United Way MV’s ELU ‘Cleans Up’ Herkimer County Neighborhood

Volunteers Collected Fallen Leaves, Trash in Little Falls

LITTLE FALLS, N.Y. – United Way of the Mohawk Valley’s Emerging Leaders United (United Way MV’s ELU) amplified its efforts to beautify our neighborhoods with the second clean-up of the year!

ELU partnered with ARC Herkimer in their efforts for the ELU Fall Clean-up. The ELU crew cleared out fallen leaves and debris along the ARC Herkimer MV Golf and Event Center in Little Falls on Saturday, October 14th. They focused on the entryway area at the center. ARC Herkimer works to empower and enrich the lives of people with disabilities. The organization uses this facility as part of their programming for their clients. Working with ARC aligns with United Way MV’s mission and impact, and the clean-up was a partnership between the two agencies.

“Cleaning up our neighborhoods is just one way we can all work together to beautify our community,” said Selma Lupardo, United Way MV Development Manager. “Emerging Leaders United prioritizes the Fall and Spring Clean-Up because people living in the Mohawk Valley deserve neighborhoods they can be proud of. Making an impact in Oneida and Herkimer Counties goes beyond just United Way MV’s funded partners. If we can make an honest, boots on the ground effort it goes a long way to keep us all – Living United.”

Each year, ELU heads to a different area of the Mohawk Valley for this bi-annual volunteer event. This time around, volunteers gathered 36 bags of leaves, and a bag of garbage from the clean-up in Little Falls.

These incredible endeavors to help local neighborhoods prosper are supported by Berkshire Bank and Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.

“Berkshire Bank has been a long-time supporter of United Way in all the communities we serve,” said Matthew Nicholl, Berkshire Bank’s Business Banking Vice President. “We have enjoyed working with the United Way of the Mohawk Valley on many great projects over the years and look forward to continuing that partnership.”

Without these long-time community partners, United Way of the Mohawk Valley wouldn’t be able to continue creating a thriving community by connecting people, resources, and solutions throughout our area.

“Our organization has a long history of supporting United Way of the Mohawk Valley as they continue to bring vital programs and innovative solutions to those who are most in need,” said Eve Van de Wal, Excellus BCBS Utica Regional President. “Together, we share the common goal of improving the health and wellbeing of our communities.”

This concludes the fifth year United Way MV’s ELU has helped to bring local community volunteers together as a part of this effort in the Mohawk Valley. For more information on Emerging Leaders United, visit unitedwaymv.org/elu. Check out pictures from the clean-up at unitedwaymv.org/elu-fall-clean-up-2023.


About United Way of the Mohawk Valley
Since 1921, United Way of the Mohawk Valley (United Way MV) has been a human service leader helping thousands of local individuals and families by bringing people and organizations together to solve our community’s challenges. As one of the area’s top funders, dozens of programs rely on United Way MV funding each year.
United Way MV is a leader in innovation through projects and initiatives addressing crucial community issues in the impact areas of health, education, and financial stability. For information about United Way of the Mohawk Valley, to donate or to get involved visit www.unitedwaymv.org, or call 315.733.4691