Bob Gorman: United Way has offered vital help in pandemic

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WATERTOWN — As the board chair of the United Way of New York State, I’ve seen firsthand the effectiveness of our 33 United Way members in serving their communities during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

That includes the excellent work performed by Chief Executive Officer Jamie Cox and his team at the United Way of Northern New York in Watertown.

You may have noticed: During the past year individuals, nonprofits and governments called upon your local United Way to help organize many COVID-19 relief efforts, recognizing that the United Way is best positioned to generate a communitywide response during an emergency.

For instance, during 2020, the UWNNY collected and distributed 2.5 million critical items, including masks, hand sanitizer, cleaning supplies, diapers, baby food and formula and paper products among 32 cities, towns, villages and school districts in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties.
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