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NYCLU Fosters Community Dialogue for I-81/Community Grid Project

Attorney Lanessa Chaplin grew up seeing I-81 every day as a Southside resident of Syracuse, but during her childhood she wasn’t aware of how it contributed to the generational poverty that surrounded her or the negative psychological, neurological, and respiratory effects that can come with living near the highway. Chaplin, who now serves as Project Counsel for the New York

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Oswego County Community Foundation Awards $28,600 to Local Nonprofits

Thirteen local nonprofit groups received grants totaling $28,600 from the Oswego County Community Foundation (“OCCF”). “I am extremely proud of our ability to make this year’s grants toward important community needs,” said Randy Zeigler, OCCF chairperson. “Our leadership council appreciates the hard work of the staff of this region’s many nonprofit organizations. I look forward to the time when our

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Women’s Fund Awards $45,000 to Projects that Support Women and Girls

Nine nonprofit organizations from Oswego, Onondaga, Madison and Cayuga counties were awarded grants from the Women’s Fund of Central New York. The grants, totaling $45,000, will fund projects that support the advancement and full participation of women and girls. Auburn Public Theater, Inc. received $5,000 to perform The Tubman Troupe’s A Gatherin’ Place at Auburn Public Theater and SALTSpace. Boys

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Greater Pulaski Community Fund Annual Fundraising Campaign Begins

The Greater Pulaski Community Endowment Fund launched its annual fundraising campaign this fall with a goal of reaching and surpassing $10,000 in donations. The John Ben Snow Memorial Trust pledged to provide a dollar-for-dollar match, up to $10,000, for contributions received on or before December 15, 2019. This yields a potential for $20,000 of growth in a permanent endowment that

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Paper Just Released: Local Poverty Problems Need Holistic, Data-Driven Neighborhood Solutions

Studies based on federal census data have helped shine a light in recent years on Syracuse’s high poverty rates, however these explorations only tell part of the story. Concentrated poverty is associated with neighborhood crime, wage disparity, lack of reliable transportation, academic resources, fewer recreation venues and more. This leads to a vicious cycle in which each challenge reinforces and

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Good Lawns Cultivates Work Ethic and Entrepreneurial Spirit

The seed for Good Lawns was planted during a staff meeting. Hasan Stephens, founder and executive director of Good Life Youth Foundation, wondered how to teach youth to make money using resources around them. What about offering to clear snow or cut grass? Unfortunately, the young people seeking work wouldn’t have equipment. What if they borrowed mowers and offered their

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Funding Awarded to Ensure Accurate Census Count

The Central New York Community Foundation is awarding a $15,000 grant to Interfaith Works to promote completion of the 2020 Census with New Americans and seniors, two populations that are notoriously undercounted in the decennial count. This is one of five grants awarded by the Community Foundation, totaling $65,000, to ensure Central New York’s residents are accurately counted. The United

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