The Neighborhood Center has graciously been chosen as a recipient of Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon’s 4th Annual Hat and Mitten Drive in collaboration with the Utica Comets and Utica City FC Football Club.

There will be donation bins at the Adirondack Bank Center during events to drop off your new hats, mittens and scarves for those in our community in need this winter. An additional donation tote will also be available at the state office building.  The Neighborhood Center serves thousands of individuals and families annually and will distribute collected items to those in need.

“The families that we work with really don’t have disposable income. For the cost of a cup of coffee, our community can really make the difference for children having warm hands while they wait at the bus stop and a warm hat on their head.” Said Sandy Soroka, Executive Director of The Neighborhood Center “To really see the warmth of our community and the generosity to help others really means a lot.”

The mission of The Neighborhood Center, Inc. is to enrich the lives of individuals and families through cooperative opportunities, resources and advocacy which embrace diversity, promote empowerment, and foster responsible citizenship.  Through its sustained pattern of activities that benefit children, families and the community since 1905, The Neighborhood Center, Inc. continues to advance in our enduring mission of truly “human” service.

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