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The Hoffman family of the Town of Catharine is a family that shares a passionate commitment to caring about their Schuyler County neighbors. They are expanding that commitment as the leaders of the 2017 United Way of Schuyler County campaign.

“United Way is important,” matriarch Carmella Hoffman says, “and it’s good to be able to see organizations that need help get it.”

The 2017 campaign will support 22 agencies that serve Schuyler County residents. Untold numbers of those residents already know first-hand about the Hoffman family’s decades of community service.

Carmella and Ron are fourth-generation operators of a dairy farm at the Catharine crossroads, where the clan lives. The farm was started by Ron’s great-grandfather, George W. Hoffman, in 1905.

Ron follows the path of his father, Walter, with his more than 30 years involvement with the Catharine town board, almost 40 years with the Odessa Fire Department and 12 years with the Schuyler Ambulance Corps.

Carmella has served as Catharine town clerk and tax collector for 24 years. In 2004 she opened Sunset View Creamery, adding to over the years volunteering with 4-H, Girl Scouts, the Odessa Fire Department, Schuyler Ambulance Corps, the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce and the Finger Lakes Cheese Alliance.

A community involvement list that also has included the Odessa Fire Department, Schuyler Ambulance Corps and coaching for the Odessa-Montour School District can be claimed by the four children and their partners: Christina and Randy Hoyt, Niki and Adrian Turnmyre, Jeremy Hoffman and Jess May; and Valerie and Marc Kimmerly. There are seven grandchildren.

“All the kids have benefitted from United Way agencies,” said Ron, who recalls his mother, Lois, collecting donations door-to-door as a United Way volunteer.

The days of door-to-door may be over, but commitment to community is constant in the Hoffman family.