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Grants Available:

There are a number of grants available through the Center for Community Leadership at JCRC-NY for organizations and individuals serving New York City. Each grant focuses on a particular area and issue. For more information on each and to download the request for proposal and application, please visit the following links:
YouthBridge-NY: Grant due March 21
We Are All Brooklyn: Grant due March 21
We Are The Bronx: Grant due March 31
Community Connections Grant 1: Grant due April 3
Community Connections Grant 2: Grant due April 3
The Queens Fellowship: Grant due April 25

Networking & Benefit Events:

Enjoy a night out on the town while supporting a great cause! All proceeds from these events will go towards supporting nonprofit organizations in Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Queens.
Brooklyn Event: April 24
Queens Event: April 24
Bronx Event: May 1

This Week's Highlighted Grant - Bronx:

The We Are The Bronx Fellowship will award a grant of up to $1,000 for Bronx-based projects that benefit the Bronx community with college bound & job readiness or healthy food & nutrition initiatives. To view further eligibility criteria or download the RFP and application, visit Applications may be submitted by email, mail, and fax by Monday, March 31, 2014.

This Week's Highlighted Benefit Event - Bronx:

Join the We Are The Bronx Fellowship and over 100 Bronx leaders for a night of networking and community building in support of college bound & job readiness and health & nutrition initiatives. Thursday, May 1, 2014; 6 PM - 9 PM; Bronx Documentary Center, 614 Courtlandt Avenue, Bronx. To purchase tickets, become a sponsor, or access more information, visit


Put your Best Foot Forward:

Enroll in JPAC’s Institute for Senior Action! This comprehensive 10-week course in leadership and advocacy training teaches adults (50+) ways of becoming engaged in civic affairs and social action. Thursdays, 3/6-5/15 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Email or call Jacob Stolar (212-991-6572) for an application. Click here for more information.

Fourth Annual Arts to End Violence Festival:

The Crown Heights Community Mediation Center is pleased to announce our fourth annual Arts to End Violence festival. Artists, merchants, schools, clergy, youth, non-profits, and neighbors are all collaborating and organizing to make gun violence unacceptable in our city. Each year Arts to End Violence hosts a series of inspiring and educational events, including a gallery exhibition to display antiviolence art from adults and youth, a talent show and resource fair, and a block party where children can create their own art and celebrate each other’s talents. We are now accepting submissions of 2-D artwork for the gallery show, including prints, photography, paintings, drawing and collages. Submission guidelines and additional details are available here.

Allied Health Open House at Hostos Community College:

You are invited to join us at our Allied Health Open House On March 8th to learn more about our Allied Health Career Pipeline Program. The Program is free for individuals who are eligible. The Continuing Education & Workforce Development Department at Hostos Community College offers educational, career, and personal development opportunities designed to address the needs of the South Bronx, Bronx, and Upper Manhattan communities. For more information click here.

NYC Clergy Roundtable Conference: "United We Stand, Divided We Perish":

This year’s theme, “United We Stand. United We Perish,” points to the need to work toward greater unity and engagement as faith leaders throughout the city with community and government. While faith leaders across the city are doing incredible work in their respective houses of worship and community, we are building an even larger infrastructure that will accommodate major impact in areas that are of great concern throughout our city. With more, we can do more and be more by increasing our network, building relationships through collaborations and partnerships. We will examine issues from race, poverty, and the road to economic justice. We will leave with an action plan. For more information and to register click here.

Women's Empowerment for Survivors and Victims:

Our Spring Women’s Empowerment for Survivors and Victims training explores how family violence shapes personal and social lives, and teaches techniques for direct service providers and people interested in leading a women’s support group to empower and heal survivors and victims. The trainings will take place over six Fridays, March 7, 14, 21, 28 and April 4 and 11. Over six consecutive Fridays - participants develop their own curricula, cultivate advocacy skills and create a personal self-care plan to manage the stress of working with trauma victims. Materials Fee: $250. Sliding scale is available. To register or for more information contact or (212) 683-0015 ext.215.

Become A Mediator (this March):

Mediators help people in a dispute talk over their concerns, brainstorm for solutions, and work towards a resolution that will work for everyone. Our mediation training provides the building blocks to become a successful mediator. Basic mediation trainings - March 21, 22, 23, 28, and 30, in Jamaica Queens. Certified by the Office of Court Administration. $850 with significant discounts available to: veteran and student social workers, teachers, and guidance counselors. Contact Lee Chabin at for more information.

NonProfit HelpDesk's Fiscal Management Workshops Spring 2014:

The NonProfit HelpDesk helps community-based nonprofit organizations build capacity to better serve their clients. We combine education with mentoring to help staff put what they’ve learned to work immediately. Our Spring 2014 Fiscal Management workshops and service offerings are designed to take the learning of a workshop or service and apply it successfully in your organization. You will have an opportunity for individualized email and telephone follow-up with course instructors. For the training on March 12 click here. For the training on March 19 click here.

Important Information and Resources Regarding Hurricane Safety: provides comprehensive resources, clear information and quotes about your insurance coverage. We focused our research on raising awareness about the insurance options by creating free web resources rich with highly relevant information for those interested. The hurricane safety resource provides actionable preparation and post-hurricane tips and covers the basic principles of being as prepared as possible for a hurricane, how to minimize loss, and coping with such an event. Click here for more information.

There’s Still Time to Apply for 9/11 Health Benefits:

People exposed to the stew of toxins released when the World Trade Center collapsed on 9/11 can still apply for health benefits. Tens of thousands of workers, volunteers and residents who fear they are suffering from 9/11 related illnesses have until 2016 to apply for the health care they need and deserve under the World Trade Center Health Program. To apply go to or call 855-4WTC-AID.

LaGuardia Community College Justice Community Program:

LaGuardia Community College's Justice Community Program offers community benefit projects and civic engagement, transferable job skills to help build an individual’s resume, career counseling, job readiness workshops, mentoring and leadership opportunities, and a chance to earn up to $300 a month and metro cards for achieving program goals ($1,350 max). In order to qualify an individual must: be between the ages of 16-24, have had some type of criminal involvement within the past year/an individual who is at risk of having criminal involvement, and someone who is on probation/parole. All interested parties should contact Vanessa Jarvis at 718-482-5171 or

Receive $50 and a Meal for Participating in a Focus Group:

Do you live in Harlem? Are you looking to make a little extra money this holiday season and willing to share your experiences with diet, exercise, pregnancy, child birth, family planning, and health in Harlem? Join this 2 ½ hour focus group if you reside in Central Harlem and are a woman under the age of 19 or over 30 or man over the age of 25. A meal and a $50 gift card will be provided to all participants. Contact Amanda Nace at for more information.

Reading Partners:

Reading Partners is a national education nonprofit dedicated to improving students’ reading skills. We work in Title I elementary schools to support students from low-income communities who are reading 6 months to 2.5 years below grade-level. By utilizing a structured and easy-to-follow curriculum, we empower members of the community to help a young struggling reader to succeed. In New York City this year, we are serving twelve elementary schools throughout four of the five boroughs. Sign up to become a Reading Partner and make a difference in a child's life: email or sign up through our website

Elder Abuse Training:

The Elder Abuse Training Institute sponsored by JASA, is a comprehensive, interdisciplinary training program to improve understanding of and response to the various forms of elder abuse. Training modules this year include: Elder Abuses 101, Working with Law Enforcement, Powers of Attorney, Advanced Social Work Interventions, and Health and Mental Health Perspectives. See attached brochure for more information and registration. Please contact Martha Pollack at 718-286-1540 or for more information.

A Social Work Prep Workshop-Connecting the Mind with the Skill:

A Social Work Preparation workshop: using "tried and true" approaches to problem-solving is available. The sessions provide a foundation for readiness to enter into and serve in the field of human service. It is based on an orientation guide entitled "Are You Ready", which will be available to those who register. Sessions are offered on an ongoing basis to individuals and groups in a variety of forums and formats including a distant learning method. For more information contact and


Working with the local chambers of commerce, industry associations, and civic and community groups, the Partnership for New York City recently announced GoBizNYC, a coalition that already represents more than 20,000 small businesses—nearly one in ten businesses in New York City—around issues of importance outlined in the NYC Jobs Blueprint. GoBizNYC will ensure that there is a unified voice to represent business in each of the 51 City Council districts. To learn more, visit and follow us on Twitter. If you would like to be involved or have business owners you’d like to connect us with, please feel free to contact me at or 212-493-7593.

Shared Workspace for Nonprofits and Community Leaders:

The Centre for Social Innovation is a new shared workspace, community center and incubator for small nonprofit organizations and community leaders. The 24,000 sq ft space, located in Chelsea, will soon be home to a thriving community of more than 200 people and projects committed to social change. In addition to workspace, CSI provides shared services, training opportunities and a culture of collaboration. Tenants share access to a large kitchen, lounge, meeting rooms, classrooms and event spaces. For more information, see or email

Free Financial Coaching for your Organization:

The Community Service Society's Financial Coaching Corps (FCC) wants to partner with your organization! FCC places free financial coaches in NYC non-profit organizations. Our coaches can help your clients repair their credit, budget, save, and address specific financial dilemmas. Hosting an FCC coach will increase your capacity to help your clients succeed! For more information please contact Reyes Irizarry, at 212-614-5419 or We also provide free coaching at our site. Call Yvette Rennie, at 212-614-5558 or for details.