Mohawk Valley Community Action Agency, Inc. (MVCAA) is excited to announce the 2024 Community Champions Luncheon will be held on May 2nd, Thursday, at noon at Hart’s Hill Inn, Whitesboro.  This year’s award winners are an outstanding group of movers and shakers in the Mohawk Valley!


The 2024 Treva Wood Community Activist Award is being presented to Freddie Hamilton.  Ms. Hamilton has over thirty years of experience as a not-for-profit generalist, and twelve years of experience as a DEI consultant.  Ms. Hamilton was the founder and executive director of the Child Development Support Corporation in Brooklyn, New York, and currently she is the president of the Utica/Oneida County NAACP, executive director of Rebuilding the Village, Inc., and the Cultural Competency/Racial Equity Leader for the Mohawk Valley Continuum of Care (CoC).


The other 2024 Community Champions are:

  • Louis LaBella, Sr., Community Visionary
  • Alane Varga, Community Ambassador
  • Joseph & Inez Carbone, Community Builder
  • Teresa Billini Roa, Community Achiever


MVCAA is an anti-poverty organization that has been helping people in Oneida & Herkimer Counties for 58 years.  MVCAA’s unique mission is to increase awareness of the causes and conditions of poverty, forge a future of hope and equity, and strengthen families and communities.  Through community advisories and coalitions, programming that includes its nationally recognized Head Start Program of excellence, housing assistance and youth programs, MVCAA is working to make our community an equitable place to live for all families.  However, it recognizes that it also needs the help of individuals, businesses, and public representatives to accomplish its goal.  The 2024 Community Champions represent 5 of those valued partners.  MVCAA hopes you can join them in recognizing these outstanding winners!

Tickets and sponsorship information are available on the Agency’s website: or by calling 315-624-9930.