The New York Community Trust Continues Collaborations With BronxWorks

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The New York Community Trust has had many partnerships with BronxWorks and has supported several programs.  This past fall, the Trust approved a $45,000 Healthy Neighborhoods planning grant for BronxWorks.  One of a select number of Bronx-based organizations to receive Healthy and Livable South Bronx  funding, the grant will enable BronxWorks to develop strategies designed to improve health outcomes in the Mott Haven section of our borough, a community characterized by high rates of asthma, diabetes, and other chronic health conditions.  Ms. Kimberley Wong, who has a master’s degree in public health will oversee the effort.

“We are very excited about this latest partnership with the New York Community Trust,” says BronxWorks executive director Eileen Torres.  This effort will enable us to join forces with other Mott Haven-based organizations that are committed to changing the health outcomes in a vibrant, but high need community.”

The Trust has a relationship with BronxWorks that dates back to 1992, when it provided funding to help BronxWorks launch the Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) program.  HIPPY is now the longest-running early learning and parent education program at BronxWorks.  It has enrolled over 1,700 families with over 1,800 children.

The Trust has been a leading source of private funding for BronxWorks.  In addition to the HIPPY program and the Healthy Neighborhoods initiative, it has funded outreach initiatives for the 2000 and 2010 censuses, helped support the Safe Passage youth development program, and been a major funder of two programs for older adults, the Seniors Home Improvement Program (SHIP) and the Seniors Housing Assistance Program (SHAP).

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