Latino Association, foundation partner to help build capacity to meet rising community needs

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UTICA —  The Mohawk Valley Latino Association (MVLA) and the Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties are partnering to build MVLA’s capacity so it can meet the Latino community’s rising pandemic impact needs.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, MVLA has seen a rapid monthly increase in the number of individuals and families requiring emergency services, officials said.

With support from the Community Foundation’s John R. Tenney Memorial Fund, Kenneth and Evelyn Huyck Fund, Melvin L. Kowalsky Fund and the Rosamond Childs Fund, MVLA will be able to hire staff and purchase supplies, including personal protective equipment.

“MVLA has been educating and empowering our Latino community for almost 18 years and this funding comes at a very necessary time to help us continue to move our mission forward,” said C. Sonia Martinez, MVLA executive director.

“We are thankful to the Community Foundation and funders for believing in the MVLA mission. This will improve the lives of real families in our community,” the executive director said.

Martinez said the funding, more than $40,000, will give MVLA the resources to help vulnerable residents, especially those facing greater challenges because of COVID-19.

The program will ensure that nobody is left behind during the pandemic.

“Thanks to our donors and fundholders, we’re able to invest in MVLA’s future and help them meet immediate needs,” said Alicia Dicks, president/CEO of the Community Foundation. “What they do to support the Latino community, especially new arrivals, is a great example of what makes this such a remarkable place for individuals and families to build a brighter future.”

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