LAST UPDATED Tuesday, March 9, 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.
Our community is stronger when we LIVE UNITED, and together we can support each other through the challenges and implications of a COVID-19 pandemic. Since March of 2020, we stepped-up, acted, adapted, and led the way to overcome evolving challenges facing our community. Some of the actions we took were:
- Started the MV COVID-19 Response Fund with the Community Foundation of Oneida and Herkimer Counties.
- Stayed connected to the non-profit community to identify new needs and changed in services.
- Sourced and distributed thousands of masks to those in need.
- Installed "Born Learning" trail kits in local parks for accessible, safe, outdoor activities with a focus on education.
- Gave away 200 Family Activity Kits to bring new, fun family-friendly outlets to the home.
- Shifted our fundraising, R4K, and Free Tax Prep efforts to meet the needs of a virtual world.
- Launched our Take & Make meal box distribution series, supplying 139,500 meals to those in need.
- Ramped up and expanded our efforts to fight against housing insecurity and homelessness.
- Utilized our Volunteers United platform and 211 services to assist with the COVID-19 hotline and contact tracing needs of Oneida County.
Learn more. COVID-19 Response Recap Timeline
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.
LEADING BY EXAMPLE
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 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 and into 2021 were canceled or held virtually, including our Community Block Party, Half K Race, 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 of 2020, installing "Born Learning" trail signage in two local parks and updating two murals and are excited to host this volunteer project again in June of 2021! Read more on this project here.
Last year our Emerging Leaders United held a community clean-up volunteer day and their annual Hygiene Drive raising needed hygiene items for local non-profit partners. ELU is planning another Spring Clean-up for Mary 8, 2021. Read more about ELU's events here.
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