The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties will be hosting a meeting next week with local agencies and not-for-profits to discuss the effects of the government shutdown on their clients.

Among the organizations invited to take part in the discussion are the CNY Veterans Outreach Center, Hope House, the Mohawk Valley Housing and Homeless Coalition, the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees and the Utica Rescue Mission.

Congressman Anthony Brindisi plans to send a representative to hear first-hand how the shutdown is impacting local agencies and the people who are affected by it

“We’ve been hearing from our partners in the community for some time about the increasing uncertainty and concern, and the growing possibility of substantial impact on many in our community,” said Alicia Dicks, president/CEO. “Bringing together not-for-profit organizations and agencies for a candid conversation will become an absolute necessity if this situation continues.”

The date and time of the meeting have yet to be determined.

Any not-for-profit group or area agency concerned about fallout from the federal government shutdown can contact the Community Foundation for more information at (315) 735-8212.