Hempstead Town Paves a United Way with “The Buck Starts Here” Campaign

When facing the unexpected, a touch of security can go a long way. Supervisor Anthony J. Santino and CSEA Local 880 President Charles Selitto partnered with Michael Cooney of United Way Long Island in a second annual campaign to aide struggling families and residents within the Town of Hempstead.

“United Way is a wonderful organization which has proven time and time again that it will lend a helping hand during times of hardship,” said Supervisor Santino. “We are thrilled to partner with an organization that has such a beneficial impact on struggling people.”

“The Buck Starts Here” campaign invited town employees to contribute a charitable gift of $1.00 or more per paycheck to the United Way organization, an agency that provides support to over 100 organizations on Long Island. Town of Hempstead employees generated a total of almost $5,000; a sizeable increase from the previous campaign total of $3,600.

United Way has allocated $495,000 to 31 charities in the Town of Hempstead, including the Salvation Army, American Red Cross, Economic Opportunity Commission, and Family and Children’s Association. Additionally, through Project Warmth, they brought emergency heating assistance to 578 town families. The United Way is currently helping 107 local families rebuild their homes after Hurricane Sandy.

“The campaign was an immediate success,” concluded Supervisor Santino. “Our employees jumped at the chance to help families that are facing adversity. We look forward to partnering with United Way again next year.”

For more information on United Way, visit www.unitedwayli.org.