Little Falls, NY—The Little Falls Youth & Family Center (formerly YMCA) topped the Mohawk Valley Gives Day of Giving with $99,290 raised for the organization’s three community service facilities. The organization captured the interest of 30 total donors, averaging $908.70 each, with a 3:1 match and new donor challenges from UpMobility Foundation, The Shoreline Group Fund of the Community Foundation, Rising Phoenix Holdings Corporation, and Staffworks. The UpMobility 3:1 match continues online at through 11:59 PM on 9/30/23 for those who missed the day of giving.  

“We couldn’t be more appreciative of the many donors who supported our 24-hour campaign yesterday. Their generosity has been overwhelming,” commented Deborah Kaufman, Campaign Chair for the Youth & Family Center’s Capital Campaign. With the help of our three-to-one match sponsor and our new-donors challenge sponsors, we are that much closer to closing the gap in our $2.5 million capital campaign. The continuous support from UpMobility Foundation and the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties of our Mohawk Valley non-profits has been extraordinary,” added Kaufman. 

The Youth & Family Center’s Executive Director, Anthony (Tony) DeLuca, commented, “The three Little Falls facilities being upgraded through this campaign include the Center’s primary location at 15 Jackson Street covering emergency housing, aquatics, and health/fitness programs, the Senior Center and transitional housing at 524 E. Main Street, and child-care services, food pantry, and thrift store at 45 Furnace Street. Using the Mohawk Valley Gives portal exposed our campaign to a broader pool of regional donors and streamlined everything from credit card and bank transactions to analytical reporting. It really simplified the whole process.”

According to the Mohawk Valley Gives press release on Thursday, 255 not-for-profit organizations participated in the 24-hour blitz, with 5,239 people donating for a total of $1.6 million raised, up from $630,000 in 2022. The 2023 top 3 organizations in terms of total raised were: Little Falls Youth & Family Center with $99,290 in first place, Arc Herkimer with $94,970 in second place, and Glimmerglass Festival with $56,990 in third place. 

About the Little Falls Youth & Family Center:

The Center is a 501C3 organization founded in 1883 on the premise that strong, healthy, and thriving communities do not happen by accident. They grow and prosper through community partnerships, collaborations, and compassionate, like-minded volunteers committed to improving their citizens’ lives. For 140 years, the Center has been the ‘shelter in the storm’ for thousands of people seeking hope, friendship, health improvement, and healing. The Center’s community-focused programs connect people of all ages and backgrounds to bridge the gaps in state and national programs with a micro-local perspective. The result is a lasting and meaningful change for our neighbors and community. For more information about the Little Falls Youth & Family Center, visit or email Deborah Kaufman at for information about the capital campaign and donations.