United Way Initiatives

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United Way of the Mohawk Valley is a leader in creating innovative solutions to meet our community's needs.

Each initiative works to fills a gap in services in the Mohawk Valley. Our initiatives make an impact that goes far beyond today. They are intended to create lasting change in our community and the lives of those who live and work here.

We lead several initiatives including Ready for Kindergarten (R4K), 211, Childcare with Utica ESPRI, and Housing and Homelessness.

R4K (Ready For Kindergarten) is a partnership between United Way of the Mohawk Valley, local schools, parents, and community organizations. Its unique and holistic approach goes beyond education to address the social-emotional needs of children. R4K Family School Navigators engage local resources ensuring children start school ready to learn and continue their education fully engaged, paving the way for career and life success. Studies show that when a child enters kindergarten ready to learn, they are more successful in life and career.

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Through this project, United Way MV launched the region's first licensed extended-day childcare center, Academics First. Incubating a new business bringing 30+ new jobs and 100+ childcare spots for families in the Mohawk Valley is an outstanding feat for our organization and community. This childcare center is one way we have created innovative solutions to meet the needs of the Mohawk Valley's residents. 

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This database was built to deliver local solutions. 211 serves as a 24/7/365 outlet for individuals to get connected to help. As the most comprehensive listing of services in our community, 211 is a vital resource.

211 connects you to help faster. Many times people don't know where to turn first for help. 211 navigates through the many available services to connect our community members with the necessary services.

With the power of technology and innovation, this database goes a step further - providing important information about our community's unique needs. This data helps drive our work in the Mohawk Valley.

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Housing and homelessness have been a focus area for United Way for many years. Housing is the foundation of our health and wellbeing. Without stable housing, it is difficult for anyone to obtain an education or job and meet their basic needs.

United Way’s newly established Housing Team works side-by-side with local agencies, and together we are using data to drive solutions that are fair and efficient. Our team is vital to ensuring shelter residents and homeless individuals can be quickly connected to safe housing.

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