyoke Corps - $2,900 • Salvation Army Springfield Service Area - $7,000 • Womanshelter/Companeras - $6,000.

Community Investment

Financial Summary







On September 25, 2008 United Way of Pioneer Valley hosted a Campaign Kickoff luncheon where the mayors of the cities and towns of Hampden County signed a proclamation declaring their intention to LIVE UNITED.



2008 Campaign Kickoff

The proclamation stated that in order to create lasting change in the areas of education, income, and health, it is necessary to address the root causes of problems in our community. The Mayors also issued a call to the community to join the United Way in their work to Advance the Common Good in Hampden County, South Hadley, and Granby and to LIVE UNITED – give, volunteer and advocate.

Event sponsor: Carrabba’s Italian Grill, West Springfield

POWER OF UNITY and recognizes



The 2009 United Way of Pioneer Valley Community Award Recipients

UWPV Honors the

Kevin Hamel Community Building

Champions of Hope

Cherish Every Child

Reminder Publications

“What would it take for an entire city to come together around improving the lives of children?” That was the question posed, by the leadership of the Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation that led to the launch of the Cherish Every Child Initiative (CHECH).

Spirit of Caring Donna J. Ross and Peter F. Straley Donna and Peter have been active community volunteers, serving on the boards and committees of the YMCA of Greater Springfield, the Springfield Museums, the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts, the Westmass Area Development Corporation, the Pioneer Valley Life Science Institute, the UMASS Isenberg Business Advisory Council, as well as the campaign committees of the United Way of the Pioneer Valley. Within UWPV, Donna and Peter, are valued as loyal leadership donors, but even more as advocates and volunteers who are often responsible for moving our community to action. On countless occasions they have reached out to community leaders requesting their support for United Way. In addition, they have both worked tirelessly to help us build prosperity in our community and raise much needed dollars. Donna Ross is the senior vice president of strategy and business development at Baystate Health. Peter Straley is the president and CEO of Health New England, Inc. Donna and Peter live in Amherst; they have four children ranging in age from 17 to 23. In their spare time they enjoy all forms of outdoor activities that gets them out to enjoy the spectacular Pioneer Valley they call home.

We honor Cherish Every Child for their bold vision, the hope they bring to our community and their successes. In addition, we salute their approach to accomplishing their mission—working to bring all members of the community together, including parents, elected and appointed officials, business leaders, the faith community, and organizations serving children and families, to adopt a shared vision for Springfield’s youngest children: a healthy and safe childhood that prepares them to enter kindergarten ready to succeed in school and in life. Investing in all our children, believing in our potential to make change happen and work that brings our community together to address a critical issue…that’s what makes CHECH an example of how to LIVE UNITED.

Your Community, Your Neighbors, Your News Reminder Publications has been informing our community and helping businesses grow since 1962. Founded by Carlo and Anne Buendo, Reminder Publications has grown from one newspaper serving East Longmeadow only to four weekly newspapers, The Reminder and The Herald, serving the Greater Springfield area. We honor The Reminder, as it is affectionately known, for its excellence in covering all the news happening in our communities, thereby earning the respect of our residents as an outstanding source of information about the region. We also appreciate The Reminder’s commitment to making the diverse voices of our community heard. To Chris, Dan and all their employees we are also exceedingly grateful for their time and commitment to United Way. As loyal donors, their support is critical to meeting community needs. But, it is their time volunteering on our committees and during Day of Caring that has inspired us and assisted us in staying connected to the issues of thier readers.

Advancing the Common Good

Creating Opportunities for a Better Life for All United Way is going back to the basic building blocks of a good life: education, income and health. We want to find ways for EVERYONE to have access to a quality education that will lead to a stable job and enough income to support them and their family through retirement, and good health. So we are working to build partnerships, fund and align existing work and strengthen collaborations focused on these areas.

HASBRO SUMMER LEARNING INITIATIVE “Compare the learning and the fun of a day spent at a pond... fishing, testing water quality, hiking…with a day spent indoors watching TV or playing video games.” – Jacob Masenoir, Program Specialist, Hasbro Summer Learning Initiative.

Johns Hopkins University’s National Center for Summer Learning has awarded Hasbro Summer Learning Initiative the 2009 Excellence in Summer Learning Award. This award recognizes outstanding summer programs that demonstrate excellence in accelerating academic achievement and promoting positive development for young people between kindergarten and twelfth grade. Hasbro Summer Learning Initiative (HSLI) is a system-change initiative that increases quality of and access to summer learning opportunities for low-income youth. HSLI supports existing programs by providing fun and engaging curriculum, training, technical assistance, literacy support, quality assessment tools and implementation grants. Summer 2008 proved to be an expansive year for the HSLI. • 2,500 children served in 29 programs compared to 1,600 children in 22 programs in 2007 • Increased the funds leveraged for the Hampden County Summer Fund by 111% over 2007 for a total investment of $95,000, resulting in: - 247 scholarship slots for summer camp for low-income children and youth - 20 slots for teens in the Teen Apprenticeship Program (TAP)

BORN LEARNING Every moment is a learning moment in early childhood development. What happens in a child’s early years matters—for school readiness and for success in life. As a result, United Way of Pioneer Valley launched Born Learning, an unprecedented public engagement initiative focused on creating early learning opportunities for young children. The initiative is built on the idea that while children are born learning, parents, grandparents and caregivers can encourage that learning in everyday moments. The first step in this initiative was the installation of Born Learning trails—a set of fun, physical learning activities that caregivers can use to engage young children in any outdoor setting. Through sponsorships from five local businesses, Born Learning trails were installed during the 15th annual United Way of Pioneer Valley Day of Caring in five Springfield parks:

• River Front Park (Kia of West Springfield) • Forest Park (Peter Pan Bus Lines) • Barrows Park (Cherish Every Child) • Kenefick Park (Baystate Children’s Hospital) • Leonardo Da Vinci Park (TD Banknorth)

• HSLI conducted a literacy pilot in several programs in summer 2008, resulting in significant improvement in reading skills for the children served and expanded literacy supports for programs in summer 2009.

“We’re taking part in the Born Learning initiative because we want to do all we can to help parents and caregivers prepare young children to succeed in school.” – Melissa Picknelly, Vice President of Peter Pan ShowBus.

HSLI is an initiative of the United Way of Pioneer Valley, in partnership with WestMOST Network. Funded by Hasbro Corporation, Nellie Mae Education Foundation, United way of Pioneer Valley, the Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation, Mass Mutual and United Bank

Total Giving by Pillar Society Members

2008 Campaign Overview




2008 Campaign Cabinet Campaign Chair Peter A. Picknelly

Social Services Rick Lee

President Peter Pan Bus Lines, Inc.

Executive Director American Red Cross

Campaign Vice-Chair John J. Ferriter, Esquire Ferriter & Ferriter, LLP

Major Firms Peter A. Picknelly President Peter Pan Bus Lines, Inc.

Business & Industry Daniel C. Brightwell, Jr. President & CEO Brightwell Insurance Agency

Small Business Doris M. Ransford President Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce

Alan T. Popp Foundation Executive Director, Mason Wright Foundation

President & CEO AAA Pioneer Valley

Government Mayor Edward Gibson City of West Springfield

Education Dr. Anthony S. Caprio President Western New England College

Campaign Coordinator of the Year Julia Beaudoin

Timothy Cotz Executive Director Glenmeadow

Business & Industry 14.85%

Major Firms 64.54%


Professionals Kristina Houghton

Julia Beaudoin is Director of Human Resources for Freedom Credit Union. Julia has been employed at Freedom Credit Union since May 2005. With snacks, drinks, etc. in hand, Julia personally visited all locations (Springfield, Northampton, Chicopee, Turners Falls, South Deerfield) to share material and have a United Way representative meet and speak with all employees. She truly reached out to every employee no matter how distant they were geographically to include them in the FCU campaign. As a result, the following campaign results were achieved.

Partner in Charge of Taxation Meyers Brothers Kalicka

Dena Hall


Vice President United Bank

Alexis deTocqueville Society Peter F. Straley

Small Business Direct 0.46%

President & CEO Health New England, Inc.

Stephen A. Davis Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation

Robert J. Schwarz

Misc. 3.2%

Miscellaneous 2.09%

Small Business Employee 0.79%

Executive Vice President Peter Pan Bus Lines, Inc.

Pillar Society James A. Baxter Account Executive FieldEddy Insurance

Young Leaders Kimberlynn Cartelli Director of Marketing Fathers & Sons

Marketing Committee Dawn Creighton Account Executive

Residential 0.37%

Pillar (Individuals) 1.14%

Foundations/ Trusts 1.58%

Alexis de Toqueville (Individuals) 1.87%

Social Services 2.62% Professionals 2.02%

NCL 3.12%

Government 1.90% Education 2.65%


Number of Pillar members who increased their gift this year - 247 United Way of Pioneer Valley donors who became Pillar Society members this year - 62 New donors who became Pillar Society members this year - 80

• 100% participation by Freedom Credit Union employees • An increase of 25% in employee contributions • A close to 26% increase in corporate contributions • Special-events contributions more than doubled (54%) Julia resides in Belchertown, MA with her husband Claude and their children Nicole and Claude John. She is a native of Western Massachusetts growing up in Springfield and Ludlow.

“I personally can not say enough about what a genuine person Julia is. I watched how she interacted with the employees at each location, truly caring about them and the mission of the United Way.” – Judy Stokowski, UWPV Campaign Manager


New Business Chris Mensing


give Workplace Campaigns

A. Boilard Sons, Inc. AAA Pioneer Valley, Inc. Abbott Laboratories Adams & Ruxton Construction Co. Aditus, Inc. Advance Manufacturing Company Aetna Agawam Public Schools AIG Companies Alan Ritchey, Inc. Aldenville Credit Union Allen Park Tenants Association Alstom Power Inc. American Express Financial Advisors American International College American Red Cross Pioneer Valley Chapter American Red Cross Westfield Chapter American Red Cross Blood Service Amica Mutual Insurance Company Andersen Corporation Annino, Draper & Moore, P.C. Applied Software Technologies, Inc. Arbella Insurance Company Aspen Square Management Associated Electro Mechanics AT&T Atlantic Fasteners Atlas Copco Compressors, Inc. Avaya Communications Avery Dennison B & E Tool Company Bacon Wilson, PC. Balise Motor Sales Bank of America

Bassette Printers Bay Path College Baystate Health Baystate OB/GYN Group, Inc. Behavioral Health Network, Inc. Belmont Laundry & Cust. Cleaners Belt Technologies Berkshire Bank Best Buy Betts Piping Supply Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Hampden County Big Y Foods, Inc. BJ’s Wholesale Club, Inc. #20 Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mass. Boys & Girls Club of Greater Holyoke Boys & Girls Club of Greater Westfield Bresnahan Insurance Agency Bulkley, Richardson and Gelinas, LLP C & S Wholesale CA Parent Group Cambridge Credit Counseling Camfour, Inc. Canson Inc. Caring Health Center Carlin Combustion Technology, Inc. Carlson/GMAC Real Estate Center for Human Development Center Machine Company Central Mass Machine Century Investment Co. Ceridian Corporation Charter Communications Chase, Clarke, Stewart & Fontana Chestnut Medical Chicopee Child Development Center Chicopee Public Schools Chicopee Savings Bank Chicopee Visiting Nurse Association Children’s Study Home Circuit City Citigroup Citizens Bank City of Agawam City of Chicopee City of Holyoke City of Springfield City of West Springfield City of Westfield CoBank Colebrook Realty Collins Electric Co Columbia Manufacturing, Inc. Comcast Commonwealth Packaging Corporation Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts Costco Wholesale, Inc. Country Bank for Savings Court Square Data Group, Inc. Covidien Cytec Industries Dave’s Soda & Pet Food City Dee Service, Inc. Deloitte & Touche Deluxe Financial Services Doherty, Wallace, Pillsbury and Murphy, P.C. Dowd & Sons Insurance Agency

Downey, Sweeney, Fitzgerald & Co. Dufault, Vann & Company, Inc. Dunbar Community Center East Longmeadow Public Schools Eastern States Exposition Ebtec Corporation EDC of Western Massachusetts EDS Egan, Flanagan & Cohen, PC EJ Prescott Eli Lilly Eureka Lab Book, Inc. Excel Dryer, Inc. Fathers and Sons FEDEX Ground Ferriter & Ferriter LLC FieldEddy Insurance Filene’s Basement Financial Partners, Inc. Fisher Scientific FL Roberts & Company, Inc. Fontaine Bros., Inc. Freedom Credit Union Friendly Ice Cream Corporation Friends of the Homeless Future Works Gandara Mental Health Center Gaudreau Group, Inc. Ins. Agency General Dynamics Aviation Services General Electric Geriatric Authority of Holyoke Gillette Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts Girls Incorporated of Holyoke Glenmeadow Retirement Goodwill Industries of the Spfld/Hrtfrd Area Goss & McLain Insurance Agency Governors America Corp. Granby Schools Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce Greater Holyoke YMCA Greater Springfield Independant Physicians Association Greater Springfield Senior Service GU Markets LLC Haberman Insurance Group Hallmark Cards, Inc. Hamilton Sundstrand, Local Lodge 743 Hampden Bank Hampden County Career Center, Inc. Hampden County Sheriff’s,Inc. Hampden/Wilbraham Regional School District Hanover Insurance HAP, Inc. Harry Grodsky & Co., Inc. Hasbro Games Hawthorn Services, Inc. Hayden Corporation Hazen Paper Company Health New England, Inc. Health South Hendel & Collins Hercules, Incorporated Heritage Hall East, Nursing, Rehab & Retirement Centers Heritage Hall North, Nursing, Rehab & Retirement Centers Hershey Foods Corp Hewlett-Packard

Hitchcock Press, Inc. Holyoke Catholic High School Holyoke Credit Union Holyoke Day Nursery Holyoke Gas & Electric Holyoke Housing Authority Holyoke Medical Center Holyoke Public Schools Holyoke Visiting Nurse Association, Inc. Holyoke Water Works Horizon Solutions - Oakes Electric HP Hood, Inc. HSBC Hurley & David, Inc. IKON Office Solutions Ineos Melamines Ineos Nova LLC Insurance Center of N.E. Insurance Innovators Agency of New England International Business Machines ISO New England J. Dirats & Co., Inc./Dirats Laboratory J. Polep Distribution Services JCPenney - Eastfield Mall JCPenney - Holyoke Mall Jen-Coat, Inc. Jewish Family Service of Western Mass Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts Jewish Geriatric Services, Inc. JM O’Brien & Company P.C. John Hancock Financial Services John R. Lyman Company John S. Lane & Son, Inc. Johnson & Johnson Companies Joseph Freedman Company Kavanagh Furniture/Slumber Shops Kohl’s Department Store Kostin, Ruffkess & Company LLC Lamb Knitting Machine Corporation Land Air Express Lenox/American Saw & Mfg. Company, Inc. Leonard E. Belcher, Inc. Lester Halpern & Co., PC Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. Lincoln National Life Insurance Longmeadow Public Schools Loomis Communities Lorman Education Services Lower Pioneer Valley Educational Collaborative Lowe’s Home Centers, Inc. #0660 Lozier Corporation Lucky Strike Restaurant Ludlow Boys & Girls Club Ludlow Public Schools Luster On Products, Inc. MacDuffie School Macy’s - Eastfield Mall Macy’s - Holyoke Mall Marcus Bordeaux Printing Co. Marox Corporation Martin J. Clayton Insurance Agency, Inc. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center Mason Wright Retirement Community Mass Municipal Wholesale Elec Co Mass Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children MassMutual Financial Group

Maybury Material Handling MeadWestvaco Envelope Product Group-Springfield Division Merck & Company, Inc. Merriam-Webster Inc. Merrill Lynch Mestek, Inc. Metlife Financial Services Meyers Brothers Kalicka, PC Mitchell Machine, Inc. Monarch Life Insurance Company Monro Muffler Brake Monson Public Schools Monson Savings Bank Morgan Stanley Moriarty & Primack, PC Morrison Mahoney LLP Mount Holyoke College Mount Tom Box Company Multicultural Community Services Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Nationalgrid New England Dermatology & Laser Center New England Orthopedic Surgeons, Inc, New North Citizens Council NewAlliance Bank NiSource Northeast Treaters Northstar Recycling Group O-A Inc. Oliver Auto Body, Inc. Olszewski & Liptak OMG, Inc. One Communications Our Lady of the Elms College Package Printing Co. Palmer Public Schools Park Place Realty Parker-Hannifin Foundation Payless ShoeSource PeoplesBank Peter Pan Bus Lines, Inc. Pfizer Corporation Pioneer Valley Planning Commission Polish National Credit Union Pratt & Whitney Pride Stations & Stores Professional Drywall Construction, Inc. Providence Ministries for the Needy, Inc. Prudential Securities Puerto Rican Cultural Center QBE Regional Insurance R. M. Sullivan Transportation Radiology & Imaging, Inc. Raymond James & Associates, Inc. Raytheon Company Rediker Software, Inc. Resnic, Beauregard, Waite & Driscoll Richco Products River Valley Academy River Valley Counseling Center Riverbend Medical Group Robinson Donovan, PC Roger Butler Insurance Agency Ron-Mar Inc. Ross Insurance Agency, Inc. Sabis International Charter School

Salvation Army - Holyoke Salvation Army - Springfield Area Services Sarawood Assisted Living Home Schering Sealed Air Corporation Sears Real Estate Shatz, Schwartz & Fentin, P.C. Shaw’s Supermarkets Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel Shriners Hospital for Children Simmons Company Sisters of Providence Health System Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield Smith & Wesson Solutia Inc. Sonoco Products Sound Seal South End Community Center South Hadley Electric Light Dept. South Hadley Schools Southwick Public Schools Southworth Company Sovereign Bank New England Spanish American Union, Inc. SpringBoard Technology Corp. Springfield Boys & Girls Club Springfield College Springfield Girls Club Family Center Springfield Housing Authority Springfield Jewish Community Center Springfield Museums Association Springfield Neurology Associates Springfield Partners for Community Action, Inc. Springfield Public Schools Springfield Teacher’s Credit Union Springfield Vietnamese-American Civic Association Springfield Water & Sewer Commission Square One (Springfield Day Nursery) Stop & Shop Strategic Information Resources, Inc. Student Prince Cafe Sullivan Paper Co. Sun Life Insurance System Wide Accounts T. J. Conway Company TAP Pharmaceutical Products, Inc. Target (Store # 1232) TD Banknorth The Association for Community Living The BonTon The Bank of Western Massachusetts The Care Center The Charles C. Lewis Co. The Children’s House, Inc The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. The O’Connell Companies, Inc The Phoenix Home Life Ins. Co. The Reminder The Republican Tighe & Bond Tinkham Management, Inc.TJX Town of East Longmeadow Town of Longmeadow Town of Ludlow Town of Monson Town of South Hadley

Town of Wilbraham Travelers Insurance Company TSM Design Turbocare TW Metals U.S. Tsubaki, Inc. - Automotive Division U.S. Tsubaki, Inc. - Roller Chain Division UBS Financial Service United Bank United Technologies United Way of Pioneer Valley UnitedHealth Group Universal Plastics Corporation University Products, Inc. UPS Urban League of Springfield Valley Communications Systems Valley Opportunity Council Veritech Corporation Verizon W.F. Young, Inc. Walgreens Wal-Mart - Chicopee Wal-Mart - Springfield Wal-Mart - Westfield

Waltham Services, Inc. Wellpoint Wells Fargo West Springfield Boys & Girls Club West Springfield Public Schools Western Massachusetts Council/Boy Scouts of America Western Massachusetts Electric Co. Western New England College Westfield Bank Westfield Public Schools Westinghouse WestMass ElderCare, Inc. Westover Building Supply WGBY/Channel 57 White-Jubinville Insurance Agency Williams Distributing Corp. Wing Memorial Hospital Wolf & Company PC Womanshelter/Companeras Yellow Freight Corporation YMCA of Greater Springfield YMCA of Greater Westfield YWCA of Western Massachusetts

Manny Delcarmen inspires community partnership Red Sox player Manny Delcarmen kicked off the Smith & Wesson United Way campaign on January 20, 2009. Known as the “Pride of Hyde Park” Delcarmen attended West Roxbury High School in Boston and was drafted by The Boston Red Sox in 2000. He is a relief pitcher with the Red Sox and has generously supported charitable causes in the Boston Area including Boston Public Schools. Delcarmen gave a short speech to Smith & Wesson employees and signed posters during his visit to Smith & Wesson. Smith & Wesson is one of Springfield’s largest employers.


Chaired by Peter and Melissa Picknelly for the 5th year

47 companies participated mobilizing 1,409 volunteers

173 projects completed for 76 Hampden County non-profit organizations

September 5, 2008

AAA Pioneer Valley Bank of Western Massachusetts Baystate Health Chicopee Savings Bank CoBank Comcast Excel Dryer, Inc. Hamilton Sundstrand Harry Grodsky & Co., Inc. Hasbro Games Health New England, Inc. J. Polep Distribution Services Jewish Geriatric Services, Inc. Keystone Woods Lenox/American Saw & Mfg. Co. Leonard E. Belcher, Inc. MassMutual Financial Group Meyers Brothers Kalicka, P.C. New England Orthopedic Surgeons, Inc. Noble Hospital OMG, Inc. Pioneer Valley Planning Commission Pizzeria Pompeii Sisters of Providence Health Systems Smith & Wesson United Bank Westfield Bank

Day of Caring



Volunteer of the Year Trish Hannon

Trish Hannon has been a leader in health care for over 30 years, serving in both clinical and executive roles. Currently, Ms. Hannon is Senior Vice President for Baystate Health, providing executive leadership for three Western Massachusetts hospitals and Baystate Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice. She also serves as Chief Operating Officer for the 650 bed teaching hospitalBaystate Medical Center, located in Springfield, Massachusetts. She is responsible for leading the daily operations of the medical center with over 5000 medical, professional and technical staff. Ms. Hannon served as an active board member and fundraiser for the United Way of Pioneer Valley from 2002-2008, serving as Chair of the Community Investment Committee. She serves as a Springfield School Volunteers, partnering with Lincoln Elementary School and leads the Baystate Health’s annual “Adopt A Classroom Challenge” for managers, providing several local elementary schools with classroom supplies, and outfitting their libraries to support literacy. She was honored in 2001, as a Woman of Distinction, by the Girl Scouts of Pioneer Valley. Ms. Hannon and her husband, Donald Odell, live in Longmeadow, Massachusetts.


A Partnership of United Way and MAIRS

MASS2-1-1 is a FREE Information and Referral Service that connects residents to all services provided by government, faith-based and community organizations, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. MASS2-1-1 Pioneer Valley Needs Report

Basic Needs 62.58% 72.46% - Housing / Shelter 10.04% - Temporary Financial Assistance 5.97% - Food 5.72% - Material Goods 3.07% - General Information 2.72% - Transportation 0.03% - Organizations

Warming Hearts and Homes United Way of Pioneer Valley Pillar Society afforded us the opportunity to partner with The Reminder Publications and WWLP-Channel 22 to implement and expand the “Warming Hearts & Homes” initiative this winter. The intent of the initiative is to help individuals and families within the Pioneer Valley with a $300 fuel voucher to allay the cost of heating their homes during the winter season. As of press time, 36 vouchers where distributed in Hampden county.

Children’s Giving Tree Hasbro Games created the “Children’s Giving Tree” program to bring attention to the needs of local families who have difficulty purchasing games and toys for their children. For each “act of kindness” pledge placed on the “Children’s Giving Tree”, Hasbro donates a game or toy for a child in Hampden County. Over to 37,000 toys and games journeyed to the homes of children in our community during the 2008 Holiday Season.

Dial-A-Ride Organization / Community / International Services 10.63%

Health Care 6.2%

Environmental Quality 0.67% Education 1.37% Consumer Services 1.42%

Individual and Family Life 5.18%

Criminal Justice and Legal Services 4.08%

Income Support and Employment 3.27%

Mental Health Care and Counseling 4.68%

United Way/Mass2-1-1 has entered into a partnership with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Emergency Management agency (MEMA) to become their official information telephone call center.

The Dial-a-Ride program seeks to educate and provide a real solution for residents to get home safely on New Year’s Eve. The service begins at 8 p.m. New Year’s Eve and continues through 6 a.m. New Year’s Day. During these hours, the Yellow Cab Company of Springfield provides a FREE ride home to anyone who cannot drive home safely. In 2008 United Way’s Dial-A-Ride program was extended to a year-round effort to offer the free-ride-home service on other evenings that create increased risks for individuals driving while intoxicated—offering free rides on or around St. Patrick’s Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, and Thanksgiving in addition to New Year’s Eve. The coverage area was also expanded beyond the Springfield Metro to include all of Hampden County, South Hadley and Granby, with drop-offs provided throughout the Pioneer Valley. Since 1983, over 1,000 people have received free rides home safely. Thanks to our partners: Williams Distributing, Yellow Cab Company, Rock 102/Lazer 99.3.

Our Core Values



Leadership • Be a leader in addressing community problems • Educate and convene diverse communities to facilitate the well being of all • Govern by and actively promote volunteerism at all levels of our community • Strive to lead with courage and perseverance in all circumstances

Integrity • Serve the community with honest and transparent practices • Communicate directly and accurately • Encourage effective community partnerships

Collaboration • Initiate community-wide relationships that are catalysts for positive change • Unite agencies, donors, volunteers, and business leaders to maximize capacity building and resource development • Partner with community organizations to improve the conditions that create need

Innovation • Create value by using the most current technologies, systems and tools to remain relevant to our community • Utilize proven concepts and practices with innovative problem-solving • Observe, consider and attempt new strategies that positively affect the community • Provide an environment that is empowering, flexible, and celebrates success

Manuel A. Andrade

Alphonse A. Morassi, Jr., C.P.A.

Executive Vice President The Bank of Western Massachusetts

J.M. O’Brien & Company, P.C.

Peter A. Picknelly* (2008 Campaign Chair) Daniel C. Brightwell, Jr. President & CEO Brightwell Insurance Agency

United Way of Pioneer Valley

Deborah A. Buckley President & CEO Goss & McLain Insurance Agency

Dr. Joseph P. Burke Superintendent Springfield Public Schools

Ivette E. Cruz Director of Development Puerto Rican Cultural Center

Kathryn S. Dube Sr. Vice President TD Banknorth

Bruce H. Eger Vice President Westfield Bank

Matthew Haas* Executive Director River Valley Counseling Center

Timothy L. Jones Pastor First Central Baptist Church

Joan Kagan* President & CEO Square One

Michael B. Katz, Esquire (Board Clerk)

Bulkley, Richardson and Gelinas, LLP

William F. Messner President Holyoke Community College

Interim President & CEO

Mary Burns

Jay M. Primack, CPA

Carolyn Carroll

Moriarty & Primack, P.C.

Doris M. Ransford President Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce

Trish Robinson Senior Vice President and Deputy Head of Government Relations MassMutual Financial Group

Scott A. Sadowsky

Finance Assistant

Finance Associate

Henry Chien IT Specialist

Christine Daniels Division Assistant

Nathaniel Davis Campaign Manager

General Manager Williams Distributing Corp.

Joanne Dernoga

Michael A. Serafino (Board Chair)

Ann Fabrycki

Vice President Raymond James & Associates, Inc.

VP Community Investment

Campaign Manager

Natalie Georges Brian C. Smith

Director Communications

Sr. Vice President & Treasurer The Bank of Western Massachusetts

Martha Lockett Director Workplace Campaigns

Myra D. Smith Vice President Springfield Technical Community College

Lori Murphy

Mary E. Walachy

Sheila Petigny-Perry

Executive Director Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation

HSLI Project Coordinator

Rev. W. C. Watson, Jr.

“I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community, and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.”

– George Bernard Shaw

Administrative Assistant

Judy Stokowski Campaign Manager

Canaan Baptist Church of Christ *Ex Officio Member

Kevin C. Maynard, Esquire

Ronald A. Copes

President Peter Pan Bus Lines, Inc.

Bacon Wilson, P.C.

Brian J. Long (Board Treasurer)

United Way of Pioneer Valley Staff


2008-2009 Board of Directors

Linda Valentini Executive Assistant to the President

In Memory of Mike Niziolek

Design by: Leadfree Graphics, Printed by: Bassette Printers

United Way of Pioneer Valley 184 Mill Street Springfield, MA 01108 413-737-2691

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