Albany County

2021 Campaign Greetings

Dear Neighbor,

It is a great privilege to be given the opportunity to serve as the campaign chairs for the United Way of Albany County’s 2021 Annual Campaign. As longtime United Way supporters, Vic and I are honored to be counted with the hundreds of other United Way patrons who give, advocate, and volunteer. The 16 United Way Community Partners provide many critical services to the people who need them the most right here in Albany County.

The pandemic has reinforced the importance of United Way’s mission: to galvanize the caring power of communities. Fueled by the generosity from both companies and individuals, United Way of Albany County last year raised and put back into our community over $770,000. This helped our neighbors stay in their homes, feed their families, keep the lights on, and much more. But our work is not finished.

This year, United Way and their Community Partner nonprofits continue to respond, recover, reimagine, and rebuild. Amid the challenges and tragedies of the pandemic, these organizations showed their continued commitment to Albany County residents. Our nonprofits adapted to ever-changing circumstances to keep delivering essential services. By educating children, supporting seniors, providing safe shelter to women and families, and helping the sick access quality medical care, United Way Community Partners aided your neighbors in returning to work, to school, and to the collective life of Albany County.

The impact of United way and their Community Partner nonprofits in 2020 is clear:

Vic and I believe that a strong community begins with supporting those in need, and we are so moved by the work that United Way of Albany County does in our community. It is inspiring to know that our donation helps improve health, bolster education, and expand financial stability for all. Giving to United Way is a simple and powerful way to ensure that your support reaches those in our community who need it the most, and we ask you to join us in donating to United Way of Albany County this year. Together we can help everyone have an opportunity to succeed and flourish. Strong communities need a strong United Way. Now more than ever, we need to LIVE UNITED.

Sincerely,

Victor and Debbie Bershinsky

2021 Campaign Chairs

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