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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Mohawk Valley COVID-19 Response Fund Awards $150,000+

Community-wide Effort Responds to Critical Medical Equipment Needs The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties and the United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area (VGU) today announced that more than $420,000 has been raised for the Mohawk Valley COVID-19 Response Fund and that more than $150,000 has…
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Inclusivity Through Music

Music is a universal language. With music, you can communicate across cultural and linguistic boundaries. This universal feature of the human experience brings people together and can open the mind to appreciate new, diverse people and ideas. The Levitt AMP Music Series returned for its fourth year to Oneida Square’s…
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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. Optimism, opportunity, and a sense of togetherness flow through our streets, giving hope to all that they can do whatever they put their minds to. One…
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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. And investments in the City of Utica—the area’s economic and population center—will help the regional economy thrive. The list of recent and coming successes in the City’s urban…
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