Change is inevitable. Sometimes we don’t embrace or want to see change happen. In this case I think we can all agree that change was for the good. Our friends at United Way have been blessed and that’s good news for our community. Please take a moment to read the encouraging and thankful words on what’s been happening within our White County’s United Way from our Executive Director, Nickie Jenkinson.
United way – new home, new neighbors – same giving spirit by Nikie Jenkinson
We at White County United Way (WCUW) are so honored and humbled to be stewards of the beautiful facility once known as Lakeview Commons on Tioga Road, which was once a great comfort to our elders in their golden years and will soon primarily house community members on the other end of the spectrum of age. The Boys and Girls Club of White County (BGCWC) will bring youthful vibrancy to the majority of the space, with the easternmost wing acting as a new community center for the public to treasure. The sky is the limit with the ways the community center can benefit our neighbors, like providing areas for meetings, studying, conferences, and celebrations. The facility is a testament to the strong partnerships among nonprofits, government, and private entities in our close-knit community. On our Day of Caring to prepare the building for BGCWC occupancy, over 50 people, representing more than a dozen local and regional organizations, pitched in to clean windows, move furniture, and pull weeds in anticipation of the first student day on September 7, 2021. In addition to helping coordinate and register volunteers, WCUW was working in the background to handle the business and paperwork of moving buildings, as well as finding partners to share more of the space.
One such partner, already serving White County, is Bauer Family Resources. After renovations are complete, their Head Start program will join us at the new community center, serving pre-school aged children in all-day learning. They also serve families with their Community Partners program, which meets the needs of families with children who may not have access to the resources they need. As more agencies join our cooperative space, our organizational needs will grow. We are delighted that LightStream of Buffalo has offered to showcase their fiber-optic internet and digital services in the new community center. What their donations truly showcase, however, is the power of community and the joy of being involved in an ever-changing, ever-growing network of neighbors. Working together to serve one another and meet individual needs is a cornerstone of the philosophy of the community center. Together, our neighbors have helped us secure a new building, and together, we will make this building a home. Serving White County with the community center is an opportunity to wrap our neighbors in gratitude and appreciation, and it’s how we at WCUW LIVE UNITED.