We have always been dedicated to making communities stronger. Our business mission is to create success stories by connecting the right people with businesses, where both can thrive. In our charitable work, we make much more personal connections, supporting organizations around Central New York that rescue and treat animals. Our larger goal: to eventually connect these wonderful animals with families for adoption, changing all of their lives for the better.
Anita Vitullo, our founder and President, is a tireless crusader and advocate for animals in our region, donating time, money and resources to shelters, adoptive agencies and humane societies year round. In addition to her ongoing support for many of these organizations, she wanted to establish a strong, lasting legacy for our less fortunate companions, one that will outlive her, and last for many years to come.
To that end, in 2013 she provided her strongest support yet for our furry friends: a $1 million donation to The Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties, Inc, the largest single donation of its kind to the organization, to support a fund for animal needs throughout Oneida and Herkimer counties. To add to that generosity, donations totaling over $1.5 million made to The Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties, Inc in 2017 ensure a perpetual fund that will support local animal welfare beyond Anita’s lifetime.
Anita was concerned that animal shelters, rescuers and organizations are often overlooked for donations.
“I felt that really, if we had to make a focus, the main thrust of giving, it should be animal groups,” she said to the Utica OD. “Not just for my love for animals, but for the lack of funding for them.”
She hopes that animal overpopulation can be fixed if more people adopt, and spay or neuter their animals. Her crusade is a big part of her life, and she knows that for every pet that is adopted, a family is richer for the experience as well. She also hopes that others will be inspired by her passion for animals to do something to make a difference in their own communities, no matter what form that takes.
“Whatever your passion is, whether it’s people, animals, children or the environment,” Anita adds, “get involved up to your neck.”
Donate to the Staffworks Charitable Fund by clicking the button below. A few of the groups we currently support include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Animal Alliance of Greater Syracuse
• Broome County Humane Society
• Chenango County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
• CNY Cat Coalition
• Helping Animals Live Organization (HALO)
• Herkimer County Humane Society
• Humane Society of Rome
• Kindred Spirits Greyhound Adoption Inc.
• Road to Home Rescue Support
• Sarah’s Pet Pantry
• Spring Farm CARES
• Stevens-Swan Humane Society
• Wanderers’ Rest Humane Association