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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Many seniors living in the South Bronx feel constantly threatened by the prospect homelessness. Research conducted by a team of Kenneth Cole Fellows from Columbia University, while working with BronxWorks, found that seniors at risk of homelessness are often unaware of social services intended to settle rent arrears and landlord disputes, to negotiate Bronx Housing Court and, if necessary, to find them new homes.  This landmark study may pave the way for additional resources to address this and related concerns.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

In a gathering to dedicate the installation of a new rooftop on the four-story Carolyn McLaughlin Community Center, 1130 Grand Concourse, BronxWorks expressed thanks to Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson, whose offices provided financing for construction of the center’s roof and for other capital improvements underway at BronxWorks.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

In an urban version of fall harvest festivals, BronxWorks is joining organizations across the nation to promote fresh produce, healthy eating and sustainable farming at two events Thursday and Friday (Oct. 23-24), Harvest Day and Food Day.  Activities will be centered at the Heights Community Farmers Market, University Avenue and West 181st Street, and the Carolyn McLaughlin Community Center, 1130 Grand Concourse, with other BronxWorks locations joining in.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

First generation African families from throughout the Bronx thronged the borough’s first African Family, Health and Cultural Fair on Saturday, September 6th.  The fair, which ran from 12:00 noon until 5:00 PM, was held at the Shakespeare Park and West Bronx Recreation Center at 1527 Jessup Avenue in the Highbridge section of the borough.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Fun and games, yes.  But also simple lessons on eating healthy.  That is the purpose of Kids’ Day next Thursday, August 21, at BronxWorks’ Heights Community Farmers Market, University Avenue and West 181st Street.  Activities start at 9 A.M. and continue into the afternoon.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Public Advocate Letitia James visited BronxWorks’ Morris Innovative Senior Center on August 14th. The visit was part of a community town hall “Talk to Tish” series of discussions on issues relevant to various audiences from the perspective of her long experience in city government. She was introduced by Fernando Cabrera, New York City Councilman from the Bronx, as a “champion of the people.”

Thursday, July 31, 2014

In a ceremony at Fordham University’s Rose Hill campus in the Bronx, 24 high school seniors received compliments and certificates attesting to their graduation from History Makers, a unique college-preparatory program sponsored by BronxWorks and Fordham.  The teens are students from eight Bronx-based high schools who have set their sights on college and, as part of the History Makers program, carried out community-based research projects that point out problem areas that must be solved so that the South Bronx can reach its full potential.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Cementing a relationship extending over the past 10 years, Fordham University honored BronxWorks for its achievements, in partnership with the university, in encouraging students to participate in community service projects. Earlier this spring, Jean-Pierre LaCour, who oversees BronxWorks’ Center for Achieving Future Education (CAFÉ), accepted a plaque celebrating the partnership before an audience of Fordham seniors who have contributed to the betterment of communities here and abroad.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Mayor DeBlasio has announced as a priority the expansion of affordable housing in New York, especially in underserved communities such as the South Bronx, and to that end has issued a call to action, “Housing New York: A Five-Borough-Ten Year Plan.”  The document lists on the cover Alicia Glen, Deputy Mayor for housing and economic development, who will spearhead implementation of the plan. She is an executive with many years of experience related to housing in both the private and public sectors.  

Thursday, May 1, 2014

The BronxWorks Board of Directors has selected Eileen Torres to serve as the next Executive Director of the organization.  Ms. Torres, who has served as Interim Executive Director since July 2013, was officially named as the new permanent Executive Director effective May 1, 2014.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

What does an octogenarian who has served in the House of Representatives for two generations have in common with South Bronx youth who were disconnected from education, skills training, and employment opportunities prior to coming to BronxWorks?  A whole lot more than you’d think!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Nine 7- to 13-year old children from the South Bronx members of BronxWorks’ Blue Waves swim team traveled to Puerto Rico in mid-April to compete in a meet.  They returned home after placing first in four events, second in six, and third in five.

Friday, March 7, 2014

On Friday, March 7th, Forman Mills, a retail outlet with large, “big box” stores in eight states and Washington, DC, held a discount clothing event to benefit Bronx residents who could not afford winter garments.  The event was held at the company’s store at 3036 Third Avenue in the Bronx along the 149th Street Hub.  It marked the first time that Forman Mills had engaged BronxWorks, which has several offices and programs near the store, for a promotional activity.  Power 105 radio served as the media sponsor.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

On Tuesday, February 25, 2014 BronxWorks hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Classic Community Center at 286 E 156th Street to welcome the center into our network of services. The event was attended by about 50 people, including community members, tenant association leaders, and representatives from City Harvest, the New York Police Department, the New York City Housing Authority, and the New York City Department of Youth and Development.

Friday, January 31, 2014

BronxWorks' Street to Home program has been selected as a merit finalist in the Mutual of America’s Community Partnership Award program.  It is a national competition that receives hundreds of applications each year.  Since the award program began 17 years ago, BronxWorks is the only Bronx-based organization among the winners or finalists.  

Monday, January 27, 2014

The NYC Center for Economic Opportunity and Department of Youth and Community Development have announced that BronxWorks’ Young Adult Literacy Program is the inaugural winner of the 2013 CEO Data-Driven Provider Award.

CEO launched the Data-Driven Provider Awards this year with its agency partners to recognize high-performing providers of CEO programs that use data-driven decision-making to improve services for New Yorkers and have shown success in meeting and exceeding performance targets.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

A distribution of winter coats at BronxWorks Morris Innovative Senior Center on Saturday, January 11, was such a big success that we will continue the distribution at the center on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 2 to 4 P.M., through to March, said Maria Rivera, director of services for seniors, who coordinated the coat drive.  A total of 571 coats for adults and children were passed out at the kickoff event.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

BronxWorks began activities at the Classic Community Center in the Melrose section of the Bronx on Saturday, January 4th by launching the 2014 C-Ball basketball tournament.  The tournament is designed to bring together elected officials, community leaders, and prominent individuals from each of the borough’s 12 community boards (CBs).

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Was it our imagination or did the weeks leading up to the winter holidays seem to accelerate at warp speed in 2013?   Despite what just seemed a compressed calendar, BronxWorks still found time to celebrate the end-of-year holidays. We hope YOU did too!

As is typical of Yuletide, BronxWorks departments held parties and other events, partnering with a host of generous supporters who contributed gifts to the parties. Here are three examples of this generosity:

Friday, November 22, 2013

BronxWorks was the Bronze Prize winner in the 2013 New York Nonprofit Excellence Awards competition on November 21st!  Culled from a pool of nonprofit management excellence contenders from across the greater New York area, BronxWorks and two additional winners were selected for demonstrating top-notch and replicable management practices.

The BronxWorks delegation accepting the award (photo by Kate Lord)

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