givenewark-cardThe first Tuesday after Thanksgiving–November 29th this year–is #GivingTuesday, a “global day of giving” meant to kick off a charitable giving season corresponding to the holidays. Here’s a list of Newark organizations that are running #GivingTuesday promotions and asking for your help with community-serving initiatives. Stay tuned–some organizations announce their initiatives later in the weekend, and we’ll update this list as we hear from more of them.

If your organization is running a #GivingTuesday campaign, tell us about it by emailing news@brickcitylive.com.

La Casa de Don Pedro

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Since its inception in 1972, La Casa de Don Pedro emerged from a period of social unrest in the late 1960’s in Newark, New Jersey as an activist, community-based, grassroots organization committed to empowering the then marginalized Puerto Rican and Latino community.  La Casa provides services in the following areas: early childhood development, youth educational, cultural and recreational programs, youth & family counseling, health initiatives, HIV/AIDS prevention & services, WorkForce development & job placement, affordable housing development and counseling, community development and organizing, emergency and home energy assistance, and home energy conservation. Each year La Casa serves more than 50,000 people largely in Greater Newark and Essex County.

Programs:

  • Legacy for Children Program: Legacy is parenting within a community of peers, where mothers decide what works best for their child and family as a whole. It is a learning process supported by a nonjudgmental and professional group leader.
  • Early Childhood Education: La Casa offers a summer program offering a meaningful literacy experience to foster and promote reading, writing, speaking, listening and language development, and a preschool education program offering free, quality, and culturally appropriate early childhood educational with an English/Spanish bilingual program to Newark residents.
  • Youth enrichment: La Casa’s youth enrichment programs support the social, intellectual, and cultural development of youth, from elementary through high school, including those who are out-of-school.
  • Family development: La Casa de Don Pedro provides individual, family and group counseling services. Families and youth can walk in or be referred to La Casa to participate in a variety of counseling activities and support groups.
  • Housing Counseling Services: La Casa offers a first time homebuyer education program, foreclosure prevention program, and an emergency housing assistance program.
  • Immigration services: La Casa’s professional and support staff provide individualized services to assist immigrants in obtaining legal standing. Staff can assess potential avenues; assist with documentation; filing and represents client to achieve appropriate status within the parameters of the immigration laws. Services are available at no cost for eligible clients and a sliding scale is utilized for over-income parties.
  • Health services: La Casa de Don Pedro’s health services programming includes the Healthy Living Initiative and HIV/AIDS prevention and intervention programs.
  • Adult education: La Casa’s adult education supports adults interested in  sharpening their educational skills to attain their high school equivalency certificate, improve their English skills, or prepare for the U.S. Citizenship exam.  Instruction is provided in classrooms as well as through individualized directed computer learning.
  • Job development:  The programming in this area seeks to assist public assistance recipients to prepare and enter the workforce as part of the WorkForce Initiative that has as the dual objectives of making recipients self-sufficient and reducing long term dependence on public benefits.
  • Home energy assistance programs: La Casa provides assistance to eligible low and moderate income households in Essex County to help manage the costs of home heating and energy.

Giving Tuesday: Join La Casa de Don Pedro on their mission to raise $15,000 to support their programs, provide 500 families with holiday meals, and fulfill the holiday toy wishes of the 900 children we educate and support. Their #GivingTuesday campaign runs from #GivingTuesday, November 29, until December 31. Give cash, give in-kind, and even support by buying a pizza: Blaze Pizza will donate 20% of proceeds from dine-in, cash (non-gift card) sales on December 6th from noon to 3 p.m. when customers present this flyer.

Greater Newark Conservancy

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Greater Newark Conservancy promotes environmental stewardship to improve the quality of life in New Jersey’s urban communities. The Conservancy achieve its mission through their inter-related program areas: environmental education, community greening and urban agriculture, environmental justice and job training.

Programs:

  • New Jersey Reentry: When an individual returns home after incarceration, they face many barriers to employment. As the Essex County location for the New Jersey Reentry Corporation (NJRC), we aim to break down those barriers and assist returning citizens in entering the work force. Upon entry into the program, participants receive a full week of orientation which focuses on employment skills including creating a resume, preparing for interviews, soft skills; computer training, networking, life skills and more. Additional services include job search assistance, case management, addiction treatment referrals, and legal assistance.
  • Clean & Green: Since 2009, the Conservancy has assisted at-risk youth and adults in making the transition from unemployment, and/or incarceration, to living in a community. Participants in the Clean & Green Program are encouraged and supported to seek permanent, full-time employment, while receiving mentoring in positive workplace behaviors and job training in the fields of horticulture and landscaping. At the same time, Clean & Green participants are helping to beautify Newark’s vacant, debris-strewn lots by converting them into new neighborhood pocket parks, community gardens, and urban farms.
  • Newark Youth Leadership Project: For over 15 years, the Newark Youth Leadership Project has seen hundreds of youth participants graduate and thrive. Through mentorship and exposure to outdoor and horticultural activities, their year-round training program guides high school students in their development of interpersonal, leadership, and communication skills. We empower and enrich our interns’ lives by preparing them for college, by improving their technical skills, and by exposing them to the natural environment.
  • Plot-It-Fresh: For a yearly investment of $10 (plus a $5 tool fee), their Plot It Fresh program provides Newark residents with gardening and farming education, as well as access to gardening space in Newark, since not everyone has the space to start a garden. Plot It Fresh even supplies startup materials, such as seeds, and technical gardening assistance for members! By “adopting” one of their 4’x8’ garden plots, community members can spend time outside in the sunshine, working with their hands and their community to produce beautiful – and bountiful – fresh food gardens.

Giving Tuesday: The Conservancy will host two events:

  • #GivingTuesday Kickoff: Monday, November 28 @ 5-7pm: Exclusive Art Exhibition & Reception, featuring photographs by local artist, Joanie Schwarz, with images and notes from Newark Youth Leadership Project (NYLP) interns. Meet the artist, NYLP participants, and enjoy light refreshments. All art sold will benefit Greater Newark Conservancy and NYLP. Call 973.642.4646 or RSVP online.
  • GivingTuesday: Tuesday, November 29 @ 7am-4pm: Visit the Squirrel and the Bee and stop by their Youth Farm Stand and Poinsettia Sale. Meet interns and Conservancy staff and learn more about their programs and how you can get involved. We’ll have organically grown, healthy produce, and beautiful poinsettias available for purchase.

Wynona’s House

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Wynona’s House, the designated Child Advocacy Center for Essex County, is dedicated to promoting the healing of victims of child abuse & neglect through the coordination of investigative, prosecutorial, treatment and prevention resources throughout the county. Their vision is to create a community where children are safe, families are strong and victims become children again.

Programs:

  • Holiday Magic & Wish List Program: Their Holiday Magic event brings the community together in a wonderful celebration of family & the holiday spirit.  Not only do we collect children’s wish lists and work with community groups to make some of their dreams come true, the Holiday Magic event offers their families and partners a time to kick up their heels & celebrate.
  • Summer & Back to School Programs: Each summer we work to keep children learning and get them ready for educational success. Help Wynona’s house and their community partners send kids to camp, have a family BBQ and return to school with book bags full of the tools for success.
  • Building Wynona’s House Program: Part of their mandate is to provide a child-friendly, safe, secure environment for children to receive services.  A state-of-the-art facility that is sound and in good repair allows their team to provide outstanding services and allows children to heal, recover and find hope.  Please consider investing in the Building Wynona’s House Program to establish a year-round maintenance fund to properly maintain this outstanding asset.

#GivingTuesday: Give online to support the initiatives above.

Community Food Bank of NJ

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The Community FoodBank of New Jersey (CFBNJ), a member of Feeding America, distributes food, provides education and training, develops programs to help hungry people throughout the state, and engages all sectors of society in this mission.

More than 4.7 million times a year, someone in need is fed by their network of partner charities. With the help of individuals, corporations, foundations, houses of worship, schools and community groups, CFBNJ has distributed about 600 million pounds of food valued at roughly $1 billion.

Programs:

  • Community Kitchen: Under the umbrella of their Community Kitchen, food from supermarkets and wholesalers that might have gone to waste is put to good use. The food is donated or purchased at a low cost (particularly, fresh produce and meat). It is then used to create products that are frozen, stored and provided to our partner agencies, including soups, stews, vegetables and healthy prepared meals.
  • Family Pack: Their Family Pack Program provides bags full of supplemental, nutritious food for hungry children and their families over the weekend.
  • Kids Cafe: Kids Cafe is a program of Feeding America, a national network of more than 200 regional food banks. Kids Cafe is the country’s largest after-school meal service, providing free and prepared food, as well as nutrition education, to hungry children.
  • Mobile Pantries: The program is available to current client of the Women’s (pregnant) or Pediatric or Geriatric (65 and older) Clinic of Beth Israel Hospital. Participants have to attend a class with the hospital nutritionist.

Giving Tuesday: For every dollar donated to the organization on Tuesday, November 29th, a charitable, anonymous donor will match the monetary contribution, up to $25,000. In addition, every dollar funded to the organization is able to provide five healthy meals to the hungry bellies of individuals across New Jersey. Give online.

Ironbound Community Corporation

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Ironbound Community Corporation’s mission is to engage and empower individuals, families and groups in realizing their aspirations and, together, work to create a just, vibrant and sustainable community.

Programs:

  • Children’s programs: High quality education, enrichment and engagement characterize ICC’s children’s programs and enable them to deliver strong impact and outcomes. For example, their Early Childhood Education Program (preschool) has been nationally-accredited since 1988 and today its ECERS scores average in the high 6’s. In September 2014 their state-of-the-art and national model Early Learning Center opened to provide a continuum of care and education for at-risk children – and family support – from birth to “graduation” into kindergarten.
  • Family services: ICC’s Family Success Centers are committed to “family strengthening,” a prevention-based strategy that partners professional staff with families as they reach towards their goals. ICC’s Family Services are primarily delivered through their two Family Success Centers that provide a range of services and programs to support and strengthen families. Additionally, “Family Workers” staff Community Provider Preschools throughout Newark and connect parents to needed resources, help boost parents’ involvement with their child’s educational experiences, and educate parents on healthy child development.
  • Adult education: In partnership with Essex County College, ICC offers college coursework that lets Ironbound adults work toward college credit right in the heart of their community; citizenship classes that have one of the highest pass rates of programs of its kind; and ESL and GED courses.
  • Community development and environmental justice: Ironbound Community Corporation is a leader in delivering quality services to Ironbound’s residents. It also plays a major role with community planning, which helps build sustainable, equitable, and successful neighborhoods. ICC also conducts environmental justice tours of the Ironbound with individuals and groups, highlighting key issues and sites in the community.

Giving Tuesday: To support Ironbound Community Corporation’s mission and programs, give online.

People’s Prep Charter School

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People’s Prep strives to prepare all of their students to graduate from the college of their choice as informed, involved, and resilient citizens. Ninety-five percent of their students will be the first in their family to attend college; 90% of their seniors have been accepted to 2 – 4 year colleges, and 95% of their seniors graduated from People’s Prep in 2016.

Giving Tuesday:

  • $50 School Uniform
  • $100 Career Workshops
  • $250 College Application Fees
  • $500 Student – Athlete Development
  • $800 9th Grade College Trip
  • $850 Summer Bridge Program
  • $1,000 College Tuition Gap Funding
  • $1,200 New Teacher Development
  • $1,500 ACT / SAT Testing Preparation
  • $2,500 Summer Internship Stipend

Give to People’s Prep online.

Newark Arts

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Newark Arts’ Mission is to bring the transformative power of the arts into the lives of those who live in, work in, and visit Newark through programs, advocacy, promotion, education, and coordination.

Program and initiatives:

Newark Arts’ Mission is to bring the transformative power of the arts into the lives of those who live in, work in, and visit Newark through programs, advocacy, promotion, education, and coordination.

Newark Arts fulfills its mission in the following ways:

  • Newark Arts showcases the exponential value of the cultural, visual and performing arts to Newark’s growth and its citizen’s quality of life through Newark Arts’ Arts and Economic Development reports.
  • Newark Arts provides seed money, through its ArtStart Grants program, to arts and cultural organizations throughout the City’s five wards, thereby bringing the arts to individuals living in neighborhoods where there is less access, more poverty, greater social disruption and where most of the more established arts and cultural groups do not have a presence. In 2016, Newark Arts disbursed ten (10) grants distributed in all five wards, averaging $2,500.00 per organization.
  • As fiscal agent for the Newark Arts Education Roundtable (NAER), we help to promote the idea that arts education is inherently valuable to every educator and student. NAER works to guarantee that all Newark students benefit from a strong arts education program.  The coalition, comprised of 40 cultural leaders, state and local government officers, school administrators, funders and teachers, supported Newark’s 75 public schools and 39,440 students – the largest in New Jersey. NAER continued its mission of collaborating with public, charter, and private schools; arts and cultural organizations; youth and community development entities; businesses; funders; and state and local government agencies to provide equal access to high quality, sequential arts education opportunities, both in and out of school.
  • Newark Arts promotes tourism and business development by marketing all of Newark’s arts and cultural programs on its website, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, blog and through its videos on Youtube.
  • In collaboration with the Greater Newark Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Newark Arts advises, assists, promotes and supports the development of special arts-related and cultural programs through its Open Doors Citywide Arts Festival.

Giving Tuesday: Newark Arts is looking to raise $5,000 by December 13th. The Gates Foundation will match donations to this fundraiser up to $1,000. Give to this campaign on Facebook.

Newark Public Library

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Newark Public Library’s mission is to provide the people of Newark with opportunities to enrich their lives by connecting them with information resources and ideas that inform and enlighten. The library looks to be the center of community life where people connect with ideas and with each other.

Program and initiatives:

  • Children’s programs: The Library’s children’s programs include the Summer Reading Challenge, homework help and special events including book readings.
  • Computers and classes: Both the Main and Branch library locations have computers and internet access available for use by patrons. Access to the Internet is free to the public at all Newark Public Library facilities.
  • Free computer assistance for job seekers: Job seekers can drop in for guidance in developing their computer skills for career success.
  • Exhibits and public programs: The library hosts talks with newsmakers and historians, arts and cultural programs, and book signings with compelling authors.

Giving Tuesday: Visit http://bit.ly/NPLTuesday or text 91999 with message “NPLGivingT,” your name and the amount.

ForwardEver Sustainable Business Alliance

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Forward Ever exists to promote, support, and celebrate a vibrant and sustainable Newark, NJ. Their aim is to help the community and small independent businesses connect and thrive. They exist to exists to promote, support, and celebrate a vibrant and sustainable Greater Newark, NJ. We’re here to help communities and independent businesses connect and thrive.

Program and initiatives:

  • Membership exclusives: Members become part of a family of 1000s of value-aligned businesses that have joined forces to stay abreast of the latest new economy best practices. They’ll also get access to Forward Ever’s Champion BALLE member assets, illuminating what works. Members can join BALLE each month for a robust series of engaging multimedia content that dives deeply into one of the eight solution areas identified as the path to real prosperity.
  • The Remixx: ForwardEver hosts events that lets entrepreneurs and small business owners network, collaborate, and discuss including resources available to the local entrepreneur; making Newark’s renaissance real and inclusive for more people; tuning into the voices of the students, creative entrepreneurs and the resident community; being conscious entrepreneurs with a profitable eco-sustainable business; and growing and sustaining local businesses.
  • Quick impact assessments: Create and plan to improve your company’s practices, and help your staff implement them easily with ForwardEver’s Best Practice Guides and Examples.
  • Affinity partners: Get discounts on a suite of business-building services provided ForwardEver partnerships.

Giving Tuesday: Give to ForwardEver online to support their mission to create an equitable renaissance in Newark. Consider becoming a member to enjoy ForwardEver services and networks, and to help become a part of a sustainable local business ecosystem.

Newark Science & Sustainability

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Utilizing the approach of social entrepreneurship, Newark Science and Sustainability, Inc. (Newark SAS) is a community-driven, 501c3 nonprofit organization based in Newark that implements various initiatives to increase awareness of environmental issues through educational programs and hands-on training. We strive to assist with the creation of self-sustaining communities by developing pathways for green jobs that contribute to self-sufficiency and community empowerment.

Program:

  • Sustainable Science: Participants are exposed to the methods used to create renewable energy such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides, waves and geothermal heat. They create a pedal power station, mini-solar station, solar cooker, and small windmill. In the process they become better informed about environmental and agricultural issues in their local and greater community as a means to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills. Participants also become better informed about climate issues and how to be more climate resilient, as they implement renewable energy into their own life and community.
  • Horticulture: Participants of the Horticulture Program learn the art of garden cultivation and management. The focus areas include plant management, produce distribution in urban communities and increasing residents’ access to healthy food and the ultimate goal is to empower residents to become actively involved in reshaping their environment, while gaining control of their health and growing the local food system. Newark SAS has successfully transformed two vacant lots into community gardens, The People’s Garden and The Garden of Hope. You can visit them and become involved at: The People’s Garden (86 ½ Garside Street); Garden of Hope (3-7 Fairmount Ave, corner of Central Ave)
  • Eco-Art: Eco-Art is the use of natural and recycled materials to create, enhance, and interact with the environment. Participants are introduced to eco-art as a means for self-expression, beautification, and personal engagement and connection with the natural world. This is achieved by combining an array of artistic mediums such as visual arts, film, literature, music and sound, drama, and photography, with the therapeutic and social perspective that we are all creative beings, capable of impacting their environment.
  • Wellness & Nutrition: The Wellness & Nutrition Program involves nutritional education and events, in which participants engage with nutritional food and information. This includes learning how to properly read labels and better understand food science so participants are equipped with the necessary tools to make healthier food choices and prepare nutritional meals, including vegetarian and vegan cuisine. Through the practice of canning, the best methods of food preservation are also explored.
  • Ecological Building: Incorporating the use of clean renewable energy with the building skills and experience of members from the community, participants become Ecological Builders by creating structures with straw, earth and other local, affordable and recycled materials, such as a rain water catchment system, plastic bottle greenhouse, raised beds for produce cultivation, benches, sitting tables, compost bins, a tool shed with a rain gutter, and other renewable energy structures. Participants are introduced to the techniques of Michael Reynolds’ Eartherships, Builders Without Borders, and Jacque Fresco of the Venus Project.

Giving Tuesday: Give online to support Newark SAS’ programs.

Featured image by Howard Lake via flickr.

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