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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)

Friday, November 8, 2013

On November 7th, the BronxWorks Main Community Center changed its name to the Carolyn McLaughlin Community Center, honoring our recently retired executive director who oversaw its phenomenal growth in her 34 year tenure.

The name change comes just as the building, a focal point for Bronx residents of all ages and backgrounds, embarks on the first phase of a $2.1 million capital improvements campaign to make much-needed repairs and renovations.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Work is about to begin to make urgently needed repairs and renovations to our Main Community Center, 1130 Grand Concourse.  Over the years, the facility has been heavily used by the community and is now showing the wear and tear that comes with age.  We are going to replace the boiler and elevator, repair the roof, and renovate the swimming pool, which has been sprouting leaks and will get its own pool heater.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Many of our programs, particularly our services to the homeless, stress improving the health of our Bronx neighbors.  Thanks to a grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, we now have a physician, a specialist in family medicine, on board to provide guidance and leadership in all our health-related programs and initiatives.  

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

BronxWorks’ ongoing youth programs will be able to expand, thanks to a three-year, $512,000 grant from the Pinkerton Foundation, a partner with us for several years.  Elisa Istueta, BronxWorks’ children and youth director, said the funding will be directed to our after-school and summer camp programs, and enable her to hire a director of adolescent programs who will supervise programs for teens at the Community Center, as well as provide them with individual and group counseling.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

BronxWorks is already recognized for its outstanding success in reducing street homelessness in the Bronx, finding permanent homes for homeless families and individuals, and tending to their health and nutritional needs in the meantime.  But could we do better?  Why is homelessness such a deep-seated problem?  Are there root causes for homelessness other than the currently identifiable ones?

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Former New York Knicks star and current Assistant General Manager Allan Houston visited the BronxWorks Community Center on August 7th.  For two hours, he held a mini-basketball clinic for the children of our summer camp ages 12-17.  While giving them basketball pointers, he also provided life lessons, talking about setting goals and pursuing them with integrity and character.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

There are now two ways to get fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetables at BronxWorks…

The Heights Community Farmers Market is back in operation in the Morris Heights neighborhood.  It is open every Thursday through November from 9 am to 3 pm.  The market is located at University Avenue and West 181st Street, on the corner of the Aqueduct Walk, right across from the main gate of Bronx Community College.

Monday, July 15, 2013

BronxWorks’ four senior centers have been designated cooling centers during the current heat wave.  From Monday, July 15 through Saturday, July 20, the senior centers will be open with extended hours until 8:00 pm.

The cooling centers are open to the general public.  You do not have to be a senior citizen to visit.

Click here for the locations of all BronxWorks senior centers with phone numbers and directions.

Friday, June 21, 2013

On June 20, 2013, the short film Bronxerella: A Fairy Tale premiered at the Bow Tie Cinemas American Theater in Parkchester.  It is the story of Cinderella and her family, exiled from their native country and living in the Bronx.  On her 50th wedding anniversary, Cinderella discovers if she really lives Happily Ever After.

Monday, March 4, 2013

The American Council of Learned Societies is inviting recent PhDs in the humanities and social sciences to apply for two-year staff positions at BronxWorks and 19 other organizations.  Fellows will perform substantive work and receive professional mentoring.  The fellowship provides a stipend of $65,000 and provides individual health insurance.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

The celebration of BronxWorks’ 40th anniversary year is coming to a festive close with our Annual Gala, to take place Monday, June 10 from 6 to 8:30 pm at Landmark on the Park, 160 Central Park West.

This year we are honoring:

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Substantial changes are coming to the high school equivalency exam starting January 1, 2014.  Not only will the GED® test be taken on computers, the contents of the exam are also changing.  The new format will be more rigorous and include a career and college readiness portion.  This is expected to make passing more challenging.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

As we’ve done in previous years, BronxWorks is now offering no-charge tax preparation services, including free e-filing, at two locations through April 15.

Our Morris Innovative Senior Center (80 E. 181th St.) will be open to tax filers Monday through Thursday 10am-7pm, Friday 10am-5pm, and Saturday 9am-5pm.  BronxWorks’ Burnside Avenue walk-in office at 2070 Grand Concourse schedules Saturdays 9am-5pm for tax services.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

BronxWorks welcomed a delegation of more than 30 officials from Denmark’s National Labor Advisory Board on Wednesday, January 23rd.  They were referred to BronxWorks by the Robin Hood Foundation because they wanted to learn about how we engage unemployed adults and disconnected youth.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

2012 is not over yet but if you supported BronxWorks in 2011 or early 2012, here are just a few highlights of how you have helped our neighbors in the Bronx:

 

Monday, December 10, 2012

BronxWorks celebrated its 40th birthday on December 10th, at our Morris Innovative Senior Center.  The Morris ISC is located just a couple of blocks from where BronxWorks (originally known as Citizens Advice Bureau) opened its first office exactly 40 years earlier.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

The NYC Human Resources Administration (HRA), in cooperation with the Mayor’s Office and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), has set up multiservice Restoration Centers in the areas most affected by Hurricane Sandy. BronxWorks has been chosen to help run the Restoration Center in the Throgs Neck section of the Bronx.

Residents in need of home repairs get help from NYC Rapid Repairs, a new program designed to streamline the process of finding contractors to repair damaged homes.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

We hope all of our friends and supporters are well following Hurricane Sandy!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

On October 11th, BronxWorks and the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) marked the 20th anniversary of its Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) program.

HIPPY is a home-based early childhood development and parent education program that serves mostly immigrant parents.  It gives parents the tools to be their children’s first teachers and helps prepare 3-5 year olds for success in kindergarten and beyond.

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