The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties and the United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area are teaming up to create a single, community-wide fund to support local organizations responding to the coronavirus outbreak.

The two organizations are working together to attract resources and distribute them to non-profit groups through a single, community online effort.

“In a time of crisis, it’s more important than ever before to say this: We are one community,” said Alicia Dicks, Community Foundation president/CEO. “Responding as one community to a public health threat that knows no boundaries and recognizes no bureaucratic barriers is critical.”

Hundred of thousands of dollars in seed money will come from organizations and individual donors, including M&T Bank/Partners Trust Bank Charitable Fund, the Rising Phoenix Fund and the Community Foundation.

Individuals, institutions, companies and other funders are encouraged to donate at www.mvcovidfund.com.