A family that serves together in Schuyler County

The Hoffman family, of Catharine, are the leaders of the 2017 United Way of Schuyler County campaign, spearheading the effort to raise $123,000 to support 22 human-service agencies that serve county residents.

The campaign will begin Oct. 9 with the annual spaghetti dinner at the Montour Moose Lodge in Montour Falls. Serving will start at 5 p.m.

Peggy Scott, Schuyler United Way executive director, said the Hoffmans bring their strong commitment to the community to this year’s campaign.

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

Untold numbers of Schuyler 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 over the years to 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 Kimberley. There are seven grandchildren.

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

stargazette.com Published 10:53 a.m. ET Sept. 29, 2017 | Updated 10:53 a.m. ET Sept. 29, 2017