Community-wide Effort Responds to Critical Medical Equipment Needs
UTICA, NY – 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 been awarded to nonprofits in the first round of funding.
First round grant recipients include Mohawk Valley Health System, Rome Memorial Hospital, Little Falls Hospital, Catholic Charities Oneida/Madison County, and Johnson Park Center. The initial round of grantmaking reflects the local response to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s directive that hospitals statewide increase capacity by 50% to prepare for a rising number of COVID-19 cases, as well as programs that provide direct human services benefits for residents in need. These funds will allow for purchase of hospital supplies and equipment needed, increased food distribution and access, and support to agencies providing emergency assistance for individuals.
On March 20, The Community Foundation and United Way VGU announced the creation of a single community-wide fund to support organizations responding to human services needs in Herkimer and Oneida counties resulting from the impact of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Major contributions from M&T Bank/Partners Trust Bank Charitable Fund, the Rising Phoenix Fund, the Ronald and Sheila Cuccaro Family Fund, Mele Family Fund, David and Janet Griffith Family Fund, Bull Family Fund, The Community Foundation and United Way VGU established the fund initially. Generous donations from residents in both counties continue to grow the fund, as the need for community support is expected to increase.
To make a contribution, please visit www.mvcovidfund.com
About The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties
Founded in 1952, the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties envisions a vibrant region with opportunity for all. In fulfillment of its “Engage. Invest. Lead” mission, The Community Foundation has transformed decades of donor generosity into $85 million invested in social impact initiatives, collaborative leadership and grantmaking. Find out more at foundationhoc.org or call 315-735-8212.
About United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area
Since 1921, United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area has been a human service leader in the Mohawk Valley, encouraging all community members to give, advocate and volunteer. Its mission is to mobilize the caring power of the Valley and Greater Utica area by connecting people, resources and ideas to create a thriving community. United Way funds area programs and initiatives addressing crucial community issues in the impact areas of health, education, financial stability and basic needs helping thousands of individuals and families throughout Oneida and Herkimer Counties.