NYC, Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Rain storms. New York City, high 74; Albany, high 68; Buffalo, high 60.
Exclusive Interview: Paula Gavin, Chief Service Officer of NYC Service
New York Nonprofit Media's Jeff Stein sat down with Paula Gavin, New York City's Chief Service Officer, to talk about the city's efforts to increase volunteerism and liaise with the city's nonprofits to tackle the largest social issues facing New York. Gavin has years of experience in the nonprofit sector, serving as executive director of the Fund for Public Advocacy, president of the National Urban Fellows, and president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater New York. She is also an adjunct professor at NYU's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Watch the interview here.
Nonprofit Hoping to Fetch $44M for Greenwich Village Townhouses
United Methodist Women, a denominational faith organization, is heading the route of other nonprofits across the city and cashing in on some of its real estate, Commercial Observer reports. “Like a lot of nonprofits in the city, they realized that they don’t need to be there anymore and the evaluations have reached the point where they just want to use the money to support their operations elsewhere,” said Eastern Consolidated’s Chad Sinsheimer, who is marketing the properties. Read more.
Bills Aim to Protect Renters During Construction Work
New York City Council members will introduce a dozen bills aimed at preventing landlords from pressuring tenants to move out by doing noisy, dusty or otherwise disruptive construction, The New York Times reports. Read more.
National Philanthropy Day 2015 Honors Award Program
Join nonprofit leader and award-winning filmmaker Maria Cuomo Cole, educator and activist Geoff Canada and major philanthropist and NPD Chair T. Denny Sanford for AFP’s 2015 National Philanthropy Day Honors on Nov. 12 in New York at 7:30 the historic 92nd Street Y. The National Philanthropy Day Honors recognize individuals and organizations who have significantly improved the quality of life for people in their communities and around the world. Six honorees from across North America are being awarded this year, and registration is FREE. To register and learn more, click here!
The Bridge Opens New Residence for Homeless Adults with Mental Illness
The Bridge announced the opening of its newest housing program for men and women with a history of chronic homelessness and serious mental illness. Tilden Gardens, an OMH-licensed housing program located in Flatbush, Brooklyn, is now home to 60 tenants, including 15 young adults, ages 18 to 24.
Many of the tenants at Tilden Gardens have been previously unsuccessful in living independently, cycling through homeless shelters, hospitals, institutional settings, and jail. To ensure residents have the tools they need to maintain their health and stay in their homes, Tilden Gardens provides 24 hour staffing, personalized case management, and a full-time nurse. Programming available to tenants, including vocationally-focused culinary classes, urban farming, and peer support, is designed to build essential social and life skills which will help tenants prepare to move on to more independent housing within two to five years.
The state of the art building includes a fully-furnished studio apartment for each tenant, a computer lab, two community kitchens and dining areas, and a backyard featuring an urban farm, a basketball court, and a patio.
The Bridge has long been a leader in providing housing, case management, and behavioral health services to the most vulnerable New Yorkers. Recognizing the importance of housing in stabilizing individuals with chronic mental health, medical, and substance use disorders, The Bridge operates 20 residences – affordable supportive housing with on-site case management services, and almost 400 additional supported apartments in communities throughout New York City.
For more information, visit The Bridge's website.
On Board: VISIONS Names Two for Board
Nancy T. Jones, President of the Board of Directors of VISIONS/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired welcomed two new board members at its September meeting.
Dr. James McGroarty, recently retired, brings his expertise to the Board as a prominent Brooklyn ophthalmologist. He specialized in diagnosing and treating eye diseases, including diabetic retinal disease, detached retinas, cataracts and glaucoma. Dr. McGroarty is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and previously held the position of President of the NYS Ophthalmological Society. VISIONS Brooklyn Advisory Board honored him for his community service. Dr. McGroarty is a volunteer and member of the South Brooklyn Lions Club.
Kim Brettschneider brings her experience in nonprofit management, development and special events planning to VISIONS. Her former positions include the Executive Director of the Children’s Defense Fund in California and the Development Director for The Wonder of Reading in Los Angeles.
Ms. Brettschneider is a Principal with M/Oppenheim Associates in New York, a leading CEO search firm. She has served on the boards of several youth, cultural and business development organizations in California and New York.
Board President Jones said, “It is our great fortune to have the experience of these two talented professionals provide their expertise to assist VISIONS as we expand our programs for individuals of all ages with vision loss.”
Political Bulletin powered by City & State
* New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is planning an inequality forum with presidential candidates in Iowa before the end of November, which Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley hope to attend, the Journal reports. Read more.
* New York City Public Advocate Letitia James and the Clinton Global Initiative are starting a pilot program that uses air quality sensors in desk lamps to track unsafe chemicals in nail salons, the Times reports. Read more.
* The Times writes that the state’s system for disciplining corrections officers who beat inmates is worse than the jails themselves and that stronger discipline practices must be negotiated in the next union contract. Read more.
Nonprofits in the News
Why NYC's Senior Homeowners Are Vulnerable and How to Save Them
DNAinfo outlines the ways that nonprofits and city agencies are attempting to help one of NYC's most vulnerable populations: the elderly. It is not uncommon for senior citizens to fall victims to scams that can force them into financial ruin and out of their homes. Read more.