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Photo Friday: Pineapple on Salina

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • August 18, 2017


Photo Friday: Summer Green

Written by admin  • August 4, 2017

Photo Friday_Green

Community Appreciation Picnic: July 18

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • July 12, 2017

Appreciation picnic

WHAT: Annual Community Appreciation Picnic

WHEN: Tuesday, July 18 from 3:00 – 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: Clinton Playlot on the corner of Gertrude and Lodi Streets

NEHDA and the Syracuse Northeast Community Center (SNCC) are combining their community picnics this year to celebrate all of the city officials, partner organizations, and neighbors that are dedicated to helping the Northside thrive. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit NEHDA’s website or join the Facebook invite.

Interested in volunteering at the event? Contact Lexie at lkwiek@snccsyr.org.



World Refugee Day Events: June 20

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • June 12, 2017


WHAT: World Refugee Day Community Orientation About Inclusion and the Refugee Experience

WHEN: Tuesday, June 20 from 2:00 – 5:00 PM

WHERE: CNY Philanthropy Center, 431 E. Fayette Street

During this orientation, individuals throughout the community will participate in a presentation and panel discussion to explore “the everyday issues and concerns faced by refugees; the institutions, facilities, and agencies that support New Americans, and the ways that an engaged citizenry can help newcomers to our communities.” The event begins with a conversation addressing “Who are Refugees and Why Receive Them?” from Abdul Saboor, former refugee and Match Grant Coordinator at InterFaithWorks, and our own Dominic Robinson, Vice President of Economic Inclusion at CenterState CEO.

Following the conversation, a panel of service providers for the refugee community will address “What Does it Mean to Effectively Serve Refugees in Syracuse?” featuring Christina Costello, Director of Health Services ay Catholic Charities of Onondaga County; Janet Lenkiewicz, Case Manager at Onondaga County Department of Social Services Economic Security; Jacki Leroy, Director of ENL Services at the Syracuse City School District; Habiba Boru, Job Developer at RISE Refugee & Immigrant Self-Empowerment; and Shelly Tsai, Staff Attorney at Legal Services of CNY.

This event is free, but attendees must register in advance here. For a full description of the event, click here and follow the Facebook event for more information.


WHAT: World Refugee Day Celebration: “Come as Strangers, Leave as Friends”

WHEN: Tuesday, June 20 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM

WHERE: Dr. Weeks Elementary School, 710 Hawley Ave.

Celebrate “culture, community, and cuisine” at this family-friendly event, featuring food, entertainment, and a welcoming address from Mayor Stephanie Miner.

You must register for this event here. A donation of at least $1 is required to attend. For more information, follow the Facebook invite.


Both World Refugee Day events are brought to you by InterFaith Works, Refugee & Immigrant Self-empowerment (RISE), Providence Services of Syracuse, Catholic Charities of Onondaga County, Legal Services of CNY, Volunteers Lawyer Project, and the Onondaga County Bar Association.

CYO’S Refugee Youth Program Presents: A Celebration of Refugee Success

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • June 7, 2017

Photo credit: CCOC blog


WHAT: Syracuse United: A Celebration of Refugee Success

WHEN: Sunday, June 11 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. — rain or shine

WHERE: Nottingham High School on the Varsity Sports Fields (3100 E. Genesee Street)

The Refugee Youth Program of Catholic Charity’s CYO has organized a family-friendly event this Sunday to celebrate the refugee community and the many cultures in our neighborhoods. This free event features live singing and dancing, comedy performances, arts and crafts for kids, a silent auction, fashion show, displays celebrating the athletic and educational achievements of different students, and more. Ethnic food and henna art will be available for purchase during the event and all proceeds will benefit the CYO.

For more information, visit Catholic Charity’s blog or join the Facebook event.

On the Calendar: Festival of the Arts, Culture Gala, and a Bike Ride Fundraiser

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • May 3, 2017



This May, our friends at the St. Marianne Cope Shrine & Museum, Hopeprint, and ArtRage are all planning special events this month.


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.

Photo Friday: Blooms at the Ready

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • February 24, 2017


I-81 Redesign: Next Steps for the Northside

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • February 15, 2017


Thank you to everyone who advocated for the Northside and asked the DOT to reexamine the negative impacts the I-81 redesign would have on our neighborhood! Your support gave weight to the discussions our neighborhood stakeholders group held with members of DOT and public officials. With the project put in a holding pattern to allow for an outside review of options, we are expecting DOT will develop more sensitive solutions for the highway north of I-690.

This project is still ongoing and we expect there may be times when we’ll need to inform the community and ask for your help. If you’re interested in these updates, join our “Save the Northside: I-81 Impacts” email list so that we can easily get back in touch with you!

For more information about our efforts during the I-81 redesign, click here.

InterFaith Works Honors Individuals Dedicated to Ending Racism

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • February 13, 2017

InterFaith Racial Justice Awards

WHAT: InterFaith Works’ 2017 Racial Justice Awards

WHEN: Wednesday, March 1 at 5:30 PM

WHERE: Syracuse Stage, 820 E. Genessee Street, Syracuse

TICKETS:  Please reserve your tickets by Friday, February 17th. The suggested ticket donation is between $30 and $150. Any gift above $30 is tax-deductible. Purchase your tickets securely online. Or, print a ticket reservation form. Questions?  Contact Gwen Sanders at 315-449-3552, ext. 119, or email her at gsanders@interfaithworkscny.org.

Racial Justice Awards is InterFaith Works‘ annual event to recognize and honor individuals and organizations who work towards ending racism and promoting social equity. This year’s honorees include,

Zau Jat N-Hkum will receive the Youth Award for the different ways he has stood up against homophobia, Islamophobia, and racism in Syracuse schools.

Judge Jawwaad Rasheed will receive the Catalyst Award for his work in the community, including his role as the co-director of the Junior Frontiers of Mohawk Valley, an African-American civic organization with the goal of providing support to minority children.

Laurel Ullyette will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for her dedication to supporting international and transracial adoption.

The Brady Faith Center will receive the Organizational Award for their work as an “Oasis for Peace, Hope, and Justice” on Syracuse’s South Side.

To learn more about the nominees and see all the event details, visit InterFaithWorksCNY.org. The ceremony and reception will be followed by Syracuse Stage’s production of Ain’t Misbehavin’ at 7:30 p.m.

Photo Friday: View From Rose Hill Cemetery

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • February 10, 2017

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