The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY)

AREA RECOGNITIO­N

Oneida Chamber honors Denise Laube with Distinguis­hed Service Award

- By Carly Stone cstone@oneidadisp­atch.com

Oneida, N.Y. — It’s that time of year for the Oneida community to shine light on some of its most distinguis­hed citizens. As such, the Greater Oneida Chamber of Commerce has announced this year’s recipients of their annual awards recognizin­g community members and area businesses.

The recipient of the 2021 Distinguis­hed Service Award is Denise Laube, executive director of the United Way of Madison County.

Many in the community have felt the effects of the United Way of Madison County, previously the United Way of Greater Oneida, for its role in funding local agencies that help Oneida and Madison County residents in a big way, often in health, education, or financial stability.

Laube, a lifelong Oneida resident, has worked with the United Way for 33 years as the organizati­on’s only paid employee. And when duty calls, she puts in the work.

“Every and anything that has to be done” is on Laube’s to-do list.

Generally, Laube performs deposits, bookkeepin­g, accounts payable, cor

respondenc­e, quarterly payroll reports for federal and state withholdin­g, and fundraisin­g.

She additional­ly administer­s the Emergency Food and Shelter Program for Madison County, drafting a press release announcing the grant, convening with the local board, filing the local board plan, creating interim reports and final reports, and working with anywhere from 2 to 9 recipient agencies per cycle for this federal grant.

She works with funded partners to complete the SEFA re-certificat­ion annually, stays connected with currently 14 funded partners throughout the year, and completes the Membership Standards Certificat­ion for the United Way Worldwide, along with the Database II survey for the United Way Worldwide.

Additional­ly, annual insurance audits are right up her alley. And each year, she administra­tes the United Way’s annual Kick-off Luncheon, which is a daunting task all on its own.

Delivering campaign packets around the area, doing presentati­ons to employee groups during the fall campaign, writing thank you notes to luncheon sponsors, preparing reports and documentat­ion for the annual audit, recording board meeting minutes, attending committee meetings, keeping the board organized — these and many other tasks are what Laube does to help the United Way succeed.

“It is humbling to know that the Chamber has recognized my contributi­ons to the Greater Oneida Community,” Laube stated. “I guesstimat­e that I have raised over $4 million dollars during the course of my career to assist local agencies address the needs of our community and neighbors.”

Accepting the award and the recognitio­n that comes with it was a bit of a struggle for Laube. “I like to fly under the radar and quietly do my job.”

The spotlight on the United Way, however, is something this dedicated director can easily get on board with.

“At a time when the United Way is expanding into the county — I think the visibility this award brings to our organizati­on is extremely important. There is a lot of work to be done to develop into a county-wide organizati­on, and we are just beginning that process.”

Laube referred to a static from the 2018 ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constraine­d, Employed) report stating 39% of households in Madison County struggle to afford basic necessitie­s. These findings show just how high the need for essential services is in the area.

“We want to have a greater impact in our county, and we hope the residents, employees, and businesses in Madison County will help us to do that.”

Additional Chamber awardees are Old Erie Golf Club with the New Business Award, and Smith’s Flooring and Paint Center with the Longevity Award.

All awards will be presented during the Greater Oneida Chamber of Commerce’s “Comeback Awards” ceremony on Tuesday, September 14, at 5:30 p.m. at the Oneida Lake Brew Haus. This event not only gives credit to those making an impact, but it also generates funding for the Chamber organizati­on.

“Last year we were unable to hold an in-person event and presented the awards in a virtual awards ceremony,” explained Monique Smith, co-chair of the Chamber Comeback Awards. “This year we wanted to be able to have an in-person event to celebrate our worthy recipients and have some fun while providing for the comfort and safety of our attendees. The 2021 Chamber Comeback Awards will be an indoor/outdoor event with live music, great food, and a wonderful opportunit­y to acknowledg­e all the good our honorees are doing in our community, especially during these trying times.”

For more info, tickets to the ceremony, or to sponsor the event, visit the Oneida Chamber online.

 ??  ?? Left to right: Abbey Woodcock, United Way of Madison County board member, and Denise Laube, United Way executive director, pose for a photo during the United Way’s Annual Luncheon in 2020.
Left to right: Abbey Woodcock, United Way of Madison County board member, and Denise Laube, United Way executive director, pose for a photo during the United Way’s Annual Luncheon in 2020.
 ?? RIGHT ?? United Way Executive Director Denise Laube (left) receives a donation from Gwen Smith
RIGHT United Way Executive Director Denise Laube (left) receives a donation from Gwen Smith

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