United Way works with a variety of community partners to host community events, fundraisers, and celebrations throughout the year. We invite donors, businesses, nonprofits, and community leaders to get involved in support for our work.

For information regarding events, email or call 315–733–4691.

Hosted by Assemblyman Marc Butler and Rocky and Barb Fiato, owners of the Waterfront Grille, this annual event brings sports fans, families and United Way fans together for an indoor tailgate party during the last NFL playoff games. In 2020, this event celebrated its 17th year! With your traditional tailgate food, football, and great raffle prizes, this event is one you won’t want to miss!

Click here to learn more.
Check out photos from 2019 here! 

Cancelled in 2021.  2022 Sponsorships Available.

Every February, Emerging Leaders United hosts a professional development training workshop & luncheon for young professionals to further develop their skill sets in the workplace.
In February 2020, Emerging Leaders from many local and national businesses gathered to attend "Looking back: 5 Leadership Lessons I Wish I'd Learned Sooner" with Laura Thorne, Performance Improvement Specialist & CEO of Laura Thorne Consulting. 
Check out photos from 2020 and lookout for more information on the 2021 event here

Hosted by our Women United affinity group, this event is in March around International Women's Day! With only 150 tickets sold, you don’t want to miss the chance to connect with women like you who want to enact real change here in our community!

Check out some photos from the 2020 event here and lookout for more information on the 2022 event here!  

100 Women Who Care is cancelled in 2021. 2022 Sponsorships Available.

Emerging Leaders United hosts a fun and affordable headshot experience: Headshot Happy Hour!  Network with other local professionals like you and get your very own one-on-one portrait session. Limited spots available! New date to be announced soon. 

Emerging Leaders United partners with the City of Utica for "Keep the Mohawk Valley Beautiful" clean up effort in the beginning of May.
Volunteers needed. Learn more here. 

United Way and Clifford Fuel are partnered for the third year to allow volunteer groups to pump gas for customers at several locations of gas stations owned and operated by Clifford Fuel. Volunteers will earn tips which will be donations to United Way. Volunteer groups will compete for the most tips collected to win a trophy and bragging rights! Learn more here.

This annual day of service in our community brings people together to help make an impact in our local neighborhoods. Set during the work week, many companies allow employees to utilize work time to volunteer for this one day. This event changes each year. In the past, we have painted over graffiti in our local community, painted murals, and placed “activity trails” in city parks and most recently packed more than 100,000 meals for our local food pantries! Learn more about Day of Action 2020 here
Check out some photos from 2018 here!

Boilermaker volunteers organize a pasta buffet fundraiser for United Way at the Boilermaker Road Race Expo. The event offers runners, and their families, pasta dinners with proceeds from the night’s event going to our local United Way. Our Emerging Leaders United volunteers will be on site greeting and servicing guests. Whether you are running the Boilermaker Road Race, or not, you can help support United Way just by eating some yummy pasta!

A big part of our mission is to connect our community members and bring them together to "Live United." This event is a celebration of our community's support as we kick-off our annual fundraising campaign. This will be a family friendly event with something for everyone to enjoy! For full details, click here.

Hosted at Saranac Brewery 
This event is a short run that begins in the back of Saranac Brewery and ends in their courtyard with entracne to "Oktoberfest!" Only .33 miles, less than 2,000 feet, almost 6 football feilds, however you cut it, it's short so no need to be an avid runner For full details, click here. 
Take a look at some of the fun we had last year at this event!
Sponsorships available. 

Collection of personal care items to help improve the health, dignity and self-esteem of local individuals.

A fundraising event organized by Emerging Leaders United. Put on your best or worst flannel and enjoy food, drinks, and games like “Stein Hoisting” as we get ready for a Thursday Night NFL game.
Learn more here

Giving Tuesday is a nationwide day of giving that occurs on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday & Cyber Monday each year and is a celebration of America's greatest traditions: generosity, entrepreneurialism, and community care. Spread the word and ask your friends and family to be a part of giving back on this day!

A unique partnership formed in 1998 between United Way and its long-standing supportive community partner F.X. Matt Brewery, which hosts a weekly happy hour fundraiser and concert event throughout the summer. United Way coordinates groups of volunteers from local companies to assist with serving refreshments at Saranac Thursdays and Concert Series Events. This volunteer opportunity requires groups to complete an application and selection processes due to the high volume of interested groups/individuals and limited volunteer slots. Volunteer slot are filled for the 2020 season! Sign up for our newsletter to make sure your group doesn't miss out next year! For more information about the Saranac Thursday selection process, please contact Maggie at or click here.