Mohawk Valley COVID Response Fund Awards Another $200,000

Community Foundation, United Way VGU Respond to Pandemic Impact

Latest grants up total awarded to nearly $200,000

Utica, NY - April 3, 2020 - A community-wide fund is helping address the needs of those affected by the global pandemic by supporting area nonprofit organizations large and small.

The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties and the United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area (VGU) announced the creation of the Mohawk Valley COVID-19 Response Fund on March 20 and announced an initial round of grants this week. As nonprofit organizations continue to evaluate community needs and apply for funding, a review committee is approving grants as quickly as possible.

The latest grants approved will fund additional TeleHealth equipment for Hospice and Palliative Care and ICAN; a washer and dryer for Emmaus House, a shelter for women and children who are homeless; and COVID-19 awareness outreach to refugees that will be provided by The Center. Added to previously announced grants for Johnson Park Center, Little Falls Hospital, Mohawk Valley Health System, and Rome Memorial Hospital, the latest grants bring to nearly $200,000 the funding awarded so far.

Major contributions from M&T Bank/Partners Trust Bank Charitable Fund, the Rising Phoenix Fund, the Ronald and Sheila Cuccaro Family Fund, Mele Family Fund, David and Janet Griffith Family Fund, Bull Family Fund, The Community Foundation and United Way VGU established the fund initially. Generous donations from residents in both counties continue to grow the fund, as the need for community support is expected to increase.

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About The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties

Founded in 1952, the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties envisions a vibrant region with opportunity for all. In fulfillment of its “Engage. Invest. Lead” mission, The Community Foundation has transformed decades of donor generosity into $85 million invested in social impact initiatives, collaborative leadership and grantmaking. Find out more at or call 315-735-8212.

About United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area

Since 1921, United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area has been a human service leader in the Mohawk Valley, encouraging all community members to give, advocate and volunteer. Its mission is to mobilize the caring power of the Valley and Greater Utica area by connecting people, resources and ideas to create a thriving community. United Way funds area programs and initiatives addressing crucial community issues in the impact areas of health, education, financial stability and basic needs helping thousands of individuals and families throughout Oneida and Herkimer Counties.