For Jerome Donovan, honoring his remarkable father by giving back to the community that meant so much to him was important.
When the pandemic hit, many donor-advised fundholders stepped up to support relief efforts for organizations near and far. One fund in particular set out on a mission to combat one of the main pressure points that the community felt: food insecurity.
The two-county community has something invaluable here—agriculture. Local farmers, growing and raising food, cultivated in our communities’ backyards, distributed across the region, state, and beyond.
With the recent past being replaced by a new normal, communities struggle with the effects of the global pandemic, families try to meet basic needs and cope with a new educational environment—while nonprofit organizations attempt to keep up with the growing need for their services.
The “Community Equity Initiative,” as it’s called, is only beginning to take shape. But there are some things that we do know and can share with you, after a few months into this latest phase of the Community Foundation’s evolving work.
The MV Equity Pledge logo was the hand-drawn creation of a local artist, Dave Mentus, whose flare and style came through in the design.
Our community benefits in countless ways because certain organizations dedicate their efforts to empowering individuals and families to be the best version of themselves.
Arc Herkimer, a multi-faceted agency serving those with disabilities, knows all too well that during times of crisis nonprofits are the glue that holds the community together.
When it comes to keeping our community vibrant, healthy, safe, and stable—the silent “behind the scenes” work often makes the greatest impact. The Rescue Mission of Utica is one of the organizations where this work takes place.