The mission of the brand new Midtown Utica Community Center is to foster inclusive community participation by providing an environmentally sound facility for arts, recreation, celebration, and locally based human services in order to increase opportunity for personal and collective growth in our community.
The vision of the organization is the following, with special emphasis on not duplicating services:
Human Service ~ To nourish the people of Midtown Utica by providing food programs, and by promoting a safe and sanitary community environment for all ages and cultures.
Cultural Service ~ Promote community enrichment through intercultural events, music, theater, dance, literary, media, and visual arts.
Partnership ~ Work with local non profits, organizations, and schools to provide opportunities for fund raising, community building, community service, and education.
Foster Community ~ Through hosting holiday meals, neighborhood meetings, family gatherings, individual recognition, and memorials.
Environmental Responsibility ~ Strive to lead by example by implementing programs and practices that reduce, reuse, recycle, and renew.
Sustainability ~ Use our mission statement and goals to achieve our financial needs and future aims. Provide care, restoration, and improvement of the facilities. Support development, increase volunteer engagement, and energize board participation.
The center is currently located in a repurposed church, and the building owners continue to provide space and utilities. Since April 2014, the community center has been operating on volunteer time and donations in order to accomplish the following activities: Green initiatives; homework help/Regents prep classes; summer technology camp with materials from Google; music lessons; cooking demonstrations; art classes; and book discussions. The center is a very active place, with hundreds of people using the space every week. Many refugees are active members of the community center.