Foundation-funded program is the ‘good’ in Utica O-D

The Observer-Dispatch editorial team recognized a Community Foundation grant-funded program as the good in their weekly feature “Our View: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.” “It’s no secret music and the arts deeply enrich a child’s education. It’s also no secret that both often get short shrift in these…
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Utica NY children get music lesson thanks to grant

Many children receive music education and/or lessons in school; however, due to school budget cuts, schools do not have the ability to bring in professional clinicians for workshops or performances. That’s where The Community Foundation came in with a $10,000 grant for the YMCA to provide music experiences for children…
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Foundation board member Don Carbone receives national honor

Big congratulations to Director of The Carbone Auto Group Don Carbone, one of The Community Foundation’s board of trustees and Corporate Partners. The auto group recently was named one of four finalists for the 2013 TIME Dealer of the Year award. The TIME Dealer of the Year award is one…
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Love songs from The Mohawk Valley Barbershop Harmony Society

The Mohawk Valley Chapter, Barbershop Harmony Society stopped by The Foundation on Valentine’s Day to offer a musical thanks for a grant we recently gave them to recruit new members. Their surprise serenade filled the office with love and laughter. The Barbershop Society provides vocal entertainment in the barbershop style…
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Foundation funding addresses bedbug infestation in Oneida County

One hundred forty local residents will sleep better thanks to a $7,000 grant from The Community Foundation to Compassion Coalition to purchase new TEMPUR-PEDIC mattresses for families affected by poverty and the bedbug infestation. The grant came from the donor-advised Mele Family Fund. The mattresses will be distributed to families…
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New bus, more learning at Thea Bowman House

If it weren’t for the new school bus at Thea Bowman House’s Universal Pre-K, many students would not have the opportunity to attend the universal pre-kindergarten classes offered by the Thea Bowman House, which serve economically-challenged and working families. The pre-kindergarten program is funded by the Utica City School District….
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Young Scholars potentially saved by Foundation funding

Young Scholars, a very successful college prep program for students who otherwise may not attend college, recently received more than $10,000 from the Foundation and its Mele Family Foundation fund. The funding will allow the program to hire a consultant who will create a business strategy to deal with substantial…
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Rachel’s Challenge makes Frankfort-Schuyler High School a better place

The Community Foundation recently funded Rachel’s Challenge, a national program that includes a series of student empowering programs and strategies that equip students and adults to combat bullying and allay feelings of isolation and despair by creating a culture of kindness and compassion. The Challenge is based on the writings…
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Utica Library safe from damage thanks to grant

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The beautiful and historic Utica Public Library faced the threat of leakage in its building because of a faulty gutter system.A $100,000 grant from The Foundation has kept this community gem safe from damage. The grant allowed the library to repair its system before any damage could occur. Funds from…
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Richard Florida coming to Utica NY

Speaker Series 2013 From Cory Booker in 2011 and Geoffrey Canada in 2012, The Community Foundation has made a name for itself in bringing thought-provoking and community-changing speakers to Herkimer and Oneida counties through our Speaker Series. We are especially excited to see how this year’s speaker Richard Florida will…
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