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From the Start: 'r kids Family Center

In 1996, on a cold Sunday in March, thirty-six concerned residents and service providers gathered at the home of Randi Rubin and Sergio Rodriguez to identify how they could fill the void in services for children in foster care and their parents. The problem? Families who had had their children removed by the Department of Children and Families (DCF)…

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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on November 8, 2018 at 12:42pm — No Comments

$2.6 Million to nonprofits serving Greater New Haven

Funding to create opportunity and respond to community needs  

New Haven, CT (October 29, 2018) – The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven has announced its responsive grant awards for 2018, totaling $2,670,527 to nonprofit organizations working throughout Greater New Haven.

The grants will support 51 local programs and institutions, including health services to vulnerable residents, public libraries, homeless shelters, and efforts to expand economic…

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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on November 1, 2018 at 12:28pm — No Comments

Buy A Brick; Help the "Q" House

With the construction of the Q House slated to start in coming months, a campaign has begun to raise $3 million to make sure that it never closes its doors again.

The fund for the new Dixwell Community “Q” House has been established at the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven to support the…

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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on October 25, 2018 at 1:26pm — No Comments

There From the Start

Since 1928, Foundation funds have started and sustained successful nonprofits and created and funded crucial collaboratives and inclusive coalitions. On the occasion of the 90th anniversary of its founding, The Community Foundation is proud to present a series…

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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on October 18, 2018 at 1:30pm — No Comments

New Haven Symphony Orchestra turns 125

One hundred twenty five years ago, a group of amateur musicians in New Haven began gathering to play classical works by Bach, Beethoven, and other European composers. The orchestra was comprised of German immigrants who had been missing the music of their home country. Within a year, they staged…

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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on October 11, 2018 at 3:02pm — No Comments

Attention Community Leaders!

Do you want to make a difference in your community? 

Join us at an orientation session for the 2019 Neighborhood Leadership…
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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on October 4, 2018 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Building Talent for the Digital Revolution

When Max Johnson saw an ad for a software coding school in San Francisco called Holberton, he was in a dead-end job and looking for a way out. The idea of being a computer programmer had been in the back of his mind since he was a teenager growing up in Camden, New…

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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on September 27, 2018 at 1:26pm — No Comments

Creating community through baseball

Walter "Pop" Smith Little League builds friendships and teaches life lessons

When the Walter “Pop” Smith Little League first started in 1952, the kids played with wooden bats and the field was on the corner of Goffe Street and Sherman Avenue. Bat materials have changed since…

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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on September 13, 2018 at 12:10pm — No Comments

From the Start: Neighborhood Civics in Action

Most every city resident has something that he or she wants to see improved. Be it a playground, an overgrown lot or a needed service that is unavailable, the best ideas for making the city a better place often come from local residents. Unfortunately, not…

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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on September 6, 2018 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Coming January 2019 - Coding School in New Haven

Here's some exciting news for our community - this week it was announced that The Community Foundation made a Mission Related Investment in the District Innovation Venture Center, which has brought in a Silicon Valley-modeled training program to address the talent gap and ramp up the region's tech sector. The program boasts a 100% job-placement rate and an application process that removes bias. Read more about it in the …

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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on September 5, 2018 at 5:05pm — No Comments

Island Preserved for Future Generations Gets Paid a Visit by New Haven Youth

For 30 years, Elizabeth Hird was a pioneer in the local community for environmental preservation and education. Perhaps no single act demonstrated her commitment to environmental conservation as much as her donation of Outer Island to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 1995. 

Later on,…
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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on August 13, 2018 at 4:40pm — No Comments

Employment Opportunity: Director of Gift Planning

The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven seeks a qualified candidate for Director of Gift Planning for Development. Application deadline: August 31, 2018.  Learn…

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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on August 6, 2018 at 10:28am — No Comments

A Parklet Grows in Fairhaven

Anyone walking a hot stretch of sidewalk along Grand Avenue now has an inviting spot to rest in the shade, talk to neighbors, and watch children play.

The oasis is called a “parklet,” and was designed by two Yale graduate students who won New Haven’s first Parklet Design Competition, a collaboration between GoNewHavenGo, the Department of Transportation,…

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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on July 19, 2018 at 12:46pm — No Comments

"Vote or Lose" Briefing Series

The Alliance: Voice of Community Nonprofits invites you to its 2018 Election Program – Regional “Vote or Lose” Briefing Series

There is a lot at stake this election, and nonprofits must make sure candidates hear their voices. Hear from former legislators, nonprofit leaders and Alliance staff on how to…

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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on June 28, 2018 at 11:59am — No Comments

"One City" Enlivens New Haven

Adventure in Every Neighborhood This Summer

A series of free and affordable adventures happening in every New Haven neighborhood this summer kicks off this Thursday. “One City” launches with the “Family Fun Expo,” 4- 8 p.m. at the Floyd Little Athletic Center, 480 Sherman Parkway.

The expo…

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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on June 28, 2018 at 9:00am — No Comments

C-HIT Digs into Children's Health

Connecticut Health I-TEAM (C-HIT) may have one of the state’s smallest newsrooms, but it has a big impact. With a reach of more than 1.2 million readers, C-HIT is delivering on its mission of empowering residents to challenge public policy with its deep focus on health and safety issues. 

For the next two years, C-HIT will produce stories focused on children’s and teen health and access to health care. Using a $20,000…

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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on June 14, 2018 at 10:39am — No Comments

WE ARE Portraits Celebrate Immigrants

The art installation, WE ARE—A Nation of Immigrants has transformed the New Haven Green and buildings throughout the city into a public celebration of the rich diversity and contributions of immigrants. 

The opening celebration takes place Friday, June 8 at…

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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on June 7, 2018 at 2:46pm — No Comments

From the Start: Celebrating Foster Care Month and ‘r kids Family Center

A successful foster child is always the lengthened shadow of caring women and men. In New Haven, one of those individuals who cast a long shadow is Randi Ruben Rodriguez, executive director of ‘r kids Family Center. She and her supportive staff have been promoting permanency, safety and stability for vulnerable…

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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on May 31, 2018 at 1:07pm — No Comments

Young Immigrants Turn Dreams into Action

In 2010, as the U.S. Congress took up the Federal DREAM Act, a small group of undocumented students and allies from Connecticut met to discuss what they should do. The proposed legislation would allow them the life-changing opportunity to apply for legal permanent residency. They organized a statewide…

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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on May 24, 2018 at 2:11pm — No Comments

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Open Street Project

An Open Streets Family Reunion: Reflections from the 2018 Open Streets Summit

By Ryan O’Connor, Director of Programs, 8 80 Cities Recently 8 80 Cities wrote a blog post about open streets being a labour of love. That being the case, the 2018 Open Streets Summit in New Orleans felt like a family reunion of sorts. It was rejuvenating to see old and new friends who share our passion for open streets and are working tirelessly to create healthier, happier, and more connected communities across the world. The event, which took place on September 15-16, brought together more than 50 leaders who currently organize open streets programs or are interested in bringing the...

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Open Streets Summit Draft Agenda

We hope you are getting ready and feel excited about the Open Streets Summit in Gretna/New Orleans! Taking place from September 15-16, 2018, the Summit will feature tours, presentations and networking opportunities with open streets champions and organizers from across the continent. Attendees will learn about the nuts and bolts of starting or scaling up open streets programs, including: Route design and planning Partnerships with business and officials Social inclusion Safety and logistics Marketing and promotion Program evaluation through measurable goals and metrics If you haven’t done it yet, click here to register for the Open Streets Summit only or...

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Open Streets Summit Speakers Announced!

The Open Streets Project is proud to announce that Ed Solis from Viva Calle (San Jose, CA), Romel Pascual from CicLAvia (Los Angeles, CA), Jaymie Santiago and Charles Brown from New Brunswick Ciclovia will join us as speakers for the 2018 Open Streets Summit in New Orleans and Gretna! Taking place from September 15-16 2018, the Summit will feature: Behind the scenes tour of the City of Gretna’s inaugural open streets program. Workshops, presentations, and networking opportunities with open streets champions and organizers from across the continent. Training and inspiration for both -novice and experienced- open streets organizers and supporters...

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Local Initiatives Support Corporation

Innovators and Idealists: Meet the 2019 Cohort of Rubinger Fellows

The winners of this year’s Michael Rubinger Community Fellowship award have long been focused on ways to expand economic opportunity and build safer, stronger communities. Through the fellowship program, they now have the chance to focus on transformative efforts they might not otherwise have the time or resources to pursue. “All of us in community development stand on the shoulders of local leaders,” said Michael Rubinger, the former LISC CEO for whom the program is named. “When we nurture them, we expand the nation’s capacity to create jobs, build housing, improve health and fuel cohesive communities.”

A Farewell to the Rubinger Fellows Class of 2017-2018

Our ten inaugural Rubinger Fellows have come to the end of their fellowship year, and our hats are off to them! In addition to the manuscripts, playbooks, poems, sermons and other creations the fellows produced to cap the year, they shared some reflections on their highlights and lessons learned as Rubinger Fellows. Watch the videos to hear what they had to say.

Helping Workers Build Skills, Grow Incomes

Citizens Bank has announced funding to expand the impact of LISC Financial Opportunity Centers in three cities, fueling programs that help people train for jobs in growth industries and move from entry-level positions to career pathways. "By supporting these programs through the Citizens Charitable Foundation, Citizens is helping us create opportunities for more people to raise their standards of living—and, in the process, contribute to economic growth in their communities,” said Maurice A. Jones, LISC president and CEO.

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