The Mohawk Valley is known for having a giving spirit, something the Refugee Center is eternally grateful for since we could not do our work without the support of the community. Corporate and community foundations in addition to individual donors have been champions of our work and joined us as we build community with many cultures. This section highlights some of our contributors and special donations.
The 2014 Unspoken Human Rights Film Festival was made possible by the support and generosity of:
- Bank of Utica
- Birnie Bus Service, Inc.
- Scalzo, Zogby & Wittig, Inc. Insurance
- Mohawk Valley Community College
- The Guild of Thespian Puppets
- Pratt MWP
- The Tramontane Café
- PJ Green
- CNY Arts
- Ilion Film Company
Thank you to Adam Brockway of Adam Brockway Photography for using his tools, time and talent to provide the images of individuals for several of the success stories featured on the website.
In the Spring of 2014 Blooms by Bogner donated larger numbers of plants to the Community Garden program. In addition to donating the plants Blooms by Bogner also allowed students in the gardening class to access the green house to plant. This local business even hired a few former refugees to assist them for several weeks during peak demand.
In the Spring of 2014 Chester's Flowers donated several plants for the community garden program.
The local Hannaford on Mohawk Street donated surplus reading glasses and winter hats.
In December of 2013 the Utica Academy of Science Charter School had a fundraiser to collect school supplies, winter coats, and toys for refugee youth. The winters coats and toys were distributed through our Refugee Resettlement program. The school supplies were given to the Newcomer Program.
For two years the Holland Patent 8th grade has collected school supplies. Each year the supplies have gone to the Newcomer Program.
Major Donor Work in 2013
The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties has been a long time supporter of the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees. In the last two years the Community Foundation has supported strategic planning and capacity building for the agency. Additionally the Foundation supported the commissioning of the study completed by Zogby Analytics, Six Continents, One Hometown: Public Opinion on Refugee Resettlement in Utica.
The Keller Family Fund has provided support to the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees to assist with critical language support for special medical and special case management situations.
The Chobani Foundation has been a major supported of the Unspoken Human Rights Film Festival and Conference. In 2013 the contribution from the foundation allowed local service providers to receive training from the National Partnership on Community Training on working with survivors of torture and trauma.
The Womens Fund of Herkimer and Oneida Inc. has provided special language assistance funds for needing additional case management services, special medical services, or other critical care needed for women and girls.