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Better Food. Better Health. Better Community.
Better Food. Better Health. Better Community.

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.

Stepping Up for a Community in Need
Stepping Up for a Community in Need

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.

Two Counties, One Goal: Opportunity For All
Two Counties, One Goal: Opportunity For All

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.

MV Equity Pledge Artist Spotlight: Dave Mentus
MV Equity Pledge Artist Spotlight: Dave Mentus

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. 

Reaching New Heights: ICAN
Reaching New Heights: ICAN

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: Building up Our Community
Arc Herkimer: Building up Our Community

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.

Organization Feature: Rescue Mission of Utica
Organization Feature: Rescue Mission of Utica

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.

Fund Spotlight: Empire Recycling Fund
Fund Spotlight: Empire Recycling Fund

For the Kowalskys—the family behind Empire Recycling Corporation—the legacy left by past generations continues to guide the business’s core values.

Thea Bowman House: Built on Unconditional Love
Thea Bowman House: Built on Unconditional Love

Thea Bowman House is an institution that has served Utica for more than three decades, providing a safe, nurturing environment for children and families that walk through its doors.

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