Author Archives: Mary Beth Schwartzwalder
Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder • May 17, 2017
This October, CenterState CEO and the Welcoming Economies (WE) Global Network will host the 5th Annual Welcoming Economies Convening: Building Bridges for Economic Inclusion in Syracuse. This three-day conference “weaves together cutting edge policies, successful programs, innovative ideas, and a network of trailblazers in our emerging field of immigrant economic development.” While the schedule of events are still being developed, the Convening will feature a community tour, workshops, presentations and more. Individuals and organizations can register here under the Early-bird Special to receive a discount on the conference.
The WE Global Network is a program of Welcoming America in partnership with Global Detroit. Their mission is to “strengthen the work, maximize the impact, and sustain the efforts of local economic and community development initiatives across the region that welcome, retain, and empower immigrant communities as valued contributors to the region’s shared prosperity.” To learn more, visit the program’s website.
Last week we outlined several AmeriCorps VISTA positions under the Community Prosperity Initiative (CPI) at CenterState CEO. But, there are a few other Northside organizations seeking VISTAs to serve in other capacities. Both the Syracuse Northeast Community Center and NEHDA are looking to for VISTAs.
The Syracuse Northeast Community Center (SNCC) is seeking a passionate, flexible person who is comfortable working with a diverse populations to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA. The position is created in partnership with Syracuse University to help strengthen SNCC’s capacity as a community school partner. The VISTA’s projects may include: creating a series of events, and communication pieces between SNCC and Dr. Weeks Elementary School; researching, designing, and administering surveys to parents; working with Syracuse University professors, courses, and community engagement initiatives to design programming that will engage neighborhood families and teach healthy eating practices.
For more information, view SNCC’s recruitment flier and check out the job listing on the VISTA website. If you have any questions, please send them to Lexie at (315) 472-6343 ext. 215 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEHDA currently has two VISTA positions open: one as part of CPI and another in partnership with the the Neighborhood Preservation Coalition of New York State (NPCNYS). This VISTA would serve with NEHDA and help develop and implement outreach campaigns, write grant proposals, and organize community meetings and events. NPCNYS encourages any person who is interested in community development, public health, and/or affordable housing to apply and gain skills that will “create positive change in historically underserved communities by empowering community-based organizations and residents.”
The AmeriCorps VISTA program includes a living allowance, an End of Service Education Award or Stipend, personal and medical leave, health benefits, child care assistance (if eligible) and a relocation travel allowance. To learn more about the AmeriCorps VISTA program, visit the VISTA Campus website.
Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder • May 10, 2017
CenterSatte CEO‘s Economic Inclusion team is searching for individuals to fill five different AmeriCorps VISTA positions as part of the Community Prosperity Initiative, a long-term vision to develop a diverse set of community revitalization strategies guided by organizations who share resources to collaboratively address collective challenges. Each VISTA will serve a unique partner organization while receiving further support from CenterState CEO. The sites that make up the initiative are Cooperative Federal Credit Union, Home HeadQuarters, Jubilee Homes of Syracuse, Inc., NEHDA, Inc., and CenterState CEO.
Since 1983, Cooperative Federal Credit Union (Coop Fed) has been building a strong, fair, and inclusive local economy by investing over $120 million in homeownership, small business, and affordable consumer credit primarily in the urban, multicultural neighborhoods of Syracuse. The Coop Fed VISTA will assist in building program capacity and enhancing alignment with community-based development initiatives in workforce and small business development. The VISTA will also assist with strengthening and improving programs and systems in the credit union and lead key strategic planning initiatives. For more details about the position and how to apply, click here.
Home HeadQuarters (HHQ) meets the needs of underserved Central New York homeowners and potential homeowners by providing low-interest loans, homeownership education and counseling, and real estate services designed to make home ownership a reality. The HHQ VISTA will assist in measuring and documenting the organization’s impact, which includes providing support to the local Green and Healthy Homes Initiative, updating neighborhood plans and maps, and utilizing different tools to analyze neighborhood revitalization efforts. For more details about the position and how to apply, click here.
Jubilee Homes of Syracuse, Inc. (JH) is a key organization in Syracuse’s Southwest community. JH is a catalyst for achieving the revitalization of the Southwest community, with efforts in neighborhood rehabilitation, community building and business development. The Jubilee Homes VISTA will support joint JH workforce and economic development programs by developing outreach materials, implementing recruitment channels, planning special events, and more. For more details about the position and how to apply, click here.
NEHDA facilitates community development that promotes strong and safe neighborhoods, thriving businesses and active civic engagement on the Northside, Syracuse’s historic melting pot. Since 2008, unprecedented public-private partnerships have led to over $250 million in neighborhood investment. New collaborations are moving forward today, catalyzing private development. The NEHDA VISTA will assist in fostering a stronger and more connected business and entrepreneurial environment by planning neighborhood beautification efforts, assisting the Northside Business Partnership, identifying opportunities where NEHDA can assist businesses and potential entrepreneurs, and more. For more details about the position and how to apply, click here.
CenterState CEO’s Economic Inclusion team is dedicated to creating thriving communities through increased prosperity for all Central New York residents. The CenterState CEO Economic Inclusion VISTA will assist in fostering a stronger and more connected environment by researching national trends in economic inclusion, helping with program development in ways that incorporate stakeholder feedback and processes that allow the work to be scaled and replicated, and more. For more details about the position and how to apply, click here.
The AmeriCorps VISTA program benefits include $973/month living allowance, an End of Service Education Award or Stipend, personal and medical leave, health benefits, and a relocation travel allowance. Those in the Community Prosperity Initiative will also gain access to community immersion experiences. To learn more about the AmeriCorps VISTA program, visit the VISTA Campus website.
Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder • May 3, 2017
Festival of the Arts
WHEN: Saturday, May 6 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: St. Marianne Cope Shrine & Museum, 601 N. Townsend Street
The Festival of the Arts celebrates “the art of dance, cuisine, painting, language, music, and gardening” on the anniversary of St. Joseph’s Hospital opening day in 1869. The Shrine & Museum will feature exhibits, displays, and workshops during the event that showcase the creativity of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities. Workshops include lessons in the ukulele and Hula dancing. $10 donation is suggested at the door, but not required. For a full list of details, visit SaintMarianne.org. Stay up-to-date on the event, by joining the Facebook invite.
Hopeprint’s Culture Gala 2017
WHEN: Friday, May 19 at 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: SKY Armory, 351 S. Clinton Street
Hopeprint’s annual fundraiser features a cocktail hour, five-course meal, entertainment, and an afterparty. The meal “highlight[s] the flavors of the world at our doorstep” and is influenced by chef consultants for the Hopeprint family to ensure the flavors of their culture come through. As guests enjoy dinner, the stage is filled with ethnic dance and music performances, culminating in a “multi-cultural” dance party. For ticket information, including a student discount, visit Hopeprint.org. Stay up-to-date on the event, by joining the Facebook invite.
Re-cycling History: ArtRageous Bike Ride Fundraiser
WHEN: Sunday, May 21 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: ArtRage Gallery, 505 Hawley Ave.
Re-cycling History is a fundraiser to help support ArtRage’s mission and educate the community about the history of social justice in our area. There are three routes to choose from when registering for the bike ride with different destination points for each: Skä•noñh – Great Law of Peace Center is an 11 mile ride; Matilda Joslyn Gage House is a 20 mile ride; and Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum is a 38 mile ride. Each site will feature a short presentation before the return-trip back to ArtRage gallery to enjoy lunch and the current exhibit, AT ALL COSTS: Photographs of American Workers by Earl Dotter. Registration begins at $25. To learn more about Re-cycling History, visit ArtRageGallery.org. Stay up-to-date on the event, by joining the Facebook invite.
Catholic Charities of Onondaga County and InterFaith Works are teaming up for an event on May 7th from 3:00 – 4:30 PM. Procession Of Neighbors: In Support of Refugees aims to bring together people of all different faiths to show their support for the refugee community. The procession will begin and end at White Branch Library, making several 5-10 minute stops along the way. You can view the route here.
“This popular mural was an initial spark of interest in our move to the Northside, and so we were glad to take photos on our anniversary at this wall with photographer @ameliabeamish. The vibrant and cheerful multicolored geometry is a great representation of my experience in the Northside, exploring a diverse community and its captivating places.” – Cali