MVP Health Care Donates $50,000 to City Mission of Schenectady’s Employer Resource Network


CONTACT: Jo Ann LeSage Nelson


SCHENECTADY, NY, August 17, 2017MVP Health Care recently committed to making a $50,000 donation — $25,000 a year for two years — to the City Mission of Schenectady to support the mission’s Employer Resource Network (ERN). Through the ERN, small to mid-sized businesses are provided with job retention services, work supports, and training opportunities for under-resourced and high-stressed employees, many of whom may need to access community resources. The first $25,000 was presented to City Mission last week.

“The Employer Resource Network benefits our community in many ways, helping employers retain an engaged and skilled workforce. It also helps public agencies and not-for-profit organizations achieve better outcomes for programs that advance their participants’ economic independence,” said MVP Health Care President and CEO Denise Gonick. “MVP employees have used the services of the network and we have seen its success in supporting employees who need some assistance.”

City Mission CEO Michael Saccocio said, “MVP Health Care has seen firsthand the success this program can have in supporting employees and we are very grateful to them for their very generous donation. It will allow us to hire an additional success coach to support participants in Troy and Albany.”

The ERN helps employees access social service and training programs that support employment and partners with local government, not-for-profit organizations, and private employers to offer the best resources available.  In addition, the City Mission ERN works with other ERNS across the country to share best practices and ideas.

In an effort to make sure employees are able to remain and thrive on the job, success coaches serve as a direct conduit to community resources and services that provide fast relief for many issues employees face, including reliable transportation, workplace conflict, child care, housing and family challenges,”  said Saccocio.  “These are the very tangible issues that often cause people to lose their jobs, but with the help of the success coach, these challenges are addressed and, as a result, jobs are saved, employers are helped, and the families of the people we’re helping are able to flourish.”

ERN success coaches also coordinate with community organizations to offer employees training opportunities in basic computer skills, computer applications, financial management and budgeting, health and wellness, English as a second language, GED classes, math proficiency, problem solving, and credit repair and foreclosure prevention.

According to City Mission, its ERN helps achieve an average employee retention rate of 90 percent across the 30-plus organizations it works with, decreases employee reliance on public assistance, increases employee engagement, and strengthens family financial stability.

About MVP Health Care

MVP Health Care is a nationally recognized, community-focused, not-for-profit health insurer serving more than 700,000 members in New York and Vermont. Committed to the complete well-being of its members, MVP provides the tools and information they need to achieve better health and peace of mind. For more information, visit, or on Facebook at, and on Twitter at @MVPHealthCare.

About City Mission of Schenectady

Founded in 1906, City Mission of Schenectady seeks to comprehensively meet the needs of the poor in a manner that dignifies and strengthens the individual, the family and the community. It exists to establish and maintain programs and ministries that address the physical, social and spiritual needs of the poor, as well as those who are under-resourced.