Two Counties, One Goal: Opportunity For All

You probably read or heard the news in July—The Community Foundation board approved a $10 million commitment for the next 10 years to address “racial equity and social justice issues.” Like many in the community, you may have wondered: What does this mean? Of course, no one can explain right…
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Meet Me + Make

Those who love art believe it lives inside us all, making everyone an artist at heart. Believing that creating something imperfectly perfect is an experience that anyone, at any age, should engage in, Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute (MWPAI) provides unconventional and collaborative art opportunities for all. MWPAI has served the greater…
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Rome Rescue Mission | Organization Feature

  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. The arrival of the pandemic has become another opportunity for the organization to step up and provide for its Rome neighbors. Rome Rescue…
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Fighting Food Insecurity

One of the great things about establishing a fund for charitable giving is its ability to support causes that are important to the fundholder. Priorities and needs may change and evolve over time, but in the end the fundholder’s advice and input are the heart and soul of the fund’s…
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Jef Billings Memorial Scholarship Fund’s First Award

Ashley Giaccio, a 2020 New Hartford High School graduate, is the first recipient to be awarded a scholarship through the Jef Billings Memorial Scholarship Fund of The Community Foundation. The fund was created in 2016 by Barbara Warnecke in memory of her brother Jef Billings. Billings, long-time Stars on Ice…
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Stepping Up in Response to COVID-19

The events that 2020 had in store for the world could not have been predicted. 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…
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Mohawk Valley Junior Frontiers | Organization Feature

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. Committed to helping local youth rise to excellence in the Utica community and beyond, the Junior Frontiers engage and advance underrepresented students in the community…
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ARC HERKIMER: Building Up Our Community

It’s true: people are looking at life through a different lens. We all now appreciate things we once overlooked. Often unsung, the dedicated nonprofits that tirelessly lift this community up, especially during trying times, continue to provide essential services. Arc Herkimer, a multifaceted agency serving people with disabilities, knows all…
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A Legacy Remembered: Senator James H. Donovan

There are many ways to memorialize a loved one’s legacy far into the future. It can be as simple as continuing a tradition that the person loved, planting a tree in their memory— even just celebrating their life on a special occasion. For Jerome Donovan, honoring his remarkable father by…
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Hero Fund America Fund Awards $18,000 in Support of First Responders

Fund Provides Additional COVID-19 Emergency Grants Hero Fund America Fund (HFA), a field-of-interest fund of The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties, has announced a round of grants for 2020 intended to increase awareness, advocacy and support for fire, emergency medical services (EMS), and law enforcement agencies in New…
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