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United Way group helps clean up west Rome area

Posted 9/21/22

The United Way of the Mohawk Valley’s Emerging Leaders United group doubled down on its efforts to beautify area neighborhoods with a second clean-up this year.

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United Way group helps clean up west Rome area

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ROME — The United Way of the Mohawk Valley’s Emerging Leaders United group doubled down on its efforts to beautify area neighborhoods with a second clean-up this year, partnering with the city of Rome to clean up an area in west Rome on Saturday, Sept. 17.

The volunteers cleared debris along the sidewalks and streets and open space in the Liberty Gardens, Gansevoort Elementary School, and Steven’s Field Playground areas.

“These clean-up efforts are just a reminder to all of us that working together unites us,” said Erin Gutierrez Matt, executive director of the United Way of the Mohawk Valley. “Emerging Leaders United makes this a priority each year because it is appreciated by the people here. That’s worth the effort every time because we care about bringing people together to make an impact right here in this community.”

On Saturday, nearly three dozen volunteers gathered 28 bags of garbage and helped make a visual difference in the neighborhood.

The effort was supported by sponsors Berkshire Bank and Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.

“Berkshire Bank has been a long-time supporter of United Way in all the communities we serve,” said Matthew Nichol, Berkshire Bank’s business banking vice president. “We have enjoyed working with the United Way of the Mohawk Valley on many great projects over the years and look forward to continuing that partnership.”

“Our organization has a long history of supporting United Way of the Mohawk Valley as they continue to bring vital programs and innovative solutions to those who are most in need,” said Eve Van de Wal, Excellus BCBS Utica Regional president. “Together, we share the common goal of improving the health and wellbeing of our communities.”

 

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