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UTICA Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative:

(Utica ESPRI): ESPRI is an investment in combating poverty and creating economic mobility for New Yorkers in 16 targeted cities with high poverty rates, bringing together human service agencies, community leaders, and people living in poverty to turn our story around – creating mobility for residents and advancing the common good for all.

About Work Groups:

The Utica Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative Utica (Utica ESPRI) is moving from the organization stage, to a working group process that will review data, and examine the barriers, opportunities, and ideas that have been identified as necessary to reducing poverty in the Utica area. The process will lead to implementation of a major project to reduce poverty in the community. Work Groups consist of 20 community members, with half of them living at or below 250% of the federal poverty level.

To Participate In A Work Group:

Each participant will take a short 5 minute phone survey. Participants will be assigned to a Work Group based on their survey answers, interests, and/or experience in the Work Group topic.

Each Work Group will last one full day, from 9:00 am-4:00 pm, and will be catered. Transportation and Child Care will be available to those who indicate on their survey that it will be needed.

Please contact Ke’Airah Parker, ESPRI Outreach Coordinator, by calling (315) 733-4691 ext. 237, or email KeAirahP@unitedwayvgu.org if you would like to participate in an upcoming Work Group! Call to participate today!

Work Groups:

TRANSPORTATION: KELLY / DIANNE S. @ CENTER FOR FAMILY LIFE AND RECOVERY 502 COURT ST #402, UTICA, NY 13502 6/2/2017|9am-4pm
WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT: SHELLY / STEPHANIE @ DESALES CENTER 309 GENESEE ST, UTICA, NY 13502 6/6/2017|9am-4pm
HEALTH & WELLNESS: CASSANDRA / WIL @ CENTER FOR FAMILY LIFE AND RECOVERY 502 COURT ST #402, UTICA, NY 13502 6/14/2017|  9am-4pm
HOUSING: DENISE / REV. URSULA @ JOHNSON PARK 26 JOHNSON PARK, UTICA, NY 13501 6/20/2017|9am-4pm
CHILD CARE: JANE / SANDRA @ DESALES CENTER 309 GENESEE ST, UTICA, NY 13502 6/22/2017|9am-4pm
SAFE NEIGHBORHOODS: ANNE / DIANNE D. @ THE UNDERGROUND CAFE 500 PLANT STREET, UTICA, NY 13502 6/26/2017|9am-4pm
EDUCATION: ZVIA / AMY @ RESOURCE CENTER FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING 409 COLUMBIA ST, UTICA, NY 13502 6/27/2017|9am-4pm
JUSTICE SYSTEM: MARK / PAUL @ BRODOCK PRESS 502 COURT ST #234, UTICA, NY 13502 6/28/2017|9am-4pm

 

United Way is the lead organization for Governor Cuomo’s Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative and is hosting each Work Group with Mohawk Valley Community Action Agency and partners Mayor Robert Palmieri, Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, County Executive Anthony Picente and The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties and United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area.

 

For more information, contact Ke’Airah Parker, ESPRI Outreach Coordinator, by calling (315) 733-4691 ext. 237, or email KeAirahP@unitedwayvgu.org

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