Ethnic Community Organizations

As a city of migration Utica, and the greater Mohawk Valley, including the City of Rome, has long been home to ethnically based organizations that assisted newcomers and actively shared their culture with the community. These groups were formed, supported, and sustained through the ethnic and religious communities. Today, some organizations that engage in refugee resettlement apply for grant funding to assist newly arrived refugee populations in forming Ethnically Based Organizations or Ethnic Community Self-Help Organization (http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/orr/programs/ethnic-community-self-help). Throughout our history MVRCR has received some of these grants to assist in the creation of organizations, however, most groups in the Mohawk Valley continue to be founded and sustained through the work of the ethnic populations and community members willing to assist them.

Association of Hindu Society of Utica, NY

The mission of the Association of Hindu Society of Utica NY is to teach the rich spiritual heritage of Hindu philosophy and religion to devotees of all ages and nationalities. The association intends to provide the leadership and resources for the Hindu community, including: Provide services to devotees and children, promoting the awareness of principles and practices of Hinduism; invite Hindu teachers and scholars to present topics on Hinduism, enhancing the understanding of it; celebrate festivals such as Holi, Mahashivarati, Rama Navami, Dassera and Diwali, and other events; bring all topics, issues and events under one roof to establish a strong Hindu community; and seek active participation, guidance and support from local people in our journey to be a cultural hub in our community.

Bhutanese-Nepali Folk Collective

The Bhutanese-Nepali Folk Collective (BNFC) is a musical group that was formed in September of 2012. BNFC wants to share the music and culture of Bhutan and Nepal with a wide audience. They choose old folk songs and make them new. BNFC would like to maintain their cultural traditions and spread awareness about Bhutanese-Nepali refugees in the U.S.

You can find videos of some of their songs at the "Startingover Utica" Youtube page.

Bosnian Islamic Association of Utica

 

Craobn Dugan

The Dugan Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann, pronounced col-tus kyol-tory airin, was established in 1978 in Clinton, NY and later moved to Utica, NY. Comhaltas is a worldwide organization which has over 400 branches worldwide, and 50 branches in North America. The headquarters are located in Monkstown, County Dublin, Ireland. Our chapter's aims are non-political and non-religious and people of all ages participate in our events. Regular activities locally include music lessons, music jam sessions, Irish dance workshops, Ceilis (kay-lees), and language instruction at a local college.

Italian Heritage Club of the Mohawk Valley

To strengthen the spirit of our common culture as a people of Italian heritage. To Provide an appropriate setting and place where members can interact socially, using the Italian culture to broaden their own life and the life of the community in which we live.

Jewish Community Federation of the Mohawk Valley

Welcome to the Jewish Community Center of the Mohawk Valley. The JCC has been providing educational, athletic, artistic, cultural programs and services to those of us living in the Mohawk Valley since 1933. We have been working out of our current location at 2310 Oneida St. since 1973. The JCC takes great pride in providing our programming to persons of all races, religions, cultures and socio-economic backgrounds.

Mohawk Valley Frontiers Club

We take particular pride in being of service to our community, the Mohawk Valley region and the surrounding area. As you may know; we are made up of a diverse group of men and women called "Yokefellows", who share a common goal. Our common goal is to provide service through education and leadership in the Mohawk Valley. Our programs include activities of the senior club, providing leadership to a junior club and support for area senior citizens. We welcome any and all that would care to join us in making the Mohawk Valley a better place to live, grow and prosper.

Mohawk Valley Latino Association

The Mohawk Valley Latino Association is committed to improving the standard of living for all residents of the Mohawk Valley through various services that will educate and empower them. They work to achieve awareness amongst the different cultures of the Mohawk Valley and share their cultural traditions through a youth dance group, Ritmo Caribeno, and the annual Latino-American Festival.

Multi Ethnic Association of Burma

The Multi-Ethnic Association of Burma (MEAB) is a community organization that works to meet the unique needs of the growing Burmese/Karen population in the Mohawk Valley. Formed in 2009, we facilitate integration into the larger community and increase the capacity of the refugee community to address the needs of individuals and families.

Muslim Community Association of the Mohawk Valley

The Muslim Community Association of Mohawk Valley (MCAMV) was established in 1994 as a religious non profitable organization in the state of New York right after the arrival of Bosnian refugees to escape war in the former Republic of Yugoslavia. MCAMV was temporarily located in Lansing Street, Utica; before moving to its current location on 1631 Kemble Street, Utica - bought and renovated in 1994. The local American Muslims, mainly from South Asia, Turkey and Middle East welcomed the newly arrived Muslims from Bosnia and worked closely with Mohawk Valley Center for Refugees.

Polish Community Center

Our goal is to promote Polish culture and history around Utica area and throughout New York state.

Somali Bantu Association

The mission of the Mohawk Valley Somali Bantu Community Association, Inc. LLC (MVSBCA) is to empower the Somali Bantu Community and families to achieve life-long successes, expand opportunity and enhance the quality of life of children and young adults; by promoting positive parenting and respect; to train families how to become self-responsible; to facilitate integration of the Mohawk Valley Somali Bantu Community Association by providing educational, cultural, interpretation, and life skill training. We want to promote English literacy and awareness of American culture, and encourage self-sufficiency.

Utica Maennerchor

The Utica Maennerchor is one of the last surviving institutions established by a vibrant German immigrant community. The city of Utica is still home to many German immigrants and to the ancestors of those who once came and founded the club. The Utica Maennerchor is celebrating tradition, friendship and community ever since.

If you know of a group originally founded as an ethnic based organization committed to assisting the community and sharing their culture please Contact Us to have them included in the listing.