The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida County's "Prize Patrol" bus hit the road on Wednesday.

Eight local non-profits were awarded $10,000 each Publisher's Clearing House-style to support a specific project through the 2019 Community Choice Awards.

Steve Bulger is the Executive Director of ICAN, the winner in the Human Services category.

Bulger says the money will be used to renovate Evelyn's House, a program for homeless young mothers.

Nearly 80 nonprofit organizations in Herkimer and Oneida counties submitted project proposals and supporters cast more than 12,000 votes online to choose the winners.

“The response that we received from the community in support of these outstanding organizations was overwhelming,” said Alicia Dicks, president/CEO of The Community Foundation. “Our nonprofit partners do work that benefits every member of our community, and the Community Choice Awards provided people the opportunity to show their support for organizations that have made a difference in their lives.”

Recipients of the 2019 Community Choice Awards are:

Herkimer County Humane Society - Animal Welfare
Uptown Theatre for Creative Arts (UTCA) - Arts & Culture
Project Fibonacci - Copper City
Mohawk Valley Jr. Frontiers - Education
Sitrin Health Care Center - Heath & Wellness
ICAN - Human Services Category
Abraham House - Seniors
The Root Farm - Sports and Recreation

Jim Rondenelli, WIBX