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United Way Leader: Jobs A Top Priority For 2012

Naomi Adler of Nanuet, executive director of United Way for Westchester and Putnam, met with Patch editors to talk about the efforts of her agency.

Naomi Adler, executive director of United Way for Westchester and Putnam, told a gathering of Patch Local Editors in White Plains that helping members of the community get back to work is a top priority for her agency in 2012.

Adler said that efforts to help solve unemployment also help many other community problems that United Way deals with on a daily basis. United Way hosted Patch Local Editors from Westchester and Rockland counties at its offices on Central Park Avenue.

In the meeting, Adler and other members of the United Way staff, spoke about the organization's operations — including the 211 information call center that it runs for Westchester and Putnam counties as a government contract agency.

Adler said United Way works with partners to help families become financially stable and independent by:

  • Supporting basic needs while increasing financial education
  • Increasing affordable housing for individuals and families
  • Helping families to offset the high cost of prescription drugs

She said agency initiatives in income include:

Adler, an attorney who specializes in non-profit management and fundraising, is a resident of Nanuet. Her husband, Rabbi Brian Beal, is leader of the Temple Beth Torah congregation in Upper Nyack.

Francis T McVetty December 26, 2011 at 08:39 PM
I want to know if the United Way has changed its operation. Is it still paying its executives exorbitant compensation like it used to? I stopped giving to them years ago because of their cost to benefit ration. Want to check to see if the charity that you give to is putting the most of your donation to good use? <http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=4952>
mariaforsythe December 27, 2011 at 07:27 AM
Common guys the universities are not for everyone these days, it is very costly just accept, only alternative now is something called High Speed Universities where you pay much much less but get degree faster
William Demarest December 27, 2011 at 11:01 AM
Naomi Adler says questions about how money is spent at agencies like United Way are common and welcome. She said her agency posts all of its latest financial info on its web site. Here's the link: http://www.uwwp.org/your-money.htm Adler said she encourages the public to become educated about how a group or agency spends its money before making donations.
William Reynolds December 27, 2011 at 01:46 PM
It really is a sad commentary on our nation, Mr. Demarest, when someone, a college graduate with high honors, induction into no less than five honor societies, including 'Who's Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges,' and who served as the editor of a locally produced magazine 'Here At Home' (2002-2004) , and had media experience with a local public access tv station, can not find a job. This same individual is a featured contributor in two nationally published books (1999 and Dec. 2010) and was a featured interviewee in an article of 'Mental Floss' magazine in their Sept/Oct. 2011 issue. I wonder what the answer is?
Francis T McVetty December 27, 2011 at 03:30 PM
William, you know the answer but won't admit it.


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