LAST UPDATED Tuesday, January 12, 2021
The continued impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) within our region reminds us of our collective responsibility to our families, colleagues, neighbors, and all community members. As an organization dedicated to the health and well-being of our community, we are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and taking steps to minimize the impact of an outbreak.
To check your eligibility and schedule your COVID-19 vaccination appointment online visit the NYS Department of Health COVID-19 Vaccine website.
If you are having trouble identifying your eligibility or scheduling an appointment online, please call the New York State COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline at 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829).
COVID-19 Information Hotlines
Oneida County Residents
Call 315-798-5431 for COVID-19 related questions.
Herkimer and Madison County Residents
United Way's 211 hotline is available to connect our community members with health and human service needs.
Dial 211 for COVID-19 related questions.
Phones that do not support three-digit dialing may call 1-844-DIAL-211.
Also available is our searchable website. Click here to access 211 Mid-York's website.
Herkimer, Oneida, and Madison Counties have information posted on their websites and are providing updates as necessary. For information specific to your county, please utilize the relevant link below:
Food Resource Guide
Additionally, United Way of the Mohawk Valley has created a Food Resource Guide to help guide those in need of organizations that are offering food resources at this time.
LEADING BY EXAMPLE
Staying Connected with Local Organizations
United Way utilized our 211 hotline to connect our community to resources. Our team has made sure to stay in contact with local organizations on any changes to their services because of COVID-19.
These conversations helped United Way stay up to date on the needs of local non-profits and work to create solutions to assist our community.
Ensuring Safety for Our Team
Our top priority is the safety of our community including staff, volunteers, and partners. Since March 2020, we have taken action to ensure our team can continue to serve this community while staying safe and healthy.
Currently, United Way employees are working mostly remotely. All meetings are held through virtual meeting platforms. We are following all regulations and standards set by New York State.
Our team has been working hard to transition our Free Tax Prep service to a virtual, easy and secure platform to keep clients, staff, and volunteers safe. Appointments for our Free Tax Prep service will be available soon!
Our Ready for Kindergarten Family School Navigators continues to work in accordance with each school's process. They are regularly communicating with the community to assist families.
Many of our annual events through 2020 were canceled or held virtually, including our Community Block Party, Half K Race, and ELU's Channel Your Flannel.
We have also canceled any in-person large gatherings through April of 2021, including our Tailgate Party, ELU member meetups, and 100 Women Who Care.
We miss connecting with our friends, families, and neighbors at these fun events, however, their health and safety are far more important.
We were able to safely host our annual Day of Action in July, installing "Born Learning" trail signage in two local parks and updating two murals. Read more on this project here.
We also set out to distribute 200 Family Activity Kits packed with fun and interactive activities for the whole family. Read more about the kits here.
Our Emerging Leaders United held a two community clean-up volunteer days and their annual Hygiene Drive raising needed hygiene items for local non-profit partners. Read more about ELU's events here.
Stay tuned as we will be announcing more ways to connect with our community even if we can't host our favorite events!
UNITED WE WIN
Our community is stronger when we LIVE UNITED, and together we can support each other through challenged and implications of a COVID-19 outbreak.
Mohawk Valley COVID-19 Response Fund
United Way of the Mohawk Valley and the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties joined together to create a single community-wide fund to support organizations responding to human service needs in Oneida and Herkimer County resulting from the impact of the COVID-19 global pandemic. The Mohawk Valley COVID-19 Response Fund was designed to rapidly deploy flexible resources in the form of grants on a rolling basis as fundraising continues throughout the crisis, ensuring resources can quickly and nimbly meet evolving needs in real-time.
This fund raised and distributed more than $1 Million to local non-profits to purchase life-saving medical equipment, essential PPE, and cleaning supplies, increase access to food, offer technical support, and more.
Securing and Distributing Masks
United Way has secured hundreds of thousands of masks for both non-profits and individuals in need. We know that proper PPE, such as masks, reduces the risk of spreading COVID-19. Many non-profits simply do not have the funds to continuously purchase masks, which they need to continue to provide vital services to our community members. By sourcing masks and partnering with local businesses, such as Bank of America, we have been able to provide more than 100,000 masks to non-profits and families throughout the Mohawk Valley.
Moving Forward Together
United Way of the Mohawk Valley continues to do what we do best: Identify and address our community's needs as they evolve. We will continue to work with community leaders, non-profits, local businesses, and individuals to help our community thrive. Because together we can do more.