Midtown Utica Community Center
Post-Resettlement Community Center
MUCC's mission is to build a flexible, multi-cultural community that serves the refugee and low-income community center and welcomes all. MUCC provides space for community members of all ages to study, learn, teach, solve problems, and celebrate culture and community in a wide variety of ways. We act as a bridge between the refugee community and the community as a whole, and seek to connect people in our city with each other.
MUCC's vision is to support the refugee and low-income population of Midtown Utica by providing educational and cultural programs, solving problems by connecting community members with other agencies and resources, and promoting a safe community environment for people of all ages and cultures. We partner with local nonprofits, organizations, and schools to enhance opportunities for funding, community building, community service, and education. We foster community by hosting holiday meals, neighborhood meetings, job training, and a variety of ethnic celebrations to which all are welcome. Our aim is to encourage environmental responsibility in everything we do and teach our community about green living. We do not duplicate resources that are already available in the city, but we help people who are having trouble accessing those resources or need help beyond that which is provided by others. Our organization is flexible and able to adapt to changing needs of its community.
Resettled refugees, low-income people, students, volunteers, artists, and community groups
Our center is completely run by volunteers. We function through donations and get support from small grants for our international artists.
We are a 501c3, run by volunteers, many of whom are also educators. We have a large team of volunteers who are trained in-house.
We evaluate our success mostly based on the contact hours, programs completed, and people served.
Below are estimates of the people served and in what ways by our organization:
This program began in April 2014 and is still operating as of March 2017.