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Aljira & La Casa de Don Pedro Host Newark’s First #GivingTuesday™ Reception

The Newark community came together to celebrate Newark’s first ever Giving Tuesday™ kick off event on Tuesday, December 2nd at Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art. The brainchild of a collaborative between La Casa de Don Pedro and Aljira, the reception celebrated and raised awareness about #GivingTuesday™, an international day

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The Newark community came together to celebrate Newark’s first ever Giving Tuesday™ kick off event on Tuesday, December 2nd at Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art. The brainchild of a collaborative between La Casa de Don Pedro and Aljira, the reception celebrated and raised awareness about #GivingTuesday™, an international day of giving that has spurred a movement to celebrate giving and encourage more, better and smarter giving during the holiday season.

Inspired by La Casa de Don Pedro, the City of Newark proclaimed #GivingTuesday™ citywide and presented an official proclamation at the reception.  Present were Newark Deputy Mayor of Civic Engagement & Community Partnerships, Luis Lopez and Newark Deputy Chief of Staff Alicia Munoz.

“La Casa is a proud participant of GivingTuesday™ and we are even more pleased to have celebrated this year with Aljira,” says Ray Ocasio, Executive Director, La Casa de Don Pedro. “#GivingTuesday™ is gaining traction across the world and with recognition from the city and events similar to ours we hope others get more involved and use this as a platform for collaboration across nonprofits, small businesses, corporations, and families.”

“I can hardly find the words to express my delight at the opportunity to partner with La Casa de Don Pedro to raise awareness of the need for increased local and national financial support, for our individual organizations and for the not-for-profit sector as a whole,” says Victor Davson, Executive Director, Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art. “This was not the first time our organizations worked together but on #GivingTuesday™ we discovered a special synergy: Aljira and La Casa are perfect together.”

Also present were La Casa’s Board President Richard Roper and Aljira’s Board Vice Chair Lisa Block who expressed words of appreciation, acknowledged the partnership and encouraged guests to bring their attention to the season of giving by supporting Aljira, La Casa or a charity of their choice.  Guest also enjoyed light refreshments provided by Nelson Mejia, Head Chef of La Casa’s La Olla Kitchen.

Photos can be viewed HERE.

La Casa’s #GivingTuesday campaign will continue through December 31 with goals to raise funds to support La Casa’s network of programs and services, and collect food and toys for families who need a little extra support this holiday season.

For more information about La Casa’s #GivingTuesday campaign and to make a gift, visit www.lacasanwk.org/news-and-events/givingtuesday/ or contact Tenisha Malcolm at 973.482.8312 or tmalcolm@lacasanwk.org.

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Newark’s first ever #GivingTuesday kick off event a success!

The Newark community came together to celebrate Newark’s first ever Giving Tuesday™ kick off event on Tuesday, December 2nd at Aljira, a Center for Contemporary. The brainchild of a collaborative between La Casa de Don Pedro and Aljira, the reception celebrated and raised awareness about #GivingTuesday. Inspired by La Casa, the City of

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The Newark community came together to celebrate Newark’s first ever Giving Tuesday™ kick off event on Tuesday, December 2nd at Aljira, a Center for Contemporary. The brainchild of a collaborative between La Casa de Don Pedro and Aljira, the reception celebrated and raised awareness about #GivingTuesday.

Inspired by La Casa, the City of Newark proclaimed #GivingTuesday™ citywide and presented an official proclamation at the reception.  Present were Newark Deputy Mayor of Civic Engagement & Community Partnerships, Luis Lopez and Newark Deputy Chief of Staff Alicia Munoz.

La Casa’s #GivingTuesday campaign will continue through December 31 with goals to raise funds to support La Casa’s network of programs and services and collect food and toys for families who need a little extra support this holiday season. Photos can be viewed HERE.

For more information about La Casa’s #GivingTuesday campaign and to make a gift, visitwww.lacasanwk.org/news-and-events/givingtuesday/ or contact Tenisha Malcolm at 973.482.8312. or tmalcolm@lacasanwk.org.

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Mayor Ras J. Baraka Proclaims December 2 as #GivingTuesday to Promote Charitable Giving

Mayor Ras J. Baraka announced today that the City of Newark will proclaim Tuesday, December 2, as #GivingTuesday – Newark’s Day of Giving. The proclamation of #GivingTuesday in the city, spearheaded by La Casa de Don Pedro, a comprehensive community-based corporation based in the City of Newark’s North End, will

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Mayor Ras J. Baraka announced today that the City of Newark will proclaim Tuesday, December 2, as #GivingTuesday – Newark’s Day of Giving. The proclamation of #GivingTuesday in the city, spearheaded by La Casa de Don Pedro, a comprehensive community-based corporation based in the City of Newark’s North End, will be the first of its kind.  Other Newark nonprofit organizations including Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art and WBGO Jazz Radio are  also participating in the global Day of Giving, www.givingtuesday.org.

Coinciding with the Thanksgiving Holiday and the kickoff of the holiday shopping season, #GivingTuesday inspires people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities and give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they support.

“It was that great English writer Charles Dickens who wrote that the Holiday season is the time when want is felt most keenly, and this is as true today as it was 150 years ago. However, by mixing 21st century technology and timeless concepts of compassion and love, we can support those at-risk and in need,” Mayor Baraka said. “I am proud of our partnerships with so many caring non-profits in Newark who work tirelessly to empower lives and transform Newark into the City we can all believe in. I urge residents to take time this holiday season to support the charity or non-profit of their choice.”

La Casa de Don Pedro, in partnership with Aljira, will jump start the giving season with on Tuesday, December 2, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., by co-hosting a free #GivingTuesday kick-off reception. The event will also be the launch of Aljira’s and La Casa de Don Pedro’s end of the year campaign. Contributions will be graciously accepted to either or both organizations. Each non-profit will be responsible for managing their own campaign.

“This year, our goal is to encourage others to choose a gift that ultimately gives back,” said La Casa de Don Pedro Executive Director Raymond Ocasio. “No matter how individuals choose to contribute, they can be assured that they are making a difference in our community during this holiday season. We are grateful to the City of Newark for recognizing #GivingTuesday and excited to be partnering with Aljira to celebrate the this special day.”

“This is a wonderful occasion for Aljira and La Casa de Don Pedro, together, to applaud and thank loyal donors,” said Executive Director, Aljira Executive Director Victor L. Davson. “Through their generosity hundreds and hundreds of donors are the mainstay of vitally important support and encouragement of nonprofits and charities.  We wouldn’t be able to provide valuable services to our communities without their dedication.”

For more information or to RSVP for the event visit: http://bit.ly/13MW7ou or contact Tenisha Malcolm at (973) 483-8312 or tmalcolm@lacasanwk.org.

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La Casa Centers Closed In Observance of Thankgiving

All La Casa de Don Pedro centers will be closed Thursday, November 27th and Friday, November 28th in observance of Thanksgiving. We will be open regular hours Monday, December 1st.

Aljira & La Casa de Don Pedro to Host #GivingTuesday™ Reception

We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals… and we have #GivingTuesday™, a global day dedicated to giving back. Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art and La Casa de Don Pedro, a 42 year old social service and community development organization, will jump start the

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We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals… and we have #GivingTuesday™, a global day dedicated to giving back.

Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art and La Casa de Don Pedro, a 42 year old social service and community development organization, will jump start the giving season on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 from 5:30-7pm, by co-hosting a free #GivingTuesday reception at Aljira, 591 Broad Street, Newark, NJ 07102.

“Our goal is to encourage others to choose a gift that ultimately gives back,” says Raymond Ocasio, Executive Director, La Casa de Don Pedro. “No matter how people choose to contribute, they can be assured that they will make a difference in our community during this holiday season. Aljira’s and La Casa’s missions complement each other. We recognize our kinship and interdependence, and are grateful for our co-programming through the years.”

“This is a wonderful occasion for Aljira and La Casa de Don Pedro, together, to applaud and thank loyal donors,” according to Victor L. Davson, Executive Director, Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art.  “Through their generosity hundreds and hundreds of donors are the mainstay of vitally important support and encouragement of nonprofits and charities.  We wouldn’t be able to provide valuable services to our communities without their dedication.”

The event kicks off Aljira’s and La Casa de Don Pedro’s end of the year campaigns. Contributions will be graciously accepted to either or both organizations. Each nonprofit is managing its own campaign. Guests are also invited to bring new, unwrapped children’s toys or non-perishable food items to contribute to La Casa’s #GivingTuesday™ Food & Holiday Toy Drive.

Inspired by the two organizations, The City of Newark will officially proclaim December 2 #GivingTuesday™.

For more information or to RSVP visit http://bit.ly/13MW7ou  or contact Tenisha Malcolm at 973.482.8312 or tmalcolm@lacasanwk.org.

 

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City of Newark Offering “Fall Fun in the City”

Be sure to check out the City of Newark’s “Fall Fun in the City” calendar of free events. CLICK HERE for more information.

Baraka Blames Problems at Barringer High School on ‘One Newark’ Reforms

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka toured Barringer High School, which students have complained about saying there are overcrowded classrooms and too many subs. CLICK HERE to read full story on NJTV Online.

Collaborations That Lead to Helping Families Save Their Homes

New Jersey Community Capital, a community development financial institution, and partner of La Casa, recently received a prestigious award for ReStart. Through the partnership with New Jersey Community Capital, La Casa been able to provide counseling to a clients to help save their homes. Watch “2014 NEXT Opportunity Awardee / New

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New Jersey Community Capital, a community development financial institution, and partner of La Casa, recently received a prestigious award for ReStart. Through the partnership with New Jersey Community Capital, La Casa been able to provide counseling to a clients to help save their homes. Watch “2014 NEXT Opportunity Awardee / New Jersey Community Capital” by Opportunity Finance Network: http://vimeo.com/108397803.

To learn more about La Casa’s Housing Counseling Services visit: http://www.lacasanwk.org/programs-and-services/housing/

 

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Free Flu Shots at La Casa for Newark Residents

La Casa’s Family Success Center will be offering free flu shots to Newark residents on Friday, October 24th, 9:00am-2:00pm. Flu shots are being provided by the City of Newark’s Department of Child & Family Well Being. For more information visit: http://www.lacasanwk.org/event/free-flu-shots-at-la-casa/.  

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La Casa’s Family Success Center will be offering free flu shots to Newark residents on Friday, October 24th, 9:00am-2:00pm. Flu shots are being provided by the City of Newark’s Department of Child & Family Well Being. For more information visit: http://www.lacasanwk.org/event/free-flu-shots-at-la-casa/.

 

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La Casa to Host Masquerade Night in Recognition of National Latino AIDS Awareness Day

La Casa de Don Pedro will host a “Latin Masquerade Night” on Friday,  October 17th from 5pm-9pm at The Robert Treat Hotel, 50 Park Place, Newark, NJ. In observance of National Latino AIDS Awareness Month, the event will raise awareness about the severity of HIV/AIDS cases in the Latino community.

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La Casa de Don Pedro will host a “Latin Masquerade Night” on Friday,  October 17th from 5pm-9pm at The Robert Treat Hotel, 50 Park Place, Newark, NJ. In observance of National Latino AIDS Awareness Month, the event will raise awareness about the severity of HIV/AIDS cases in the Latino community.

The event will offer live musical and artistic performances, raffles, food, information tables, and health screenings. Participating non-profit agencies include: African American of Gay Concerns, Inc., Catholic Charities, Cura, Inc., Focus, Inc., Horizon NJ Health, Hyacinth AIDS Foundation, Inc., Integrity House, Inc., Ironbound Community Corporation, Inc., Newark Community Health Centers, Newark Department of Health and Community Wellness, NJCRI, Proceed, Inc., Save Latin America, Inc., St. James Social Service Corp., St. Michael Medical Center and United Healthcare Community Plan.

“Latin Masquerade Night” is made possible by a grant from The New Jersey Department of Health, HIV/AIDS, STD and TB Services.  Additional support comes from La Casa de Don Pedro’s 2014 Special Event Series Gold sponsors: Chase, PSE&G, and Wells Fargo. Other supporters include: Manny’s Supermarket Deli 1&2, McDonald’s New Mad Corporation, 360 Mulberry Street, Pueblo Supermarket, ShopRite of Kearny, Pathmark on Bergen Street, Burger King on Broad Street and the Colombia Consul.

This is a free event and is open to the public. To learn more visit http://www.lacasanwk.org/news-and-events/national-latino-aids-awareness-day-2/ or call 973.624.4222.

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