TRI-COUNTY UNITED WAY ANNOUNCES 2024-2025 ‘KIDS WITH PACKS’ PROGRAM

Tri-County United Way & Nemer Ford Auto Group continue to prioritize community needs by ensuring  over 500 students in Warren, Washington, and Northern Saratoga Counties receive essential school supplies for a successful 204-2025 academic year. This initiative addresses specific needs of local ALICE households, emphasizing Tri-County United Way’s commitment to supporting students, youth, and families in need.

Glens Falls, NY – July 3 2024 – Tri-County United Way is excited to once again announce its partnership with Nemer Motor Group in leading the Kids With Packs program, which supports local schools. Joining forces this year are esteemed partners including Lions Club of Glens Falls, Charles R. Wood Foundation, and The Post-Star. This program ensures students across Warren, Washington, and Northern Saratoga Counties have essential school supplies, setting them up for a successful start to the academic year.

Collectively, these organizations are working together to provide over 500 stocked backpacks to 13 regional academic partners and school districts within the three counties of Tri-County United Way’s service area. The United Way plans to additionally support 6 regional schools with other necessities that specifically address the needs of local ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) populations. ALICE households often struggle to afford basic needs such as housing and childcare. In New York State, the ALICE population encompasses individuals and families with incomes above the federal poverty level ($26,000 for a family of four) but below the household survival budget ($75,800 for a family of four). This segment represents a significant yet often overlooked portion of our community facing challenges in affording essential needs.

Robert Nemer, CEO of Nemer Motor Group, emphasized the collective impact of the Kids With Packs program: “Our collaboration with Tri-County United Way, Lions Club of Glens Falls, Charles R. Wood Foundation, and The Post-Star underlines our shared dedication to educational excellence. Together, we are making a meaningful difference in the lives of students throughout our region.”

In 2023, Jessica Rosetti, Principal of Queensbury Union Free School District Elementary School, expressed gratitude for the program’s impact: “The ‘Kids with Packs’ program not only equips our students with essential supplies but also instills confidence as they begin the school year. We are incredibly thankful to all partners involved for their support.”

The success of this year’s program is further bolstered by the dedication of numerous volunteers who will participate in the ‘Kids with Packs Assembly Day’ which will be held at Nemer Ford on August 23rd, 2024. Leading up to the assembly and distribution of supplies, Tri-County United Way works closely with local educators and community leaders throughout the academic year to identify areas of greatest need. This proactive approach ensures that resources and funds raised for this program are allocated where they will have the most significant impact, particularly in underserved communities.

Tri-County United Way extends heartfelt appreciation to all volunteers, including those from the Lions Club of Glens Falls, Hudson Headwaters Health Group, The Warren County Sherriff, The Hyde Museum, National Grid and other community organizations.

Tri-County United Way extends its sincere thanks to partners, including Nemer Motor Group, Lions Club of Glens Falls, Charles R. Wood Foundation, and The Post-Star, as well as the generous donors who make this program possible year after year. Connect with Laura Jensen, Director of Community Engagement, to learn more at [email protected] or call 518-793-3136.

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About Tri-County United Way: Tri-County United Way is an organization dedicated to helping people. We work to improve lives and make a positive impact in our communities by raising resources, both monetary and volunteer. We strive to do this through collaboration with others, encouraging volunteerism, and resolving community problems through identifying and communicating our community’s priority issues.