Community Outreach

MVSHRM's 2020 Community Outreach Project:

The Women’s Fund of Hekimer and Oneida Counties seeks to create economic, educational and personal growth opportunities for women of all ages and to encourage their advancement and full participation in the community.

The Women's Fund accomplishes their mission by:

  • Supporting critical programs aimed at providing women and girls with job readiness skills, employment opportunities, budget/money management skills, positive parenting education, and life skills necessary to maintain safe, healthy, violence-free lives.
  • Offering life changing intervention through Annie’s Fund, a unique fund that provides critical monetary support enabling women to overcome obstacles and crisis.
  • Promoting philanthropy through awareness and education events.
  • Responding to the urgent and emerging needs of women and their families.
  • Publishing reports that provide pertinent information on the status of women and girls in Herkimer and Oneida counties.

MVSHRM is supporting the Women's Fund, "Isla's Fund" which is a specialized fund established in 2018 to help and support local women students facing obstacles in their educational pursuits.

Education is the most powerful tool in helping women escape the confines of poverty. But…emergencies happen, and this stop-gap measure can make a significant impact on a woman’s ability to move forward today and for a more positive future. The Colleges that partner with the Women's Fund take an active role in interviewing the students and making recommendations for the grant awards. Individual grants awarded to handle an emergency can mean the difference between staying in school and dropping out entirely.  The Fund is:

  •  Small grants for critical expenses are awarded to benefit women students.
  •  Grant applications are made through partner colleges, not to the applicant directly. Isla’s Fund was piloted with Mohawk Valley Community College in 2019 and, following the successful first year, is   expanding to other colleges in Herkimer and Oneida Counties.
  •  Grant recipients are not required to pay back their grant award. They are encouraged to help another woman or make a donation to The Women's Fund if future circumstances enable them to do so.
  •  Isla's Fund is sustained solely through donor contributions.

Monetary donations can be given by completing the donation form at this link: Click Here.  Return the completed form to the Women's Fund or to MVSHRM at an in-person meeting or by mail to MVSHRM, PO Box 428, New Hartford, NY 13413.  

For more information regarding the Women's Fund of Herkimer and Oneida Counties, visit their website at: