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Food for the Homebound

FISH of Greater New Haven strengthened the safety net for local veterans this past year through a new partnership with the West Haven VA. FISH, which delivers fresh food to the homebound, now also provides food to veterans who recently moved into supportive housing.

The new service targeting…

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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on November 16, 2017 at 2:45pm — No Comments

NYT- Racism’s Psychological Toll

Our screens and feeds are filled with news and images of black Americans dying or being brutalized. A brief and yet still-too-long list: Trayvon MartinTamir Rice, …

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Added by Lee Cruz on November 22, 2017 at 1:27pm — No Comments

Student-Journalists Seeking Partners for Community Photography Project

Students at Elm City College Prep are participating in a photography project designed to highlight the strengths of the New Haven Community. Students are looking to partner with local organizations who would benefit from student-created photo essays showcasing specific initiatives, projects, issues and…

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Added by Zack Vose on November 8, 2017 at 5:29pm — No Comments

Living Life to the Fullest at Chapel Haven

Over four decades, Chapel Haven has gained an international reputation for running innovative programs that teach adults with developmental and social disabilities how to live independent lives. Now the pioneering school is building on that success with an expansion of its campus in New Haven’s…

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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on November 2, 2017 at 2:24pm — No Comments

Next Stetson Campaign: Upcoming Events!

Something exciting is happening in our community - Stetson Library is preparing to move into a new home in the Dixwell Q House. As a cornerstone of the reimagined community center, the new Stetson Library will enjoy a 60% increase in space and feature an expanded collection of books and…

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Added by Lauren Bisio on October 30, 2017 at 12:07pm — No Comments

Why Unconscious Bias Training Doesn't Close the Gender Gap: The Case for Gender Dynamics

Generic unconscious bias training and its umbrella intervention, diversity training, have been around for decades, but they have still failed to close the leadership gender gap. In their article Why Diversity Programs Fail, Frank Dobbin and Alexandra Kalev argue that this is because too much diversity training is mandatory, prompting resentment and defensiveness from managers. “Trainers tell us…

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Added by Lee Cruz on October 30, 2017 at 1:21pm — No Comments

Bridges: Sixty Years of Community-based Mental Health

At a time when mental health funding continues to fall short of meeting the need, Bridges remains more committed than ever to treating people, regardless of their income levels, who suffer from opioid addiction, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or other mental health disorders. 

“We look forward to further…

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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on October 26, 2017 at 10:41am — No Comments

Public Library Feedback Respond by Nov. 3

.@NHFPL, the New Haven Free Public Library is conducting its first customer feedback survey in many years.  As we look forward to designing our future together with the community, please respond by Nov. 3rd

Access the survey here: bit.ly/NHFPLSurvey2017

Enter our drawing for an ipad or a gift card to a local restaurant when you submit your reply!  Thanks for keeping #NHFPL strong! #LifeLibertyLibraries #NHV

Martha Brogan, City…

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Added by Martha Brogan on October 25, 2017 at 11:16am — No Comments

Giving Children the Vision to Succeed

If not for the ChildSight® program, thousands of school-aged children would struggle to see the words on the blackboard or in their books. The national program, working in 32 New Haven public schools, performs vision tests and delivers free prescription eyewear to children in need. …

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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on October 19, 2017 at 1:13pm — No Comments

NPQ: Equity as Core Principle: Big Green and Environmental Justice Nonprofits Try to Align

The environmental movement has long been divided along race and class lines. Perhaps there is some momentum to change all of that in the face of the desperate need for equity and people to be at the center of the sustainability agenda if we wish to build the movement necessary to effectively take on the challenge of climate change...…

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Added by Lee Cruz on October 19, 2017 at 9:59am — No Comments

Community Leaders! Last Informational sessions for the 2018 Neighborhood Leadership Program

Do you want to make a difference in your community? 

Join us at an orientation session for the 2018 Neighborhood Leadership Program.…

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Added by Lee Cruz on September 14, 2017 at 7:30am — No Comments

Is NextGen Changing Business For Good?

Does the future of business center on integrating the twin goals of building a better world alongside growing profits?  With an increasing frequency, Americans are saying it should—with their wallets...

https://www.forbes.com/sites/morganstanley/2017/08/02/is-nextgen-changing-business-for-good/#3acd40d470b3

Added by Lee Cruz on October 17, 2017 at 11:43am — No Comments

Disaster Relief for Puerto Rico and Mexico

The Progreso Latino Fund (PLF), in partnership with a Latino-led global fundraising campaign, is sending emergency disaster relief to Puerto Rico and Mexico.…

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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on October 12, 2017 at 4:00pm — No Comments

CT ViewPoints: My uncle survived Hurricane Maria. Despair over its devastation killed him.

"Papi tiene muerte cerebral.”

I don’t know when my cousin originally sent the text, but it buzzed through to Connecticut from Puerto Rico’s battered communications towers last Sunday at 6:27 a.m. My uncle was brain dead.

“Hay que desconectarlo.”

The machines keeping him in a state resembling life could not undo the damage that had been done. Soon, they would let him pass.

At 78, my uncle had survived Hurricane Maria’s winds and the floods its rains unleashed. But…

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Added by Lee Cruz on October 9, 2017 at 10:44am — No Comments

Musical Opportunity with Music Haven

After more than a decade of teaching classical chamber music to young children, Music Haven is seeing its first students about to graduate high school and go on to college. And the program continues to be a sought after as ever. 

“We consistently have thirty to forty kids on the waiting list,” says Executive Director Mandi Jackson. “We have a ninety percent retention rate. Once they come they tend to stay. It gives them not just a passion for music, but also an avenue…

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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on October 5, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments

"Valley Gives Back" Campaign Website Launched

What is the Valley Gives Back?

Planned gifts are thoughtful and intentional charitable gifts that make an impact now and in the future. There is no one-size-fits-all planned giving solution because every donor has unique philanthropic goals and objectives. The Valley Community Foundation, a partner of The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, launched a community-wide planned giving initiative in May…

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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on September 28, 2017 at 10:14am — No Comments

Chapel Haven Announces Upcoming Fall Open Houses

Chapel Haven is delighted to announce several upcoming events open to prospective parents. See below for more details and save your seat! If you are interested in Chapel Haven West, our Tucson, AZ-based campus program, please scroll down and register for an open house set for Veterans Day in Tucson.

This fall, there is a lot to see as Chapel Haven’s New Haven campus expansion has broken ground! Chapel Haven is…

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Added by Catherine Sullivan-DeCarlo on September 27, 2017 at 3:05pm — No Comments

"We Dig Chapel Haven" ceremonial groundbreaking launches new chapter for adults with disabilities

Chapel Haven drew more than 200 families and friends at its September 15 groundbreaking, celebrating a new chapter in Chapel Haven’s storied history.

Chapel Haven is underway with a multi-year campus expansion, with the ultimate goal of providing lifelong services to adults with social and developmental disabilities. Founded in 1972, Chapel Haven empowers 250 adults with a range of disabilities, from autism and Down Syndrome to Asperger Syndrome, to live independent and…

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Added by Catherine Sullivan-DeCarlo on September 27, 2017 at 3:03pm — No Comments

A Passion for Choral Music

Since 1950, the New Haven Chorale has spread a joy and passion for choral music in Greater New Haven.

On October 7, 2017, it will hold an annual Gala to help it continue its mission bringing together community singers to present high-level, professionally-conducted choral music to the region. The…

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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on September 28, 2017 at 10:11am — No Comments

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Neighborhoods: What is Working

When Disaster Hits, Your First Responder Probably Will Not Be a First Responder

The FIRST assets in a disaster are neighbors. In fact, it turns out that while your neighbors have everything to do with your immediate chances in a disaster, your neighbors and their collective extended connections determine how well and how fast your community will recover.

Organizational Culture of Fear: The Shadow Side of US Culture

Don't let the title mislead you. Peter's intimate conversation with life, career and business coach CJ Liu is profound, touching and funny. Ostensibly a discussion of Peter's book Flawless Consulting, CJ says at the end, "We didn't talk about the book at all." Instead, the conversation ranged from personal transformation, integrating who you are with what you do and outlets for pain and rage to freedom, authenticity, courage and the power of co-creation--plus yoga, cartoons, parenting and much more.

The Problem With Problems

One of the reasons we may have so little productive citizen creativity at the local level is that people buy into the belief that the purpose of getting together is to deal with a problem. There is another purpose that is probably more important: engagement that mobilizes citizen creativity and contributions.

Open Street Project

Join us for an Open Streets Study Tour October 6th-8th!

The Open Streets Project is partnering with the non-profit organization New Brunswick Tomorrow to deliver an educational Open Streets Study Tour in New Brunswick, NJ from October 6th - October 8th. The Study Tour will feature classroom sessions, networking opportunities, a behind the scenes tour of New Brunswick’s industry leading Ciclovia.

The post Join us for an Open Streets Study Tour October 6th-8th! appeared first on Open Streets Project.

Open Streets Project Revamped

The Open Streets Project has undergone some changes over the last year. We bid a sad farewell to project co-founder, the Alliance for Biking & Walking, who are moving on to other things, and we happily welcomed a new partner, international Open Streets leader 8 80 Cities. We are excited for all the possibilities and energy this partnership will bring.

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Local Initiatives Support Corporation

Ten Talented Local Leaders Win LISC Fellowship

They come from all corners of the country, and all share a deep commitment to helping their communities thrive. Meet the inaugural class of the Michael Rubinger Community Fellowship. Named after LISC’s longtime CEO, who retired last summer, the fellowship recognizes their accomplishments to date, and invests in their growth as leaders and in the future of community development. “They are the staying power of what we do,” Rubinger said.  “We owe it to our field to find new ways to build and nurture them.”

In Flint, an Avenue Leading to Safety

For decades, the residents of Flint, Michigan have endured high rates of crime alongside devastating unemployment, depopulation and blight—and recently, a severe water crisis on top of that. But the energy and commitment of neighbors, business people and key anchor institutions are transforming the historic University Avenue corridor. Crime there, in turn, has plummeted. A Department of Justice community safety grant, with training and technical assistance from LISC, has ramped up those efforts and is helping make the corridor a model of problem-solving, and optimism, for all of Flint.

A Hive of Small Business Activity in Boston

In celebration of Small Business Saturday (Nov. 25), we're profiling emerging enterprises in the communities where we work that have benefited from LISC small business lending and support. In Boston, Northeastern University and LISC have launched the Impact Lending initiative to spur women- and minority-owned businesses and local economies that surround the university. Honeycomb Café, a bustling new locavore restaurant in South Boston’s Dorchester area, offers a picture of impact lending at its finest.

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