County North: Sterling, Montezuma, Brutus, and everywhere in between
From the dollars raised throughout the last Campaign season, your United Way of Cayuga County is currently funding 33 distinct programs and services that our neighbors are accessing from all regions of our community—including our friends in County North!
At Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes, your dollars support their Emergency Energy Assistance program that helps individuals and families facing utility shut off, bring their bills current to keep the lights and heat on. Of the Cayuga County residents that Catholic Charities was able to help in 2022, more than 20% of those families in need live in County North in the towns of Victory, Ira, Conquest, Cato, and Port Byron.
Other countywide programs include ARISE who has expanded their successful ramp program to serve our rural neighbors. During the 2022 United Way of Cayuga County Day of Caring, their team along with our volunteers installed a ramp for a Brutus resident. At the Cayuga Community Health Network, their Street Outreach Program has team members identifying homeless and those at risk of being homeless throughout all regions of Cayuga County.
Aurora of CNY, Confidential Help for Alcohol and Drugs (CHAD), and Cayuga Counseling Services also provide countywide programming impacting residents throughout all eight County North towns, including Sterling and Montezuma. Throughout 2022, Aurora of CNY provided adaptive equipment, social work services, and resources to 16 residents in County North. This year, CHAD launched their Prevention & Intervention program at the Cato-Meridian Central School District. In addition to their clinic in Auburn, Cayuga Counseling Services provides mental health care to students through their satellite location in the Port Byron Central School District.
Sixteen of the 33 programs supported by the United Way of Cayuga County fall under the Education umbrella. Did you know that both Perform 4 Purpose and Tyburn Academy have countywide reach? Last summer, Perform 4 Purpose partnered with local libraries to host week-long music camps, including Port Byron Library. Tyburn Academy is a small, private school based in Auburn. Their students come from across Cayuga County, including from the towns and villages in County North.