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GAIN-Newark Nonprofits Working Together to Promote #GivingTuesday

From support for youth and families, job and housing counseling, and environmental education, to cultural enrichment, health education and services for the LGBTQ community, five nonprofit organizations (Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art, Greater Newark Conservancy, Independence: A Family of Services, La Casa de Don Pedro and Newark Pride) who

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From support for youth and families, job and housing counseling, and environmental education, to cultural enrichment, health education and services for the LGBTQ community, five nonprofit organizations (Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art, Greater Newark Conservancy, Independence: A Family of Services, La Casa de Don Pedro and Newark Pride) who are making a difference in Newark and beyond have formed a #GivingTuesday coalition called GAIN-Newark: Giving and Inspiring Newark. The collaborating organizations are seeking your support of Newark’s #GivingTuesday initiative in December.

“The goal is to celebrate giving and advance the idea that investment in charitable programs is not only vital to their success, but beneficial to the contributor as well,” noted Carrie Puglisi, Director of Program & Fund Development at La Casa de Don Pedro. “Giving helps promote social connections, it evokes feelings of gratitude and happiness, and it’s contagious.”

#GivingTuesday is a national movement that celebrates charitable activities at the start of the holiday season. This year, the GAIN-Newark coalition hopes to grow Newark’s #GivingTuesday movement from a small project to a critical mass to help change the way Newark and its stakeholders think about philanthropy and community service.

GAIN-Newark’s coalition partners will host a free kick off celebration on December 1st from 6:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m. at Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art, 591 Broad Street in Newark. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served at the event, and representatives from the collaborating nonprofits will share information about their services and community impact. DJ Omar Abdallah and jazz musician Antoinette Montague will perform. Guests will be able to donate to the charity of their choice.

To date, confirmed event sponsors are Horizon NJ Health, Martini and Rossi, Shoprite of Newark, and Whole Foods, all Food & Beverage Sponsors, Media Sponsor Brick City Live, Marketing Sponsor RayZo, Inc., Printing Sponsors Minuteman Press and Stobbs Printing, and supporters PNC Bank and Senator Teresa Ruiz.

“I am proud to be part of this great cause that is bringing together the community to promote charitable acts of giving on #GivingTuesday. Giving And Inspiring Newark is an important initiative that will encourage people to give back and make the holiday season a little brighter for families in our area,” said Senator M. Teresa Ruiz. “I want to thank the organizations that are working to make this happen, and for allowing me to be part of this event that is dedicated to benefiting Newark and its residents.”

GAIN-Newark’s nonprofit collaborators provide vital services to thousands of Newarkers annually:

Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art presents memorable, innovative exhibitions, educational programs such as artists’ talk and exhibitions tours, and related cultural programming. Co-founded over 30 years ago by community-focused visionary artists, Aljira celebrates well-known as well as under-recognized, emerging artists and art of our time.

Greater Newark Conservancy is dedicated to the revitalization of Newark, NJ and surrounding urban areas. Founded in 1987, the Conservancy’s mission is to promote environmental stewardship to improve the quality of life in New Jersey’s urban communities through four inter-related program areas:  Environmental Education, Community Greening & Urban Agriculture, Environmental Justice, and Job Training.

Independence: A Family of Services, Inc. (IFS) has served youth and families struggling with educational and behavioral issues caused by poverty and unstable homes for over 43 years. IFS’ ultimate goal is to help clients in the greater Newark area and across urban northern New Jersey break the often generational cycle of dependency on government assistance, attain self-sufficiency, and live productive lives.

Founded in 1972, La Casa de Don Pedro provides a comprehensive range of services and community development initiatives for greater Newark, ranging from youth educational, cultural and recreational programs, youth & family counseling, community health initiatives, HIV/AIDS prevention & services, workforce development & job placement, affordable housing development and counseling, community development and organizing, home energy assistance conservation.

Newark Pride is a 100% volunteer organization affiliated with the North Jersey Community Research Institute (NJCRI) offering a range of services to Greater Newark including LGBT and HIV/AIDS services and programming. The mission of Newark Pride is to ensure that the social and cultural needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) constituents in the City of Newark and Essex County are supported and Newark continues to evolve as a safe space for all LGBTQ people.

Businesses and restaurants can also support GAIN by hosting “Give & GAIN” days where they donate a portion of their sales to the cause. “Together, we can demonstrate #GivingTuesday’s impact and promote how people can support Newark by contributing to their charity of choice within the GAIN-Newark consortium, or among other deserving nonprofit organizations in the city,” concluded Victor Davson, Aljira Executive Director. “We invite local businesses to support our cause and attract new customers by hosting a Give & GAIN day in December; we look forward to helping interested parties come up with an event concept and will promote your 100% tax free contribution to GAIN-Newark or to one or more specific nonprofits in our group.” Chipotle Mexican Grill, located at 222 Market Street will hold a Give & GAIN day on Tuesday, December 1st 4:30pm-8:00pm while Hotel Indigo will host an after party that same evening where a portion of the proceeds of a select menu will support GAIN.

For more information or to get involved with GAIN-Newark’s efforts, please contact Tenisha Malcolm at info@lacasanwk.org or 973.482.8312 ext. 1116. To make a contribution online or to learn more about GAIN-Newark and #GivingTuesday, visit www.newarkgives.org.

 

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SNAP Pre-Screening & Application Assistance

The SNAP Outreach team from the Community FoodBank of NJ will visit La Casa de Don Pedro, located at 282 First Ave, Family Success Center II in Newark, on Friday, November 20 to help low-income families see if they may qualify for food stamps. They will be there from 9:00am

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The SNAP Outreach team from the Community FoodBank of NJ will visit La Casa de Don Pedro, located at 282 First Ave, Family Success Center II in Newark, on Friday, November 20 to help low-income families see if they may qualify for food stamps. They will be there from 9:00am to noon and help those people likely to be eligible for food stamp benefits to fill out an online application. Support in English and Spanish will be available. CLICK HERE to read more.

For more information, contact Nora Alvarez at nalvarez@cfbnj.org or 800.609.3663 FREE or visit www.cfbnj.org/hope/assistance/snap.

 

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Newark Nonprofits Join Forces to Support #GivingTuesday Through GAIN-Newark

Five nonprofit organizations representing a cross section of charitable causes have joined together with the intention to unite individuals and businesses on a mission to embrace charitable acts of giving for the betterment of the Newark community. Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art, Greater Newark Conservancy, Independence: A Family of

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Five nonprofit organizations representing a cross section of charitable causes have joined together with the intention to unite individuals and businesses on a mission to embrace charitable acts of giving for the betterment of the Newark community. Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art, Greater Newark Conservancy, Independence: A Family of Services, La Casa de Don Pedro and Newark Pride are seeking your support as a sponsor of Newark’s #GivingTuesday celebration called GAIN-Newark: Giving and Inspiring Newark. Visit www.newarkgives.org.

Sponsorships will underwrite a free GAIN-Newark kick off celebration with light hors d’oeuvres, DJ Omar Abdallah and jazz musician Antoinette Montague at Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art, 591 Broad Street in Newark on December 1st from 6:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m. Any additional contributions after event costs will be disbursed as indicated by the sponsor to any or all of the five nonprofit partner organizations. Representatives from the collaborating nonprofits will share information about their services and community impact at the event that is expected to attract a wide range of individuals who live, work, learn and play in Newark.

The goal is to celebrate giving and advance the idea that investment in charitable programs is not only vital to their success, but beneficial to the contributor as well. The GAIN-Newark campaign will continue through the month of December.

#GivingTuesday is a national movement that celebrates charitable activities at the start of the holiday season. In 2014, the initiative gained the support of Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, who officially proclaimed the day as Giving Tuesday throughout the city. This year, the GAIN-Newark coalition hopes to grow Newark’s #GivingTuesday movement from a small project to a critical mass to help change the way Newark and its stakeholders think about philanthropy and community service for generations to come.

“Together, we can demonstrate #GivingTuesday’s impact and promote how people can support Newark by contributing to their charity of choice within the GAIN-Newark consortium, or among other deserving nonprofit organizations in the city,” noted Victor Davson, Aljira Executive Director.

Individuals or businesses can make both financial and in-kind contributions to support #GivingTuesday as event, food & beverage, entertainment, printing or media sponsors, or participate as volunteers.”

Robin Dougherty, Executive Director of Greater Newark Conservancy, noted that the five nonprofit members of GAIN-Newark have a shared average of 31 years experience serving the needs of the Newark community and provide approximately 75,000 Newark residents annually with vitally important family support, job and housing counseling, environmental education, cultural enrichment, health education and services for the LGBTQ community.“In previous years, the Conservancy has worked with Whole Foods who donated 5% of its pretax sales at selected stores to support our programs and services, and we encourage other businesses to consider a similar Give & GAIN Day,” Dougherty stated.

“Give & GAIN 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),” concluded Carrie Puglisi, Director of Program & Fund Development at La Casa de Don Pedro. “We will help you promote your 100% tax free contribution to GAIN-Newark or to one or more specific nonprofits in our group through our website (www.newarkgives.org), each partner’s website, through media outreach, email blasts and social media posts.”

Chipotle Grill at 222 Market Street, Newark has already pledged to support GAIN. On December 1st from 4pm to 8:30pm, 50% of their sales will support the cause. CLICK HERE to view flyer.

For more information or to get involved with GAIN-Newark’s efforts, please contact Tenisha Malcolm at info@lacasanwk.org or 973.482.8312 ext. 1116. To make a contribution online or to learn more about GAIN-Newark and #GivingTuesday, visit www.newarkgives.org.

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Mayor Baraka and the City Of Newark Partner with CFED, United Way of Essex and West Hudson and Citi to Present New Data on Financial Well-Being of Newark Families

Newark, N.J.  – Mayor Baraka and the City of Newark will join with partners CFED, United Way of Essex and West Hudson and Citi to present new data report revealing the extent of financial vulnerability among Newark households on Thursday, October 29, 2015 at City Hall First Floor Rotunda, 920

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Newark, N.J.  – Mayor Baraka and the City of Newark will join with partners CFED, United Way of Essex and West Hudson and Citi to present new data report revealing the extent of financial vulnerability among Newark households on Thursday, October 29, 2015 at City Hall First Floor Rotunda, 920 Broad Street, Newark. The Mayor will also kick-off the first in a series of Community Financial Empowerment Fairs that will provide financial counseling and resources to low-income residents.

The new data analysis will be released by Family Assets Count, a project of the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED), in partnership with Citi Community Development and the United Way of Essex and West Hudson.

The report provides the latest data on the number of Newark families struggling to save and create more stable financial futures for themselves and their children. It also includes data on the city’s unbanked residents and those relying on alternative financial services such as check cashing or payday loans.

Mayor Baraka will be joined by Newark City Council President Mildred Crump; Arohi Pathak, Program Director for Field Engagement at CFED;Eileen Auld, Citi’s Community Development Director for the New York Tri State Market; and Catherine Wilson, acting CEO of United Way of Essex and West Hudson.

The day’s activities will include a Community Financial Empowerment Fair at City Hall for low-income Newark residents interested in getting advice on everything from free tax preparation services to credit counseling to family budgeting. Over the next year four additional financial empowerment fairs will be held at locations throughout the city.

 

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 CFED empowers low- and moderate-income households to build and preserve assets by advancing policies and programs that help them achieve the American Dream, including buying a home, pursuing higher education, starting a business and saving for the future. As a leading source for data about household financial security and policy solutions, CFED understands what families need to succeed. We promote programs on the ground and invest in social enterprises that create pathways to financial security and opportunity for millions of people. Established in 1979 as the Corporation for Enterprise Development, CFED works nationally and internationally through its offices in Washington, D.C.; Durham, North Carolina, and San Francisco, California.

Citi Community Development (CCD) is leading Citi’s commitment to achieve economic empowerment and growth for underserved individuals, families and communities by expanding access to financial products and services, and building sustainable business solutions and innovative partnerships.  Our focus areas include:  commercial and philanthropic funding; innovative financial products and services; and collaborations with institutions that expand access to financial products and services for low-income and underserved communities. For more information, please visit citicommunitydevelopment.com.

 

The United Way of Essex and West Hudson , founded in 1923, is a non-profit organization that seeks to address the root causes of community concerns by aligning resources to best meet the needs of individuals, children and families through its service area.  We serve a population of nearly 700,000 in thirteen communities in Essex and Hudson County.  For more information about or how to get involved, visit our website www.unitedwayessex.org

 

 

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Hispanic Federation & Telemundo 47 Partner with La Casa to Host DACA Day of Action

Hispanic Federation and Telemundo 47 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 24th, from 10:00am – 3:00pm Hispanic Federation & Telemundo  47 will host a

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Hispanic Federation and Telemundo 47 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 24th, from 10:00am – 3:00pm 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 Barack 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 to Host Talent Show in Recognition of National Latino AIDS Awareness Day

La Casa de Don Pedro will host a talent show on Saturday, October 17th from 12pm-5pm 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 in the Latino community. Guests will

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La Casa de Don Pedro will host a talent show on Saturday, October 17th from 12pm-5pm 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 in the Latino community.

Guests will enjoy live performances as contestants battle for the winning title receiving a $1,000 cash prize. Judging acts are:  Emi Antonio- Dominican Singer and Composer; Amanda Erazo (La Negrita Chavelona)-Professional Ecuadorian Singer; and Ariagna Perello- owner of a modeling agency in Newark. The event will also offer free raffles, food, information tables and health screenings.  Participating non-profit agencies include: African American Office of Gay Concerns, CURA, Inc., Focus, St. James Social Services, St. Michael’s Medical Center and Well Care Health Plan.

The talent show is made possible by a grant from The New Jersey Department of Health, HIV/AIDS, STD and TB Services.  Additional support comes from PSE&G, Berger Organizations, LLC, Horizon NJ Health, UnitedHealthCare, Manny’s Deli 1&2, Newmad Corporation, Pueblo’s Supermarket and ShopRite of Kearny.

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-15/or call 973.624.4222.

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La Casa Centers Closed in Observance of Columbus Day

All La Casa centers will be CLOSED Monday, October 12th in observance of Columbus Day. We will re-open Tuesday, October 13th at 9:00 am.

La Casa de Don Pedro Staff Receives Avis Budget Group Spirit Award

La Casa de Don Pedro made headlines at the Yankees/Twins game last month when the Avis Budget Group recognized Edward Hernandez, Director of the Youth, Family & Health Services Division for his years of dedication to community service. Standing behind home plate at the start of the game alongside Ed

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La Casa de Don Pedro made headlines at the Yankees/Twins game last month when the Avis Budget Group recognized Edward Hernandez, Director of the Youth, Family & Health Services Division for his years of dedication to community service.

Standing behind home plate at the start of the game alongside Ed Sorensen, Avis VP of Pricing and Revenue Management was especially poignant for Hernandez who grew up in the Bronx community where the Yankees now play.  “It was through my experience in this very neighborhood with such little access to recreational and personal development programs that inspired me to help others. To return to my neighborhood 22 years later and be acknowledged for helping others is such an honor. Thank you to Avis for this opportunity.” It also was an added bonus for Hernandez that the Yankees beat the Twins.

The Avis Budget Group Spirit Award is presented to champions across the tri-state region who give back to his/her community through their work in local non-profit organizations. “We have recognized a number of organizations over the years but have yet to recognize a Latino organization making an impact in their local community,” says Sorensen, Avis VP of Pricing and Revenue Management. “It was an honor to have honored La Casa.  They are a great organization doing great things.”

Edward Hernandez has more than 31 years of experience working with youth and families, from both a clinical counseling and management perspective, in the not-for-profit and public sectors.  At La Casa, Hernandez is responsible for managing 20 programs that serve some of Greater Newark’s most vulnerable families. With budget oversight of more than $3 million, programs span the critical areas of social development, wellness, HIV/AIDS, youth development, and family counseling. Mr. Hernandez has a B.A in Child Psychology from Lehman College.

Photos can be viewed HERE.

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La Casa’s 3rd Annual Burgers & Brew Fundraiser a Success

La Casa de Don Pedro’s 3rd Annual Burgers and Brew fundraiser, held on Wednesday, September 16th at McLoone’s Boathouse in West Orange was by all accounts a success.  Over 140 guests enjoyed live music by The Nick Pablo Thang, works of art from community partner Aljira, a Center for Contemporary

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La Casa de Don Pedro’s 3rd Annual Burgers and Brew fundraiser, held on Wednesday, September 16th at McLoone’s Boathouse in West Orange was by all accounts a success.  Over 140 guests enjoyed live music by The Nick Pablo Thang, works of art from community partner Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art and unlimited burgers and seasonal brew all alongside a bonfire overlooking the beautiful Orange Reservoir in Essex County’s South Mountain Reservation.

Nicholas Scalera, La Casa Board Member and Executive Director Raymond Ocasio highlighted La Casa’s work and introduced the event’s special appeal to support arts enrichment for Newark youth.

Also presenting that evening was Aljira’s Executive Director, Victor Davson, who recognized the value of the collaboration and shared information about the arts enrichment program to be offered to 15 Newark teens, led by professional arts educators teaching photography and video-making. Aljira is a not-for-profit contemporary visual art center, founded more than thirty years ago in Newark dedicated to promoting the work of emerging and under-represented artists.

The event offered a signature drink– the Mediterranean Mule, of which McLoone’s Boathouse donated 50% of sales to the appeal. The goal is to raise $6,000 to offset program costs. To date La Casa has raised $1,480.  Donations to support the arts enrichment program are still being accepted. Contributions can be made securely online at: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/lacasadedonpedro with a designation to “arts enrichment appeal” 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: Gold Sponsor: PSE&G. Bronze Sponsors Prudential Financial, Inc. and Wells Fargo. Friend Sponsors McCarter & English, Santander Bank and WithumSmith+Brown. Other event supporters include: Citi Community Development, McManimon Scotland & Bauman, LLC, Verizon, Atlantic Federal Credit Union, EVCO Mechanical, Hispanic Federation, UnitedHealthCare, Julio Colon, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, North Jersey Federal Credit Union, RayZo Marketing, Security On Point and Norma Sessa.

To view a selection of event photos please visit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/lacasadedonpedro/albums/72157658626674749.

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