GPO Federal Credit Union has committed $75,000 to ICAN’s Family Resource Center, which also will house a new, state-of-the-art Children’s Museum.
GPO’s gift sponsors the balcony area of the facility, which will give a bird’s eye view of the new glass rotunda and will serve as the main entrance to the brand new museum exhibit area. The donation contributes to the overall project total of $14 million, which includes site improvements, museum exhibit design and the addition of the rotunda - a signature architectural element on the south side of the building at 106 Memorial Parkway in Utica.
“Giving back to the community is at the heart of GPO Federal Credit Union," explained Nick Mayhew, president and CEO of GPO Federal Credit Union. "We recognize that being a part of the communities we serve means more than just meeting the financial needs of members. To us, it means embracing what we all hold dear - family, health and well-being, financial fitness and an overall good quality of life."
“GPO’s generous gift shows their commitment to families in the Mohawk Valley and to providing a space for fun, togetherness, learning and so much more," ICAN CEO/Executive Director Steven Bulger said. "The balcony is an important area in our new space, as it will serve as the bridge between the new rotunda addition and the main floor of the museum, welcoming all visitors to the museum."
The Family Resource Center will unite two of the region’s assets: ICAN’s youth and family programs and the Utica Children’s Museum. ICAN plans to open the Family Resource Center for services this summer, with the new Children’s Museum expected to open by the end of 2023.
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Scott Burns of Rome has been named vice president/chief quality officer at Rome Health to lead and support the system’s quality management infrastructure to yield the best in class quality, safety and patient experience. A 2000 graduate of Northeastern University, Burns joined the hospital as a staff pharmacist in 2008 after working in the retail pharmacy sector for eight years. He was promoted to pharmacy director in 2010. Born and raised in Rome, Burns values the opportunity to expand beyond pharmacy to lead the system’s quality management program, which touches every part of the organization. In addition to providing leadership for quality management, Burns will provide administrative oversight for risk management, compliance, infection prevention, employee health and well being, population health and pharmacy.
Leah Boek, FNP, was born and raised in Boonville so she is proud and happy to be serving her community as a family nurse practitioner at Rome Health’s Boonville Health Center. Boek worked as a nurse for nearly 17 years before pursuing her master’s degree as a family nurse practitioner at Utica College. She earned her associate’s degree in nursing at Mohawk Valley Community College and her bachelor’s degree at Utica College. She’s had a broad range of experience in critical care, pediatrics and nursing education. Her foundation as a nurse fueled her passion for treating patients with a holistic approach that focuses on prevention and helping people make healthier lifestyle choices. Located at 13407 Route 12 in Boonville, the practice is accepting new patients. To schedule an appointment, call 315-942-3500.
Ninety Nine Restaurant & Pub has announced a new restaurant-wide hiring initiative focusing on recruiting Gold Star family members at all 103 locations across New England and Upstate New York. The local restaurant is at 8675 Clinton St. in New Hartford. This campaign seeks to highlight Ninety Nine’s support of the family members of fallen U.S. service members. There will be hiring days specifically focused on Gold Star family members from 9-11 a.m. and 1:30-5 p.m. Tuesday, April 5 and Wednesday, April 6 at all 103 Ninety Nine Restaurant and Pubs. Gold Star family members also are encouraged to apply at 99restaurants.jobs, where they can indicate their special status in the application. All Gold Star family members who apply in-person also will have the ability to note their status during the application process.
The House of the Good Shepherd (HGS) will host a Spring Hiring Event from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, at 1550 Champlin Ave. in Utica. HGS offers competitive wages, fantastic benefits, a supportive work-life balance, as well as sign-on bonuses and alternative work schedules for select positions. Stop by or visit ChangingChildrensLives.com to review openings and submit an application.
Indium Corporation has immediate openings for production operators and other positions at its Rome and Clinton facilities. Prospective employees have the opportunity for immediate interviews as part of its Job Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, April 7 at the Innovare Advancement Center, 592 Hangar Road in Rome in the Griffiss Business and Technology Park. All levels of experience are welcome and on-the-spot offers will be made to qualified candidates plus a $500 sign-on bonus, subject to terms, for production operator positions. About 40 production operator positions are available at its Rome facility and about 15 positions are available at its Clinton facility. Translators will be available at the job fair to provide assistance to prospective employees; Indium Corporation offers English as a Second Language (ESL) courses for employees at no cost. To learn more about the production operator position and other immediate openings, visit jobs.indium.com.
The City of Utica Youth Bureau is hosting a Youth Job Fair from 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, April 12 at the Parkway Recreation Center, 220 Memorial Parkway in Utica. The job fair is for individuals between the ages of 14-21, and there will be over 20 local employers on site. Applicants are encouraged to “dress to impress” and should bring identification/proof of age, working papers and a resume. For those who do not have a resume, Utica Safe Schools will be on site to assist with resume building and online applications. For more information, call 315-223-4320.
The Workforce Development Board, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Inc.’s (WDB/HMO) Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations (WANTO) grant program is hosting a free women-focused virtual job fair from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 13. WANTO helps women gain employment in nontraditional occupations such as trades, information technology, advanced manufacturing, transportation, public safety, agriculture and more. The job fair also gives women an opportunity to connect with WANTO staff and learn more about nontraditional occupations and the benefits of participating in the grant program. WANTO serves Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Montgomery, Oneida, Onondaga, Otsego, Schoharie, St. Lawrence, Tioga, and Tompkins Counties. Job seekers and employers throughout the entire 17-county region are invited to register. The job fair is free to job seekers and employers on a user-friendly platform. Employers register at pvapi.premiervirtual.com/s/xDgE7d and job seekers register at pvapi.premiervirtual.com/s/dnAYo8.
The City of Rome’s Business Assistance Fund, one of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) priority projects, opened the fourth and final round of applications April 1. The Business Assistance Fund (BAF) will provide funding to strengthen and make necessary improvements for downtown businesses and buildings within the DRI target area. The fund has been developed to provide resources to stimulate investment and economic development through projects that align with the greater DRI vision. Interested parties who wish to apply can find the application, FAQs, and program guidelines at romenewyork.com under the “DRI Business Assistance Fund Information” section on the Community & Economic Development page. All applications must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 22 by email to DSamuels@romecitygov.com. There also will be an in-person information session open to the public at noon Friday, April 8 in the council chambers on the second floor of Rome City Hall. Questions can be submitted through email to DSamuels@romecitygov.com or by calling 315-339-7646.
This article originally appeared on Observer-Dispatch: GPO Credit Union giving $75K to Family Resource Center in Utica, NY