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Early Childhood Alliance Partners with Help Me Grow to Launch Help Me Grow Onondaga

Early Childhood Alliance (ECA) has partnered with Help Me Grow to launch Help Me Grow Onondaga to offer help to parents whose children wrestle with health or developmental issues. All information will now be located in one, easy to access, centralized location: 211. “Raising a happy and healthy child is one of the most important jobs we have as a

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Family Captures Daughter’s Legacy by Forging Relationships with Young People

Twenty-one years ago Janice Geddes faced the unthinkable. She lost her beloved daughter Jenna when she was murdered by a young man just released on parole. While the tragedy changed Geddes’ life in an irreversible way, it could not rob her of something fundamental to her spirit: her capacity for compassion and caregiving. “To keep Jenna’s memory alive, I needed

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New Otisco Lake Preserve Connects Community to Natural Beauty

Several cascading streams flow through a 36-acre preserve and into a lake below. A hiking trail passes through mature forest and descends steeply to the water’s edge. Along the lake’s shore, visitors will find a flat point flanked by rugged shale cliffs. This new nature preserve, found along Otisco Lake, might never have happened if it hadn’t been for the

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Pete’s Perspectives: A Look at Efforts Across the State to End Lead Poisoning

We launched our LeadSafeCNY initiative this fall and have been really happy with the momentum building among community partners towards addressing the lead poisoning crisis in Syracuse. The launch of this initiative is the culmination of 5 years of our work to help convene the Green and Healthy Homes Initiative Greater Syracuse. There has been noteworthy coverage on Post-Standard

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Community Needs Assessment Shines Light on Poverty Needs

Nearly $150,000 in New Grants Will Continue Study, Help Nonprofits Measure November 27, 2018 – The initial results of a new community assessment led by the Central New York Community Foundation are identifying which life needs are not being adequately met for those living in poverty. The year-long collaborative evaluation identified affordable long-term housing, addiction, lead poisoning, job readiness, and

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Community Foundation Partners With Elementary School to Fill Gaps in Summer Learning

When the school year ends, children in high-poverty environments often lose the opportunity to benefit from healthy food and safe places to spend their days. And their social and economic situations often provide few occasions where they can continue their learning. The cumulative effect is a crisis in the making: students lose an average of more than two months in

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