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Mohawk Valley Gives to spotlight local organizations

Thomas Caputo
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Posted 8/17/22

While local officials commend the Mohawk Valley region on their overall generosity, one local organization is putting that to the test.

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Mohawk Valley Gives to spotlight local organizations

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UTICA — While local officials commend the Mohawk Valley region on their overall generosity, one local organization is putting that to the test.

The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties has established the area’s first community-wide giving day titled Mohawk Valley Gives. Giving days are fundraising events that challenges communities and nonprofit organizations to raise as much funds as possible within a 24-hour period.

“I’m sure all of us know that the first year starting any type of new event is always the hardest,” said Kayla Ellis, business communications manager of The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties. “You live it, you learn, you tweak for next year, but the outpouring of support that we’ve received in this first year from both the nonprofit and the business community in support of this event has truly been so meaningful to us and it speaks volumes about our community.”

On Tuesday, Sept. 20, from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m., Mohawk Valley Gives will commence and allow donors to choose specific local nonprofit organizations to donate to through the Mohawk Valley Gives website at givemv.org.

More than 150 nonprofit organizations that provide a variety of services across the Mohawk Valley region have elected to participate in Mohawk Valley Gives, where they will be advocating and engaging with the community leading up to Sept. 20.

“As a Community Foundation board member, I have been able to see the project Mohawk Valley Gives grow from an idea to a large community-wide event that is right upon us in just over a month,” said Cheryl Minor, board secretary of The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties and principal at Watson Williams Elementary School.

Those looking to donate during Mohawk Valley Gives will have the ability to filter though various categories of causes and local organizations that donors would like to allocate their funds to.

“We’ve got everything from the arts and culture, to eduction, animals, sports, human services, a mix of a little bit of everything,” Minor added.

For more information on Mohawk Valley Gives and the local nonprofit organizations participating, visit: givemv.org

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