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Give help, get help: How a United Way campaign is helping local organizations

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Give Help, Get Help

(WBNG) -- As day to day life continues to change, so do the needs of our community.

The United Way of Broome County is leading the effort in coordinating volunteers to help different organizations during this pandemic.

It's called the 'Give Help, Get Help' initiative.

"There's a lot of need out there right now but there are a lot of individuals who really want to help and they don't know how," said United Way of Broome County executive director LoriAnne Welch.

The two-fold campaign calls on volunteers, then places them with local organizations who could use the help.

"We are kicking off this campaign and coordinating the efforts to match those needs with those volunteer opportunities in a very safe and timely manner," said Welch.

For example, the United Way is assisting CHOW.

"They're mobilizing their resources to pack five day food supply boxes and they need help doing that," said Welch.

Coordination efforts are being done in a safe, responsible way.

"When we are putting these volunteer groups together, we're making sure they do not exceed 10 and everyone is staying at least six feet apart," said Welch.

The United Way says it's stepping up because it has the resources and know show. Look at its success from the annual 'Day of Caring,' a large volunteer effort.

"Each year we mobilize over 1,400 people to complete over 100 projects in one day. So if we have the talent and the expertise to know how to do this as things change and be very nimble in the process, because that's what we have to do," said Welch.

While the United Way is taking charge, it's no surprise people are coming out of every direction to help.

"That's the type of community Broome County is. And that's what makes us strong and that's what makes us overcome regardless of what we are faced with, because the people are committed and they're relentless. We're not going to stop," said Welch.

If you are part of an agency looking for volunteers, click here.

If you are someone willing to give your time and help out through volunteer opportunities, click here.

Annie Flaherty

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