United Way of Southern Chautauqua County is moving its offices to 208 Pine Street, a more centralized location in downtown Jamestown, following the swap of office space with local attorney, George Panebianco of Lewis & Lewis P.C. The change in offices will occur on April 24th.
After 29 years in the Tew Mansion on North Main Street, the United Way will renovate office space at 208 Pine Street, making it more convenient for the organization to serve downtown agencies that benefit from United Way funding. According to Executive Director Amy Rohler, the move will also result in reduced occupancy and administrative costs, as compared to operating within the 1880s Victorian mansion-turned office. “More of our donor dollars will be invested in local programs that help people improve their lives,” stated Rohler.
The Gebbie Foundation purchased the Tew Mansion in 1989 as a way to maintain the historic northern gateway to the city. At the time of purchase, extensive renovation and restoration work was done on the building and donated to the United Way for use as a community service center for non-profit organizations. In 2013, United Way sold the building due to excessive maintenance costs—but remained there as a tenant. Early this winter, the Tew Mansion was for sale and it was not long before Mr. Panebianco offered to purchase the building.
“We were looking for a new home for Lewis & Lewis and the Tew Mansion is the perfect space for our growing law firm,” said Mr. Panebianco. “I am a huge supporter of the United Way and all they do for our community and wanted to help ensure that they also could stay downtown and continue work on their mission. I’m happy to offer the option of the United Way moving into our space at 208 Pine Street and so pleased that this will work out to the benefit of the United Way. We are two organizations that wanted to stay in downtown Jamestown and worked together to achieve that goal.”
Every year, United Way raises over $1.3 million and invests those dollars in 42 community based programs that align with four priorities: ensuring that families are self-sufficient, everyone is ready to work, young people succeed in school, and those in need can find help.
Some minor renovations of the 208 Pine Street location are planned. These will most likely take four to eight weeks, and were made possible by the generous donation and support of several local organizations and businesses, including Hope’s Windows, Ahlstrom Schaeffer Electric, Artone and E.E.Austin & Son.
While the renovations are completed, United Way staff will have temporary office space at Allied Alarm Company (2020 Allen Street Ext, Falconer). They can still be reached at (716) 483-1561, and their temporary mailing address will be 708 Foote Avenue, #286; Jamestown, NY 14701.
An open house for their new offices will be held sometime in early summer.