UTICA – GPO Federal Credit Union has committed $75,000 to the ICAN Family Resource Center, which will also house a new state-of-the-art children’s museum.
The GPO’s $75,000 donation sponsors the facility’s balcony area, which will provide a bird’s eye view of the new glass rotunda and serve as the main entrance to the museum’s brand new exhibit area, according to an announcement. by GPO and ICAN officials on Tuesday. The donation contributes to the project’s total of $14 million, which includes site improvements, the design of museum exhibits and the addition of the Rotunda, a signature architectural feature on the south side of the building at 106 Memorial Parkway.
“Giving back to the community is at the heart of GPO Federal Credit Union. We recognize that being part of the communities we serve means more than simply meeting the financial needs of members. For us, this means embracing what is dear to us all – family; health and wellbeing; financial health; and a good overall quality of life,” said Nick Mayhew, president and CEO of GPO Federal Credit Union. “GPO is proud to create this partnership with ICAN to benefit their new Family Resource Center and Children’s Museum, which will help positively impact many families in this community.”
“GPO’s generous gift shows its commitment to families in the Mohawk Valley and to providing a space for entertainment, fellowship, learning and more,” said ICAN CEO/Executive Director, Steven Bulger. “The balcony is an important area of our new space, as it will act as a bridge between the new rotunda and the ground floor of the museum, welcoming all visitors to the museum. We are very grateful for their support of the project.
About the family
The Family Resource Center will bring together two regional assets: ICAN’s youth and family programs and the Utica Children’s Museum. A hub for learning, well-being, connectivity and FUN, this will be the first time a children’s museum has been co-located and partnered with a non-profit social service organization.
Summer 2021: Inauguration of the project
Summer 2022: ICAN opens Family Resource Center for Services
End of 2023: Inauguration of the new Children’s Museum
ICAN programs such as supervised visits, healthy families, and nurturing parenting will be housed in the new Family Resource Center, all of which will use museum space to build family bonds, build trust, and ultimately of account, strengthening families. Some ICAN administrative services will also be housed in the new location.
The new museum will be located on the second floor and in the rotunda of the Family Resource Center. It will provide space and be a catalyst for post-pandemic healing for all and offer the necessary socialization, connection and joy as well as hands-on educational experiences aligned with the school curriculum to help students get back on track after a long learning loss. .
Close to the Parkway Recreational Center, Val Bialas Ski Center, Utica Zoo and John S. Dyson New York Energy Zone, the museum will enhance this family-friendly area of town, officials said. Regional and national experts assist the project from architecture and conceptualization to the creation of museum exhibits and ensure that universal design principles are embedded.
Founded in 1997, ICAN is a home and community network that provides personalized, non-traditional services and care to most-at-risk individuals and families with social, emotional, mental health and behavioral issues. ICAN’s team of over 170 staff comprised of care managers, service coordinators, social workers, support specialists, clinical staff and a large Independent Practice Association (IPA) of over 250 providers work together to provide a platform of support, family reunification and preservation to more than 1,900 individuals and families every day, from prenatal to end of life.
About GPO Federal Credit Union
GPO Federal Credit Union was founded in 1931 and serves more than 35,000 members by providing a full range of financial services. Based in New Hartford, GPO has branches in New Hartford, Utica, Oneida, Ilion, Dolgeville, Barneveld and Rome.