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Thursday, June 28, 2012

On June 28th, BronxWorks held a grand opening and ribbon cutting for a new farmers market location in the Morris Heights neighborhood.  The Heights Community Farmers Market will be open every Thursday until November 15, from 9 am to 3 pm.  The market is located at University Avenue and West 181st Street, on the corner of the Aqueduct Walk.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

On June 20, 2012 (the first day of summer), Mayor Bloomberg held a press conference at the BronxWorks Morris Innovative Senior Center to speak about the first heat warning of the season. Morris is one of the city’s many cooling centers available to the public during times of dangerous heat.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

On May 17th, the BronxWorks Teen Action program held a Global AIDS Awareness Fashion Show at the Bronx Museum of the Arts (just down the block from our Community Center).  The purpose of the event was to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS in the Bronx and the world at large.  The fashion show featured three dresses (pictured above) made out of condoms specially designed by the teens.  The dresses were modeled by BronxWorks staff.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

On May 8, the BronxWorks Community Center’s after-school program joined hundreds of parents and children at a march and rally at the Bronx County Courthouse.  The crowd protested Mayor Bloomberg’s proposed large budget cuts to after-school programs.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

On Saturday, April 28, twenty children from the BronxWorks Aquatics Program attended the 17th Annual Big Swim Meet at Asphalt Green.  The swimmers (aged 6-12) competed in 25-yard freestyle races and received medals, t-shirts, and ice cream.  The day included a diving demonstration by members of the USA Olympic Team and a synchronized swimming performance from Canicius College.  Thanks to BronxWorks Water Safety Instructor Eileen Towey for coaching our young swimmers, and also to Lifeguards Julieann Ortiz and Christian Almont.  Congratulations to all of the swimmers!&n

Thursday, March 1, 2012

BronxWorks will be hosting information and recruitment events for ReServe, an organization that matches professionals ages 55 and older with nonprofits and public agencies that need their expertise.  ReServists can do great things for their communities while they put their professional expertise to work on part-time service projects, in exchange for a modest hourly stipend.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

There’s no one-size-fits-all approach for the over 60-set.  As one of the city’s eight new Innovative Senior Centers (ISCs), the BronxWorks Morris Senior Center is now an example of what services for older adults should look like in the 21st century.

Some 126 seniors were on hand on Saturday, January 21st, for the center’s kickoff ceremony.  It is now known as the BronxWorks Morris Innovative Senior Center.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Pictures for sale as greeting cards

Award winning photojournalist Linda Solomon recently brought her Pictures of Hope project to one of BronxWorks' shelters for homeless families.  Through a grant from Chevrolet, Ms. Solomon presented cameras to the children and gave them lessons on how to take the best pictures.  She then took them around their South Bronx neighborhood to snap pictures representing their hopes for the future.

Please watch this story on Pictures of Hope from The TODAY Show:

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

On October 18th, The New York Times reported on the 80% reduction in street homelessness in the Bronx since 2005.  BronxWorks, which is contracted by the city to perform street homeless outreach in the Bronx, can take much of the credit for this change.

The front page story discusses the success of the Housing First approach.  BronxWorks Homeless Outreach Team director Douglas Becht and US Marine Corps veteran Marvin Shepard, who was helped by BronxWorks, are interviewed.

Friday, October 14, 2011

On October 14th, the New York Citizens’ Committee on Aging (NYCCOA) recognized five outstanding senior centers, one in each borough.  For the Bronx, they selected BronxWorks’ Morris Senior Center “for its dedicated services to its members and community.”

BronxWorks Senior Services Director Maria Rivera, former Morris Senior Center Director Esther Sanchez-Polanco, and NYCCOA Vice President Nancy Miller

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

On Wednesday, August 17th, BronxWorks held its Faces of Success event at Fordham University.  The purpose of the evening, which was attended by over 170 people, was to celebrate the successful transition of nearly 100 formerly homeless persons to permanent housing.  The gathering was the first of its kind and featured a photo display, a video, and testimonials by several individuals who once lived on the streets, including former boxing champion Iran Barkley.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Nina Rivera, a teen at the BronxWorks Betances Community Center, created a design that was chosen to represent SPEAK UP NYC, a citywide youth violence prevention program.  The artwork has been posted on a digital billboard in Times Square.  The unveiling took place on July 12th at MTV Studios with City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) Commissioner Jeanne Mullgrav, and members of the Center to Prevent Youth Violence (CPYV).

Friday, June 10, 2011

On Friday, June 10, the AARP held a press conference at the BronxWorks Morris Senior Center to announce their new report, “Older Adult Food Insecurity: Framing the Issue in New York State.”  The report discusses the need to increase access for seniors to food assistance and nutrition programs.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Jeanne White-Ginder, the mother of Ryan White, the Indiana teen who helped change the face of HIV/AIDS in the United States, was the keynote speaker at BronxWorks’ annual AIDS conference.  The conference, which was attended by over 300 people, was held on Wednesday, June 8th at the Rose Hill campus of Fordham University.  After a day of workshops, the conference ended with remarks by four BronxWorks participants who have benefited from the services of the organization’s Positive Living Department.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The results of the 2011 Homeless Outreach Population Estimate Survey, commonly called the HOPE Count, are in.  Overall, the number of unsheltered homeless people in New York City has gone down and some of the largest reductions were in the Bronx.  Street homelessness in the borough went down 34% over the past year.  This continues the tremendous progress that BronxWorks and other providers have made in reducing street homelessness.  Since 2005, the number of street homeless persons in the Bronx has decreased by 80%, the greatest change of all the boro

Monday, June 6, 2011

BronxWorks and the New York Section of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW NYS) have collaborated to launch the 2011 Jacqueline Schneider Scholarship Award.  The award, which was created in honor of NCJW NYS volunteer Jacqueline Schneider, will provide two individuals with a one-year, $2,500 grant to help cover college costs.  These include tuition, books, computer hardware of software purchases, and other fees.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

The ASPCA Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic came to the BronxWorks Community Center at 1130 Grand Concourse on April 30th.  Twenty-five local dogs and cats got free spaying or neutering, vaccinations, and other veterinary services.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

On February 12, the BronxWorks Center for Achieving Future Education (CAFÉ) participated in the Fifth Annual K-12 Education Expo sponsored by LinkEducation.  The fair was held at the Kimmel Center of New York University.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

On Saturday, February 5th, the Betances Community Center was the site of a Stop ‘N’ Swap, one of the most popular events sponsored by GrowNYC, an organization that improves New York City’s quality of life through environmental programs.  Over 80 people from the area and other neighborhoods participated, including children and seniors.

Friday, February 4, 2011

BronxWorks has been awarded $500,000 to be a Jobs-Plus site by the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, the NYC Center for Economic Opportunity, and Morgan Stanley.  Jobs-Plus will provide job training and placement, along with financial counseling, GED and ESL classes, and other services, to public housing residents in the Bronx.  BronxWorks’ Jobs-Plus program will help 600 people annually.

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