Family Planning is joining together with the region’s broader nonprofit community to help celebrate and honor the Sidney United Way’s 70th Anniversary — as well as the retirement of the organization’s longtime executive director Dennis Porter.

“Dennis Porter has been a good friend of Family Planning of South Central New York’s medical and educational services in Sidney for many years,” Debra Marcus, Family Planning’s Chief Executive Officer, said. “Dennis has always understood Family Planning’s mission to provide high-quality medical care without barriers of income or insurance.”

‘Over & Above’
Over the years, Marcus said Porter would regularly ask how the United Way of Sidney could help Family Planning meet its mission — “over and above the generous contribution the United Way provided to us each year.”

“He suggested people we should contact, and other agencies and programs we should connect with,” Marcus said, adding that Porter also frequently offered useful ideas for adding to Family Planning’s services, as well as sharing its mission to the greater Sidney community.

“Dennis never pressured. Instead, he always encouraged,” Marucs said. “All of us here at Family Planning are grateful for Dennis’ support, and we wish him well in his retirement.”

Family Planning
For some 80 years, Family Planning of South Central New York has provided affordable, high-quality gynecological and reproductive medical care services — as well as medically accurate, age-appropriate sexuality education — to the residents of Broome, Chenango, Delaware and Otsego counties.

The independent nonprofit organization currently operates five local medical centers, including sites in Binghamton, Norwich, Oneonta, Sidney and Walton.

Family Planning’s newest and sixth medical center will open this January in downtown Cortland.