YWCA receives $25,000 to aid victims of domestic violence

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UTICA — YWCA Mohawk Valley has been awarded $25,000 by Utica National Group Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Utica National Insurance Group.

The funding is earmarked to provide life-saving support for survivors fleeing domestic violence.

“We are deeply grateful to the Utica National Group Foundation for their support,” said YWCA MV CEO Dianne Stancato. “With this grant, survivors right here in our community will have the chance to start over and build safe, happy, independent lives. We extend our sincerest thanks to the foundation for their generosity.”

The funds will cover both residential and non-residential assistance for incoming clients. YWCA MV offers 24/7 services that clients can access at no cost. Available services include one-on-one counseling with a licensed clinician, support groups with other survivors, and case management during the transition from shelter to independent living.

“The YWCA Mohawk Valley works tirelessly to assist survivors feeling domestic violence,” said Bernard Turi, chair of the foundation’s Screening Committee and Utica National’s executive vice-president, general counsel, general auditor, and chief risk officer.

“We are pleased that our foundation’s grant will help the organization provide its vital services to those in need locally,” Turi added.

YWCA MV is available for anyone experiencing domestic or sexual violence via its free and confidential 24-hour hotline services.

Visit ywcamv.org/Chat to reach an advocate directly through the Y’s private, secure server.

In Oneida County, call 315-797-7740 for domestic and sexual violence crisis services.

In Herkimer County, call 315-866-4120 for child advocacy and adult sexual violence crisis services.

For more information about YWCA MV, visit ywcamv.org.

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