United Way MV Announces 2022 Step-Up Incentive Prize Winner

UTICA, N.Y. – United Way of the Mohawk Valley’s Step-Up Incentive Drawing ran in conjunction with its annual campaign. This incentive gives donors who increase their previous year’s donation a chance to win $3,000 in gift cards from local businesses, up from $2,000 in previous years. To enter, local individuals “stepped-up” their annual giving by or made a gift of at least $100 for the first time to help celebrate the organizations 100th anniversary.

Friday, United Way MV and the Step-Up Incentive sponsors, AmeriCU, Joe Tahan’s Furniture, and Cliff’s Local Market, announced and congratulated this year’s winner, Gregory Von-Matt. Greg, who works for Utica National Insurance Group, was randomly selected from more than 300 individuals who entered United Way MV’s Step-Up Incentive Drawing this year.

“United Way’s programs are a tremendous asset to the greater Mohawk Valley. I am proud to work for Utica National, which has a long history of community service and involvement with the United Way, including it’s annual campaign,” said this year’s winner Greg Von-Matt. “My family and I have a trip to Florida planned and we plan on using the gift cards along the way!”

This year’s Step-Up Incentive helped bring in an additional $37,352 in donations from individuals who entered to win by increasing their donation. There were 197 donors, but a total of 94 new donors.

The Step-Up Incentive is just one part of United Way MV’s annual fundraising campaign, which funds dozens of local nonprofit programs and initiatives to help thousands of local community members.

“Helping our community thrive is what United Way of the Mohawk Valley is all about, and through efforts like our Step-Up Initiative – we continue to see community members doing just that,” said Erin Gutierrez Matt, United Way CEO. “With the generous support of our donors and corporate partners, for 100 years we have continued to overcome this area’s toughest challenges.”

United Way MV is a leader in innovation, continuously adapting and creating solutions to meet the needs those in the Mohawk Valley. Most recently, they have increased access to services through projects and programs such as Ready for Kindergarten, 211, childcare through the Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative (ESPRI), and more. To make an impact with United Way MV, individuals can donate by visiting www.unitedwaymv.org/donate, calling 315-733-4691, or mailing a check to United Way of the Mohawk Valley at 258 Genesee Street, Utica, NY 13502.



About United Way of the Mohawk Valley

Since 1921, United Way of the Mohawk Valley has been a human service leader in the Mohawk Valley, encouraging all community members to give, advocate and volunteer. Its mission is to mobilize the caring power of the Mohawk Valley by connecting people, resources, and ideas to create a thriving community. United Way funds area programs and initiatives addressing crucial community issues in the impact areas of health, education, and financial stability.

United Way of the Mohawk Valley helps thousands of individuals and families throughout Oneida and Herkimer Counties by bringing people and organizations together to solve our community’s challenges. As one of the area’s top funders, dozens of programs rely on United Way funding each year. United Way is a leader in innovation through projects and programs such as childcare through the Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative (ESPRI), Ready for Kindergarten, and 211.

For information about United Way of the Mohawk Valley, to donate or to get involved visit www.unitedwaymv.org, or call 315.733.4691.