UTICA — First Source Federal Credit Union has announced a commitment of $100,000 to ICAN’s Family Resource Center, which will also house a new, state-of-the-art Children’s Museum.
First Source has been a hands on partner, supporting both ICAN and the Utica Children’s Museum for more than a decade – including a kid-friendly “branch” which was a popular attraction at the museum’s Main Street exhibit.
“ICAN has proven themselves as a forward-thinking organization, committed to services that yield positive results and progress in our community,” said Tom Neumann, president and CEO of First Source.
“This project encompasses children and families, education, economic development and revitalization, serving the underserved, mental health and recreational services, as well as collaboration with multiple entities,” Neumann added.
“It is for this reason we have committed at this level with ICAN and the Children’s Museum,” Neumann said. “Often, we give smaller funding amounts to many causes. This was an opportunity to offer one larger amount that covers multiple areas and needs benefiting our whole community. We are thrilled to be able to assist and contribute to this project.”
The $100,000 gift contributes to the overall project total of $14 million, which includes site improvements, museum exhibit design and the addition of a rotunda—a signature architectural element on the south side of the building at 106 Memorial Parkway.
ICAN CEO/Executive Director Steve Bulger adds, “First Source has truly elevated its support with this generous gift, and it is a lasting investment for children and families throughout our region and beyond. The impact of their contribution and this project will span generations.”
The Family Resource Center will unite ICAN’s youth and family programs and the Utica Children’s Museum as a hub for learning, wellness, connectedness and fun, officials said.
Following a project groundbreaking in 2021, the ICAN is anticipating opening the Family Resource Center for services in the summer of 2022 and opening the Children’s Museum at the end of 2023.
ICAN programs such as Supervised Visitation, Healthy Families and Nurturing Parenting will be housed at the new Family Resource Center, all of which will utilize the museum space for family bonding, confidence building and ultimately for making families stronger. Select ICAN administrative departments will also be housed at the new location.
The new museum will be located on the second floor and in the rotunda of the Family Resource Center. It will provide a space and be a catalyst for post-pandemic healing for all and will offer needed socialization, connection and joy as well as hands-on educational experiences aligned with school curricula to help students get back on track after an extended loss of learning.
Close to the Parkway Recreational Center, Val Bialas Ski Center, Utica Zoo and the John S. Dyson New York Energy Zone, the museum will enhance this family-friendly district of the city. Regional and national experts are assisting with the project from architecture and conceptualization to creation of museum exhibits and ensuring Universal Design principles are integrated.