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United Way reports agencies are serving more

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The United Way of Central New York reports that many of its partnering non-profit agencies are serving more people in need than ever before. This is according to a new spring 2012 report showing six month trends. Our Brad Vivacqua breaks down this new report.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The United Way of Central New York contributes to 35 local agencies that serve about 95 programs. The agency funds those agencies in four focus areas including education, health, income, and safety net.

The spring report includes data compiled between June 1st and December 31st of 2011.

It shows that many agencies, like food pantries and homeless shelters, are serving more meals and housing people at record highs. Officials said there is also an increased need for more job training programs, senior support services, and funding for more youth programs.

The report shows there has been a six percent increase in the number of calls coming in to the county crisis line and help lines. The Vera House is reporting about 57 percent of people are staying in its shelter, which is a new high for this time period. The Samaritan Center is serving about 300 meals per day, which is higher than average. And in area of the health, the report shows a 14 percent increase in seniors inquiring about services.

"Needs are increasing. The number of people that are coming in, are coming in with more complex, more serious problems that they just can’t solve on their own. If there's any good news coming out of this, it's the agencies are working together better, they're collaborating better in this network of services that we've set up," said Frank Lazarski, CNY United Way President.

Lazarski says so far, the United Way's pledge campaign has been going well and the agency would like to thank the community for their contributions. Still, he says, you're encouraged to consider making a donation, or perhaps start a workplace campaign to help the programs that the United Way contributes to.

You can do that by visiting www.unitedway-cny.org.

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