Brooks says in a time when counties are strapped for cash, supporting the United Way is critical. The organization provides funding for preventative and supportive programs in Monroe County.
The United Way says their programs have been proven to work, especially when it comes to education, "the district came back to us and we've never been able to do this before, for that cohort of 3,000 kids, bottom line results, those children had better grade point averages, better attendance, more pro social behavior," explained Peter Carpino, CEO of the United Way of Rochester.
The county has set a $360,000 goal for this year's United Way campaign. Brooks says she's confident the county will not only achieve the goal, she believes they'll exceed it, as they have in year's past.