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Centering Our Impact
Centering Our Impact

Impact centers could benefit multiple communities across Herkimer and Oneida counties. In Utica, Community Foundation Trustees and staff have made multiple visits to inner-city neighborhoods, walking the streets, talking with residents, elected officials, agency heads and advocates.

Organization Feature: Arc Park
Organization Feature: Arc Park

What began with a vision, conceived by Arc Herkimer’s leadership on an afternoon stroll through a nearby empty field, is now a one-of-a-kind, fully accessible recreation facility where individuals of all ages and abilities are welcome.

Organization Feature: Rebuilding CNY
Organization Feature: Rebuilding CNY

For more than 30 years, our community’s generosity has empowered the local nonprofit organization, now known as Rebuilding Central New York (CNY), to rebuild futures for local families.

Fund Spotlight: Gabriel, Joseph and Lil Mandour Karam Fund
Fund Spotlight: Gabriel, Joseph and Lil Mandour Karam Fund

The Gabriel, Joseph and Lila Mandour Karam Fund honors a remarkable individual, Joe Karam, in a way that extends his mission of service to others.

Welcoming All With Open Arms
Welcoming All With Open Arms

The Center, formerly known as the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees, has propelled its mission forward and has undergone dramatic changes in the last few years. 

Organization Feature: Rome Rescue Mission
Organization Feature: Rome Rescue Mission

At the Rome Rescue Mission, helping those in need is fundamental. Offering a hand up—not a handout—are the words that the organization lives and serves by.

Serving Up Kindness: Mother Marianne’s West Side Kitchen
Serving Up Kindness: Mother Marianne’s West Side Kitchen

We come together in times of need, we help others when we can, and we welcome all with open arms. These are some of the key ingredients served up by Mother Marianne’s West Side Kitchen, a soup kitchen located at the corner of Columbia and Varick Street in Utica.

Organization Feature: Mohawk Valley Junior Frontiers
Organization Feature: Mohawk Valley Junior Frontiers

Academic excellence, professional development, civic service, and self-esteem are the four foundational elements that comprise the methodology of success for the Mohawk Valley Junior Frontiers.

Organization Feature: Meet Me + Make
Organization Feature: Meet Me + Make

Meet Me + Make is an off-site program that takes place at local rehabilitation and nursing facilities. Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute staff take their tools and knowledge to the residents so they can learn and create their own masterpieces.

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