United Way Seeking Survey Respondents for COVID-19 Statewide Survey

United Way of Westchester and Putnam is working with New York State United Ways to better understand the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on people living in our communities.  More than 20 Local United Ways and the United Way of New York State are conducting a survey that will be used to inform how to best support New York individuals and families, throughout the long-term recovery and beyond.

United Way of Westchester and Putnam is encouraging every individual or family in Westchester and Putnam counties to complete this survey, especially those who have felt the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic by October 27th.

Please complete this survey, which should take less than 10 minutes. Your responses are confidential.

Esta encuesta está disponible en Español.

This survey is a partnership between United Way of Allegany County, United Way of Broome County, United Way of Buffalo and Erie County, United Way of Cayuga County, United Way of Central New York, United Way of Chenango County, United Way of Cortland County, United Way of Dutchess Orange Region, United Way of Greater Oswego County, United Way of the Greater Capital Region, United Way of Genesee County, United Way of Livingston County, United Way of Ontario County, United Way of Northern New York, United Way of Rockland County, United Way of Greater Rochester, United Way of Seneca County, United Way of the Southern Tier, United Way of Tompkins County, United Way of Wayne County, United Way of Westchester and Putnam, and United Way of Wyoming County.

United Way Offers Free Financial Wellness Webinar in Partnership with Key Bank

United Way of Westchester and Putnam is partnering with KeyBank to help guide individuals and families through this economically challenging time by hosting a free, Financial Wellness Webinar on Friday, June 26, at 11 a.m. This one-hour, virtual event will grant Westchester and Putnam community members an opportunity to become more financially literate in essential topics such as saving, budgeting, and managing debt.

“The COVID-19 Public Health Crisis has changed the financial aspects of so many people’s lives and this financial wellness webinar will help them identify how to start picking up the pieces and what resources are available to help.  said Tom Gabriel, President and CEO of United Way of Westchester and Putnam. “KeyBank has been a longtime partner with the United Way and has committed itself to working with us to help those who are living paycheck -to-paycheck or in poverty.”

The Webinar is sponsored through KeyBank’s Young Professionals Business Impact and Networking group and will be presented by Key@Work Relationship Manager Sara Camacho, and Area Retail Leader Matt Lake. The session offers tools and guidance to help attendees assess their financial health, define their financial goals and objectives and build a path to financial success.  It will also include time for attendees to ask financial questions to the presenters.

“Strong and sound financial habits are built over time,” said Camacho.  “Making the decision to become financially well is the first step of a journey that can take several months to several years.  The good news is everyone can become more financially healthy by putting good habits in place.”

Registration for the webinar can be done online at uwwp.org/financialwebinar.

About the presenters

As a Key@Work Relationship Manager for KeyBank, Sarah Camacho, delivers forward-thinking financial wellness and objective advice to clients, including individuals and families, professionals, retirees, business owners, executives, and organizations. Sarah guides her clients to financial success by providing them with resources and advice in debt and credit, saving and budgeting, homeownership, investing and retirement, and other financial wellness topics. Sarah has over 15 years of experience within the financial industry. She earned a B.A from Pace University and is certified in Leadership and Communication from Toastmasters International. Sarah has also worked with many community organizations delivering financial literacy to support people on their path to self- sufficiency.

Matthew Lake is the Area Retail Leader for KeyBank in the Metro Fairfield area, providing leadership and coaching to the retail teams of 14 branches in Westchester County, Manhattan, and Fairfield County. He is passionate about employee development and engagement and believes strongly in coaching his team to live out KeyBank’s mission of impacting the financial wellness of our clients. Matt has over 15 years of experience in senior-level banking. He is well-versed in business development, sales and service leadership, and the overall planning of market strategy within the financial industry. Matt earned his degree in Business Administration from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. He is active in his community and is a volunteer member and mentor at Junior Achievement USA.

About KeyBank

KeyCorp’s roots trace back 190 years to Albany, New York. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Key is one of the nation’s largest bank-based financial services companies, with assets of approximately $156.2 billion at March 31, 2020.

Key provides deposit, lending, cash management, and investment services to individuals and businesses in 15 states under the name KeyBank National Association through a network of more than 1,000 branches and approximately 1,400 ATMs. Key also provides a broad range of sophisticated corporate and investment banking products, such as merger and acquisition advice, public and private debt and equity, syndications and derivatives to middle market companies in selected industries throughout the United States under the KeyBanc Capital Markets trade name. For more information, visit https://www.key.com/. KeyBank is Member FDIC.

About United Way of Westchester and Putnam

United Way of Westchester and Putnam (UWWP) provides strategic resources and tools to residents in crisis or who are marginalized due to personal or life’s circumstances. These include the 2-1-1 helpline, early literacy programming for preschoolers, job skills training and financial empowerment for adults, as well as access to health services.

UWWP is located at 336 Central Park Ave., White Plains, NY 10606. Phone: 914-997-6700 Website: www.uwwp.org. Facebook: www.facebook.com/UnitedWayWP and Twitter @UnitedWayWP

Crystal Ukaegbu Awarded a Ruth Taylor Scholarship

United Way of Westchester and Putnam (UWWP) is proud to announce that Crystal Ukaegbu of New Rochelle has been awarded a 2019 Ruth Taylor Scholarship. She is one of ten recipients who collectively received scholarship awards totaling $19,500.

“I know each one of these extraordinary graduate students will make outstanding contributions to their fields and to their community,” said UWWP President and CEO Tom Gabriel. “We at United Way wish them the very best as they further their education and embark on challenging careers.”

Ukaegbu is currently employed as a Health Educator at Mount Vernon Community Health Center, and is a Health and Trauma Policy intern at Resident Wellness in New York City.  She has previous experience at All Metro Health Care and the City of Bridgeport Department of Health.  Ukaegbu also contributes her time to the Brooklyn Free Clinic, Church of Christ food pantry in Mount Vernon, Americorps, and NGWA National Association.

“I am very honored to receive the Ruth Taylor Scholarship, “Ukaegbu said.  “ I want to thank everyone at United Way for selecting me. This scholarship not only assisted me in continuing my graduate school education but also gave me a push to continue on my path. It’s always good to know there are organizations willing to support students as we are the future.”

Ukaegbu earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science from the University of Bridgeport.  She is currently enrolled at SUNY Downstate Medical Center School of Public Health and is pursuing a Masters of Public Health degree.  Her award is in the amount of $3,000.

The Ruth Taylor Scholarship was established in tribute to Ruth Taylor upon her retirement as Westchester County’s Commissioner of Public Welfare and in recognition of her nearly four decades of outstanding service. The annual awards are sponsored by United Way of Westchester and Putnam, Westchester County Government and the Urban League of Westchester County.  Over a period of 12 years, almost $160,000 has been awarded to 60 students with an average award value of $2,655. Applicants must be residents of Westchester County and enrolled in graduate studies in Social Work or Public Health on a full-time basis. Criteria used in evaluating applications include a demonstration of public service, financial need, and scholastic capacity.

 

 

Amanda Massa Awarded a Ruth Taylor Scholarship

United Way of Westchester and Putnam (UWWP) is proud to announce that Amanda Massa of West Harrison has been awarded a 2019 Ruth Taylor Scholarship. She is one of ten recipients who collectively received scholarship awards totaling $19,500.

“I know each one of these extraordinary graduate students will make outstanding contributions to their fields and to their community,” said UWWP President and CEO Tom Gabriel. “We at United Way wish them the very best as they further their education and embark on challenging careers.”

Massa is currently employed as an Assistant Teacher at the Children’s Corner Learning Center in Harrison.  She was previously an Assistant Teacher at Little Feet First in Larchmont. Massa has served as a guest speaker, focusing on eating disorders, at the Deerfield Academy in Deerfield Massachusetts.  She also worked with seniors through the Boltwood project in Amherst, Massachusetts.

“I am honored to be able to receive such an incredible award from an organization that does so much,” Massa said.  “Being given this opportunity has motivated me to become even more involved within my community through volunteerism and advocacy.”

Massa completed a Human Resources internship at Cardinal McCloskey Community Services in Valhalla.  She studied at Quinnipiac College, and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  She is currently enrolled at Fordham University and is pursuing a Masters of Social Work degree.  Her award is in the amount of $1,500.

The Ruth Taylor Scholarship was established in tribute to Ruth Taylor upon her retirement as Westchester County’s Commissioner of Public Welfare and in recognition of her nearly four decades of outstanding service. The annual awards are sponsored by United Way of Westchester and Putnam, Westchester County Government and the Urban League of Westchester County.  Over a period of 12 years, almost $160,000 has been awarded to 60 students with an average award value of $2,655. Applicants must be residents of Westchester County and enrolled in graduate studies in Social Work or Public Health on a full-time basis. Criteria used in evaluating applications include a demonstration of public service, financial need, and scholastic capacity.

 

 

Monica Constantino Awarded a Ruth Taylor Scholarship

United Way of Westchester and Putnam (UWWP) is proud to announce that Monica Constantino of Briarcliff Manor has been awarded a 2019 Ruth Taylor Scholarship.  She is one of ten recipients who collectively received scholarship awards totaling $19,500.

“I know each one of these extraordinary graduate students will make outstanding contributions to their fields and to their community,” said UWWP President and CEO Tom Gabriel. “We at United Way wish them the very best as they further their education and embark on challenging careers.”

Constantino is currently employed as a Youth Counselor at Green Chimneys in Brewster.  She was previously employed as an au pair in Italy.  She has contributed her time to the Four Diamonds Foundation, organizing fundraising events to benefit pediatric cancer research.  She was also a dedicated and active volunteer at Northern Westchester Hospital.

Constantino earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Pennsylvania State University.  She is currently enrolled in the New York University Silver School of Social Work and is pursuing a Masters of Social Work degree.  Her award is in the amount of $1,500.

The Ruth Taylor Scholarship was established in tribute to Ruth Taylor upon her retirement as Westchester County’s Commissioner of Public Welfare and in recognition of her nearly four decades of outstanding service. The annual awards are sponsored by United Way of Westchester and Putnam, Westchester County Government and the Urban League of Westchester County.  Over a period of 12 years, almost $160,000 has been awarded to 60 students with an average award value of $2,655. Applicants must be residents of Westchester County and enrolled in graduate studies in Social Work or Public Health on a full-time basis. Criteria used in evaluating applications include a demonstration of public service, financial need, and scholastic capacity.

Selene Carrillo Awarded a Ruth Taylor Scholarship

United Way of Westchester and Putnam (UWWP) is proud to announce that Selene Carrillo of New Rochelle has been awarded a 2019 Ruth Taylor Scholarship. She is one of ten recipients who collectively received scholarship awards totaling $19,500.

 

“I know each one of these extraordinary graduate students will make outstanding contributions to their fields and to their community,” said UWWP President and CEO Tom Gabriel. “We at United Way wish them the very best as they further their education and embark on challenging careers.” 

 

Carrillo is a Crime Victim Advocate for Safe Haven in the Bronx. Previously, as an intern at Westchester Residential Opportunities, she helped organize a support group for the residents of the Independent Living Program. Carrillo has also been active with the Westchester Hispanic Coalition, where she supported ALAS, a program for Hispanic women who are victims of domestic violence. Before that, she was active in the Portchester Boys & Girls Club and the Don Bosco Community Center.

 

”I’m very grateful and truly appreciate that I was selected as one of the Ruth Taylor Scholarship recipients,” Carrillo said. “It is an honor for me to have your support while continuing my education in social work.”

 

Carrillo earned an Associate Degree in Human Services from Westchester County Community College and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Concordia College. She is currently enrolled in the New York University Silver School of Social Work and is pursuing a Masters of Social Work degree. Her award is in the amount of $1,500.

 

The Ruth Taylor Scholarship was established in tribute to Ruth Taylor upon her retirement as Westchester County’s Commissioner of Public Welfare and in recognition of her nearly four decades of outstanding service. The annual awards are sponsored by United Way of Westchester and Putnam, Westchester County Government and the Urban League of Westchester County. Over a period of 12 years, almost $160,000 has been awarded to 60 students with an average award value of $2,655. Applicants must be residents of Westchester County and enrolled in graduate studies in Social Work or Public Health on a full-time basis. Criteria used in evaluating applications include a demonstration of public service, financial need, and scholastic capacity.

 

Gloria Espana Awarded a Ruth Taylor Scholarship

United Way of Westchester and Putnam (UWWP) is proud to announce that Gloria Espana of Yonkers has been awarded a 2019 Ruth Taylor Scholarship.  She is one of ten recipients who collectively received scholarship awards totaling $19,500.

“I know each one of these extraordinary graduate students will make outstanding contributions to their fields and to their community,” said UWWP President and CEO Tom Gabriel. “We at United Way wish them the very best as they further their education and embark on challenging careers.”

Espana is currently employed as a Case Manager at West Help Mount Vernon.  She has contributed a great deal of her time to Help USA.  Both organizations seek to help the homeless.

Espana earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Health Science from Stony Brook University.  She is currently enrolled at Fordham University and is pursuing a Masters of Social Work degree.  Her award is in the amount of $3,000.

The Ruth Taylor Scholarship was established in tribute to Ruth Taylor upon her retirement as Westchester County’s Commissioner of Public Welfare and in recognition of her nearly four decades of outstanding service. The annual awards are sponsored by United Way of Westchester and Putnam, Westchester County Government and the Urban League of Westchester County.  Over a period of 12 years, almost $160,000 has been awarded to 60 students with an average award value of $2,655. Applicants must be residents of Westchester County and enrolled in graduate studies in Social Work or Public Health on a full-time basis. Criteria used in evaluating applications include a demonstration of public service, financial need, and scholastic capacity

Gloria Freeman Awarded a Ruth Taylor Scholarship

United Way of Westchester and Putnam (UWWP) is proud to announce that Gloria Freeman of New Rochelle has been awarded a 2019 Ruth Taylor Scholarship.  She is one of ten recipients who collectively received scholarship awards totaling $19,500.

“I know each one of these extraordinary graduate students will make outstanding contributions to their fields and to their community,” said UWWP President and CEO Tom Gabriel. “We at United Way wish them the very best as they further their education and embark on challenging careers.”

Freeman is passionate about working with the elderly, the deaf, people with disabilities, and veterans. She is beginning a graduate internship at the Hospice and Palliative Care Unit of the VA Hudson Valley Health Care Center in Montrose, and completed a Social Work internship at Wartburg in Mount Vernon.  Freeman studied at the College of New Rochelle before transferring and earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Mercy College.  She is currently enrolled at Fordham University and is pursuing a Masters of Social Work degree.  Her award is in the amount of $1,500.

“Winning the scholarship gives me an opportunity to finish my Masters program and to serve the needs of my community with compassion, and to advocate for the people who were not afforded the same opportunities that I was,” Freeman said.

The Ruth Taylor Scholarship was established in tribute to Ruth Taylor upon her retirement as Westchester County’s Commissioner of Public Welfare and in recognition of her nearly four decades of outstanding service. The annual awards are sponsored by United Way of Westchester and Putnam, Westchester County Government and the Urban League of Westchester County.  Over a period of 12 years, almost $160,000 has been awarded to 60 students with an average award value of $2,655. Applicants must be residents of Westchester County and enrolled in graduate studies in Social Work or Public Health on a full-time basis. Criteria used in evaluating applications include a demonstration of public service, financial need, and scholastic capacity.

Jenny Maldonado Awarded a Ruth Taylor Scholarship

United Way of Westchester and Putnam (UWWP) is proud to announce that Jenny Maldonado of Port Chester has been awarded a 2019 Ruth Taylor Scholarship. She is one of ten recipients who collectively received scholarship awards totaling $19,500.

“I know each one of these extraordinary graduate students will make outstanding contributions to their fields and to their community,” said UWWP President and CEO Tom Gabriel. “We at United Way wish them the very best as they further their education and embark on challenging careers.”

Maldanado is currently employed as a Residential Counselor and Program Manager for Search for Change in Valhalla, a residential facility for men with mental illness.  She has served as a Social Work intern at Roton Middle School in Norwalk, Connecticut, and has participated in FFTA’s annual fundraiser for adoption.

“I am very honored to have been awarded the Ruth Taylor Scholarship award this year,” Maldonado said.  “I have worked in mental health for about three years, experiencing first-hand how difficult navigating social services is for my clients. It has been through my clients and their powerful stories that I have acquired a passion for social work. I am eternally grateful for them, and for United Way.”

Maldonado earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from City College of New York.  She is currently enrolled at Fordham University and is pursuing a Masters of Social Work degree.  Her award is in the amount of $1,500.

The Ruth Taylor Scholarship was established in tribute to Ruth Taylor upon her retirement as Westchester County’s Commissioner of Public Welfare and in recognition of her nearly four decades of outstanding service. The annual awards are sponsored by United Way of Westchester and Putnam, Westchester County Government and the Urban League of Westchester County.  Over a period of 12 years, almost $160,000 has been awarded to 60 students with an average award value of $2,655. Applicants must be residents of Westchester County and enrolled in graduate studies in Social Work or Public Health on a full-time basis. Criteria used in evaluating applications include a demonstration of public service, financial need, and scholastic capacity.

Marilyn Thompson Awarded a Ruth Taylor Scholarship

United Way of Westchester and Putnam (UWWP) is proud to announce that Marilyn Thompson of White Plains has been awarded a 2019 Ruth Taylor Scholarship. She is one of ten recipients who collectively received scholarship awards totaling $19,500.

“I know each one of these extraordinary graduate students will make outstanding contributions to their fields and to their community,” said UWWP President and CEO Tom Gabriel. “We at United Way wish them the very best as they further their education and embark on challenging careers.”

Thompson is currently employed as a School Aid by the New York City Department of Education.  She has previous experience at Fannie Rebecca Stein, Inc, in Mamaroneck, at Special Citizens in Elmsford, and at NCO Financial in Melville.  She contributes her time to the American Red Cross.

“I am so grateful and happy to learn that there are organizations like yours willing to help people like myself,” Thompson said. “The goal is to become a positive member of my community. As part of the ultimate goal is to eventually give back by helping someone in need the way I was granted the help.”

Thompson earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Hofstra University. She is currently enrolled at Mercy College and is pursuing a Masters of Professional Studies degree in Marriage and Family Counseling.  Her award is in the amount of $1,500.

The Ruth Taylor Scholarship was established in tribute to Ruth Taylor upon her retirement as Westchester County’s Commissioner of Public Welfare and in recognition of her nearly four decades of outstanding service. The annual awards are sponsored by United Way of Westchester and Putnam, Westchester County Government and the Urban League of Westchester County.  Over a period of 12 years, almost $160,000 has been awarded to 60 students with an average award value of $2,655. Applicants must be residents of Westchester County and enrolled in graduate studies in Social Work or Public Health on a full-time basis. Criteria used in evaluating applications include a demonstration of public service, financial need, and scholastic capacity.