The United Way of NNY has created an endowment that in time will provide grants to the Boys & Girls Clubs in Ogdensburg and Massena.
The Massena Boys & Girls Club donated $7,500 to the United Way Thursday Oct. 8 to complete a challenge grant that activates the endowment. The club in Ogdensburg contributed $7,500 Sept. 8 during a United Way presentation at the Ogdensburg Kiwanis Club.
The endowment challenge was initiated by T. Urling Walker of Watertown, who gave the United Way $25,000 in 2014, said Bob Gorman, CEO of the United Way.
“He asked me what I would do if he gave me some money,” recalled Gorman. “I told him I wanted to do something for the Boys & Girls clubs because Ogdensburg was celebrating its 50 year and Massena was just getting started.”
Walker offered the United Way $25,000 with the stipulation that the clubs match his donation, said Gorman. The clubs generated a $10,000 gift from the New York Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association, and then provided $7,500 each to complete the challenge.
Walker said he is pleased his challenge to the clubs was accepted.
“This will go a long way to provide funds in St. Lawrence County through the United Way,” Walker said.
The Northern New York Community Foundation, upon seeing that the two communities were working together, committed $25,000 to the endowment as well.
“The experiences offered to children through the Boys & Girls Club can be transformational,” said Max DelSignore, NNY Community Foundation assistant director. “This partnership with the United Way ensures sustainability, future growth, and a charitable giving platform to support the organizations forever.”
When the endowment reaches more than $100,000, the appreciation generated through investments will be given to the United Way to be split evenly between the two clubs.
“We are committed to sustaining the Boys & Girls Club of Massena for generations to come, said Massena club Board President Timmy Currier. “I thank Tom Walker for his generous support, along with Community Foundation, United Way and NYSCOPBA. Together, with local donations, our club has taken an important step toward long-term fiscal stability.”
The club in Ogdensburg provided planning assistance to help bring the Massena club into existence, and the joint endowment was supported by the Ogdensburg club’s board of directors, said Executive Director Tom Luckie.
"We are so grateful to the United Way, Tom Walker, NYSCOPBA and the Northern New York Community Foundation,” said Luckie. “The investment they are making in the clubs and the youth from the Massena and Ogdensburg communities will have a positive impact in Northern New York for years to come."