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Times Radio Interview: Chris Sunderlin of Midtown Utica Community Center

Our guest on the March 8 episode of Times Radio was Chris Sunderlin, founder and executive director of the Midtown Utica Community Center (MUCC).

According to MUCC's website, the mission of the organization "is to provide a multicultural and refugee-friendly space that serves all."

The vision for MUCC "is to support the refugee and low-income population of Midtown Utica by providing educational and cultural programs, solving problems by connecting community members with other agencies and resources, and promoting a safe community environment for people of all ages and cultures. We partner with local nonprofits, organizations, and schools to enhance opportunities for funding, community building, community service, and education. We foster community by hosting holiday meals, neighborhood meetings, job training, and ethnic celebrations to which all are welcome. Our aim is to encourage environmental responsibility. We do not duplicate available resources, but guide individuals with accessing those resources whenever the need arises," the website states.

MUCC started to offer services to the community in April of 2014, and Sunderlin has been at the helm since the beginning.

During Sunday's radio show, Sunderlin spoke about the importance of MUCC in the community.

Sunderlin said that programming at MUCC is divided into three pillars.

He continued about programming.

For those looking to volunteer or create a program at MUCC, here's how to do that.

Midtown Utica Community Center is located at 40 Faxton St. in Utica. For more information about MUCC and all the programming offered, visit

Times Radio is live every Sunday from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

For the full list of show on Hamilton College's WHCL 88.7-FM, visit

(If the embedded player does not show up, click here for the interview's direct link.)

The full story is in this week's edition of the newspaper. 

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