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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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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

Relaunched Schooner Has Wind In Its Sails

Two years after becoming a signature program of the New Haven Land Trust, Schooner Camp is planning to double in size. The growth represents a remarkable turnaround for the popular sailing and coastal exploration program. Financial difficulties nearly shuttered Schooner before a merger with New Haven…

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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on May 17, 2018 at 2:11pm — No Comments

The Great(est) Give: Over $1.7 Million Raised for Local Nonprofits

 New Haven, Conn. (May 4, 2018) –The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven (The Foundation) is excited to announce the results of The Great Give® 2018, the region’s ninth community-wide online fundraising event for nonprofits serving…

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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on May 10, 2018 at 4:32pm — No Comments

Help Build an Engaged and Informed Electorate

GNH-VOTE 2018 is a nonpartisan initiative of The Community Foundation

Free Voter Engagement Training 

Learn how to engage and inform voters and use the voter…

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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on May 9, 2018 at 11:00am — No Comments

Help For Displaced Puerto Ricans

FEMA emergency funding is ending, continued support is needed

In the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and Maria, Connecticut welcomed thousands of Puerto Ricans who had lost everything. For many of these fellow American citizens, the crisis is far from over.

FEMA housing assistance is ending on May 1st for displaced families in the area. 

Junta for Progresive Action is the default agency receiving families displaced to…

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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on April 26, 2018 at 2:44pm — No Comments

GNH-VOTE 2018 - The Greater New Haven Voter Engagement Initiative

GNH-Vote 2018 is a nonpartisan initiative that gives service providers the tools and resources to increase the engagement and voter registration of historically disenfranchised community members.

Participating Organizations Will Receive:…

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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on April 13, 2018 at 10:30am — No Comments

Sound the Alarm

The American Red Cross is asking for help to Sound the Alarm in New Haven. The campaign aims to place 1,000 smoke detectors in city homes on Saturday, April 28 from 9 a.m. – 2 pm.

To meet this goal, the Red Cross is seeking volunteers. And everyone who helps will likely have a hand in saving a…

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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on April 12, 2018 at 5:12pm — No Comments

After the Disaster

Hurricane Maria forced the Hernandez family to flee their home in Puerto Rico because they could no longer receive medical care for their 2-year-old daughter, Miia, who suffers from seizures. The family's temporary FEMA housing assistance expires in…

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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on April 5, 2018 at 3:00pm — No Comments

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Neighborhoods: What is Working

Money and the Civic Impulse

One of the most powerful ways to immobilize citizen engagement can be outside money, even when purported to be available for citizen engagement.

Money and the Civic Impulse

One of the most powerful ways to immobilize citizen engagement can be outside money, even when purported to be available for citizen engagement.

The Moment for Community Has Arrived

Building community and belonging is going to be our most powerful strategy for ending the displacement and isolation that plague so many corners of our world.

Open Street Project

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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REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR the Open Streets Summit 2018 in New Orleans!

The Open Streets Project is partnering with Walk Bike Places and the City of Gretna to deliver an educational Open Streets Summit in Gretna and New Orleans, from September 15-16 2018. Download the Agenda Summit Description The Summit will feature a behind the scenes tour of the City of Gretna’s inaugural open streets program, as well as breakout sessions, networking opportunities, and a World Café with open streets champions and organizers from across the continent. The Summit will provide inspiration and practical tips for both -novice and experienced- open streets organizers and supporters from public health, transportation, planning, public space,...

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Local Initiatives Support Corporation

Top Reads, Week of 9/17/18

Check out our top three reads of the week covering the challenges and opportunities of American communities. This week, we're reading about the life-expectancy gap, worker cooperatives, and the link between housing and family stability.

What’s immito? LISC’s Powerful New Catalyst for Small Businesses

LISC is ramping up its national economic development work with the launch of a new small business lender called immito. “Nothing catalyzes opportunity in a community like new businesses launching and expanding,” said Maurice A. Jones, LISC president and CEO. immito is expected to do $100 million in annual lending and will spark entrpreneurship and growth in communities across the country, especially those where demand for capital access is high.

Latin American Youth Center: A Safe Path to Success

September 15 marks the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month. To celebrate, we’re spotlighting the extraordinary staff and clients of the Latin American Youth Center, a longtime LISC partner in Washington, D.C. In its 50 years, LAYC has welcomed and served 27,000 youth, many of them recent immigrants, helping connect them to education, mentors, housing, work, mental health services and each other. This kind of work makes an enormous difference in young lives and in our communities, and we’re honored to be part of it: we’ve invested nearly $2 million in LAYC’s people and programs, including financing the purchase of the group’s home base in the Columbia Heights neighborhood.

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