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Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka visits La Casa and McKinley 21st Century Civic Learning and Engagement Program

Our students wrote and the mayor listened. On Wednesday, February 23 Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka joined the La Casa and McKinley 21st Century Civic Learning and Engagement Program students, parents and teachers for a conversation about challenges the community faces. Mayor Baraka’s visit came in response to letters written

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Our students wrote and the mayor listened. On Wednesday, February 23 Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka joined the La Casa and McKinley 21st Century Civic Learning and Engagement Program students, parents and teachers for a conversation about challenges the community faces. Mayor Baraka’s visit came in response to letters written by our 4th, 5th, and 6th graders expressing concerns about education and public safety in their neighborhoods. Students took to the microphone; posing questions to the Mayor about public safety and policing, charter schools and Newark Public Schools return to local control and how they can create change in their communities. The Mayor addressed our young students’ concerns and encouraged them to continue advocating and organizing to improve their communities.

The 21st Century Community Learning Center is a federally funded program supported by the New Jersey Department of Education for out-of-school-time programs in the state.  Through poetry, theatre, music, video production and arts projects, our young students have a chance to raise their voices to build stronger communities. La Casa de Don Pedro’s 21st Century kids program fosters civic responsibility and social consciousness so that our youth possess the tools and knowledge to become the next generation of leaders.

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La Casa Centers Closed on 2/9 due to snowstorm

Forum on 1/10 to Discuss Lower Broadway Developments

What’s Happening in Lower Broadway? On Tuesday, January 10 at 6:30pm, the Lower Broadway Neighborhood Association will host a free, open, community forum to share important information about developments in Newark’s Lower Broadway Neighborhood. The meeting will be held at basement of the Rectory at Saint Lucy’s Church, (118 7th

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What’s Happening in Lower Broadway?

On Tuesday, January 10 at 6:30pm, the Lower Broadway Neighborhood Association will host a free, open, community forum to share important information about developments in Newark’s Lower Broadway Neighborhood. The meeting will be held at basement of the Rectory at Saint Lucy’s Church, (118 7th Avenue, Newark). Presenters include La Casa de Don Pedro, PSEG, the Lower Broadway Coalition, and the Newark Police Department.

La Casa de Don Pedro will share the results from a recent Resident Satisfaction Survey and PSEG will present information about their plans to upgrade the substation at the corner of Clay Street and McCarter Highway. The Lower Broadway Coalition will share an update on Interstate 280/Route 21 and the Newark Police Department will introduce their Community Service Officers.


Please direct questions and your RSVP to lowerbroadwaynewark@gmail.com.

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La Casa de Don Pedro calls on the community to kick-off the giving season with #GivingTuesday

 Newark, NJ (November 23, 2016) #GivingTuesday is a global movement that celebrates the work of charitable organizations and activates change in underserved communities.  La Casa de Don Pedro has joined this international day of giving to celebrate and support giving. La Casa’s #GivingTuesday mission is to raise $15,000 to support

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 Newark, NJ (November 23, 2016) #GivingTuesday is a global movement that celebrates the work of charitable organizations and activates change in underserved communities.  La Casa de Don Pedro has joined this international day of giving to celebrate and support giving.

La Casa’s #GivingTuesday mission is to raise $15,000 to support its programs, provide 500 families with holiday meals, and fulfill the holiday toy wishes of the 900 children they educate and support.  The campaign runs from #GivingTuesday, [Nov. 29] until Dec. 31.

“In these uncertain times we face, a gift can make a world of good by giving joy, spreading love, and inspiring hope,” says Executive Director, Raymond Ocasio.

Last year, contributors helped raise $15,000 and provided food and toy donations for hundreds of families. This year, with an even wider network of children and families hoping for a brighter holiday, the need is even greater. In September, La Casa opened five new Head Start centers in Newark, expanding its preschool program to educate 600 three and four year olds daily.  The after school enrichment programs give 250 6-12 year old kids a safe environment to explore their creativity and engage with their community. 25 teenagers count on family counselors for emotional and social support as they navigate adolescence.

Individuals or businesses can make financial and in-kind contributions of food or toys by giving online or by dropping off contributions by any Food and Toy Collection Center. La Casa de Don Pedro has partnered with a variety of businesses and individuals to support its programs and services through #GivingTuesday over the past three years.  Sponsors like Horizon NJ Health, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Essex County Sheriff and Prosecutors offices, and North Jersey Federal Credit Union have been key partners in the efforts.  La Casa encourages other businesses to consider supporting its work through Give Days.

“Give Days offer an opportunity for businesses to support our cause and attract new customers.  We will help interested parties come up with an appealing way to help promote their contributions (i.e. Taco Tuesdays or Wednesday Wine & Dine),” says Carrie Puglisi, Director of Program & Fund Development. “We will help you promote your 100% tax free contribution to La Casa de Don Pedro on our website (www.lacasanwk.org), through media outreach, email blasts and social media posts.”

Blaze Pizza at 691 Broad Street, Newark has already pledged to support La Casa de Don Pedro. On December 6st from 12pm to 3pm, the restaurant will donate 20% of the sales from customers who show this Blaze Pizza fundraiser flyer in support of La Casa.

La Casa de Don Pedro isn’t the only charitable organization in Newark to celebrate #GivingTuesday.  Greater Newark Conservancy will hold a kick-off art exhibition and reception at the Squirrel and the Bee in Short Hills on Monday, November 28th.   They will sell their produce and poinsettias #GivingTuesday, November 29th.  New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and GlassRoots, among other nonprofits, will celebrate giving on #GivingTuesday as well. “We are all in this together,” says Ocasio.

For more information or to get involved with La Casa de Don Pedro’s #GivingTuesday’s efforts, please contact Mariel Fernandez at info@lacasanwk.org or 973.482.8312 ext. 1116. To make a contribution online or to learn more about #GivingTuesday, visit http://www.lacasanwk.org/news-and-events/givingtuesday-2016/

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La Casa de Don Pedro Receives $40,000 Grant to Address Food Insecurity in Newark

La Casa de Don Pedro Receives $40,000 Grant to Address Food Insecurity in Newark Partnership will strengthen the Latino community in Newark by providing meals to families in need. [Newark, New Jersey] (November 16, 2016) ­– La Casa de Don Pedro is participating in Hispanic Federation’s National Hunger Relief Initiative

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La Casa de Don Pedro Receives $40,000 Grant to Address Food Insecurity in Newark

Partnership will strengthen the Latino community in Newark by providing meals to families in need.

[Newark, New Jersey] (November 16, 2016) ­– La Casa de Don Pedro is participating in Hispanic Federation’s National Hunger Relief Initiative (NHRI), which aims to provide 460,000 meals to families in need this year. La Casa de Don Pedro will provide nutrition education and distribute food to its program participants thanks to the generous support of the Walmart Foundation, which funds programs to address hunger and nutrition education as a way to strengthen local communities.

According to Feeding America, 21% of Latinos are food insecure, more than twice as much as white non-Hispanics (10%).  Almost 25% of Latino children live in a food-insecure household.

La Casa de Don Pedro’s $40,000 grant will help impact at least 600 Newark families in need.  The program will help ensure 192,000 meals and 15,000 pounds of food are distributed to families facing food insecurity. The program will also support enrollment in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and encourage healthier eating behaviors through informative workshops. La Casa de Don Pedro is partnering with Table to Table, a community-based food rescue program. Table to Table will collect prepared and perishable food that would otherwise be wasted and deliver to the program weekly.

“We are thrilled to be a partner in Hispanic Federation’s Hunger Relief Initiative,” said La Casa de Don Pedro Executive Director, Raymond Ocasio. “Too many families we see each day are forced to make tough financial decisions.  Do they put food on the table, pay their medical bill, cover the cost of rent? This program will add some relief, while educating families about healthy eating and how to enroll in long-term food security support. We thank Walmart Foundation and Hispanic Federation in addressing this critical need.”

“Hispanic Federation is proud to support La Casa de Don Pedro and call them a partner in the fight against hunger.  Food insecurity is an issue that plagues far too many Latino families, and the National Hunger Relief Initiative seeks to address this crisis head on. With the support of the Walmart Foundation, we’re providing thousands of meals across the country, and giving hope and sustenance to those families that need it the most,” said José Calderón, President of the Hispanic Federation

In addition to providing 460,000 meals to Latino families this year, NHRI will service over 7,000 individuals and distribute 59,000 pounds of food over the course of the year. NHRI will also focus on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) outreach and application assistance and promoting healthy eating habits. With the support of the Walmart Foundation, NHRI is operating in 5 states over the course of the year.

“Collaboration and dedication are key to making a positive impact on the issue of hunger in local communities across the U.S. We’re proud to work with Hispanic Federation and La Casa de Don Pedro to support hunger relief and nutrition education for individuals and families in need. Thanks to the programs these grantees have implemented, thousands of underserved people will have access to emergency meals and information to help themselves and their families make healthier life choices,” said Carol May, Program Manager of the Walmart Foundation.

In October of 2014, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation announced a commitment to create a more sustainable food system, with a focus on improving affordability by lowering the “true cost” of food for both people and the environment, increasing access to food, making healthier eating easier, and improving the safety and transparency of the food chain. The commitment includes a goal of providing four billion meals to those in need and investing in programs that provide nutrition education for 4 million people, by 2020.

 

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About La Casa de Don Pedro

La Casa de Don Pedro is a community-based development corporation and provider of comprehensive services that has been working with and serving residents of greater Newark, New Jersey since 1972. La Casa’s community organizing and child advocacy work serve as a powerful foundation for its comprehensive social service delivery system. Programs promote family wellbeing, healthy child development, educational achievement, employment opportunities, homeownership, financial self-sufficiency, energy conservation, and neighborhood renewal. Its strong links to the community, comprehensive service programs, and collaborations within a defined neighborhood are unique assets and opportunities that will continue to ensure the agency’s relevance to future generations. For more information, please visit www.lacasanwk.org, follow us on twitter at www.twitter.com/lacasanwk, or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lacasadedonpedro.

About Hispanic Federation

The mission of the Hispanic Federation is to empower and advance the Hispanic community. The Hispanic Federation provides grants and services to a broad network of Latino non-profit agencies serving the most vulnerable members of the Hispanic community and advocates nationally with respect to the vital issues of education, health, immigration, economic empowerment, civic engagement and the environment.  For more information, please visit www.hispanicfederation.org.

About Philanthropy at Walmart

By using our strengths to help others, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation create opportunities for people to live better every day. We have stores in 28 countries, employing more than 2.2 million associates and doing business with thousands of suppliers who, in turn, employ millions of people. We are helping people live better by accelerating upward job mobility and economic development for the retail workforce; addressing hunger and making healthier, more sustainably-grown food a reality; and building strong communities where we operate and inspiring our associates to give back. Whether it is helping to lead the fight against hunger in the United States with $2 billion in cash and in-kind donations or supporting Women’s Economic Empowerment through a series of grants totaling $10 million to the Women in Factories training program in Bangladesh, China, India and Central America, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are not only working to tackle key social issues, we are also collaborating with others to inspire solutions for long-lasting systemic change. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit www.foundation.walmart.com.

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DACA Day of Action on Saturday, Oct. 22

Telemundo 47, Hispanic Federation, El Diario, and La Casa de Don Pedro have come together to inform, educate, encourage and support eligible immigrants to apply for temporary relief and work permits under the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative. On Saturday, October 22th, from 10:00am – 2:00pm Hispanic

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Telemundo 47, Hispanic Federation, El Diario, and La Casa de Don Pedro have come together to inform, educate, encourage and support eligible immigrants to apply for temporary relief and work permits under the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative.

On Saturday, October 22th, from 10:00am – 2:00pm Hispanic Federation & Telemundo  47 will host a DACA Day of Action at La Casa de Don Pedro, 39 Broadway, Newark, NJ. Individuals will be able to receive access to free application screenings and assistance.

On June 15, 2012, President Obama signed an executive order announcing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This program grants temporary relief to undocumented youth. Deferred action granted under DACA is valid for two years.

This is a free event and is open to the public. To learn more about La Casa’s Immigration Services Program visit: http://www.lacasanwk.org/programs-and-services/immigration/ or call 973.481.4713.

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La Casa de Don Pedro to Celebrate National Latino AIDS Awareness Day

  LA CASA DE DON PEDRO TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL LATINO AIDS AWARENESS DAY   [October 11, 2016] As Hispanic Heritage comes to a close, La Casa de Don Pedro will celebrate National Latino AIDS Awareness Day on Friday, October 14th with a free community celebration called “Viaja gratis a tu

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[October 11, 2016] As Hispanic Heritage comes to a close, La Casa de Don Pedro will celebrate National Latino AIDS Awareness Day on Friday, October 14th with a free community celebration called “Viaja gratis a tu país” [travel to your country for free.] The evening will showcase the diversity of Latin America with signature treats, dances, cultural artifacts, works of art and more, all while raising awareness about HIV/AIDS.  Guests will enjoy culturally relevant educational information and HIV prevention demonstrations and HIV testing will be available on site. It will be held at El Criollo Restaurant, 99 Broadway, Newark from 6pm to 10pm. The free event is for adults only.

The evening is made possible by a grant from The New Jersey Department of Health, HIV/AIDS, STD and TB Services, and sponsors Newark Celebration 350, Bronze, Horizon NJ Health, Heart Healthy Supporter, and UnitedHealthCare and Valley National Bank, Physically Fit Supporters.  The evening’s food is being generously donated by El Criollo Restaurant, Manny’s #2 Deli & Restaurant, Los Tilos Restaurant, Oyola Restaurant, Noches de Colombia Restaurant, and Sabor Unido Restaurant.

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-2016/ . Click HERE to register for the event. Call 973.624.4222 for more information.

About National Latino AIDS Awareness Day

The National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD) is a national community mobilization and social marketing campaign that unites the Hispanic/Latino community in efforts to raise HIV awareness, promotion of HIV testing, prevention, and education; in addition to other critical health issues such as viral hepatitis, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and tuberculosis (TB).

Annually on October 15th, NLAAD mobilizes community based organizations, leaders of the Latino community, health departments, and elected officials to spread awareness within the Latino community about HIV & AIDS, and bring about improvements in HIV related health practices by building capacity, developing and disseminated resources, utilizing media channels, and casting the spotlight on Latino faces behind the epidemic.

For more information on National Latino AIDS Awareness Day, visit: www.nlaad.org

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La Casa de Don Pedro Celebrates 4th Annual Burgers & Brew

La Casa de Don Pedro Celebrates 4th Annual Burgers & Brew [September 27, 2016] On Thursday, September 22nd 2016, La Casa de Don Pedro held its 4th annual Burgers & Brew at McLoone’s Boathouse in West Orange, NJ. Nearly 200 people joined La Casa de Don Pedro, and featured partner

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[September 27, 2016] On Thursday, September 22nd 2016, La Casa de Don Pedro held its 4th annual Burgers & Brew at McLoone’s Boathouse in West Orange, NJ. Nearly 200 people joined La Casa de Don Pedro, and featured partner Newark Arts, to celebrate the end of summer and the beginning of a beautiful fall. At the event, La Casa de Don Pedro made a special appeal to support a photography program for teenagers in Newark.

Jimenez Tobacco, a local cigar lounge and family business, showed guests the age old art of cigar rolling with their five signature blends. The cigars were paired with mojitos and Goslings rum as the signature cocktails. McLoone’s Boathouse will be generously donating 50% of the proceeds from the signature cocktails to La Casa de Don Pedro to support the teen arts program. AfroCuba Band set the rhythm for the evening, playing their original music along with covers of the Latin Jazz classics of Tito Puente, El Gran Combo, Fania-All-Stars, Cheo Feliciano and more. Guests enjoyed their cigars and signature cocktails as well as unlimited burgers and seasonal brew on tap.

Rita Robles, La Casa de Don Pedro Board Vice-President, and Executive Director Raymond Ocasio highlighted La Casa’s work while Carrie Puglisi, Director of Program & Fund Development introduced the event’s special appeal to support arts enrichment for Newark youth.

Newark Arts Executive Director Jeremy Johnson also spoke at the event to share the organization’s vision to bring the transformative power of the arts into the lives of those who live in, work in, and visit.  He announced Open Doors, Newark’s city-wide arts festival from October 19-23.

Donations to support La Casa de Don Pedro’s teen photography project are still being accepted. Contributions can be made securely online at: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/lacasadedonpedro or mailed to La Casa de Don Pedro, 75 Park Avenue, Newark, NJ 07104, Attn: Arts Enrichment Appeal.

Burgers and Brew would not have been possible without the support of the event sponsors: Diamond – PSE&G, Gold – TD Bank, Bronze – Prudential, Wells Fargo, Friend – M&T Bank, Atlantic Federal Credit Union, JPMorgan Chase, WithumSmith + Brown, McCarter & English, Fall Equinox Supporters – Rutgers University-Newark, L. Ross Wealth Management, Sunset Supporters – Valley National Bank, EVCO Mechanical, UnitedHealthcare, RayZo Marketing, Security On Point, Dusk Supporters – JW Pierson, RWJBarnabas Health, Newark Teachers Union, Hilsa & Dr. Juan Gonzalez, and City National Bank. In-Kind donors were Whole Foods of Morristown and Stobbs Printing.

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National Latino AIDS Awareness Day

La Casa de Don Pedro collaborates with health agencies to provide community health screenings, wellness information, and HIV testing, all within an event that in the past has included fashion and talent shows and dance parties. NLAAD was established to raise awareness about the impact of HIV and AIDS within

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La Casa de Don Pedro collaborates with health agencies to provide community health screenings, wellness information, and HIV testing, all within an event that in the past has included fashion and talent shows and dance parties. NLAAD was established to raise awareness about the impact of HIV and AIDS within the U.S. Latino communities. La Casa de Don Pedro serves as Northern New Jersey’s lead organizer of this annual event.

 

National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD)

 

“Viaje Gratis a su Pais”

Friday, October 14, 2016
6 pm – 10 pm
99 Broadway Newark, NJ 07104

For more info visit  http://lacasayfhs.wixsite.com/nlaad2016

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A Newark Neighborhood Development Summit: Past, Present & Future

[August 25, 2016, Newark, NJ] The Newark Community Development Network (NCDN, an umbrella organization comprised of Newark’s community development corporations (CDCs), will hold the city’s first ever community development forum. The summit reflects the NCDN’s collective effort to advance just and equitable housing and community development in Newark. The summit,

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[August 25, 2016, Newark, NJ] The Newark Community Development Network (NCDN, an umbrella organization comprised of Newark’s community development corporations (CDCs), will hold the

city’s first ever community development forum. The summit reflects the NCDN’s collective effort to advance just and equitable housing and community development in Newark. The summit, titled “A Newark Neighborhood Development Summit: Past, Present & Future” will be held on Saturday, September 10 2016 from 9am to 3pm at 15 Washington Street, Newark, NJ.

The panel discussion will focus on the history of community development and organizing in Newark, the impact of key neighborhood-based CDCs and visions for the future of community development. For the NCDN, “Community Development” refers to a wide range of socio-economic areas and quality of life issues including housing, employment, economic development, social services, health care and education, among others. The panelists will share nuanced perspectives on the challenges Newark faces and the dynamic roles that the city’s CDCs play in creating the future of community development.

Rutgers University – Newark Chancellor Dr. Nancy Cantor will provide a welcome address and Mayor Ras Baraka will share a keynote address. Represented Community Development Corporations include: Ironbound Community Corporation, La Casa de Don Pedro, New Community Corporation, Tri-City Peoples Corporation, Unified Vailsburg Services Organization, and Urban League of Essex County.

Free pre-registration is limited, required and must be done online at http://tinyurl.com/NCDNSummit. For more information contact Richard Cammarieri at richc@newcommunity.org or (973) 639-7800.

This free program is made possible by support from The City of Newark, Rutgers University – Newark, a grant from the Community Foundation of New Jersey/Newark Celebration 350, The Housing & Community Development Network of New Jersey, and Greater Newark LISC.

 

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