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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.

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.

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.

Donor Profile: Earle C. Reed
Donor Profile: Earle C. Reed

From the Boilermaker’s modest early days more than 40 years ago through decades of tremendous growth, the man behind it all was Earle C. Reed, community supporter and Boilermaker founding father.

A Vision for a Brighter Future
A Vision for a Brighter Future

With a long-awaited upward trend in economic and urban revitalization underway, Downtown Utica is fast becoming a focus of investment and growth.

Full STEAM Ahead at Dodge Pratt Northam Art and Community Center
Full STEAM Ahead at Dodge Pratt Northam Art and Community Center

Part of what makes the mix of urban and rural communities scattered throughout Herkimer and Oneida counties particularly interesting is the juxtaposition of tradition and technology, access and inclusion, and pockets of creativity in unusual places.

The Mele Family (Fund) – Committed to Doing Good for Others
The Mele Family (Fund) – Committed to Doing Good for Others

The Mele family is best-known for establishing Mele & Co.—the premier provider of jewelry boxes and accessory organizers in the nation.

Fund Spotlight: The Margarets Gaffney & Van Waes Fund
Fund Spotlight: The Margarets Gaffney & Van Waes Fund

For more than a decade, Donald Van Waes has been involved with The Community Foundation, serving as a member of the grants committee for many years and donor advisor to the fund he established with his wife, the late Margaret (Peg) Van Waes.

Embracing Opportunity: A Plan for Herkimer County
Embracing Opportunity: A Plan for Herkimer County

With funding from The Community Foundation and municipal government partners, the initiative will provide a cohesive, data-driven strategy identifying opportunities to enrich and enhance economic growth and community prosperity in Herkimer County. 

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