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The Emergency Food and Shelter (EFS) National Board Program, which is administered through United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area, has selected Oneida County to receive $93,293 in federal funds. The funds are distributed through a Local Board and are used to expand the capacity of food, shelter and utility assistance programs in the region. Herkimer County received $8,777 of the EFS funding for 2016–2017 (Phase 34). The award amounts...

At a press conference, Tuesday, November 28, United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area announced its participation in NY Gives Day. On this day, nonprofits from across New York State will work together to harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities, and organizations, to celebrate generosity and philanthropy throughout our local communities.

NY Gives Day 2017 will be held on Giving Tuesday, Tuesday, November 28,...

United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area announced that Tiffany F. Stefanski, Hartford Insurance Senior Middle Market Sales Underwriter, has been appointed to its Board of Directors.

“We are thrilled to have Tiffany Stefanski join our board of directors! As a key member of many of our volunteer events and projects, Tiffany exudes the mission of living united,” said Brenda Episcopo, United Way executive director. “She encourages...

At its annual meeting, United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area’s board of directors voted to elect a new board president and vice president, and to add two new directors.

“We are grateful to these community leaders who have made a commitment to help lead our local United Way so we can effectively address our community’s pressing issues in education, health, financial stability, and basic needs,” said Brenda Episcopo...

The Mohawk Valley Asset Building Coalition in partnership with the Resource Center for Independent Living and United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area announce it is actively seeking volunteers to become IRS-certified tax preparers for the 2017–2018 Tax Season.

Volunteers serving as tax...

On Friday, September 29, 2017, the Herkimer-Madison-Oneida (H-M-O) Counties SEFA committee held its 2017 SEFA Campaign Kick Off and Training. This event marked the start of its annual campaign, conducted from September until the end of December.

This year, the SEFA Campaign Kick Off featured speakers including State Representatives from the local SEFA Committee, Karen Barnes, campaign chair and Mid-State Correctional Facility employee...

On Thursday, September 28, 2017, United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area, the Central New York Veteran’s Outreach Center, and representatives from supporters Curtis Lumber, Stone Age Landscaping and The Hartford unveiled the new Veteran’s Garden.

Generously funded by The Hartford employees and various partner’s donations, the garden features raised-bed plots, benches and rain collection systems. Construction of the Veteran’s...

United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area’s Board of Directors has approved its 2017–2019 funding allocations – investing $1,343,694 in Herkimer and Oneida Counties.

One in four people in the Valley and Greater Utica area requests help from a United Way funded program every year. These outcome-based funded programs cover a range of economic and geographic sectors, with particular emphasis being given to target low-income, at-risk...

United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area has wrapped up its seventh annual Back-to-School Supply Drive. Throughout July and August, residents in Herkimer and Oneida counties donated school supplies. Thank you to the many amazing supporters who generously gave school supplies, backpacks, and donations to help our community’s youth in need return to school prepared to learn.

A special thank you to Berkshire Bank and Central New...

The American Red Cross Disaster Assessment Team and the City of Utica estimate that nearly 500 homes sustained significant damage during the recent flooding and approximately 25 homes appear to be destroyed.

2-1-1 Mid-York, a program of United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area, has played a critical role in directing flood victims to available resources and collecting information about unmet needs. From July 1 through July 24, 2...

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