National Utica Group Foundation Donates $ 125,000 to ICAN’s New Family Resource Center and Children’s Museum

The Utica National Group Foundation donated $ 125,000 to the ICAN Family Resource Center. Holding the ceremonial check are Steven Bulger (left), CEO and Executive Director of ICAN, and Bernard Turi (right), who is Chairman of the Selection Committee and Executive Vice President of the Utica National Group Foundation, as well as the General Counsel, Auditor General and Chief Risk Officer at Utica National Insurance Group. (Photo credit: ICAN)

UTICA, NY – The Utica National Group Foundation has pledged $ 125,000 to the ICAN Family Resource Center, which will also house a new children’s museum.

The Utica National Group Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Utica National Insurance Group. ICAN is the abbreviation for Integrated Community Alternatives Network.

The $ 125,000 grant sponsors the ICAN Supervised Visits Wing in the new first floor space and contributes to the project total of $ 14 million. It includes site improvements, the design of a museum exhibit and the addition of a rotunda – an “iconic architectural feature” on the south side of the building at 106 Memorial Parkway in Utica.

Utica National has a long history of supporting ICAN, with a particular focus on ICAN-sponsored programming in 2013 when it merged the Family Nurturing Center of Central New York with the ICAN agency.

Utica National is also working with the ICAN Training and Community Education program for its National Class Leader program.

About the Family Resource Center

The Family Resource Center will bring together ICAN’s youth and family programs and the Utica Children’s Museum.

Described as a “center of learning, well-being, connectivity and entertainment”, this will be the first time that a children’s museum will be co-located and in partnership with a non-profit community service organization. nobody, according to an ICAN press release.

The project started last summer and ICAN plans to open the Family Resource Center for services this summer. Plans also call for the official opening of the new Children’s Museum at the end of 2023.

The new family resource center will include ICAN programs such as supervised visits; healthy families; and parenting education, who will all use the museum space for “family bonds, building trust and ultimately making families stronger”.

The new location will also include some ICAN administrative services. The new museum will be located on the second floor and in the rotunda of the Family Resource Center, ICAN noted.

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