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Building a Living Legacy: Charles A. Gaetano
Building a Living Legacy: Charles A. Gaetano

In many ways Charles A. “Chuck” Gaetano’s story is Utica’s story. This fund spotlight features how Charles A. Gaetano built a living legacy. 

Evelyn’s House: A Safe Harbor for Motherhood
Evelyn’s House: A Safe Harbor for Motherhood

Evelyn’s House provides a more homelike, less institutional setting for our community’s young mothers and moms-to-be facing extraordinary challenges.

Your Foundation - Your Partner in Innovation, Leadership and Impact
Your Foundation - Your Partner in Innovation, Leadership and Impact

We’ve come to think of some of our work as a series of “initiatives,” things that we’ve introduced or started, but the growing number of major projects are much more than the word’s definition suggests. 

Inspiring Mentor: The Legacy of Earl Cunningham
Inspiring Mentor: The Legacy of Earl Cunningham

For the late Earl Cunningham, it was one small act of kindness that transformed his life and legacy for the better.

The Center for Leadership Excellence: Developing Strong Leaders
The Center for Leadership Excellence: Developing Strong Leaders

The Center for Leadership Excellence (CLE) is dedicated to growth, community, collaboration, and awareness, connecting and inspiring people to work together, take action, and develop current and next-generation community leaders.

Educating & Empowering: Mohawk Valley Latino Association
Educating & Empowering: Mohawk Valley Latino Association

The Mohawk Valley Latino Association (MVLA) was founded in 2003. It's an organization with a mission and vision to educate and empower the area’s Latino community.

Bringing Small Miracles to Local Families
Bringing Small Miracles to Local Families

For many, Cluster 13 is a saving grace, helping hundreds of families and individuals overcome life’s challenges for the last three decades.

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.

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