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The Women’s Fund of Herkimer and Oneida Counties Awards $27,000 Locally to Non-Profit Organizations

(Utica, New York) Each year The Women’s Fund of Herkimer and Oneida Counties awards grants to area non-profits that support programs for women and girls. This year a total of $27,000 is awarded to fund programs at Young Scholars LLP, SUNY POLY Foundation, Midtown Utica Community Center, and Leatherstocking Council.

“We are excited to be working with local agencies providing support for area women and girls,” noted Michele Sheridan, co-chairperson of The Women’s Fund Grant Committee. “The funding this year includes opportunities for leadership development and mentoring programs for young women in our area as well as funding to assist with transportation and childcare for women who are participating in academic and personal growth programs.”

Recent studies show that more than half the population in the United States is represented by women and girls yet less than two percent of the charitable giving activity in the U.S. concentrates specifically on that demographic.

“At The Women’s Fund we know that even the smallest act of financial support for women and girls can make a difference,” said Janet Richmond, president of the Board of Directors. “Providing financial assistance to these organizations helps the individuals in the programs grow and thrive and that can have a positive impact in our communities.”

The Grants awarded for 2023 are:

Young Scholars, LPP – “Taking the Lead” leadership development program that helps girls develop skills and tools that empower them as leaders.

SUNY POLY Foundation – supports a mentorship program for young women in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematic curriculum at the college.

Midtown Utica Community Center – assists women who participate in their programs who may be faced with barriers to participate like needing childcare support or transportation.

Leatherstocking Council – allows young women to attend a leadership camp outside the area, expanding their knowledge and opportunity to travel as well as to support and train female scouts.

“The work of the committee to sort through these requests could not be done without the dedication and commitment of our members,” remarked Joanne Donaruma-Wade, co-chairperson of the Grant Committee. “We have four members who will be going off the committee this year that we’d like to acknowledge: Hedy Hage, Amy Mielnicki, Carol Steele and Elizabeth Stevens. They are extraordinary women with a passion for this community. We are so very grateful for their thoughtful work.”

The Women’s Fund of Herkimer and Oneida Counties is a volunteer-driven, not-for-profit which is funded by donor contributions. The organization celebrated its 25th anniversary last year and has funded more than $700,000 to support women and girls in Herkimer and Oneida Counties.