UTICA, NY - The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties teamed up with the Mid-Utica Neighborhood Preservation Corporation's, Leisure Time Activity Center, for a free neighborhood cookout Saturday.
And, to announce an exciting new project they are working on together.
The Community Foundation is investing $10 million to help with racial equity and social justice in Cornhill and West Utica. A portion of that money will go towards developing a brand new impact center on West Street.
The new facility will include a multi-purpose community center, gym, and spaces for the Leisure Time Center and other non-profit organizations.
"The Community Foundation has a large footprint in terms of what we hope to develop within Utica,” said Jawwaad Rasheed, a member of the Community Foundation’s board of trustees. “Especially within this part of Utica and West Utica, and the Leisure Time Center is part of that vision."
Leisure Time Center Board of Directors President Oneka Roach-Campbell Esq. added, "What is new and exciting about this is that instead of fighting, we're bringing all the non-profit organizations under one umbrella and we're saying that we're going to come together, pool our funds, pool our skills, and our resources for the upliftment and betterment of our community."
The two organizations are looking for input from the local community on what types of things they would like to see at the new impact center. If you have any ideas you can email them to email@example.com.